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PowerMax: Trade-in your old iPod and get a new iPod

  • May 3, 2003

PowerMax Computing has a trade-in program to upgrade from old iPod to new iPod. PowerMax will credit up to $175 toward your new iPod purchase depending on which iPod model you trade-in. They will send the new iPod to you and then allow 10 days for you to ship the old iPod to PowerMax.

  • 5GB credits you $100 toward new iPod purchase at full price

  • 10GB credits you $150 toward new iPod purchase at full price

  • 20GB credits you $175 toward new iPod purchase at full price

    MacCentral’s report:

    “Once they have it and check it over, they credit the appropriate amount to your account. “It has to be in good working order, but iPods whose batteries aren’t ‘up to snuff’ will still be accepted, according to Shawn King, host-producer of Your Mac Life. PowerMax says the whole procedure shouldn’t take longer than 4-6 weeks. Call 1-888-769-7629 for details.”
  • Hope for iPod Software 2.0 features on older iPods

    • May 3, 2003

    iPoding reports there may be hope for iPod Software 2.0 features for older iPods in the future.

    “The first clues are in the iPod Software 2.0 firmware file, specifically the tests in Diagnostic Mode (the gift that keeps giving!)

    What follows are the text strings which represent the names of the tests,  those with emphasis are displayed when running Diagnostic Mode on an iPod with dock connector…”

    A Word of Warning Regarding the New Artwork Feature in iTunes 4

    • May 3, 2003

    In the iLounge boards, “tntracy” has discovered that adding artwork to songs increases the file size. What’s worse, deleting the artwork does NOT return the file size to normal - one must re-rip the song to get the song’s file size back to normal.                           

    New iPods ‘Live On Stage’

    • May 2, 2003

    At 6pm people poured into the Fashion Island Apple Store in Newport Beach, CA for the debut of new iPods at Apple’s Live On Stage event. DJ Hawkeye provided the atmosphere “spinning” two iPods as a saxophonist accompanied him. There were favorable reactions to the iPods as one person exclaimed, “Look how small they are!” And another said, “Those are cool!” We bought our 15GB iPod and received a free black t-shirt with purchase. They were selling them for $10 without purchase. The t-shirt depicted a white outlined iPod on the front and “Live On Stage 5.2.03” on the back. Many were also entering for a chance to win a $1800 JBL sound system. The same system that was being used by the DJ. Upon existing the event, free posters were being handed out. It was also nice seeing iLoungers in the flesh. We’ve posted photos from the event.

    How to record with new iPods

    • May 2, 2003

    iPoding has posted instructions on how to record with new iPods.

    1. Plug in earphones
    2. Activate Diagnostic Mode - Reset (hold MENU and PLAY) and hold down PREVIOUS, NEXT and CENTER buttons at Apple logo - Release buttons and you’ll hear a chirp and Diagnostic mode will appear
    3. Use Next button to navigate to “J. RECORD”
    4. Speak into Left earphone when “BEGIN…” appears
    5. You’ll get about 6 sec. of record time and then “DONE”
    6. Press center button for playback
    7. Press Play/Pause to return to list of tests This is just the mono record feature… as noted here there is also a stereo line-in but that is in the dock connector and activated by “F. LIN REC”

    DvForge Announces Spring Sale Event

    • May 2, 2003

    DVForge has announced special savings on its entire product line including DVBase and DVBaseLtd stands for iPod.

    “Today, DVForge launches it’s Spring Sale event, with savings of from $20 to $50 on DVForge’s entire line of mirror-polished nickel-plated and stainless-steel desk stands for Apple products.

    Starting today, and continuing through May, the DVBase iPod stand is only $39.99, the remaining stock of DVBaseLtd limited edition iPod stands is only $79.99, the DVBaseTi PowerBook stand is just $99.99, and the remaining stock of the DVCube pedestals for the Apple G4 Cube is now only $99.99. DVForge Spring Sale savings are available now from the MacMice Workspace Products Co. web site.”

    Recording feature discovered in new iPods

    • May 2, 2003

    The clever guys at iPoding have discovered that the new iPods have a recording feature built-in!

    “Well, we couldn’t wait so we went to the local Best Buy and picked up a new Gen 2 15GB.  It’s going to be taken apart soon, but we first ran Diagnostic Mode on it.  It has a recording feature! There is also a test for LINEIN that does recording too.  We don’t have a mic to test with it at the moment but after “recording” when we listen to the headphones we hear the sound of nothing recorded (you know what we mean right?)”

    New iPods Live On Stage Tongiht

    • May 2, 2003

    This is a reminder that tonight, May 2nd, Apple will officially present the new iPods to the public at all Apple Stores. Dubbed “Live On Stage”, the event will be held from 6pm to 10pm and there will be a live DJ, free posters, limited-edition t-shirt and more. You can also enter to win a JBL sound system. iLounge will be buying its new iPod at the event held at Apple Store Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. See you there!

