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Analyst expects Napster to lead in online music market

“‘This is the next major shift in music,’ said Gene Munster, a senior research analyst with US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, an investment bank. He expects Napster to lead the way with a 30 percent share of the online music market and Apple, with a combination of Macintosh and Windows users, in second, with 20 percent. He does not own stock in either company, but his firm has sought banking business with them.”

Apple iTunes Support

Apple has created an iTunes for Windows Support and iTunes for Mac OS X Support web page featuring links to Top Support Articles, iTunes Tip of the Week and New iTunes 4 Tutorials. We encourage all iTunes users to browse these resources.

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Indie Labels Sign Up for iTunes

“Matador Records, Kill Rock Stars, and SpinART all announced partnerships with Apple’s iTunes Music Store this week, suddenly inundating indie-rock fans with hundreds upon hundreds of legally available downloads, with thousands more songs on the way.  Apple had been courting indie labels since June, according to one label source: ‘Apple wasn’t taking on any indies earlier because they weren’t set up to handle lots of small deals—they just wanted to launch with the big five [BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.], whom they also assumed (wrongly) would all be better set up to deliver them metadata and content.’”

Belkin posts iPod Media Reader support documents

Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Media Reader. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.

Belkin posts iPod Voice Recorder support documents

Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Voice Recorder. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.

iTunes for Windows may face new piracy threat

“Apple’s successful music download service iTunes faces a new threat of misuse now that it has been extended to include users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, say experts.

The threat comes from the combination of the relatively light copy protection iTunes uses and the big increase of potential hackers that comes with opening up to the world’s most common operating system.

The paid-for download service was the first to lure music fans away from free file-sharing music networks. Since launching in April 2003, Apple says more than 13 million songs have been downloaded.”

Apple/Analysts on the iTunes Music Store, iPod

“Hell may have frozen over, as Apple’s Web site says, but the battle for supremacy in the digital music distribution market is just heating up. With the release of iTunes Music Store for Windows, Apple is confident that they have the solution to beat the competition. With the help of the iPod digital music player, analysts agree that Apple has an edge.

Windows users have been able to buy an iPod for some time now, but using the iPod with a Windows-based personal computer wasn’t as easy as it is on a Macintosh. Apple partnered with MusicMatch for a while, making it the standard for Windows users, but it still didn’t match the Mac experience. With the release of iTunes for Windows, users of both platforms can have the exact same experience, but more importantly, both now have access to the iTunes Music Store.”

Griffin iTrip Makes the iPod Truly Portable

O’Grady’s PowerPage has posted an excellent review of the new iTrip.

“A number of FM modulators have been released since the introduction of the iPod but most have suffered from limited band selection and poor sound quality. Neither appears to be the case with the US$35 iTrip from Griffin Technology.

An FM modulator essentially turns the iPod into a low power radio station, taking the iPod signal and re-broadcasting it to an FM station of your choosing. The idea is to find an FM radio station that isn’t being used, digital tuners work best, then broadcast your iPod to it.”

Shure E Series Earphones at Discounted Prices

iLounger David has found that the Pro Audio SuperStore is offering Shure E Series earphones at heavy discounts with free shipping. These prices are substantially lower than what Shure is offering on its own website.

  • Shure E1 Earphones $201.55 $139.00
  • Shure E2 Earphones $110.00

  • XtremeMac iPod Car Charger for $20

    Dealmac: AllAboutTheAccessories.com has the XtremeMac iPod Car Charger for third-generation iPods (with docking port) for $19.50 plus $1.95 shipping. That’s $4 less than the best price we’ve seen elsewhere.

    MacMice Releases DockCover

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    “The DockCover is being offered as an extremely limited edition of only 200 pieces, each one individually serial numbered. Each DockCover is machined from 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum, is hand polished, and is laser engraved with both the DVForge mark and a serial number between 001 and 200. The DockCover is fully described and available for paid pre-order from the MacMice Workspace Products Co. web site, will ship on November 10th, and is priced at $69.99.”

