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Happy New Year from iLounge!

From all of us here at iLounge, Happy New Year! We will be taking a brief pause from publication tomorrow in celebration of the holiday, but worry not—we’re working hard behind the scenes to test items submitted for our 2009 Best of Show Awards, which we’ll be handing out next week in San Francisco.

Thank you all for another great year—we hope you and yours have a terrific 2009!

Photo of the week: iPhone in Mexico

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows the shoreline of Cancun, Mexico reflected in the glass face of an iPhone. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Final day for Best of Show submissions

The end of business today marks the deadline for iLounge’s Best of Show 2009 Award submissions, so if you’re an accessory or software developer who wants a chance at an award, you must get your submission in today. Any new product shown for the first time at CES or Macworld Expo in January is encouraged to contact us with details so they may be considered. Please contact iLounge publisher Dennis Lloyd ([email protected]) for information on our submission process. We look forward to your submissions!

Half of readers report getting iPhone OS device, Macworld poll now open

With over 3,800 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll, “Which new iPod or iPhone did you get for the holidays?” has closed. Readers were given a choice between the iPhone 3G, iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, accessories, or none at all. Amazingly, half of all respondents said they received an iPhone OS device over the holidays, with a third of readers (33%) receiving an iPod touch and the other 17% receiving an iPhone 3G. Another 17% of readers received an iPod nano, while 8% received an iPod classic, 6% received accessories but no new iPod or iPhone, and only 2% received an iPod shuffle. It appears to have been a big year for upgrades, as only 18% of readers said they didn’t receive an iPod, iPhone, or accessory. Thanks for all your responses!

Our new poll focuses on Apple’s product announcements in a post-Macworld Expo era. We’d like to know what you think Apple should do now that it has abandoned its last major trade show. Should it continue holding small press events complimented by the developer-focused WWDC, or change its formula? Our latest poll, “How should Apple announce big products now that it’s ditching Macworld Expo?” lets you answer this question. You can find the iLounge Poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

Happy Holidays from iLounge!

On behalf of all of iLounge’s Editors, forum administrators, moderators and helpers, happy holidays to you and yours. We will be on a limited publication schedule through the holiday weekend as we celebrate with our families and friends.

Hopefully, you’ll find a new iPod, iPhone, or long-awaited accessory wrapped in a shiny box over the next few days! Tell us below (and in the iLounge Poll, on the left side of our main page) what sort of Apple goodies you received or gave as gifts for the holidays.

If you didn’t get or give anything Apple-related, or if you’re looking for a way to spend either a gift card or last-minute shopping dollars, here are a few useful parts of the site to check out.

Our 2009 Buyers’ Guide with helpful shopping, Apple hardware, accessory, and software picks.
iLounge’s collection of over 2,500 reviews, covering all iPod and iPhone models.
iPod and iPhone Gems/Tutorials, for the latest in App Store purchasing recommendations, and helpful guides to all things iPod, iPhone, and iTunes.
Our Discussion Forums, with over 1.3 million posts across our new and old forums.

We’re also still looking for your comments on the future of iLounge’s coverage. Please use this link to submit requests.

Thank you, and enjoy what we hope will be a relaxing holiday weekend!

Apple TV poll ends, Holiday poll begins

With over 2,200 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll, “What should Apple do with the Apple TV?” has ended. Readers were given several choices, including release new hardware with free TV-to-iTunes recording functionality, officially allow apps to add more software features, release a game controller and support games, kill it in favor of a better iPod dock, or nothing - it’s great as-is.

The largest number of readers—39%—said Apple should officially allow apps on the device to add software features such as Hulu and Netflix streaming, followed by the release of new hardware with free TV-to-iTunes recording functionality with 31% of the vote. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the product’s lackluster history, 19% of voters said Apple should kill the Apple TV and replace it with a better iPod dock, while only 6% of readers said Apple should release a gaming controller and support games. An even smaller number of voters—5%—said the product was great as-is. Thanks to everyone who voted!