    Wired: Music Biz Buzzing Over ITunes

    • May 2, 2003

    Leander Kahney for Wired News writes about industry reactions to the “smash hit”, iTunes Music Store performed by Apple.

    “But all is not rosy. Questions about the size of the store’s catalog, its digital-rights management scheme and how to make the store available to international and Windows users dampen the fireworks a bit. Reaction depends on whom you talk to.”

    NYT: Apple’s New Online Music Service

    • May 2, 2003

    David Pogue, columnist for the New York Times praises the new iTunes Music Store.

    “Now Mr. Jobs and his team have taken another dysfunctional, user-hostile product and bashed the ugliness out of it: the downloadable-music service.”

    BBC: Students get iPods as study aids

    • May 2, 2003

    Apple has donated 50 iPods to students of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.

    “I think they are an excellent learning tool that allows students to learn about music as a form of art instead of just as noise in the background of our lives,” commented one.”

    Speck Products Announces New FlipStand & iPod Skins

    • May 2, 2003
    Speck Products, developers of the FlipStand case for iPod have announced the new FlipStand for 3G (3rd generation) iPods and new iPod Skins for 1st & 2nd generation iPods. The new FlipStand hardcase & stand has access holes for the new iPod’s button arrangement and headphone port. The new iPod Skins, unlike the silicone versions on the market, is made of KRATON, a shock-absorbing, tear-resistant, stretchy plastic. iPod Skins for 1G and 2G iPods will be available in May and work on Skins for 3G iPods has begun. In an email to iLounge, Tim Hickman, GM for Speck Products said, “We’ll be announcing pricing and the exact availability date in two about 2 weeks.”pic

    A Humorous Review of iTunes 4

    • May 1, 2003

    iLounger Nicholas H. emailed us his humorous review of iTunes 4. Click “Read more” for the full review.

    “Green? Green here, green there, green everywhere. The App icon is green, MP3 icons are now green. Last time I saw this much green was when I dreamt I was a head of lettuce.”

    Extensive Photos of New iPod 15GB

    • May 1, 2003

    iLounger Stanley Chan (stan23) has posted 50 photos of his new iPod 15GB. The new iPods are more elegant and refined than the old iPods. Notice how much thinner the new iPod is next to an old iPod 20GB. Impressive.

    iLounge is iTrippin’

    • May 1, 2003
    Griffin shipped our iTrip overnight to iLounge and now it’s in our hands. Simply put, its’ the coolest gadget for iPod. The digital FM transmitter didn’t drift off frequency and provided good sound reception in a small package. So far we’re impressed. The iTrip has a blue LED which isn’t in any of Griffin’s product photos. The LED indicates the iTrip is ‘locking-in” the chosen frequency on initial setup. Then, choose your song and iTrip is transmitting it to your FM receiver. A more detailed review will be posted next week. There are photos posted in the forums.pic

    More Photos of New iPod and Box

    • May 1, 2003

    More photos of iPod III (3rd generation) have been posted in the forums, including photos of the new packaging. Looks like the box is the same size as before.

    dealmac: Apple 5GB iPod for $200, more

    • May 1, 2003
    “ is the first online retailer we know of to begin clearing out stock on older iPods. Snag a iPod 5GB for PC for $199.97, the 10GB iPod for Mac or PC for $249.97, and an iPod 20GB for Mac for $349.97. Each is the lowest price we know to be available. Add around $5 for shipping.”

    Photos of new iPod at SpyMac

    • May 1, 2003

    SpyMac forums member seven5 has recived a new iPod and has posted photos.

    Classic iPod owners’ frustration with Apple makes headlines

    • May 1, 2003

    The Register has picked up the story of Classic iPod owners’ frustration with Apple’s decision not to release iPod 2.0 firmware for Classic iPods. Included in the story is Apple’s heavy-handed policy of deleting any posts to their message board that mentioned the problem in something less than a positive light.

    “To make matters worse, a number of Reg readers claim Apple has been deleting posts from grumbling iPod users. If true - and we should say we had no trouble finding disgruntled user comments - it’s hardly a method guaranteed to calm the fevered brows, but Apple has taken such an arguably arrogant stance before. So have other manufacturers, for that matter.

    So we asked Apple to clarify Gayle’s posting. Unfortunately, it has not responded to our request. Apple has since posted this KnowledgeBase posting which lists the many differences between versions 1.3 and 2.0 of the software.

    That leaves us with little choice but to assume the motive for not upgrading older iPods to 2.0 is more commercial rather than technical. Sure, Apple has a right to make such a move, and it’s by no means unique in doing so, but it could have approached the matter with rather more tact and honesty than it appears to have done.”

    (Thanks to iLounge forums member dan131 for the link.)

    French Mac Site Posts New iPod Photos

    • April 30, 2003

    MacBidouille has posted several photos of a new iPod sent in by reader Emmanuel who was lucky enough to have already gotten one.

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