Update: Offer has expired.
Incase is offering a 50% discount on its cases and bags (except the Incase Tour Bag). Enter coupon code apple50 on the checkout form, and the discount will be subtracted from your total (before taxes and shipping).
vPod is a free, easy to use Windows program for transferring music and playlists to your iPod. It presents a combined view of all the music you have, and what is and isn’t on your iPod. The interface is very intuitive and easy to use.
Lajo the designer and manufacturer of eXo announces Shades, a 1.5mm soft, scratch resistant molded TPU screen protector for the 3rd gen iPod is now available and will be shipped to all distributors and resellers this week from his factory in China. Shades totally covers the screen area and a 1.0mm wide rim fits nicely under the eXo skin. The combination of Shade
The Belkin Battery Pack states that it will not charge the iPod, rather it will just provide power to the iPod when you plug it in directly. I’ve discovered that when you plug the battery pack into the dock, place the iPod on the dock, it will charge your iPod and allow it to function normally as if plugged into the adapter.
Editor’s note: Please click ‘Read more’ for an official comment from Belkin on the above discovery.
Deals on the Web: A reader points us to the Apple Store online for factory refurbished 3rd generation iPods in three sizes. The 10GB iPod is $249, the 15GB iPod is $329 and the 30GB iPod is $429. With Free ground shipping, these are among the lowest prices we’ve seen. Click the “Specials Deals” link at the bottom of the page to find the deal.
BusinessWeek online has posted an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Apple’s visionary-in-chief looks at tech’s condition today and says: “I see a recovery in innovation coming out of this downturn”
Q: Will we see more groundbreakers like the iPod from Apple?
A: The iPod is not a new category. Music is not new. It’s not a speculative market. It’s a very, very large market. It’s been around for thousands of years and will be around as long as humans exist. So it’s not like saying we’re going to go build an information appliance or some technical curio and hope the market exists. We’re taking a giant market and bringing it into the Digital Age. That requires hardware, software, and the ease-of-use talent that Apple has.
I just purchased a 15GB iPod from CompUSA yesterday for $350 in Pittsburgh, PA. It is a non-advertised promotion for this week - just ask the Customer Service Assistant.
XtremeMac has updated their website with information and photos about its new Deluxe iPod case for 3G iPods. The case has a patent pending design feature where the iPod is held in place without anything in the front covering the face of iPod. It also features a large access hole for the headphone/remote ports, and the front flap with Velcro closure can be opened without having to unplug the cable. The Deluxe case comes in Black Leather or Camel Tweed and is available for pre-order at $29.95 (includes belt clip). We asked XtremeMac when the case would ship and the reply was, “Most likely in 2 weeks, but I should know an exact date by tomorrow.” We’ll post an update if and when the ship date is confirmed.
Dealmac: Target.com sells Apple’s iPod MP3 players, as a reader found. Several 10% off coupons are available at Target.com, resulting in the lowest available prices on current-generation iPods. The iPod 15GB costs $359.99 after discount, while the iPod 30GB costs $449.99 after discount.
Shipping adds about $7, and sales tax may reduces most of the savings from the coupon.
Amazon.com has reduced prices on iPods; 30GB iPod for $474.05 and the 15GB iPod for $379.05. Just add to cart and the reduced price shows up. Not the cheapest price seen but better than the usual $499/$399.
Dealmac: Although we’ve seen much lower prices, readers recommend two ways to get the Apple iPod 15GB MP3 player for less than its $400 list price. Dell Home sells the iPod 15GB for $399.99. Add anything at all to your cart and apply coupon code “32F3C9A87986” for a $369.99 price (not including the additional item). Or, BestBuy.com sells the iPod 15GB for $379.99. Either way, shipping is free. Dell’s coupon ends today.
“That’s only a beginning. Below are a few ideas that move in the same direction. Born in a rash moment of gadget dreaming, some are wildly impractical, and others might be reality already.[...]
iPod groovebox. Your basic drum machine is a box with pads on it that trigger different sounds: You push pad A and get a booming kick drum, pad B gives you a cymbal, and so on. The iPod MP3 player comes with a rabbit’s-foot-size remote control device that has four buttons on it, controlling Play, Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind. What would happen if those four buttons triggered sounds instead of transport controls?”
In Issue 2 of iCreate Magazine, Paul Newman investigates how Apple’s iPod has turned the heads of music fans across the globe, but there’s far more to this digital music player than meets the eye.
iLounge also gets picked as the number 2 web resource after Apple iPod Support - “Without doubt the most stylish iPod site on the Net, iLounge is brimming over with news, views, information on outrageous accessories and tips for better iPod usage. Make sure you register with the site and log on to the forums for the full experience.”
iCreate included a mock photo of an iPodDV device. Imagine a 3G iPod on its side, touch wheel on the right, buttons across the top of touchwheel and a large LCD display on the left, and an iSight camera attached to the left. “Record video, photographs music - 120 gb of your life, in your pocket. Say cheese” The magazine also includes a CD with an iPod Toolkit with such utilities as iPod Access 1.3, iPodViewer 2.0.1 and RIP2POD 1.0.
Apple has posted a KnowledgeBase Document with information about iPod Software 2.0.2 installed on some iPods:
“Some iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2, which is an update used in manufacturing and has no functional changes.
Certain iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2. The 2.0.2 version of the iPod software is an update used in manufacturing and contains no functional changes.
It is not required, and is not available as a download.”
MacMice has released an updated version to its GPerch all aluminum iPod stand. The GPerch stand mimics the design of the yet-to-be-released Apple G5 Mac and now sells for $29.99 (originally $39.99)
Speck Products has announced that their new, all clear FlipStand is now shipping. The new 3G iPod case features a custom dock (works with existing iPod cable that comes with all iPods), doubles as a stand, access to scroll wheel, clear window LCD protection, detachable belt clip, and custom inserts for 10, 15, & 30GB models. The new FlipStand sells for $29.95.
The Apple Store for Business is now offering an iPod Volume Discount Program. The program states, “iPods custom engraved with your company logo or message. Only available through the Apple Store for Business.” You can call Apple for details and pricing.
AppleCare KnowledgeBase Document:
“Some Windows-compatible computers may be able to connect to iPod (with Dock Connector) using a USB 1.1 connection, but this is not a recommended configuration. [...]
You may be able to connect an iPod (with Dock Connector) model to a Windows-compatible computer using a USB 1.1 connection, but this is not recommended because the connection is too slow to synchronize music. For best performance, connect iPod to your computer using USB 2.0 or FireWire. You may need to purchase and install a USB 2.0 or FireWire card to do this.”
CNET recently posted a list of ‘Ultimate iPod accessories.’ We were familiar with all but one of the items on the list, the Audi-Oh… a “superaccurate massager that connects to your iPod and vibrates to the beat of your music.” It’s not yet available online, but if you’re interested give the company a call.
Deals on the Web: Target has restocked the new 30GB iPod for $499.99. Use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN” during checkout to save 10% for a final price of $449.99. It’s the best current price we’ve seen on a new unit.