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Last chance to enter the iDuo Dock Giveaway

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If you haven’t yet entered our iDuo Dock Giveaway, now’s your last chance. In the contest, iLounge and Atech Flash Technology are giving away 50 iDuo Docks with built-in multi-format memory card readers. To enter, simply fill out and submit the entry form. The contest ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, so get your entry in soon. For official rules and more info, visit the official contest page. Good luck!

Photo of the Week: iPod in the Dominican Republic

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows a first-generation iPod nano along the shores of a beach in the Dominican Republic. 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!

New high-res iPod color spectrum desktop wallpaper from iLounge

Given the wide array of colors found in Apple’s latest iPod nano and iPod shuffle models, we thought it was time to revisit iPods past for a complete color comparison. The result? Our new iPod + iPhone Color Chart desktop wallpapers. Four different images are available, each in sizes up to 1600x1200, and can be downloaded now from our Flickr page by following the link above.

 

New iPod poll ends, App Store ban poll begins

With over 3,800 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll — “What’s your reaction to the new 2008 iPods?” — has ended. Readers were given choices ranging from great to really bad, or could also state that they had no opinion.

Response was overwhelmingly positive, with 80% of readers saying that Apple did at least okay with the new lineup. 24% of readers said they thought the new iPods were great, and were planning to buy one, while another 24% said they thought the new iPod family was good, and were considering purchasing one of the new models. 32% thought the new iPods were okay, but not enough to make them purchase one, while 11% thought the new family was bad, and that Apple needed to do more, and 5% thought the new models were really bad, and that Apple had dropped the ball with the new releases. Only 4% of readers said they didn’t have an opinion about the new iPods. Thanks for your responses!

This week’s poll focuses on Apple’s recent decisions to reject or ban certain applications from the App Store. Do you think Apple is hurting iPhone and iPod touch users with the bans, and should allow any non-malicious software in? Or do you think Apple is doing a good job as-is, or perhaps should even step up its content filtering efforts? This week’s poll, “Is Apple hurting iPhone + iPod users with its App Store banning decisions?” 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!

iLounge’s comprehensive iPod classic (120GB) review now available

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iLounge has just posted our comprehensive, 9-page review of the new iPod classic (120GB). In the review, you’ll find:

* Photos of the new iPod classic
* Complete battery testing results, including a comparison table with all other iPods and iPhones
* Explanations of changes to the iPod classic’s software
* Discussion of new headphone-based audio recording and remote control options
* Explanation of features present in the nano 4G but missing from the new classic

And more. Is it more than just a storage upgrade? Find out in the review, and don’t forget to check out our reviews of the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch for the complete picture on Apple’s latest iPods.

iLounge’s comprehensive iPod touch 2G review now posted

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iLounge has just published our comprehensive nine-page review of the second-generation iPod touch. Inside, you’ll find:

* Many solo and comparison photos of the new iPod touch
* Test results of the touch’s new built-in speaker and headphone audio output
* Discussion of screen quality improvements
* Complete battery test results
* Discussion of accessory compatibility changes
* Nike+iPod impressions and omissions

And more. Is it a better iPhone alternative than the original? Find out in the review, and don’t forget to check out our review of the fourth-generation iPod nano for the complete picture on Apple’s latest iPods.

Sign up for our iPodweek newsletter, arriving shortly

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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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iLounge’s comprehensive nano 4G review now available

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iLounge has just posted its comprehensive, 9-page review of the fourth-generation iPod nano. The review offers:

* Photos of the new nano
* Complete battery test results
* A complete guide to iPod nano colors past + present
* Explanations of changes to the nano’s screen
* Discussion of audio quality changes
* Nike+iPod enhancements

And more. Is it the best nano yet? Find out in the review.

iTunes improvement poll ends, Fall 2008 iPod poll begins

With more than 3,800 votes from iLounge readers, our latest iLounge poll — “What possible feature/improvement would you most like to see in the next version of iTunes?” — has ended. Readers could pick from more DRM-free music for the iTunes Store, a music subscription service, a digital book download service, a way to handle device syncing outside of iTunes, speed/performance or other improvements, or say they think iTunes is fine the way it is.

