“The piracy-battered music industry will for the first time sue British, French and Austrian music fans, including a French school teacher, as it intensifies its legal crackdown on Internet song-swappers. [...]
Trade group the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said on Thursday it filed 459 criminal and civil lawsuits against some of the most prolific users of Internet file-sharing networks in the UK, France and Austria. The number includes a second wave of suits in Germany, Italy and Denmark.”
The Vice Presidential debate between Republican incumbent Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic challenger Senator John Edwards is now available as a free download in the iTunes Music Store and Audible.com.
Today we received an email from a David Wong in Hong Kong who has designed his own iPod case. Inspired by the late actress, Audrey Hepburn, David has created the sheep skin Hepburn Bag for iPod. “I love [to] design things and would like to see if a stylish design, with thoughts and characters behind it can win over the “You-have-seen-it-all-computer-accessory” stuff. After all, I love my iPod and its spirit; I really believe that it deserves a more classy fashion statement.” The Hepburn Bag includes a belt clip and detachable carry strap. The case is available for pre-order for $26 and will be available next month. Limited production of 100 only.
MacMinute reports “Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said today that based on a survey of 600 teenagers, Apple’s iPod is dominating “mindshare and market share.” Munster said in a research note that of all the high school students surveyed, 16 percent currently own an iPod and 24 percent plan to buy an iPod within the next year. Munster also noted that the iPod ranked fourth on the teens’ holiday wish list—behind clothes, money, and a car—even though the iPod was not an answer option and had to be written in as a response.”
With iPod It you can take all your important information with you. Your Entourage events, e-mail and notes can be exported to your iPod and are available whenever you need them. Going on a trip? Download a forecast of the city you’re visiting. And don’t stop there; download directions so you know how to get around once you get there.
View your Outlook Contacts, Calendars, Tasks and Notes on your iPod. iPodSync is a tool for Windows users to keep your Microsoft Outlook calendar and contact information synchronized between your PC and your iPod.
You’re standing by and enjoying a bonfire and listening to your iPod, suddenly a friend approaches and scares you. Your iPod fumbles between your fingers as it quickly descends into a firey grave. After the fire clears, you find your iPod burnt to a crisp… but it still turns on. The hard drive creates a loud “this can’t be good” sound and the outside of the iPod looks similar to a toasted marshmallow. The moral of the story… fire + iPod = bad.
Migo Personal for iPod transforms the popular MP3 player into more than a mobile jukebox. It allows users to harness their personalized computer settings on any PC, providing the most productive and comfortable environment possible. The Migo software stores Outlook® email, calendar and contacts. Internet Explorer favorites and browsing history as well as data files, presentations and much more on the iPod’s hard drive.
Migo Personal for iPod is expected to begin shipping in November for an estimated price of $99.95 with an introductory limited-time $30.00 rebate offer.
euPOD PRO (aka euPOD Volumeboost) is a small tool that will increase your iPod volume in a few seconds! This is handy for people using mp3gain or for European iPods with volume restriction.
“Speaking to an exclusive gathering of press in London on a number of issues, such as security, Steve Ballmer didn’t pass up the opportunity to take several digs at his company’s arch rival Apple. [...]
Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece - at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: ‘We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen’.’”
Apple has posted a job seeking a RF Hardware Engineer with “knowledge of communication circuits and interest in physical principles utilized in modern radio communication devices, thorough knowledge of modulation methods, coding, compression or encryption.” Could this mean the possibility of a future iPod with radio capabilites?
“Citing ‘numerous sources in Asia,’ Thomas Weisel analyst Jason Pflaum said Apple will use SigmaTel’s controller chips for a player it’s planning to launch this Christmas. [...]
Unlike Apple’s hugely popular iPod and iPod Mini players, the new player would use solid-state flash memory, which has less capacity but can make for a lighter, cheaper player.”
Apple has quietly changed the design of the iPod mini packaging by reducing the size of the original square box by about one third. The new package is shorter from front to back, but remains the same height as the old. The package retains its clam shell design, folding open into two halves. The iPod mini is now on the left while the accessories are on the right. There are no longer any front flaps or instruction manual/CD package obscuring the view of the mini or accessories after opening the two halves. In order to unpack the contents in the new package, you must open the flaps on top of each half, which are marked by icons indicating their contents (headphones, cables, and so on).
“‘Podcasting’ is a term that is probably unfamiliar to most people, but it represents a real potential change in the radio landscape. A small group of enthusiasts has begun cobbling together a way to easily share homemade radio shows, eventually allowing people to reach large numbers of listeners by completely bypassing the current structure of radio. [...]
But Podcasting—like blogging—seems to combine the best of the Internet with the best of traditional media. It’s a way for someone to create and distribute a show to 40 people. And it also would allow a media company to distribute audio content to millions.”
“Apple Computer is planning the next wave of expansion for its popular iTunes online music store with a multi-country European launch in October, the service’s chief architect said on Wednesday.
“We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month,” Eddie Cue, Apple’s vice president of applications told music executives at the annual Popkomm conference in the German capital.”
Incase Designs has announced the Incase Charger for all iPods (with dock connector) and iPod mini. The charger is designed to work in a car or as a wall adapter via the flip-up, two prong, connector. “With charging capability in standby or play mode, a smooth gray rubber exterior and audio plug-in for FM and tape transmission, the Incase Charger is the completely functional and stylish way to charge up an iPod or iPod mini.” The Incase Charger retails for $49.95 and will be available the first week of November exclusively from Apple as well as the Incase webstore.
Battery Technology Incorporated (BTI) has announced three new iPod accessories: The iPod Battery ii, a thinner and smaller sequel to The iPod Battery; The iPod Auto/Air Power Adapter, an iPod power source made for use both in airplanes and cars; and The iPod To Go, a combination belt clip and neck strap accessory for iPods. iLounge will post a review of The iPod Battery ii shortly.
“ZVOX one-box audio systems sound great, fit anywhere and are ultra-simple to use. Our exclusive PhaseCue™ and Infinite Compliance technologies create an extremely wide, room-filling soundstage comparable to large systems with speakers 10-12 feet apart from each other. Our PhaseCue circuitry creates clearly-audible “virtual surround sound