“How can rival MP3 jukebox manufacturers end music fans’ love affair with Apple’s iPod?
Taking on the Apple iPod is a brave move. The iPod has claimed the moniker of the Walkman of the 21st century for its superb design, compact size, usability and, unusually for Apple, competitive price. Several manufacturers have tried but so far none have succeeded in loosening the all-conquering Apple product’s vice-like grip on the MP3 jukebox market.
However what was once a niche product area is now moving towards the mainstream. Sony is predicting a huge growth in network audio (any personal audio device that plays MP3 files including CD and MiniDisc) in the coming year and several other makers have big plans for product launches in the area.”
Innovacases.com has announced their website launch as the official reseller of Vaja cases in Europe.
Well, we were wondering if someone was going to do this… and they did. A reader has submitted photos of his iPod Halloween costume. “I decided to go to the office Halloween party as something more Apple-like. And it won first prize!” It even has a built-in drink holder.
The eXo 2 for 1 has been extended until Monday, November 3rd to give a chance to those that are not sure if they want an eXo or Xskn. Details of the new Xskn case will be released this weekend. How to hold your eXo 2 for 1 order for 15days: submit an unpaid order on the www.lajo.biz site and it will be held in a database for 15 days before it is deleted. If you decide that you want to complete your order just follow the instructions on the auto email that will be sent to you.
Dealmac: Apple offers free custom engraving, a $20 value, on all new iPods purchased at The Apple Store. Offer ends November 5, 2003.
Dealmac: A reader notes that Dell Home offers Apple’s 40GB iPod MP3 Player for $449.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. Coupon code “56BAD54168D2” chops $30 off, yielding a net price of $419.10. That’s $30 off our last mention and the best price we’ve seen. Shipping is free. Offer ends today.
ExtremeTech has revealed that XtremeMac will be releasing a Bluetooth adapter which will allow the iPod to “stream music from the player
According to Japanese website A-bony, Burton are to release three new iPod jackets and a backpack. There are two men’s jackets, the Shield and Ronin 2L, one for the ladies, the Radar 2L, and the Amp Pack backpack are all expected to be announced November 1, 2003. Apple/Burton released the first model Amp Jacket at Macworld San Francisco in January 2003 and have since been discontinued. The new Burton jackets and Amp Pack use “SOFTswitch technology, which allows the iPod to be controlled through a soft, flexible control pad.” Photos and an illustration of the Amp Pack are available at the bottom of the A-bony website. We had an earlier report about the Amp Pack back in March 2003.
The Age (Australia) has posted an interesting article about iTunes for Windows, not to mention, they even linked to us!
“While there [are] a couple of minor bugs in the Windows version (see the Windows forum at ilounge.com), and some annoyances - chiefly the fact that you cannot fully maximise the application - it makes the ripping and organising of music, including drag-and-drop creation of playlists and fast burning of CDs, absurdly simple.
We suspect that whether they own iPods or not, Windows users will be eager to try out a jukebox application that is not only powerful, simple and elegant, but also free. Once they experience that, they might start wondering what it would be like to have iMovie, iCal and the rest of the in-built applications you get with a Mac.”
Dealmac: A reader found that CircuitCity.com offers the Apple 40GB iPod MP3 player for $449.99 with free shipping. It’s the lowest total price we know to be available. (Target.com has the same price after a 10% off coupon but charges shipping.)
One of our forum members has noted that Apple is emailing some of its customers with a special Anniversary Promotion celebrating the 6th year of their online Apple Store.
Discounts have not been consistent with one report of $25 off purchases above $250, and another $100 off purchases above $999. Customers are being emailed specific Claim Codes, so this offer is not available for the general public.
“With a program for Macs and PCs that allows users to listen to the music of any iTuner who authorizes it and is on the same network, more Stanford students are jumping on the iTunes bandwagon. [...]
‘They have a super cool just-as-good-as-Mac version out now for Windows, ‘Wang said. ‘Once you get the program, you can access the MP3 music library of anyone on the local network (so it’s almost as good as downloading, but you don’t fill up your hard drive) and, oh yeah, it’s not illegal. Woohoo’”
Griffin Technology is now shipping the iFire Amp and Adaptor for Apple Pro Speakers.
Brian VanHarlingen, Sr. Technology Manager for Belkin has submitted an official statement to iLounge regarding Belkin’s position on the Media Reader transfer issue.
A reader at dpreview.com has discovered that transferring large files from large capacity compact flash cards is a slow process. A 500MB file transferred from card to Media Reader took 22 minutes. Other transfer tests indicate slow speeds as well - about 1 minute to transfer a 20MB file at 0.300MB per second. Belkin has acknowledged that there is a problem with large file transfers. Belkin is said to be working with Apple to solve the problem. If it’s an hardware issue, Belkin says it will replace the units. If it’s a software issue, Apple will most likely release a firmware update.
A reader has informed us of an Apple iPod presentation on the Apple Sales Web website (members only). Of interest, is a slide depicting a photo of an iPod with an illustrated LCD remote, radio tuner and microphone. Two of the four accessories listed in the slide are shipping - the microphone and photo card reader by Belkin. And Griffin Technology has already announced an FM tuner for iPod. This information leads us to believe that one day there may be an LCD remote released as well. One can only hope. iLounge has verified the Apple iPod presentation for authenticity and concludes it is not a fake.