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iLounge Announces Best of the Year iPod, iPhone Accessory Awards

Alongside the debut of our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, iLounge is pleased to announce our Best of the Year iPod and iPhone Accessory Awards. Logitech came away with four awards, including iPod Accessory Maker of the Year, Portable Speaker and Deluxe Speaker of the Year awards for its Pure-Fi Anywhere and Pure-Fi Elite speaker systems. NLU Products’ BodyGuardz won iPod + iPhone Accessory of the Year, and Griffin Technology took home two awards for its Evolve Wireless Sound System and iClear case for the iPod touch. Keep reading for the complete list with additional comments by iLounge, and you can check out all the winners in our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide.

iLounge Debuts the 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide

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It’s here! Our annual guide to iPods and their best accessories now includes iPhone, too! Welcome to the 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide!

This year, we’ve completely redesigned the Guide, optimizing it for viewing on PCs, Macs, iPhones and iPod touches. Two versions—a two-page-wide edition, designed for monitors 20” and up, and a one-page-wide edition designed for smaller monitors, iPhones, and iPods—can be downloaded from the links below. Each version contains the same content: a complete guide to the iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV family, 20 exclusive accessory sneak peeks, brief reviews of over 125 top add-ons, and ratings for over 1,500 products. We’ve included shopping tips to help you get the best prices for new and used iPods and accessories, the winners of our Holiday iPod and iPhone nano Concept contests, Best of the Year awards (hint: did you win one?), and much, much more.

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Single page, best for small monitors, portable devices (9.4 MB PDF)
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Double page, best for 20” and larger monitors (7.4 MB ZIP)
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As always, the Buyers’ Guide is 100 percent free for iLounge readers, and in PDF format. For additional details, click here to see the full story. And please do your part to share the Book by telling a friend, or hosting it on your filesharing network of choice. Enjoy!

‘08 iLounge Buyers’ Guide Contests end tonight, last chance to win

Our 2008 iLounge Buyers’ Guide Contests end tonight at midnight, so if you haven’t yet submitted an entry, you have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time tonight to enter for your chance to win. We’re running two separate contests for our upcoming 2008 Buyer’s Guide — the Holiday iPod Photo Contest, and the iPhone nano Concept Contest. Thanks to the contests’ sponsors, Ultimate Ears and Geneva Lab, we have $3795 worth of goodies ready for the winners. For more details about the contests like how to enter and for official rules, check out the contests’ 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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One week left in 2008 Buyers’ Guide Contests, enter now for shot at $3795 in prizes

Competition in the 2008 iLounge Buyers’ Guide Contests is heating up, with some excellent submissions already turned in. In case you missed it, we’re running two separate contests for our upcoming 2008 Buyer’s Guide — the Holiday iPod Photo Contest, and the iPhone nano Concept Contest. Thanks to the contests’ sponsors, Ultimate Ears and Geneva Lab, we have $3795 worth of goodies ready for the winners. Keep reading for more details and a look at some entries we’ve already received.

iPodweek coming later today, still time to sign up

Later today iLounge will be sending out the latest edition of iPodweek, our weekly newsletter recapping recent news, announcements, articles, reviews, and more. In addition to a summary of articles we’ve published, iPodweek also features giveaways and iPod accessory discount offers from various companies. There is still time to sign up for this week’s installment, so if you’d like to receive iPodweek, and be eligible for future newsletter-specific giveaways and deals, simply use the form below to submit your email address.

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iLounge announces Holiday iPod, iPhone nano Concept Contests

iLounge is pleased to announce two contests for our upcoming 2008 Buyer’s Guide, the Holiday iPod Photo Contest, and the iPhone nano Concept Contest. The Holiday iPod Photo Contest has iLounge readers submit a photograph that fits within the broad theme of “an iPod or iPods during the December holidays.” The top entry will receive a pair of Ultimate Ears’ custom-fit top-of-the-line UE-11 Pro Earphones, with a second place winner getting a pair of Ultimate Ears’ triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones, both courtesy of Ultimate Ears. The third place winner will receive a new 80GB Apple iPod classic, courtesy of iLounge.

The iPhone nano Concept Contest calls on our readers’ imaginations and artistic abilities to create a rendering of what you’d hope an “iPhone nano” will look like. The top entry in this contest will win a Geneva Lab Model L Sound System in white, courtesy of Geneva Lab, and a 16GB Apple iPod touch, courtesy of iLounge. A second place winner will receive a Geneva Lab Model L Sound System in red, courtesy of Geneva Lab, while the third place winner will receive an 8GB Apple iPod nano, courtesy of iLounge. Both contests are open now and end on October 25; for more information and to view official rules visit the contest page. Good luck!

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 news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and iPod accessory discount offers from various companies. There is still time to sign up for this week’s installment, so if you’d like to receive iPodweek, and be eligible for future newsletter-specific giveaways and deals, simply use the form below to submit your email address.