With Hanukkah already here and Christmas just around the corner, our new poll focuses on holiday gifts. We’d like to know which new iPod or iPhone you received over the holidays. Were you given an iPhone 3G, or an iPod touch, or perhaps a traditional iPod such as the iPod nano or iPod classic? Or maybe you received the diminutive iPod shuffle, or just accessories for your current player, or none at all? The latest iLounge poll, “Which new iPod or iPhone did you get for the holidays?” lets you answer that question. You can find the iLounge Poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

2009 Buyers’ Guide helps with last-minute gifts

Have some last-minute shopping to do for the iPod or iPhone user in your life? Whether you’re looking for Apple hardware, third-party accessories, or software, our 2009 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide is here to help. Packed with information on Apple’s latest devices, store recommendations, the best accessories, games, and apps of the year, and ratings for more than 2,000 iPod and iPhone products, the Guide is available as a free, hassle-free download from iLounge.com.

New iPodweek newsletter coming later today

iPodweek, iLounge’s weekly newsletter summarizing the last seven days in iPod, iPhone, iTunes and Apple TV news, articles, reviews, and more, will be sent out later today. In addition to rounding up the week’s top stories, iPodweek also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. If you haven’t yet signed up to receive iPodweek, there’s still time to register and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form below to submit your email address.

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Photo of the Week: iPod touch in Denver

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows an iPod touch at a Broncos game at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Two weeks left for Best of Show submissions

The deadline for iLounge’s Best of Show 2009 Award submissions is only two weeks away, so if you’re an accessory or software developer who wants a chance at an award, now is the time to get your submission in. Any new product shown for the first time at CES or Macworld Expo in January is encouraged to contact us with details so they may be considered. Please contact iLounge publisher Dennis Lloyd ([email protected]) for information on our submission process. We look forward to your submissions!

iPodweek arrives later today, Take the Apple TV poll

iPodweek, iLounge’s weekly newsletter recapping the last seven days in iPod, iPhone, iTunes and Apple TV news, articles, reviews, and more, will be sent out later today. In addition to rounding up the week’s top stories, iPodweek also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. If you haven’t yet signed up to receive iPodweek, there’s still time to register and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form below to submit your email address.

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In addition, with over 5,600 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll, “Which missing iPhone feature would you most like to see implemented?” has ended. Readers were given a choice between copy & paste, MMS messaging, video recording, wireless iTunes syncing, Adobe Flash support, Bluetooth stereo and data, or other features.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, copy & paste was the feature most requested by iLounge readers with 30% of the vote. The results also show a strong demand for Adobe Flash support, as it received 21% of the vote, followed by MMS messaging with 18%, and a tie between video recording and wireless iTunes syncing, both of which received 10%. Only 8% of readers felt that Bluetooth stereo and data was the feature they’d most like to see implemented, while 3% said they would rather see other improvements. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Our new poll focuses on the Apple TV. We’d like to know what you think Apple should do with the set-top box. Should they release new hardware, allowing free TV-to-iTunes recording? Officially allow apps to add more software functionality, such as streaming from Hulu and Netflix? Release a wireless game controller and support games? Kill it, and replace it with a more advanced, improved iPod dock? Or do you think it’s great as it is? The latest iLounge poll, “What should Apple do with the Apple TV?” lets you answer that question. As always, the iLounge Poll is on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

Photo of the Week: iPhone 3G in Australia

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3G in front of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

iPodweek coming soon, sign up today

It’s Friday, which means that iLounge’s weekly newsletter, iPodweek, will be available later this afternoon. iPodweek is a weekly summary of the best iPod news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and iPod accessory discount offers from various companies. You still have time to sign up for this week’s edition, if you haven’t done so already — just use the simple form below to submit your email address.

