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Apple discontinues old iPod remote

I discovered today that Apple has discontinued the remote for previous model iPods. After my remote cable twisted I decided to call the Apple store today to order a new one. A very apologetic representative informed me that it had been discontinued and the new remote was incompatible with the old iPod. I was told that I could use any earphones with my iPod, but no longer use a remote.

MacMice Announces the GPerch for iPod

pic MacMice, the company behind the DVBase and PodPerch stand designs are at it again. This time they have announced an all aluminum stand for all iPod models, and the design pays homage to the recently released Apple Power Mac G5. The GPerch is priced at $39.99 and is now available for pre-order. Shipping is expected to start July 15th.

“The perforated aluminum cradle inside the GPerch is CNC pattern punched. The outer frame is CNC laser cut and then precisely formed to shape on a CNC press brake. The final fabrication process is the delicate spot welds used to attach the cradle to the frame.”

Vaja announces new Classic cases for dock iPods

pic Vaja has announced the new Classic 665 and 667 cases which have been redesigned to accomodate new dock iPods. Both cases feature flip-top leather design, snap closure, screen protector, padded lining, optional belt clip, headphone access, and FireWire access. The Classic 665 fits 10 and 15GB iPods, while the Classic 667 fits 30GB iPods. Both cases start at $34.90 (w/o belt clip) and are available for pre-order. Custom cases start at $54.90 with options for embossing, color combos, lining, etc.

Dell: $40 off $400 TODAY Only

Deals on the Web: Dell Home: Take $40 off an an order of $400 or more. Click the link and use coupon code “118627D45335” during checkout to get the discount. Expires 7/1/03 at 11 PM CT. Can be combined with Dell’s ongoing 10% off digital cameras, MP3 players (iPods), camcorders, LCD monitors, printers and more.

“iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3”

Phillip D. Long, senior strategist for the Academic Computing Enterprise at MIT writes about the iTunes Music Store and gives a beginner’s lesson on audio formats titled “Audio File Formats 101.” Also included is a list of websites for further reading about AAC, MP3, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.

“Overall it looks like AAC is simply a better approach to digital sound encoding. MPEG formal listening tests have demonstrated that for 2 channel sound, that is, typical stereophonic listening, MPEG-2 AAC is able to provide slightly better audio quality at 96Kbps than MP3 at 128Kbps.”

Apple 10GB iPod for Windows for $280

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers the second-generation Apple 10GB iPod for Windows for $279.99. We couldn’t find a better price for it elsewhere, although we’ve seen it for much less in the past. (The current 10GB model typically costs about $20 more.) Shipping starts around $5.

“The iPod Nation and the iPod Nod of Approval”

  • June 30, 2003
  • iPod,

Gregory Ng at AppleMatters writes about the one million strong iPod Nation.

“With Apple’s announcement that they have shipped out their 1 millionth iPod last week, there is no doubt that you have had the opportunity. Now for every crowded bus or train the odds are good you will see at least one other iPod user. iPods are now seen being used by celebrities, athletes, even politicians.”

DIY iPod Case

I couldn’t find a perfect case for my iPod so I did it myself. I’d like to share it with all of you. You can download the DIY instructions and diagram as a PDF. Have Fun!

PodPac pattern available for $1.35

John Corbin, the creator of the PodPac iPod wrap has announced the PodPac pattern for download for $1.35. The PDF document can be printed and used to cut your own PodPac out of vinyl.

Mac: AppleScripts for iPod and more released

Developer Charles Kelly has released four new AppleScripts for use with MacinTalk 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.

Coach Case for Classic iPods

Coach, maker of fine leather goods has a case for classic iPods selling for $68. “The luxurious way to carry your music.” Its made of calfskin leather and is available in Red or White (strap version) and Black or Doe (belt loop version).

ackNOWLEDGE announces pre-order for iSkin eXo

Last week ackNOWLEDGE announced their new iSkin eXo for new iPods and it’s now available for pre-ordering online for $29.99 and includes belt clip and screen protector. “Customers who pre-order the new iSkin will receive a free bonus MaClear iPod pouch and free ground shipping (for continental U.S. and Canadian destinations) until July 14, 2003.”

Used iPod 10GB for PC for $249

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com has used, first-generation iPod 10GB for PC MP3 players for $249.49 each. We’ve seen 10GB iPods for up to $50 less, but those offers have since expired. A 30-day MegaMacs.com warranty applies. Shipping starts at around $6.

PodShop Announces June Clearance Sale

Today through the end of June, you can get PodHolder - our popular stand/display unit for iPod - for $12.95.  This is a savings of nearly 20% off our regular price.

PodHolder’s formed clear acrylic design is the perfect complement for iPod, especially the 1st and 2nd generation models.  Get yours today at this special sale price while quantities last!

Plug an iSight into iPod and record video?

Jon Fortt writes about Apple’s recently announced Power Mac G5, iSight and upcoming Panther OS X. In the article, Fortt speculates using iSight with iPod for recording video.

“Slap the iSight onto a 15-gigabyte iPod and all of a sudden you’ve got a hard-drive-based camcorder that can hold hours of Quicktime video, plus play music.

Jobs didn’t have Apple build the iSight just to make a Web cam that mounts to the top of a monitor. If monitor mounting were his big stroke of creative genius, he could have simply asked a third-party developer to make monitor mounts. Jobs is thinking bigger than that, and Apple is staking out strategic territory. It’s focusing on audio, video and voice communication, which translates into MP3 players, camcorders and phones. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that an Apple-branded camcorder and an Apple-branded phone aren’t too far off.”

iPod 15GB for $314 shipped

Dealmac: Today only, Dell Home once again offers the iPod 15GB for $359.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. Apply coupon code “1956684A00F0” and the price falls to $314.10. That’s
still the lowest price we’ve seen for the 15GB iPod. (In fact, it’s only $15 more than what most merchants charge for the 10GB iPod.) Shipping is free.

ABC News: Music Labels Threaten to Sue Net Users

The Recording Industry Association of America, citing substantial sales declines, said it will begin Thursday to search Internet file-sharing networks to identify users who offer “substantial” collections of MP3 music files for downloading. It expects to file at least several hundred lawsuits seeking financial damages within eight to 10 weeks.

“The RIAA’s president, Carey Sherman, said tens of millions of Internet users of popular file-sharing software after Thursday will expose themselves to “the real risk of having to face the music.”

“It’s stealing. It’s both wrong and illegal,” Sherman said. Alluding to the court decisions, Sherman said Internet users who believe they can hide behind an alias online were mistaken. “You are not anonymous,” Sherman said. “We’re going to begin taking names.”“

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

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