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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

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

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

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

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!

Apple Fall product poll ends, iPhone app category poll begins

With over 3,300 votes from iLounge readers, our latest iLounge poll — “Which one possible Fall 2008 Apple product has the best chance of winning your dollars?” — has ended. Readers were given a variety of options, including current-styled but upgraded iPods, a dramatically different iPod or iPhone, a new Mac, current offerings, or not buying anything.

A large number of our readers (29%) said they would only buy an iPod or iPhone if Apple released a dramatically different version in time for the holidays, followed closely by readers who were most interested in purchasing a new Mac (25%). 19% of readers said they would consider buying a current-styled iPod if all Apple changed was the storage capacity, while 3% wanted to see changes in battery life, and only 2% said they would buy a current-styled iPod is all Apple changed was the color scheme or other cosmetics. Finally, 17% of readers said they were satisfied with Apple’s current offerings but weren’t planning on buying anything, and only 5% said they were satisfied with the current options and were planning to make a purchase.

The new poll focuses on the iPhone and iPod touch App Store. We’d like to know: Which category of applications do you feel is most important? Are you most concerned with entertainment and games? Business or productivity apps? Lifestyle/social networking? Photography or other creative apps? Perhaps news and reference apps, travel and other location-aware apps, or music apps? Or do you not own an iPhone or iPod touch? Our latest poll, “Which category of iPhone applications do you consider to be the most important?” 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!

Latest edition of iPodweek newsletter coming later today

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 in Bali

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone near a beach on the Indonesian island of Bali. 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!

 

Sign up for iPodweek, coming later today

iPodweek, iLounge’s weekly newsletter recapping the last seven days in news, articles, reviews, and more, will be sent out to our email subscribers 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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MobileMe poll ends, Apple Fall 08 product poll begins

With over 3,000 votes from iLounge readers, our latest iLounge poll — “Does Apple’s $99 MobileMe service interest you?” — has ended. Readers were given a variety of “Yes” choices, each including reasons why the service interested them, as well as a pair of “No” responses.

The majority (56%) of readers said “No,” MobileMe did not interest them, with 49% stating that it didn’t offer anything they would want to pay for, or for other reasons, while another 7% said they weren’t interested due to the various reports of service problems. Another 44% of readers were interested in the service, with 33% already subscribers: 21% of readers said they were subscribers mostly because of their PC or Mac needs, while another 12% said they subscribed mostly because of their iPhone/iPod touch needs. Finally, 6% of readers said they were not current subscribers but were interested mostly due to their iPhone and iPod touch needs, 3% were non-subscribers interested because of their Mac or PC needs, while only 2% said “Yes,” but for other reasons.

Our new poll focuses on Apple’s Fall 2008 lineup of products. We’d like to know: Are you considering purchasing one of Apple’s upcoming products, and if so, why? Do you simply want a currently-styled iPod, but with more capacity? Better battery life? Different colors? Are you hoping for a dramatic redesign? Or a new Mac? Or are you satisfied with the current options, and either planning to buy one of those, or simply sit this round out? The new poll, “Which one possible Fall 2008 Apple product has the best chance of winning your dollars?” 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 submit questions for ‘Ask the Editor’

With submissions ending tomorrow, now is your last chance to submit questions for our upcoming “Ask the Editor” article. Ask the Editor gives you an opportunity to ask a question of iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz, on topics ranging from favorite products in different categories to our views on events in the Apple pocket device world to iLounge’s editorial policies and behind-the-scenes details. To submit your question for inclusion in this week’s article, simply email Jeremy at iLounge dot com with the Subject “Ask the Editor Submission” by tomorrow evening. We’ll be reading through your questions, and will select a handful to be answered in the article later this week.

Photo of the Week: iPod in Greece

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows a fourth-generation iPod on the beach of Paramona in Corfu, Greece. 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!

‘Ask the Editor’ article coming, submit your questions today

Alongside our weekly Ask iLounge column, which focuses mainly on technical issues related to iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV, iLounge this week will post an “Ask the Editor” article, in which iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz will be responding to a number of reader questions. Topics may include everything from favorite products in different categories to our views on events in the Apple pocket device world to iLounge’s editorial policies and behind-the-scenes details. To submit your question for inclusion in this week’s article, simply email Jeremy at iLounge dot com with the Subject “Ask the Editor Submission.” We’ll be reading through your questions, and will select a handful to be answered in the article later this week.

iPodweek, iLounge’s weekly newsletter, coming later today

The latest edition of iPodweek, our weekly newsletter covering all things iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and Apple TV, 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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iTunes/iPhone Problem poll ends, MobileMe poll begins

With over 3,100 votes from iLounge readers, our latest iLounge poll — “Are you having stability problems with iTunes 7.7, iPhone OS 2.0, or Apple TV 2.1” — has ended. Readers were given choices between issues with one, all three, or combinations of two of the products, along with an option to say that everything was running smoothly.

Over 60% of readers reported problems with at least one of the recent software releases, with the largest percentage (31%) saying they were having trouble with iPhone OS 2.0 only. Another 13% of readers said they were having trouble with both iPhone OS 2.0 and iTunes 7.7, while 12% said they were having trouble with iTunes 7.7 only. A small number of readers (4%) said they were having trouble with all three products, while less than 2% reported problems with Apple TV 2.1, or Apple TV 2.1 and iTunes 7.7, most likely owing to the small number of Apple TV users, or less serious issues. Finally, 39% of readers said that everything was running smoothly.

Our new poll focuses on Apple’s $99/year MobileMe service, which was launched alongside the iPhone 3G, iTunes 7.7, and iPhone OS 2.0, promising to synchronize a Mac or PC’s e-mail, contacts, calendars, and photographs for iPhone and iPod touch users. We’d like to know if the service interests you, and if so, why? Does MobileMe appeal primarily to your needs as a Mac or PC user, as an iPhone or iPod touch user, or for some other reason? Or are you not interested, either due to the recent service problems, because you can’t see yourself paying for it, or another issue? The new poll, “Does Apple’s $99 MobileMe service interest you?” 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 in Kenya

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an original iPhone near the waters of Funzi Keys in Kenya. 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 Contest standouts highlighted

Last week, we announced the three winners of our Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest , which spotlighted cool new games and other software for the iPhone and iPod touch. While Shanghai Mahjong, Save Benjis, and Moto Racer came out on the top of the entries, we also wanted to highlight a number of other submissions that came close, and were worthy of honorable mentions. Other great apps included Where To?, a $3 point-of-interest application that simplifies finding local businesses and restaurants, FileMagnet, a $5 utility that allows users to copy files from their Mac to their iPhone or iPod touch for later viewing, Audio Recorder, a $3 utility that allows for recording, storing, and emailing of audio recordings made via the iPhone’s built-in mic, Blackjack 21, a $5 blackjack game with free, downloadable card and table themes, and Epocrates Rx, a free portable drug reference for healthcare professionals. Many other great applications can be seen in the iPhone Application Gallery. Again, thank you to all those who entered, and congratulations to the winners!

Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest winners announced

iLounge is pleased to announce the winners of our Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest, which gave developers the opportunity to spotlight new iPhone and iPod touch software in three separate categories: Games, Business/Productivity/Professional, and “Just Plain Cool.” We selected three winners, one per category; each will receive a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speaker System (retail value: $599), provided by B&W, along with a $100 Apple Store Gift Card courtesy of iLounge. Continue reading to see the contest winners.

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