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“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).

Pre-order iTrip for new iPods

Griffin Technology is now accepting pre-orders for iTrip for new iPods, due to ship by July 21st.

“The iTrip comes in two ‘flavors’ - original and new. They both work exactly the same but one is for the original iPods with the FireWire connector on the top, the other is for the brand new iPod with the dock connector on the bottom.”

Also note that Griffin has updated the iTrip Manual and it’s now available for download in PDF format. “Update includes clarified and illustrated instructions on switching stations.”

iPod Software 2.0.1 Update Released

  • June 19, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has released the iPod Software 2.0.1 Update.

What’s New in iPod Software Update 2.0.1:
 
• Better support for Asian languages
• Enhanced On-The-Go playlist functionality
• Improved playback performance
• Improved handling of mp3 VBR songs
• Fixed artist sorting
• Improved backlight
• Improved alarm clock
• Fixed left/right channel swapping

New in Windows Update:
• USB 2.0 synchronization
• Support for Audible.com
• Support for multiple iPods on one computer
• Shorter connection times
• Better overall performance

Incase Releases New Sleeve for iPod

picIncase Designs, makers of carrying bags and cases has released the redesigned Sleeve for iPod which fits 10, 15 and 30GB iPods. Sleeve for iPod costs $24.95 plus shipping.

Features include:

  • Ear phone access

  • Clean Screen Protection

  • Full access functionality

  • Belt or strap attachment

  • Suede non-scratch lining

  • Luxurious Nappa Leather

    Also available is the Belt for iPod for $24.95. Made of Neoprene and Nylon, the Belt is ideal for jogging, biking, walking with iPod. It features an adjustable belt, earphone access with stow-away pouch, and pouch for keys, cards, and other small items.

  • Wired: IPod Muzak Isn’t Same Old Song

    • June 18, 2003
    • iPod

    Leander Kahney of Wired News has written an article about Activaire, a company offering rented iPods loaded with a customized catalog of music to restaurants, nightspots, clothing boutiques and hair salons. In an earlier report Philadelphia DJ, Adam Porter (DJ Botany 500) offers a similar service and is also mentioned in the Wired News article.

    “Wiesenthal has licensed hundreds of songs from nearly 100 independent labels, most specializing in cutting-edge electronica.

    From her library of nearly 100 GB of songs, Wiesenthal can tailor about 30 hours of music for each client. She often creates special playlists for different moods—upbeat or mellow—or different times of the day.”

    VW Audio Interface Adapter

    For folks hooking up their iPod to a Volkswagen car, Ed’s Electronics Garage has put together a homebrewed microcontroller that “fools the stock head unit into thinking a VW CD Changer is connected, allowing you to listen to your audio device through your vehicle’s built-in speakers when you select “CD” at the head unit.” The VWCDPIC Audio Interface Adapter is $34.00 plus shipping.

    “Allows you to use most audio devices (such as MP3 players) with your stock head unit in 1998+ Volkswagen automobiles.”

    Blitzsafe working with Apple on iPod adapter for car

    Update: An anonymous reader has sent us the contents of a reply email from Blitzsafe:

    “We did start a basic interface for the iPod, I do not think before September or October, We are working with Apple now. We do have the Aux interface available at this time, you will use the iPod to control function, or you may wait. Stay tuned.”

    Wanted to let the iPodophiles know that Blitzsafe, the makers of the auxillary input adapters, is working directly with Apple (according to Blitzsafe, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to create an adapter (for cd changer ready headunits) that will not only provide the audio input but also allow the headunit’s controls to control the iPod. I’ve not gotten confirmation on providing a power source for the iPod via this adapter, but headunits normally send 12v to the changer. The adapter probably won’t be ready before September/October time frame for general release.

    Great news, especially since my iPod continually tries to kill me when I’m driving (distracting me while I should be braking, turning or just paying attention in general).

    Editor’s note: Blitzsafe has confirmed this to be true in an email to iLounge with a simple ‘yes.’ No other information was provided.

    Bose Announces QuietComfort 2 headphones

    Bose Corporation has announced the QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones. We reviewed the first generation QuietComfort headphones last year, and were impressed with its performance. The QuietComfort 2 features include a fold flat design, single earcup audio cable, detachable audio cable with built-in volume control, Active Equalization, low battery life indicator, dual plug adapter, Ό” audio cable adapter, extension cable, and portable carry case. A full list of features and information is available at the Bose website.

