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Zip your iPod, new case announced

  • June 5, 2003

pic #### Cymbalski, the designer of iSkin and Maclear products has announced the Zip case for iPod. Zip fits new iPod 10/15/30GB models.

“Zip by Maclear will change the way you view and use your new iPod. It is made from the top quality ultra clear PTU material, Zip protects the entire iPod body including the screen and touchwheel. Although covered the touchwheel is fully functional. Zip comes with a removable chrome belt clip stub, so now it’s zip it, protect it, use it, wear it and show it off. When the belt clip stub is removed Zip offers excellent protection when iPod is being slid into and pulled out of leather and plastic cases. You won’t want to handle your precious new iPod without it. It only costs $12.50 with the belt clip. Zip up, it’s a rough world out there.”

Cymbalski also mentioned to look out for new features on the iSkin iPod case and more new case designs in the near future. Zip is available now for pre-order at ThinkDifferentStore.com at a special introductory price of $10.

“MP3.com backs Apple’s new iPod”

Internet Magazine reports MP3.com Europe will be promoting its service to registered iPod owners by offering exclusive tracks.

“‘With the launch of iTunes Music Store in the US and now the new iPod, Apple is leading the industry in the delivery of pay-per-track online music,’ said Leanne Sharman, VP of sales & marketing, MP3.com Europe. ‘This represents a resounding vote of confidence in our European marketing and distribution mechanism that they’ve chosen to market this exciting new product on our sites on the back of the successful campaign we ran for the company at the end of last year.’”

Belkin Auto Kit for new iPod may not fit some cars

pic MacFixit reports that Belkin’s soon to be released Auto Kit w/ Dock Connector for new iPod is too long for some car’s cigarette lighter power adapters.

“Some Volkswagen models, and perhaps cars from other manufacturers, have too shallow a recession in the cigarette lighter to accommodate the Belkin adapter. Unfortunately, the Belkin is one of the only solutions available that includes a connector for the new proprietary FireWire/Power port on the new iPods. “

KBase Documents updated for iPod

Apple has posted updates to the following KnowledgeBase Documents for iPod.

iPod: How to Find Software Version
iPod for Windows: Delay While MusicMatch Connects to iPod
iPod for Windows: How to Update MUSICMATCH Jukebox
iPod for Windows: How to Install MUSICMATCH Jukebox Software

PDASmart iPod battery replacement review

iPodHacks has a review of PDASmart’s iPod battery replacement kit.

“Using the plastic tools provided, I was able to pop open the iPod in about a minute, without any marring to the iPod itself. Once open, it was a matter of removing the old battery and simply replacing it with the new. Much more straightforward than I had pictured. Once in place, the iPod came alive (the battery happened to have a bit of charge to it as shipped), I popped the metal shell back in place, and plugged it in for a full charge. So far I’ve used it for most of a work-day in the office and it’s still at 4-ticks on the battery meter. Good as new. Wow - what a difference!”

Dissecting iPod after slamming it in a car door

Tom Robinson at Macteens.com has posted a photo tutorial on how to dissect your old iPod after having accidently slammed a car door on his iPod 5GB. He decided to take it apart and auction the parts on eBay, after which he received about $230 not including the damaged hard drive.

“My iPod was dead; there was no doubt about it. The warranty had already expired so I decided to dissect it. I had previously taken the back cover off in order to sand the metallic casing for a brushed metal look, but I had never taken anything apart.”

JR Hill Introduces The Wrap for new iPods

The Wrap for the new Apple 10, 15 & 30GB iPods is a simple, inexpensive, clear vinyl wrap to protect your new iPods finish from srcatches and fingerprints. Made specifically for those who don’t want a full size case and want some protection when keeping their iPod in their pocket, backpack, purse, fanny pack, etc. With simple static cling, The Wrap clings to the iPods front, back, sides and bottom. Since the new iPods have touch sensitive scroll wheel and buttons, the iPod is fully usable through the clear vinyl. The top is exposed for easy access to the headphone/remote jacks and hold switch. By simply peeling back the back piece, you have access to the bottom data/charging port. The Wrap for Apple iPod is available now for $7.99 with a special shipping price of only $2.00.

PowerDesign releases BodyMasks for new iPods

pic PowerDesign has released new iPod BodyMasks for new iPods. New designs include BodyMasks for the iPod remote and docking station. BodyMasks are stickers die-cut to fit the iPod, remote, power adapter and docking station. BodyMasks come in BodyMask Clear ($5.50), BodyMask Color ($5.50) with 10 different colors to choose from and SelfDesign BodyMask ($9.50) for printing your own design. Pre-printed BodyMasks are also available. You can read our review of the SelfDesign BodyMask for an iPod 5GB.

DLO Action Jacket now shipping

  • June 3, 2003

DLO (EverythingiPod.com) is now shipping the Action Jacket neoprene case for new iPods. The case is available in Licorice, Indigo, Apple Red and Graphite colors,  and retails for $29.99 plus shipping.

“At 2.5mm of thick neoprene, the Action Jacket has a custom play-through design, allowing access to iPod’s jog wheel, four new buttons and display. Independent velcro tab at top provides access to iPod’s Hold Button. Grippy, textured neoprene sides and ribbed piping along seams provide extra support.”

