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Action Jacket $25 for iLounge readers

picThe Think Different Store has announced a special price of $24.99 on the DLO Action Jacket case for iLounge readers. The Jacket for 3G iPods features a belt clip, armband, and comes in red, black, graphite, and blue.

MadsonLine Releases iPod Jogging Pack

MadsonLine has released a Neoprene waist pack for joggers/bikers and fits all iPod models. The Jogging Pack is on sale at an introductory price of $28.

Compatible with all model iPods
Lightweight neoprene construction
Comfortable & sturdy design
Velcro strap to hold iPod securely in place
Designed & manufactured in Germany

Hack for removing volume cap on European iPods

  • July 28, 2003
  • iPod

Update: The page has been removed due to a cease and desist order from Apple.

A reader has posted information and a how-to for removing the volume cap on iPods sold in Europe. EU iPods have a volume cap due to health regulations, therefore having significantly lower decibels than U.S. versions. It’s been a sore spot for many EU iPod owners and has been discussed at length in our forums. (Disclaimer: iLounge is not responsible for anything that happens to your iPod after performing this hack. Hack at your own risk.)

Think Different Store and eXo iSkin info

The Think Different Store wanted to clear up some rumors that have been floating around about the shipping of the eXo iSkins. Currently they are shipping the following colors (Click ‘Read more’) without the screen protectors. The screen protectors will be shipped separately sometime in August. New colors will be shipping each week.

Stereophile: Downloading Increases

“Downloading audio files, whether through a paid music service or not, continues to grow as a means to accumulate music in the US.  According to a recent Ipsos-Insight study, as of April 2003, nearly one-third of the general US population aged 12 or older has downloaded a music or MP3 file from the Internet.  This translates into roughly 65 million downloaders.

The survey also notes that enthusiasm for downloading audio files has increased significantly in the past several months, with the proportion of Americans who have downloaded a music or MP3 file growing from 26% in December 2002 to 30% in April 2003.”

The Register UK: MusicMatch to offer subscription free downloads

“MusicMatch, which already offers a subscription-based service, the $7-a-month MusicMatch MX, said it has struck deals with nine big-name labels to offer a casual purchase-oriented download service for Windows PCs.

Among the labels are ‘big five’ players EMI, Universal and BMG, but both Warner and Sony are notable by their absence, which automatically puts MusicMatch’s service at a disadvantage to both Apple and BuyMusic.”

Solution to unresponsive iPod Software Updater

Some of you have experienced this: The recently released Windows iPod Software Updater launches and is completely unresponsive (while CPU usage maxes out at 100%!) - leaving you unable to do anything with your freshly formatted iPod. What a dead end! After some ‘Googling’ I found an app written for exactly this problem: WinniePod will restore or update your iPod regardless.

Editor’s note: URL link has been corrected.

O’Reilly: Unsung Heros and Other iTunes Tips

Derrick Story has written a tip on how to create a smart playlist for those songs that don’t get played often on i iTunes/iPod.

“So I created a new smart playlist titled “Unsung Heros.” In the parameters for the list I set Last Played -> is not in the last -> 30 days, and then I set up a couple more limiters such as Album -> does not contain -> Christmas so Bing Crosby doesn’t constantly appear at the top of my list. One other parameter I set is Limit to 50 songs -> selected by song name.”

iPod voted ‘Best Gadget’ in InfoWorld’s Reader Choice Awards

  • July 26, 2003
  • iPod

Macminute reports that InfoWorld has released its 2003 InfoWorld Readers Choice Awards results and the iPod took top spot as ‘Best Gadget’, sweeping the competiton with 40% of the votes.

“Pushing RIM’s Blackberry out of the way, Apple’s popular digital music player beat out last year’s Best Gadget in one of the this year’s biggest upsets.”

Cringely: One Possible Future for a Music Business

“I call my idea Son of Napster, or Snapster for short.

Napster failed because it was determined by the courts to violate intellectual property rights and because it did not have a successful business model, or any business model for that matter. Any successor to Napster must be both legal (if barely) and profitable. [...]

Snapster is all about ownership. Snapster will be a company that buys at retail one copy of every CD on the market. Figure 100,000 CDs at $14 each requires $1.4 million. Snapster will also be a download service with central servers capable of millions of transactions per day. Figure $100,000 for the download system and bandwidth for one year. Throw in $100,000 for marketing and $400,000 for legal fees and the startup capital required for the business is $2 million.”