Most readers either wanted more DRM-free music in the iTunes Store or speed/performance improvements to iTunes, as these two options dominated all others with 27% and 25% of the vote, respectively. 15% of respondents wanted an iTunes music subscription service, 13% would like a way to sync their devices outside of iTunes, and 8% would like to see various other improvements. Only 6% of readers said they’d like to see iTunes offer a digital book download service, while an equal percentage said they thought iTunes was fine the way it is. Thanks for your responses!

The new poll focuses on Apple’s newly-announced Fall 2008 iPod family. We’d like to know: What’s your reaction to the new offerings? Are you already planning on purchasing one of the new models, or just thinking about it? Or do you like them, but just not enough to buy one? Do you think Apple needed to do more to make upgrading worthwhile, do you think they completely dropped the ball with this family of iPods, or do you not have an opinion either way? Our latest poll, “What’s your reaction to the new 2008 iPods?” 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: iPod in the Philippines

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows an iPod classic on board a boat near the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. 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!

iLounge to offer live coverage of ‘Let’s Rock’ event [updated]

Update x2: iLounge editors have spotted several people in Barbarian Group t-shirts outside the event, lending credence to prior rumors that the company’s popular Magnetosphere iTunes visualizer may appear in a new version of iTunes. In addition, they note that the crowd outside the event is extremely light, with Apple employees currently outnumbering non-Apple attendees.

Update: iLounge editors are now on-site in preparation for today’s event. We will be updating our Flickr page with more photos from event, and will be switching over to our streamlined event page at approximately 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

iLounge will be on-site at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to provide live coverage of Apple’s “Let’s Rock” special event. Apple is widely expected to announce new iPods at the event, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time tomorrow. As we have done in the past, iLounge.com will take you to our streamlined special event page starting an hour or so before the event.

Sign up for our iPodweek newsletter, coming later today

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The latest edition of iPodweek, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, is coming later today. 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. 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 3G in Japan

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3G at the Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. 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!

iPhone app category poll ends, iTunes poll begins

With nearly 3,000 votes from iLounge readers, our latest iLounge poll — “Which category of iPhone applications do you consider to be the most important?” — has ended. Readers could pick from entertainment/games, photography/creative apps, productivity/business, travel/location utilities, news/reference, music apps, lifestyle/social networking software, or could say they didn’t own an iPhone or iPod touch.

Though they stumbled from an early lead with 30% or more of the vote, entertainment and games remained the most popular category, getting one quarter of the vote (25%), followed closely by productivity and business apps with 24 % of the vote. 18% of readers voted for travel and location utilities or music apps, with both categories receiving 9% of the vote, followed by news and reference apps with 7%, lifestyle and social networking apps with 6%. Photography and other creative apps were the least popular, getting 3% of the vote. Finally, 17% of respondents said they didn’t own an iPhone or iPod touch.

The new poll focuses on the next version of iTunes. We’d like to know: What possible feature/improvement would you most like to see? Would you like to see more DRM-free tracks on the iTunes Store, or perhaps an iTunes subscription service? Would you like a way to separate iPod and iPhone syncing from the main application, a digital book download service, or maybe speed, or other improvements? Or do you like iTunes the way it is? Our latest poll, “What possible feature/improvement would you most like to see in the next version of iTunes?” 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!

Still time to enter the iDuo Dock Giveaway

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There’s still time to enter our iDuo Dock Giveaway if you haven’t already. iLounge and Atech Flash Technology are giving away 50 iDuo Docks with built-in multi-format memory card readers. To enter, simply fill out and submit the entry form. The contest ends on September 18 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time; for official rules and more info, visit the official contest page. Good luck!

Our weekly iPodweek summary is coming later today

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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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Photo of the Week: iPhone 3G in Indiana

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3G at the Holiday World theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana. 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!

iLounge announces iDuo Dock Giveaway

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iLounge is pleased to announce the iDuo Dock Giveaway. iLounge and Atech Flash Technology are giving away 50 iDuo Docks with built-in multi-format memory card readers. To enter, simply fill out and submit the entry form. The contest ends on September 18 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time; for official rules and more info, visit the official contest page. Good luck!

iPodweek on its way, still time to sign up

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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 at Easter Island

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows a fifth-generation iPod near a moai statue on Easter Island. 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!

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