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iLounge and iSkin announce the iSkin Dream Giveaway

iLounge and iSkin are pleased to announce the iSkin Dream Giveaway. iLounge and iSkin have partnered to give away one of ten iSkin Dream iPhone accessory kits, which include an iSkin Cerulean TX+RX Bluetooth Transmitter + Receiver, the iSkin Cerulean F1 Stereo Bluetooth Headset, and one iSkin revo iPhone case. To enter, simply hit the button below and fill out and email the form provided. For official giveaway rules, visit the giveaway page.

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New Comments Policy posted, helpful links added

To date, iLounge readers have posted over 1.2 million public messages on the main iLounge.com web site and in our Discussion Forums, the vast majority of them positive contributions from fantastic people around the globe. Last month, we announced that we were shifting certain posts from the main site into the Forums in order to cut down on astroturfing that was detracting from those otherwise great discussions. But we also wanted to make it easier for our readers—individuals and companies alike—to share worthwhile comments with other readers, our editors, and our business team, as appropriate.

Today, we have created a new Comments + Questions page on iLounge with easy links to key iLounge staff, and clear explanations of our public and private commenting policies. This page contains links so you can submit (1) news tips, (2) error reports, (3) public comments and iPod questions, (4) private comments, (5) editorial questions, and (6) business inquiries, and get them read more promptly; it also asks that tips, error reports, and editor- or ad-specific questions be submitted to the specific people who need to receive them. Heavy e-mail volumes preclude us from responding to all questions, but we do our best—these links will make things easier and better.

We have linked to the Comments + Questions Page, and many of those key areas, on all of the main site’s comments pages. By reader request, our product preview and review pages are also being updated to automatically direct new product-specific comments to specific iPod and accessory forums, rather than the temporary catchall page we were using before. Thanks for your continued support as we work to make iLounge an even better community for all of our readers!

Polls: iPod use opened, iPod touch closed

One of our earliest iLounge Polls—back in June 2005—asked readers “What do you use your iPod for?” Today, we’ve launched a modified version of the same poll to see how things have changed since then: “What do you use your iPod(s) for?”

The updated question lets you provide an across the board answer for one or more iPods, and provides options ranging from audio to photos, videos, games, and data storage, highlighting the ways that iPods have grown over the past two years. Cast your vote now in the iLounge Poll, found on the left-most column of the iLounge.com home page!

Our prior poll, “Did Apple drop the ball with iPod touch’s storage?”, is now closed. With over 4,250 votes cast, the majority of responding readers (56%) said “yes,” and that they wouldn’t buy iPod touch because it didn’t have enough storage capacity. An additional 25% agreed that iPod touch had too little storage space, but said that they could live with the constraints for now. Eight percent said “no,” that they were fully satisfied with the 8 or 16GB storage, and an additional 8% said that they already had or planned to buy an iPhone, and didn’t need iPod touch. A tiny 3% said that they were never going to buy a device like iPod touch, and didn’t care about it. Thanks for your responses!

Latest edition of iPodweek coming later today

iPodweek, iLounge’s weekly newsletter recapping the week in news, announcements, articles, reviews, and more, will be sent out later today. There is still time to sign up for this week’s installment, so if you’d like to receive iPodweek, and be eligible for future newsletter-specific giveaways and deals, simply use the form below to submit your email address.

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iPodweek, the iLounge weekly newsletter, coming later today

Like free iPod goodies? Want a quick summary of what happened in the last week at iLounge? iPodweek, iLounge’s weekly newsletter recapping the week in news, announcements, articles, reviews, and more, will be sent out later today. There is still time to sign up for this week’s installment, so if you’d like to receive iPodweek, and be eligible for future newsletter-specific giveaways and deals, simply use the form below to submit your email address.

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Poll: Did Apple screw up on iPod touch storage?

Before Apple introduced the new slate of iPods, we ran a poll asking which potential new iPod interested you the most. The responses were clear: 80% of iLounge readers most wanted a hard disk coupled with a large touchscreen display.

Now that Apple has revealed the iPod touch, coupling an iPhone-like screen and interface with iPod nano-like memory capacity, we want to know your thoughts. Did Apple drop the ball on this product, creating something you wouldn’t buy, or have you decided that you will be satisfied with its 8GB or 16GB or storage capacity? Cast your vote now in the iLounge Poll, found on the left-most column of the iLounge.com home page!

Our prior poll, which way would you most prefer to play your iTunes media, is now closed. The majority of readers (62%) said that they would prefer either an iPhone-styled Cover Flow interface (34%) or an iPhone-like scrolling list with finger gestures (28%), while 19% preferred the classic iPod Click Wheel and scrolling list interface, 12% liked a mouse-style interface with iTunes, and few people preferred computer-based Cover Flow (4%), Apple TV interface (2%), or any other control scheme (2%).

