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Washington Post: Businesses Battle for Song Sharers

Staff writer, David McGuire writes about the state of digital downloading, P2P and music services vying for your business.

“Despite being well employed, with plenty of disposable cash, they feel little guilt or apprehension as they regularly use the Internet to violate copyright law. Millions of other Internet users worldwide have the same attitude, prompting a wave of music piracy that artists and recording companies say threatens their very existence.  “

European iTunes Music Store Delayed

Independent UK is reporting that Apple is delaying its European version of iTunes Music Store due to licensing disagreements.

“Attempts by Apple Computer to launch a European version of its online “Music Store”, where people can download individual songs, has been held up until next year by disputes between record companies and their artists over licensing.”

Source: Macminute

“Hello iPod, Goodbye, MD”

  • June 24, 2003
  • iPod

Gizmodo reports that Apple has launched an ad campaign in Japan which rejects Sony’s Mini Disc player. The ad slogan reads, “Hello iPod, Goodbye, MD.”

“Sony really dropped the ball by letting Apple get a foothold in the portable audio market, with the Walkman they had practically owned the entire notion of carrying your music around with you for over two decades.”

Source: Macminute

iTrip Video

iLounger ‘peacemaker’ has posted a video of the unpacking of iTrip, setup and and using it with his home stereo.

“I was so happy when my iTrip arrived yesterday, so I made a short videoclip. It works good at my home stereo, but I coundn’t test it in a car yet.”

Musiconmac.com Launched; Daily Site for Mac Musicians

  • June 23, 2003

Musiconmac.com, a new website for Mac musicians, has been officially launched this week with daily news, product reviews, features, artist and developer interviews, tips, and tutorials. The site will focus on artists using the Mac as a creative tool for musicians, to compliment other resources on the web with exclusive content. Editor-in-Chief Peter Kirn is a New York-based composer and music technology educator/consultant. The site will be community-based with a full discussion board, reader submission of story ideas, and events calendars, publishing daily.

Think Different Store will sell iSkin eXo case

pic The Think Defferent Store announced today that it will be soon be selling the new iSkin eXo case. The eXo with belt clip and screen protector will start around $28.99 and comes with a free Maclear Zip case.

“They are custom molded to fit either the 10/15GB or 30GB iPods, protecting all surfaces from everyday hazards and scratches. The iSkin eXo is designed to offer all around external surface protection, without compromising the usability of the iPod.”

One million iPods, iTunes sells five million songs

Today at the WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) in San Francisco, Steve Jobs took the stage to address the attendees and mentioned that the one millionth iPod would be shipped later today. Also noted, iTunes has sold over five million songs since its debut. Jobs is expected to announce the new Apple G5 Macintosh and show a preview of OS X 10.3 Panther. You can check for live coverage from the WWDC conference at Macminute.com or MacCentral.com.

Update: Apple has posted a press release declaring the iTunes Music Store has sold over five million songs.

“‘The iTunes Music Store is changing the way people buy music,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘Selling five million songs in the first eight weeks has far surpassed our expectations, and clearly illustrates that many customers are hungry for a legal way to acquire their music online.’”

ackNOWLEDGE Announces iSkin eXo for new iPods

pic ackNOWLEDGE has announced the new iSkin eXo case for new iPods. “The iSkin eXo includes a uniquely designed removable screen protector (Shades) that inserts into the screen opening of the iSkin eXo, covering the iPod’s screen and protecting it from scratches. It also includes a removable belt clip that connects to a unique, first of its kind embedded metal connector.” Its available in 25 colors including glow-in-the-dark. iSkin eXo costs $29.99 (includes belt clip and screen protector) and is expected to ship by July 14th. Look here for more photos of eXo.

Update: ackNOWLEDGE will have pre-ordering available by next week on iSkin.com.

Pioneer Press: Apple iPod does a Palm

  • June 23, 2003
  • iPod

Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the Pioneer Press writes about using shareware to help you sync and manage contacts and addresses on your iPod for Windows.

“Apple doesn’t provide Windows-based data-synchronization software, only music-syncing features. But add-on programs from other sources are available for syncing an iPod with Outlook, Microsoft’s ubiquitous personal information manager.”

