Unfortunately, iPod’s in Australia are etchnically in breach of copyright if you copy CD’s to them! Plus, iTunes music service is not available in Australia anytime soon.
Dealmac: MacResQ offers the reseller-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod with the Sennheiser MX500 portable headphones for $389.99. (Add both to your shopping cart and apply coupon code “IPODHP” to drop the headphones to $0.) We couldn’t price the pair separately for less elsewhere. The iPod is covered by a 90-day MacResQ warranty.
CNET News has posted information on how the recent iTunes DRM hack works.
For all those Aussies and Kiwis that seem to be excluded from any competitions to win an iPod (as they are based in US), we now get a healthy option! Blackmores is offering one of 3 Canon Digital Video Cameras, 5 10GB iPods, and 10 World Music Chill Out CD Packs to winners of a simple and fun quiz. Competition closes 12th Dec 2003. Good Luck!
“Digital music download services are exploding, with the number of US consumers downloading tracks doubling in the first half of 2003.
Ownership of MP3 players such as Apple’s market leading iPod is also climbing: 19 per cent of US music downloaders own such devices - up from 12 per cent in December 2002.
A quarterly digital music behaviour report from research firmIpsos-Insight shows that in late June 2003, “roughly” one out of six (16 per cent) of US music downloaders aged 12 and older had paid to download music online. The company says this is the equivalent of 10 million people.”
Dealmac: ExperCom has stock of the factory-refurbished Apple 5GB iPod for $149 plus $10.50 shipping. It’s the cheapest iPod we’ve seen. A one-year Apple warranty applies.
Execute once and get open and permament access to hidden iPod audio files, directly from the Finder and from the iPod itself, without third party utilities. Volume limit removal for European iPods, complete filesystem dump and indepth device system info. Easy drag and drop installation, native OS X brushed metal interface.
AppleCare has a new article on 3G iPod batteries:
I daveloped an iTrip station locator together to help the iPod & iTrip users out there. It was a pain to go through the MANY stations to find the best one to use with my iPod. Now you can add your favortie iTrip station to the list so others may easily find the best station in their city!
Based on my conversations with a Griffin Technology representative at the Mac Expo London, I have discovered Griffin Technology is about to release a new product, called the iTalk. The iTalk is to be a device similar to Belkin’s Voice Recorder, but with more advanced functionality.
I’ve posted an article on my blog about using the iTunes Music Service as a means to obtain new tracks that are included in greatest hits collections without having to buy the entire album. I thought I’d pass it along in case the other readers of this site would be interested.
Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the 30GB 3rd Generation (2003) iPod for $389.99. Add the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger ($20 value) to your shopping cart along with the 30GB iPod, and then use coupon code “30POD” to get the charger for Free. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/26/03.
In an article about how companies are embracing modern design to drive sales, Fortune magazine has named the Altec Lansing inMotion speakers for iPod one of its 25 Best Products of the Year.
The Neistat brothers have taken it upon themselves to ‘redecorate’ iPod posters with their public service announcement which reads; iPod’s Unreplaceable Battery Lasts Only 18 Months. A QuickTime video of their efforts has been posted at www.ipodsdirtysecret.com
Editor’s note: Contrary to their belief the iPod battery is replaceable
MacMinute reports one of its readers has discovered that you can now send iTunes Gift Certificates purchased from the online Apple Store via United States Postal Service. Previously you could only send gift certificates to someone via email. Gift certificates are available from $10 to $200 to purchase and download music from the iTunes Music Store.
“Jon Lech Johansen, better known as DVD Jon for his authorship of the DeCSS decryption software, has turned his attention to Apple’s locked music format. [...]
Apple negotiated a loophole for its iTunes Music Store that allows a playlist to be burned to a CD ten times. When Johansen’s program completes, it displays the message “Success! Fair Use Enabled”.
When iTMS began selling locked music in April, Johansen described it as the least fair-use hostile. Johansen’s program defangs it one step further.”
Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics has the lowest price we know to be available for the new AppleCare Protection Plan for iPods, which extends the warranty coverage and phone support to two years from the date of purchase. It charges $55, $4 less than Apple.
Kevin Muoio informs us of his line of iPod t-shirts which simply display a line of text which reads ‘ask me about my iPod.’ and another that reads ‘i own an iPod.’ Each design is available on several shirt styles/colors and start at $19.
Extends telephone support from 90 days to up to two years
Extends hardware coverage from one year to up to two years
Provides expert support for both Mac and Windows users
Leander Kahney for Wired News writes about the ‘jack sharing’ phenomenon reported earlier on iLounge. In his story Kahney talks to Steve Crandall (known as ‘esc’ in the iLounge forums) about his recent experience with ‘jack sharing’ in his hometwon in New Jersey. The story goes on to expose other ‘jack sharing’ locales, including Cambridge, UK.
“‘She walked right up to me and got within my comfort field,’ Crandall stammered. ‘I was taken aback. She pulled out the earbuds on her iPod and indicated the jack with her eyes.’
Warily unplugging his own earbuds, Crandall gingerly plugged them into the woman’s iPod, and was greeted by a rush of techno.
‘We listened for about 30 seconds,’ Crandall said. “No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off.’”