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Photo of the Week: iPod touch in Rome

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows an iPod touch inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

 

iPod age poll ends, missing iPhone feature poll begins

With more than 4,000 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll — “How long has it been since you bought your earliest iPod/iPhone?” — has ended. Readers were able to choose from lengths of time varying between 7 years and less than a year, with a separate option for readers that don’t own an iPod or iPhone.

Many respondents were long-time iPod users: more than a third of respondents said that they’ve owned an iPod for four years or more. Specifically, 9% said they purchased the original iPod seven years ago, 8% said they got their first iPod six years ago, and 18% said they’ve owned an iPod for five years. The largest number of readers — 19% — said they purchased their first iPod four years ago, while another 14% said they’ve owned an iPod for three years. The number of users who said they’ve owned an iPod or iPhone for one or two years was equal, with each receiving 6% of the vote, while 15% of readers said they’ve owned one of the devices for less than a year, and 4% said they don’t own an iPod or iPhone. (Yes, we’re also surprised.) Thanks for your responses!

Our new poll focuses on the iPhone. We’d like to know what feature currently missing from the device you’d most like to see added. Is copy & paste on your wishlist, or perhaps MMS messaging? Or maybe you’d like it to record video, or wirelessly sync with iTunes? Maybe Adobe Flash is most important to you, or perhaps A2DP stereo Bluetooth, or some other feature? The latest iLounge poll, “Which missing iPhone feature would you most like to see implemented?” lets you answer that question. As always, the iLounge Poll is on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

Sign up for our iPodweek newsletter, arriving shortly

The latest edition of iPodweek, our weekly newsletter covering all things iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and Apple TV, is coming later today. iPodweek is a summary of the top news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published over the past week, and it also features giveaways and iPod accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form below to submit your email address, if you haven’t done so already.

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Photo of the Week: iPhone in Germany

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an original iPhone in front of the vineyards of Helfenberg Castle near Stuttgart, Germany. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

2009 Best of Show Awards Submission Rules now available

If your company is interested in participating in iLounge’s 2009 Best of Show Awards, and has not yet received an e-mail from us containing this year’s submission rules, please send an e-mail to [email protected] today. The rules have just been made available, and we welcome participation from companies that will be exhibiting at either the International CES in Las Vegas or Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Next-gen poll ends, iPod age poll begins

With more than 2,000 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll — “Which of the following next-gen add-on features most interests you?” — has ended. Readers could pick from features including HD Radio, iPod remote + mic, a joypad/controller, a plug-in keyboard, and a larger screen, choose to vote for some other feature, or say they were satisfied as-is.

Receiving more than a quarter of the vote — 28% — most readers said they were most interested in HD Radio, followed by larger screens with 22%. The next four responses were tightly contested with only four percentage points separating the options. 14% of respondents said they were interested in iPod remote + mic add-ons, 11% expressed interest in some other feature, an equal amount said they were satisfied as-is, while 10% said they were interested in a plug-in keyboard. Only 5% of respondents said they were interested in a joypad or controller add-on, suggesting that most must be at least “okay” with the gaming controls currently offered by Apple’s iPods and iPhones. Thanks for your responses!

Our new poll looks into the past as we’d like to know when you bought your first iPod or iPhone. Were you on board for the original launch seven years ago, or did you buy your first iPod or iPhone in the years following? Or perhaps you purchased your first iPod or iPhone in the last year, or maybe you don’t own one at all? The latest iLounge poll, “How long has it been since you bought your earliest iPod/iPhone?” lets you answer that question. As always, the iLounge Poll is on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

Last chance to vote for next-gen poll

Our current iLounge Poll, “Which of the following next-gen add-on features most interests you?,” will be ending soon, so if you haven’t yet voted, now’s your chance. Currently, HD Radio is leading the poll with 29% of the vote, followed by larger screens with 20%, iPod remote + mic with 14%, Plug-in keyboard and “other” tied with 10%, and a joypad/controller with 5%. 12% of readers thus far have said they are satisfied as-is. As always, the iLounge Poll is on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

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