Daring Fireball vs. Knee-Jerk Critics

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has weighed in on the iTunes Internet Sharing issue, offering a sound rebuttal to the several digital pundits levying criticism against Apple for disabling the feature in iTunes 4.01.

“I think it was more of a social experiment. Rendezvous networking is built on top of IP networking, so once the programming work was done to support sharing locally, it was likely very little extra work to allow it to work between any two IP addresses. The potential for abuse was obvious, but so was the potential utility. And so I think Apple tried giving everyone the benefit of the doubt with iTunes 4.0’s sharing capabilities. “

iPod 20GB for PC for $299

Dealmac: A reader notes that The Apple Store offers the factory-refurbished iPod 20GB for PC for $299 in its Special Deals section. Although we’ve seen new, factory-sealed units for $20 less than this, it’s the lowest price we know to be currently available for this discontinued iPod. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

iPod Engraving Utility launched

A new web based, virtual iPod engraving utility has been launched.

“The iPod Engraving Utility was created on June 1, 2003. We’re interested in seeing what a particular engraving would look like without having to waste money on an iPod whose engraving is a tad silly; hence the creation of this utility. The more humorous submissions are catalogued in our gallery.  Feel free to go vote whether or not you love or hate the submissions.”

AnandTech: Apple’s New iPod - Evolutionary, not Revolutionary

AnandTech has posted a long (15 webpages) and comprehensive review of the iPod. MusicMatch, XPlay and iTunes 4 as well as taking the iPod apart are covered in the review.

“With the original iPod, Apple had a clear winner on their hands with a revolutionary   new approach to portable MP3 players. The new iPod, albeit only an evolutionary   improvement over the old unit, continues to extend Apple’s dominance in this   sector.

For current iPod owners, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to upgrade to   the new iPod, although the small size of the player is definitely tempting.  The functionality of the player remains virtually unchanged, which means you’ll   still probably want to hold on to your expensive investment.”

Becart announces new pricing for new iPod stand

  • June 3, 2003

picBecart will be increasing the price of their new all aluminum iPod stand to $34.95+shipping after it sells the ten initial samples for $29.95+shipping. Becart adjusted its initial pricing, because the time required to manufacture one stand was more than originally anticipated. Note: the Becart iPod stand is made for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

Fox News: Will the Beatles Takea Bite of Apple Computer?

Roger Friedman for Fox News reports that Apple may soon be sued by the Beatles over the iTunes Music Store.

“Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs was such a Beatle fan that he named his company after the record label.

But the Beatles, who are notoriously protective of their rights and quite litigious, weren’t so happy with Jobs. In 1981 they made him sign something agreeing never to go into the music business in order to keep a name they had trademarked. ...

iPod 10GB for $269 shipped

Dealmac: Dell Home again offers the iPod 10GB for $269.10 in its Software and Peripherals store, as a reader found. It’s the lowest price we know to be available for a current-generation iPod. Shipping is free.

iPod Designer Awarded ‘Designer of the Year’

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s industrial designer for the iPod and iMac has been awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ as reported by Charles Arthur, Technology Editor for the Independent.

“The prestigious prize from the Design Museum in London is worth 25,000 for ‘the UK designer that made the biggest contribution to design in the past year’. Mr Ive, 36, who has been the vice-president of industrial design at Apple since 1998, received the prize after flying in from California, where he works at Apple’s head office in Cupertino.

‘Jonathan’s designs have touched millions of people’s lives and transformed the workplace,’ said the fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, who was on the judging panel.”

NY Post: Apple, Amazon in Online Music Talks

It seems that Amazon might soon be jumping on the iTunes Music Store band wagon. Tim Arango at the New York Post reports Apple and Amazon are negotiating a deal to make iTMS available on Amazon.com.

“The parties are in advanced talks and a deal is expected, though sources warn that negotiations might still unravel.

[...]

At Amazon’s annual meeting last week in Seattle, Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive officer, talked about opening a digital music store, telling reporters, ‘We’ve been looking at it for years.’”

Get your STUFFBAK when you lose it

iLounger Kenneth Armstrong recently reported he had lost his iPod after a cab ride in Toronto, Canada. The story prompted many comments from readers, including iLounger Rob who posted a link to a company named STUFFBAK offering a lost and found service using labels you adhere to your prized possessions.

How does it work? Buy a pack of STUFFBAK labels, stick one on your iPod and activate the label via the toll-free 800 number or fill-out the online form. Each label comes with a unique label ID number. If you lose your iPod, someone can easily return it by reporting it lost on STUFFBAK.com, or call for courier pick up or drop it off at a Mail Boxes Etc. STUFFBAK offers a standard reward of $20 of STUFFBAK ID labels in return. You also have the option of adding your own reward amount within your online STUFFBAK account. Returned items are shipped by STUFFBAK to you for $14.95 plus shipping. STUFFBAK offers individual labels starting at $1.95, specialty packs starting at $7.95 (2 labels) and all-purpose packs up to $69.95 (45 labels).

Apple Store: Refurbished iPod accessories

  • June 1, 2003

Apple has posted several iPod accessories on its “Special Deals” page in the Apple Store. Also listed is iPod 10GB for Windows for $199.

  • Incase Sleeve for iPod $19.95                                          

  • XtremeMac Firewire Car Charger for iPod $19.95                                          

  • Monster iSplitter for iPod $12.95                                          

  • Belkin TuneCast FM Transmitter for iPod $29.95

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