‘iPod: The Missing Manual’ book released

  • July 25, 2003
  • iPod

O’Reilly and Associates has released a new book for iPods titled, ‘iPod: The Missing Manual.’ “In this book, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts…” The book covers all Mac and Windows iPod models, iTunes, MusicMatch, iTunes Music Store and retails for $24.95.

“BuyMusic.com blocks Mac access”

Macminute reports that BuyMusic.com has blocked access to Mac users. The page starts to load then it’s redirected to the following message; “Thank you for visiting BuyMusic.com. In order to take full advantage of BuyMusic.com’s offerings you must be on a Windows Operating System using Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher.”

Also noted is a tutorial by MacMerc.com to enable the Safari browser to act like Windows MSIE6.

Dr. Mac: BuyMusic isn’t .com-parable to Mac’s iTunes

“BuyMusic.com’s big marketing push is songs for 79 cents. But it’s a bogus claim. For example, only one song in its Top 100 Downloads section cost 79 cents; all the others had prices from 99 cents to $1.29. [...]

Here’s another example: BuyMusic.com sets strict limits on what you can do with the songs you buy. Most are bound to a single PC, so you’re only allowed to listen on one computer, while every song you buy at iTMS can be played on up to three Macs. [...]

I can’t recommend BuyMusic.com to anyone on any platform. Mac users should avoid it. And Windows users will be better off waiting for iTunes for Windows, available later this year.”

Griffin Announces iTrip Station Finder Software

Griffin Technology has released a free OS X application for finding clear FM stations within the U.S. for use with the iTrip FM transmitter.

“This small free application assists iTrip owners in finding clear frequencies in over 200 cities and towns in the United States. [...] The new iTrip Station Finder application makes this process much easier and faster by suggesting the frequencies that have the least interference near them. [...]

The iTrip Station Finder’s city-based frequency list has been compiled by analyzing extensive data about a given metropolitan area and its current radio station offerings. Frequencies were then selected that were not only empty, but also contained adjacent clear channels. For example in Dallas, TX 102.5 is suggested for use with the iTrip. That means that not only 102.5 is clear, but 102.3 and 102.7 are clear as well.”

Windows: iPod Software 1.3 Update Released

The iPod Software 1.3 Update provides iTunes 4 support, including playback of AAC encoded audio files (Mac-only). For Windows users, iPod Software 1.3 adds support for Audible.com content. Additional enhancements include audio playback and user interface improvements, increased playback time on scroll-wheel iPods, and longer stand-by time for all iPods.

iPod Software Update 1.3 is only compatible with touch-wheel and scroll-wheel iPods without a dock connector. The recently introduced iPods (April 28, 2003) do not need this update.

Dr. Bott naviPod for Original iPod Ships

I received an email today that the naviPod wireless remote is shipping, though the website remains “Preorder, shipping July.”

Vaja Releases New Classic Case for 3G iPod

picVaja has officially released information on its new leather Classic cases for 3G iPods. Featuring snap closure, screen protector, interior storage slot (for credit cards, license, etc.), and an all access design, the flip-top cases are available in two different exterior styles. Models 669 and 667 fit 30GB iPods while the 668 and 665 models fit 10/15GB iPods. Visit the website for information on custom built orders and complete pricing.

Target 15GB iPods in Stock at $359.99

Deals On The Web: Target has restocked the new 15GB iPod at $399.99. Use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN” during checkout to save 10% and drop the price to $359.99. It’s the best current price we’ve seen. Search for “IPOD” to find the deal.

Vaja Announces Classic iPod Case for 3G iPod

pic Vaja has announced to iLounge that they will release their new Classic case for 3G iPods tomorrow. The Classic leather case features a flip-lid design, access to all iPod functions, screen protector, snap closure, and comes in two models for 10/15GB and 30GB. Both models retail for $54.90 and can be purchased tomorrow, Thursday, July 24.

Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for iPod

pic Belkin has posted information about a new car holder called the TuneDok. This is the same iPod holder as being sold in the VW iPod connectivity kit for the ‘Pods Unite’ promotion. The TuneDok features ‘AirGrip’ technology (suction cup) for secure placement, a large and small rubber base plus adapter cup for exact fit in a cup holder, cable management system, and comes with a 3 year warranty. The TuneDok fits all iPod models and retails for $29.99, but is not yet available. Update: The TuneDoc is expected to ship September 15.

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