    Pyrim Announces i-Trac for new iPods

    Steve Gurly of Pyrim Technologies, Inc. wanted our readers to know that the i-Track carry case has inserts available to fit new iPods.

    “We are passing the word that the i-Trac is alive and well and we have inserts that fit both the old and new generation of iPods. We are however phasing out the old version of the i-Buddy.”

    Apple posts KBase Doc for independent labels

    Macworld UK reports that Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document instructing musicians to contact Apple if they want their music to be added to iTunes Music Store. Musicians and independent lables should contact Apple via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod: $32.95

    Deals on the Web: DevDepot is offering the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod for $32.95. The device works with iPods that have a FireWire port on top, not the new dock-interface models. It’s among the best prices we’ve seen.

    Newsday: iPod, iTunes Put Apple At Core of Music Industry

    Stephen Williams writes about iPod and iTunes in his latest column for Newsday.

    “But Jobs, Apple’s silky- smooth chief executive, thinks he’s got the “complete solution” for the record industry’s woes, even as he insists that Apple is neither a media company nor a music company. (“We’re just Apple,” he recently told an interviewer from Esquire, apparently with a straight face). If Apple’s new iTunes Music Store, combined with the appeal of the iPod, isn’t the Great White-and-Chrome Hope of the labels, it’s the closest, best thing they’ve got.”

    “Old and New iPods, Side-by-Side” Review

    • June 16, 2003
    • iPod

    Christian Cantrell at Sparkshop has posted a comparison review of his ‘old’ iPod 20GB and his ‘new’ iPod 15GB.

    “If you don’t currently own an iPod but are in the market for one, I would advise one of two things: either pick up a new 15GB or 30GB (not the 10GB—remember the accessory equation), or pick up an “old” iPod off of eBay as people upgrade.  I upgraded my iPod because I am genetically predisposed to always buying the latest and greatest (and so that I could provide my readers with a review), but for the more practical-minded, the “old” iPods are very far from obsolete.”

    Windows iTunes Music Store confirmed for ‘end of year’

    Macworld UK has a report about a recent interview with Peter Lowe, Head of Consumer Marketing at Apple by Media Analyst, Phil Leigh at ON24 Financial Network.

    “Apple remains on track to deliver a Windows version of its iTunes Music Store by the end of the year, a senior executive confirmed last week.

    Apple’s director of marketing consumer applications Peter Lowe confirmed the plans in an interview with a top digital-media analyst.

    Lowe said: ‘There is a broad set of stuff that needs to be supported. We are working away at it and are on track to deliver it by the end of the year. Developing Windows software can be a challenge at the best of times, as there are so many configurations of Windows PCs and connectivity peripherals.’”

    Warning: Don’t buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

    • June 16, 2003
    • iPod

    The NEW iPods do have the volume cap that was introduced in the iPod firmware back to version 1.2.x already built into them. But Apple seems to have overdone it: the European iPod’s max-volume is so low, that you can’t use your iPod in crowded places like a subway or bus. You simply can’t hear the music at an efficient level! According to user’s tests the volume is about 25-30% lower then with the US version.

    But not only the headphone jack is capped, also the line out: That means, that if you connect your iPod to a stereo at home or in the car, you have to turn the volume of that stereo way up what in many cases is causing sound-distortions.

    There are plenty of people complaining about that on the net. What is striking is that Apple simply deletes those threads from their discussion board after a day or two.

    Mac: iLyric 0.7 Released

    iLyric searches the internet and downloads the lyrics for the music listed in your iTunes library. iLyric, allows you to copy you lyrics over to your iPod in the new Notes format supported by firmware release 2.0. Support for Vcards is in progress for older iPods.

    Mac: Pod 2 Pod 1.0 Released

    Pod 2 Pod is a tool that will help make an exact clone of an iPod to another iPod—great for those with 2 iPods. P2P will also allow you to backup your single (or both) iPods to your hard drive, in case of theft or loss. Restore the backup to any iPod!

    AppleScripts: Convert text to audio files and more

    Charles Kelly has posted several freeware AppleScripts for use with iTunes and iPod.

    Drag-n-Drop-Text to AIFF 0.01
    Drag text files and convert them to AIFF files spoken by MacinTalk.
    TextEdit to MP3 0.01
    Converts whatever is in TextEdit to an MP3 file spoken by MacinTalk.
    TextEdit to AIFF 0.05
    Converts whatever is in TextEdit to an AIFF file spoken by MacinTalk.
    DJ Track Names to AIFF 0.06
    Gives your iPod or iTunes a DJ announcing tunes and artists.

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