Mac: PodDB Reader 0.2b Released

The program is easy to use. On start-up it looks for a connected iPod and parses the iTunesDB file on your iPod. From the iTunesDB file it creates two files. In the ~/Music folder, you should see a iPodDB.html file and a iPodDB.xml file. The HTML file can be opened with a web browser and is just a listing of all the songs (location, size, bitrate, album, artist, title) on your iPod. The xml file can be used by iLyric. So open iLyric and change the default location for your “iTunes Music Library.xml” file to point to “iPodDB.xml.”

Pyrim Announces Holiday Special on i-Trac iPod Case

Pyrim Technologies has announced a price reduction for its i-Trac case from $59.99 to $39.99. i-Trac is available for all iPod models in black or burgundy, and foam inserts in black, blue, yellow or red.

“The i-Trac allows you to carry and use your iPod and accessories… all in one hand.  This configuration fits your Apple iPod, AC Adapter, Remote Control, FireWire cable, 4-to-6 pin FireWire Adapter and Apple iPod Case.”

iPod radio ads posted on Apple UK website

Apple UK has posted two iPod radio ads on its website. “The ads, ‘7500 songs… is that a typo?!’ and ‘Jazz, Classical, Opera, Funk, Soul…’, feature the voice of Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum, star of ‘Jurassic Park’ and Apple’s own television ads. The radio campaign will run until mid-July.”
Source: MacMinute

Mac: “Rip To iPod” 1.0 Released

Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes has posted Rip To iPod, a free AppleScript that rips each enabled (check-marked) CD track to iTunes and immediately copies it to iPod, deletes the file, and removes the track from the iTunes library, giving the appearance of seamless CD-to-iPod importing. You can also change your encoder on-the-fly and your Preferences-set encoder will be restored after the rip. Works in OS 9 and OS X.

BART Schedule for iPod 1.0 Released

  • June 21, 2003
  • iPod

For people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area (California) and ride BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), this is a program that lists all line schedules and stations for the iPod. It requires a Gen2 iPod with the Notes feature.

Save $15 when pre-ordering new Vaja i-Vod for new iPod

picVaja has announced the Vaja Pre-Order Program for its new i-Vod case for new iPods. Vaja will be releasing the new i-Vod case on July 4th. If you order a new i-Vod case before June 27th you’ll get a $15 certificate toward the purchase amount of one case. No certificates will be issued after June 27. The certificate expires on September 27th, 2003. Your credit card will be charged at the time you place an order. Click ‘Read more’ for full details.

Dell no longer selling 10GB iPods

iLounger Alexis writes in an email to us: I had two orders placed on Dell’s site on 6/10 and 6/12 when they had the 10% and 15% off deals. They went through, but I never got shipping status emails and low and behold when I called Dell they told me they had lost the contract to sell them so both my orders had gotten cancelled.

Apple Adds/Updates iPod Knowledgebase Docs

  • June 20, 2003
  • iPod

“iPod 2.0.1 Software: A Closer Look at What’s Fixed”

  • June 20, 2003
  • iPod

The Macintosh iLife” author Jim Heid takes a closer look at iPod Software 2.0.1 and its eight improvements.

Illegal Downloading Hurting Music Sales

At this years R&R Convention 2003, trade publication Radio & Records and Edison Media Research unveiled the results of a national survey of 12 to 44 year olds showing that the illegal downloading of music is hurting music sales. (Click ‘Read more’ for the complete press release.)

“Among the heaviest downloaders, those who have downloaded more than
100 music files (about 16% of 12-44s), reported purchases of CDs has dropped an incredible 61% from last year’s study (28.9 CDs, on average per person, purchased last year compared with 11.3 CDs purchased this year). [...]

71% of heavy downloaders say that “Instead of buying a CD they have burnt someone else’s copy of a CD,” and 48% of them say ‘They no longer have to buy CDs because they could download music for free over the Internet.’”

Apple Store: Refurbished 20GB iPod for $299

The Apple Store is selling refurbished iPod 20GB Windows for $299. The package includes headphones (new earbud-style), remote and carrying case, power adapter, FireWire cable, 4-6 pin FireWire adapter, manual, CD-ROM Disc w/MusicMatch and electronic documentation, and one-year warranty. Note: Apple lists the package contents incorrectly as if it were iPod for Mac (with iTunes).

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