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CNET: iTunes auction treads murky legal ground

“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 offers 15GB iPod for $375

  • September 3, 2003
  • Deals,

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.

Refurbished 10GB iPods for $199

  • September 3, 2003
  • Deals,

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.

New XtremeMac iPod Deluxe case announced

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 announces auto mounts for iPod

pic 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.

VAJA Outlet sells cases at 50% off

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.

Windows: Katapult 1.0 Released

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!

iTunes Music Store coming to Australia

“Legal, pay-per-track music sites are about to proliferate. Australia should have its first by Christmas. It is likely it will be a local version of the successful Apple iMusic Store, which operates only in North America. Locally, Telstra is working on a licensing deal with at least one record company.”

iPod inspired radio?

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.

Battery replacement kit for 3G iPods

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.

New Media Age: iTunes beats music rivals for awareness

“Market research body NPD Group found that Apple’s iTunes music service registered the highest awareness, with 20% of consumers aged over 13 knowing of the service. Among Macintosh users, the initial target market for iTunes, the awareness level jumped to 46%.

6% of Mac users also said they’d paid for a song or album via iTunes.           

In contrast, services like Rhapsody and Pressplay, which have been on the market for longer than iTunes, only showed 14% awareness among consumers. Less than 1% said that they had downloaded music from either site.”

Secrets of the iPod, Third Edition Released

Peachpit Press has announced the release of the third edition of Secrets of the iPod by Mac author and columnist, Chris Breen.

“A reengineered, all-touch interface; customizable menus; on the-go playlists; support for more (and better) audio formats; a new travel alarm clock; wired remote control; an elegant and convenient charging and syncing dock; and a trio of fun games are just some of the new features covered here. You

DealExpress offers low-price deals on iPods

DealExpress has new-open-box iPods for sale, ranging from classic 10GB model to new 30GB model. There are only 2000 units available. DealExpress is also offering the original Griffin iTrip FM transmitter for $30.99 with any iPod purchase. After having spoke with DealExpress on the phone to find out more about the iPods for sale we discovered that all 2000 iPods are returns from a national retailer, and will be checked for quality control before shipping out to the customer. All are open box items with complete package contents. (Click ‘Read more’ for a complete list and links.)

iTrip for 3G iPod delayed again

Here is the response to my inquiry about my iTrip order status to Griffin customer service:

“There was a delay due to unexpected manufacturing issues. The new iTrip is slated to begin shipping by the end of September. The standard protocol for shipping iTrips will be to send out the oldest pre-orders first.  The expediency to which we can get to your order will depend upon when the order was received and the availability of our inventory. We here at Griffin will work as hard as we can to get your orders to you.  We value your interest and appreciate your patience.”

Behind-the-scenes look at ‘iPods Unite’ commercial

  • August 27, 2003
  • iPod,

Creative Planet Communites has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ‘iPods Unite’ commercial promoting the new VW Beetle and the Apple iPod.

“‘Pods Unite’ plays on the innovative design and similar sleek style the two brands share to peak interest in a special offer: ‘Buy a New Beetle. Get a new iPod.’ The spot’s creative treatment, which sees a woman taking the two products on the road, culminates in a final shot that pulls all the way from the iPod display face out of the vehicle’s open sunroof and beyond.”

SendStation announces preorder for PocketDock FireWire adapter

pic German company SendStation has announced that it is accepting preorders for the PocketDock FireWire adapter for 3G iPods.

“The tiny device allows a standard 6-pin FireWire cable to connect to the iPod

Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger: $19.99

Deals on the Web: ClubMac is offering the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger for $19.99.  The device works with all versions of iPods.  It’s the best price we’ve seen.

MARWARE announces CEO Classic case for 3G iPod

MARWARE today announced the release of their new CEO Classic case for 3G iPods. The CEO features top qualtiy leather, clear plastic screen protector, access to all ports and functions, and flip-lid design with earbud storage pocket.

“The CEO Classic comes with a removable low-profile spring clip. Other accessories available separately include: Lanyard, Bike Holder, Car Holder, Swivel Clip and a Leather Swivel Clip. The CEO Classic comes in two sizes, one to fit the 10GB & 15GB 3G iPods and one to fit the 30GB 3G iPod. Both cases are available in black and retail for $34.95.”

iBook G3/800 12.1in, 20GB iPod for $1,398

Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics offers dealmac readers the iBook G3/800 128/30.0/Combo/56k 12.1-inch with the factory-refurbished Apple 20GB iPod for $1,398. That’s a $90 savings over purchasing each separately. Both include a one-year Apple warranty. Offer ends tomorrow.

iBook G3/700 12.1in, iPod 20GB for $1,099

Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics offers the iBook G3/700 128/20/CD 12.1-inch bundled with the factory-refurbished iPod 20GB for $1,099. We couldn’t find a better price if purchased separately elsewhere. Offer ends August 29, 2003.

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