Apple has released new 20 and 40GB iPods and have dropped the 15 and 30GB models from the the iPod line up. Each of the new models include Apple earphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, PC FireWire adapter, wired remote, carrying case w/ belt clip, iPod dock and one year warranty. The 20GB costs $399 and the 40GB is $499, and joins the existing 10GB for $299.
We recently reported that Smart is manufacturing the limitied-edition i-move car with built-in connectivity for iPod. Macworld UK has posted a photo and more information regarding this new development.
“Macworld sources say the iPod connects to the car stereo, with a dock that’s built-into the car. It shows up on the stereo as an auxiliary device, and can be controlled using the stereo. Just one hundred so-equipped Smart cars will be released in France, though “Smart UK is really interested in doing the same,” said a source.
Unlike the US ‘iPods unite’ promotion of a Volkswagen Beetle with an iPod that connects to the car using a cassette stereo adaptor, Smart have built connectivity into the vehicle.”
Shinza has released a line of accessory cases for digital devices including a small size said to be perfect for iPod. The ZeroShock Mobile Accessory cases feature “high-resistance polyurethane foam that provides superior absorption of external impact force”, two mesh pockets, comes in three sizes (small, medium and long), and is available in black or grey.
“Wolfson Microelectronics has this morning confirmed plans to float on London’s Stock Exchange this year.
The company makes the digital audio chips used in Apple’s iPod products. Its technologies appear in products from other manufacturers, including Microsoft. You’ll find them in digital cameras, mobile phones, DVD players and games consoles.”
In the October issue of MacWorld UK the upcoming Apple Expo Paris 2003 is expected to reveal the introduction of aluminium 15” PowerBooks. Shortages of Apple products is also mentioned which includes the iPod.
Deals on The Web: Deal Express offers the new, open box 3rd generation 15GB iPod for $329.99. It’s among the best prices we’ve seen. No warranty information is listed on the site.
The latest MacGeneration website reports that Smart will introduce the i-move car onto the European auto market. Using the same concept as Volkswagens’ “Pods Unite” campaign, Smart will present the new i-move during the Apple Expo in Paris. The i-move and the new Smart Roadster will feature built-in connectivity for iPod.
“During the summer, Apple became one of the coolest companies in America. At least that’s what youth marketing experts who follow the tastes of teenagers say.
Thanks to the iPod, the iTunes Music Store and the PowerMac G5, Apple is one of the hottest companies in youth culture, say so-called “cool hunters,” researchers who track buying trends among young people. [...]
This fall, the iPod is the No. 2 ‘must have’ item for the back-to-school season, right after new shoes, according to Look-Look’s August youth culture newsletter. A new computer or laptop comes third on the list, specifically an iMac or PowerMac G5.”
Deals on the Web: MacResQ has the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod for $29.99, $5 off their regular price. Use coupon code “RESQ” to get the discount. The device works with iPods that have a FireWire port on top, not the new dock-interface models. It’s among the best prices we’ve seen. Coupon expires 9/10/03.
“Consumers can resell CDs purchased in a record shop, but what about digital music files downloaded from an online store?
George Hotelling wants to know. In a move that could spark a novel legal test of Internet music resale rights, the Web developer in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Tuesday night put a digital song he purchased online at Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store up for auction on eBay. [...]
The effort has apparently resonated with online music aficionados, many of whom have expressed anger at copyright controls used by licensed Internet music services, including iTunes. With the auction set to end Sept. 9, the price on the song had gone up to $15,099 as of Wednesday evening.”
Buy.com is offering a $10 off coupon on purchases over $150. The 3G 15GB iPod is available for a special price of $384.99, and with the coupon it drops the price to $374.99. Check Buy.com for available iPod models.
The Apple Store online has factory refurbushed 2nd generation 10GB iPods with touch wheel for $199. The package includes remote, carrying case, and a 1-year Apple warranty. Click ‘Special Deals’ on the bottom left side of page.
XtremeMac has released the new iPod Deluxe leather cases for 3G iPod models. The case has a patent pending design feature where the iPod is held in place without anything in the front covering the face of iPod. It also features a large access hole for the headphone/remote ports, and the front flap with Velcro closure can be opened without having to unplug the cable. The Deluxe case comes in Black Leather or Camel Tweed and is available for $29.95 (includes belt clip).
ProClip, makers of custom made accessory mounts for automobiles has announced new mounts for iPod. “ProClip mounting brackets are clip-on devices, that attach to the car or truck’s dashboard or console, and can be self-installed in seconds. Once the bracket is in place, a custom designed holder is attached to provide a perfect fit for the Apple iPod.” ProClip holders for 10, 15 and 30GB iPod are available for $34.95 and cost for mounts vary depending on model.
Argentine case maker Vaja has opened an outlet on its website to liquidate cases at 50% off regular pricing. “There are over 100 cases and over 15 leather combinations, all first class products which the same Vaja purchase terms and conditions, shipping and warranty policies as the rest of our products in the website.” There are only cases available for 5GB and 10GB iPods. There are no cases available for new 3G iPods.
Katapult is a win32 application which can start the program(s)of your choice when you connect your iPod to your PC. I personnally made it to start Ephpod with the SYNCHANDQUIT parameter so that when I would plug in my iPod Ephpod would be started, then it would synch, and later exit, all of this automatically. Katapult always runs in the background, but it’s CPU load and the memory it takes are figures close to zero, so it isn’t a problem, closing is possible with Ctrl-Alt-Del if necessary.
1.0 update includes a configuration utility, meaning it’s even easier then before to set up!
Lexon, long time manufacturer of high design museum gift shop merchandise, is selling an iPod inspired radio. With its “scroll” wheel and button controls labeled in a font nearly identical to the iPod’s navigation buttons, this is a sure fire gift for the iPodder in your life.
Oh, and recently while at the local drug store, I spied a product which has somehow remained under Apple’s legal radar, the IPOD Contact Lens Case, in several designer colors. Neat packaging too.
The Laptops for Less website has posted information announcing that a battery replacement kit for new 3G iPods is under development and will be available by October ‘03. The replacement kit includes a new Li-Ion battery, tools and instructions for $49. Laptops for Less also sells a replacement battery kit ($59) for non-docking iPods and an AC adapter ($29) for all iPods.