    Editor’s note: The price has been lowered to $39.99.

    OSNews: iTunes for Windows Speed Not Acceptable

    “So far, so good. I found no glitches with the application or its stability. Except one thing: its UI speed. For the life of me, I am almost unable to resize the iTunes window (with visual effects OFF no less)! Its window UI is almost unresponsive. Menus and native-windows-looking alerts are responsive and fast, however the metal interface is just unusable here. I can’t easily resize the application, and with difficulty I can scroll the scrollbars in the store or the Library! After many attempts, I managed to get the window size down to about 640x480 and then the application did become more responsive and workable. But on a normal ~1024x1000 window, it is just unusable. There are times I can’t even move the whole window across the screen! Note: I am not talking about playback (which works fine with no performance issues), or when in mini-mode: I am talking about scrolling/resizing the app when the window is in normal mode and bigger than 800x600. Resizing the window when in “Music Store” is almost impossible here! Update: Upgrading to the latest graphics drivers didn’t help. “

    QuickTime Video of Apple Music Event Now Available

    Fow your viewing pleasure, Apple has now released the QuickTime video of yesterday’s Introduction of iTunes for Windows, as presented by Steve Jobs.

    Apple Posts iTunes Link Maker

    “Welcome to iTunes Link Maker. This simple web interface will automatically generate html you can copy-and-paste into your own code to create deep links to any music on the iTunes Music Store. Simpy enter a song name, album name, artist name, or any combination of the three to get started:”

    Also note that you can also “drag a web page from the iTunes Music Store to a document or email” as noted by this iTunes 4.1: What’s New Knowledge Base Document. We’re wondering how can iLounge use these tools to auto generate Reader’s Recommendations or similar from iTunes? We’d like your suggestions on possibly creating a new feature on iLounge to share your iTunes playlist (not the songs).

    First Look at Belkin Media Reader

    iPoding has posted a first look at Belkin’s new Media Reader for iPod.

    “After finishing the importing and disconnecting the Media Reader we connected iPod to the PowerBook and launched iPhoto. iPhoto recognized iPod as a camera and the and brought up the import screen.  We clicked the import button.  We should note that we had imported two rolls into the iPod and iPhoto behaved as though it was importing both.  It turns out however that only the first roll made it into iPhoto.  (Please note: As noted above, we needed to reformat the card after the first time we imported and erased the card via iPod.  Something went very wrong along the way and subsequent imports from the card to iPod resulted in corrupted files.)”

    Refurbished 30GB iPod $350 at CompUSA.com

    CompUSA is offering refurbished 30GB iPods for $349 as a special Internet price only. Quantities are limited, sold as is and cannot be returned, and includes a one year Apple warranty.

    CNET: Will iTunes make Apple shine?

    “Although Apple Computer launched its iTunes Music Store for Windows amid much fanfare, the company said it doesn’t have any illusions that it can make great profits from selling songs over the Internet.

    Instead, Apple is counting on the store as a key part of an overall music business for the company that can produce substantial profits—mainly through sales of its iPod digital music player.

    “The iPod makes money. The iTunes Music Store doesn’t,” Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller told CNET News.com in an interview Thursday after the launch of the Windows version of the store. “

    Wired: ITunes, Now for the Rest of Us

    “During a slick presentation in downtown San Francisco on Thursday morning, Mick Jagger, Bono and Dr. Dre joined Jobs to endorse a new version of Apple’s iTunes software and music store for the Mac and Windows. [...]

    Like the Mac version, iTunes for Windows offers songs a la carte at 99 cents a pop, and albums for $10. Songs can be shared between three computers—any combination of Macs or Windows PCs—and copied ten times to CD or any number of iPods. On the Mac, the service has won praise for its ease of use and liberal usage rights.”

    2.1 Doesn’t Fix Gap Between Songs

    A reader at iPoding reports that “despite some other nice improvements in the 2.1 firmware (especially the dynamic playlist), Apple still hasn’t been able to eliminate the gap between songs.”

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