New iPods = new iLounge forums

During the Apple Special Event “The Beat Goes On,” iLounge launched new forums to cover the latest additions to the Apple iPod family. We’ve spent the weekend tweaking them—and actually, all the forums—to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

The new iPod classic has joined with the existing iPod (with video) forum to cover the full range of video enabled iPods, while a new iPod touch forum can be found here in a dedicated discussion forum.

A new iPod nano (video) forum has been created here. Discussions of 1st and 2nd generation iPod nanos have been moved to the Discontinued iPod nano (1G/2G) forum.

In addition to these iPod-specific forums, we have also opened a new cases forum for the new iPod touch, consolidated our Third-Party Software forums to include iTunes and non-iTunes software, and created a new Games forum for you to discuss iPod 5G, classic, and nano (video) games. Enjoy!

Mix: Find all our new iPod pics, videos, details here

There’s been a ton of new iPod and iPhone news over the past day. Here’s a quick summary of where you can find all the best information we’ve posted.

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Apple introduced three new iPods, refreshed the iPod shuffle, and dropped the price of the iPhone by $200 per model, as detailed in this news story. It also announced new iPod accessories, version 7.4 of iTunes with a 99-cent ringtone creator, and a Starbucks-backed iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for its portable devices. Apple today offered a $100 Apple Store credit to all early iPhone adopters.

The iPod classic is the sixth-generation hard disk-based iPod, preserving its predecessor’s 2.5” screen size and body footprint, but changing its face material to silver or black metal, upgrading its user interface, and offering 80GB of storage for $249 or 160GB of storage for $349. We have unboxing photos here, a First Look here, and a user interface video here.

The third-generation iPod nano adds a 2” screen with video and game playing features to its super-popular flash memory-based predecessor. A silver version is available for $149 with 4GB of storage, and five colors (red, black, silver, green, and blue) are available in $199 8GB models. We have unboxing photos here, a First Look here, and a user interface video here.

The iPod touch is Apple’s first 3.5” widescreen, multi-touch iPod. Though it preserves some of the wireless (Wi-Fi) functionality and interface of the iPhone, it strips the cell phone, built-in speakers, camera, and microphone, and Bluetooth features out, losing .2” of height, and loses several features such as e-mail and text messaging in the process. It is the first iPod with Safari web browser functionality, but does not currently support iPod games like the new iPod nano and classic models. We have a First Look here, and a user interface video here.

Apple also refreshed last year’s iPod shuffle with four new colors, preserving the original silver model and last year’s $79, 1GB pricing. We have unboxing photos here, and additional color comparisons with last year’s shuffles here.

We’ve also posted an editorial on the new Apple announcements, reflecting our mixed feelings, and a Ten Things You Want to Know article about the new iPods. Much more is coming very soon.

‘The Beat Goes On’ event gallery posted

We have posted our official photo gallery from today’s Apple special event in our Galleries section. This new gallery features more than 240 photos from before, during, and after the event, including photos of Apple’s latest releases, the iPod touch, iPod classic, and third-generation iPod nano.

‘The Beat Goes On’ Apple event live coverage [updated]

The iLounge team is on location at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for today’s Apple special event. We will provide live coverage of the event — a live update page and a live IRC chat are planned. For those of you using IRC software, login to the server irc.hashmark.net and set your channel to #ilounge. Closer to the beginning of the event we will be switching the site over to a “Special Event Edition” to provide faster-loading updates. The special event begins at 10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET.

Update: The event has concluded. To see the notes from our live coverage, check out live.ilounge.com.

iPodweek newsletter’s coming; Vote on iLounge Poll

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 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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And don’t forget to vote in the latest iLounge Poll, “Which way would you most prefer to play your iTunes media?” It can be found under iLounge Poll on the left column of the iLounge.com home page.

Poll Results: You really want new video iPods

The results of our last iLounge Poll are in, and the message is clear: 94% of responding readers really want new video-ready iPods.

A staggering 80% of the over 3,300 voters said that they wanted a hard disk-based touchscreen video iPod, with over two-thirds of that group hoping that the device would also include wireless wi-fi functionality. An additional 14% said that they were looking forward to smaller, flash-based video iPods: 6% said that they wanted a nano-sized iPod with a 2” video screen, while 8% indicated a preference for a thinner, flash-based version of the fifth-generation iPod similar to the “spy shots” that circulated last week. Only 6% said that they were most interested in cheaper, higher-capacity versions of today’s nano or shuffle models.

These results are especially interesting when considered in combination with our last poll, which was taken during the introduction of the iPhone. At the time, it was obvious that the demand for next-generation video iPods was soundly outstripping demand for iPhones, and that fewer than 1 in 10 responding readers were satisfied enough with current models not to want to upgrade.

We’ve just launched our new Poll, “Which way would you most prefer to play your iTunes media?” Find the poll on the left column of the main iLounge.com page, and submit your response today!

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