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iLounge opens Library for free iPod Books and Guides

imageiLounge has today opened the Library, a section of the site dedicated to our free Buyers’ Guides and Books. The Library provides one-click downloading access to each of our previous editions, starting with our 2004 Buyers’ Guide, continuing to our Spring/Summer 2005 Guide, The Free iPod Book, and our most recent Holiday 2005-2006 Buyers’ Guide.

The Free iPod Book contains comprehensive iPod and iTunes tutorials, as well as information on the wealth of iPod-related repair, customization, and CD ripping service providers currently out there. Past editions of our Buyers’ Guides focus heavily on accessories for discontinued iPods and iPod minis. All of these publications are in PDF format, and available free of charge.

iLounge at Podcast and Portable Media Expo

imageThe iLounge team will be on hand at next week’s Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference in Ontario, California. Our booth will feature a hands-on lounge area with a number of iPod accessories from companies such as Altec Lansing, Belkin, Griffin, DLO, iHome, JBL, Macally, Oregon Scientific, iSkin, and Speck.

The booth will also feature a “History of iPod” display showcasing every generation of iPod with music and featured podcasts to listen to. The iLounge booth will sport two 20” iMacs for checking out the Holiday Buyers’ Guide and the iLounge website, as well as a 50” Plasma display showing visuals to music. We’ll also have giveaways of iLounge T-shirts and iPod accessories. In addition, iLounge Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz will moderate a panel featuring leading members of the iPod economy at the event. You can check out renderings of the iLounge booth by clicking below.

Download Now: iLounge Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006

imageIt’s here: just in time for your wish list, iLounge released the free Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006, packed with all sorts of amazing iPod goodies, ratings of over 650 products, tables of used iPod prices, and much more. Click on read more for details and download links. Enjoy!

Poll Results: What do you think of the iPod with video?

The most recent Lounge Poll, “What do you think of the iPod with video?”, is now closed.

With over 5,100 votes cast, opinion was almost evenly split between people who said they’d buy the newest iPod, and those who said they would not or were waiting to decide. Fifty percent said that they planned to buy the new iPod, with 31% saying that it was exactly or almost exactly what they wanted, 10% saying they’d buy although videos were too low quality, and 9% saying they’d buy although the screen was too small for video. Twenty-seven percent said they would not buy, with 5% citing video quality, 12% citing screen size, and 10% citing general dissatisfaction as reasons they won’t buy one. The remaining 22% were waiting to try one, or for a review, before forming an opinion.

Complete results are available in Read More below, and at the Lounge Poll archives. Our new poll, “Have you purchased any video content from the iTunes Music Store?”, is now open. You can find it on the left column below Ask iLounge - please cast your vote!

iLounge launches Konfabulator widget

imageWe’re happy to announce that in addition to the iLounge Mac OS X Dashboard widget, we now offer a downloadable widget for users of the cross-platform Konfabulator software. Like the Dashboard widget, the free Konfabulator widget provides quick access to iLounge news stories, reviews, and FAQs. The widget also lets you easily search the site or our forums.

For those of you not familiar with Konfabultor, here’s a quick summary taken from the software’s website: “Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.”

Download: iLounge Konfabulator widget for Mac
Download: iLounge Konfabulator widget for Windows

Poll results: Which feature should Apple add to iPods?

The most recent Lounge Poll, “Which feature do you most want Apple to add to iPods?”, is now closed.

With over 5,700 votes cast. the two most popular requested features were a replaceable battery (26%) and FM radio tuning (24%), with video playback rounding out the top three at 21%. Bluetooth wireless support was nearby at 17%, while features such as more games (5%), sports features (pedometer etc, 2%), and “something else” (6%) trailed considerably.

Complete results are available in Read More below, and at the Lounge Poll archives. Our new poll, “What do you think of the iPod with video?”, is now open. You can find it on the left column below Ask iLounge - please cast your vote!

iLounge ‘One more thing’ Event Gallery

We’ve posted a large photo gallery from today’s “One more thing event” in San Jose, California. The gallery features 350 pictures from Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ presentation and numerous hands-on shots of the new iPod from after the keynote.

iLounge announces Holiday 2005 Buyers’ Guide, New Contests

On November 1, 2005, iLounge will publish its Holiday 2005 Buyers’ Guide, and as always, we will be prominently featuring the art and photography of our incredible readers. Today we are announcing two new contests, one for artwork, one for photographs, with over $1,800 in prizes at stake.

The Ultimate iPod Accessory Design Contest gives you a chance to create a great new iPod accessory and win a prize for it. We’ll pick a total of three winners in three different categories - “creative,” “realistic/practical,” and “funny” - with the best overall winner receiving The Ultimate iPod Accessory Bundle from Belkin and Oregon Scientific.

The Black and White Photo Contest honors the release of the photo-ready, black- and white-bodied iPod nanos with a new photo contest. Two winners will each win a brand new iPod nano in the color of their choice.

For complete details, check out the new Contest pages. Winners will be shown in the new Buyers’ Guide on November 1. Good luck!

Poll results: Which iPod nano will you buy?

The most recent Lounge Poll, “Which iPod nano will you buy?”, is now closed.

With over 7,300 votes cast, a majority of responding readers indicated that they preferred black nanos to white ones, with almost twice as many picking black 2GB models (7%) over white 2GB models (4%), and black 4GB models (44%) over white 4GB models (24%). Most interestingly, six times as many people indicated interest in the more expensive 4GB model as for the less expensive 2GB model, with only 11% of respondants opting for 2GB, and 68% opting for 4GB. We were also surprised to see just what fraction of readers said they would buy a nano: 79% said they’d buy one of the four models, while only 21% said they would not.

Complete results are available in Read More below, and at the Lounge Poll archives. Our new poll, “Which feature do you most want Apple to add to iPods?”, is now open. You can find it on the left column below Ask iLounge.

Blog the Book Contest Winners Announced

The three winners of iLounge’s Blog the Book Contest have been announced, and they are:

1st Place: Mugglenet.com (Winner, 10 iPod shuffles or $1000). To further thank Mugglenet, we will also donate one Harry Potter Audiobook Card for the site to do with as it wishes. Congrats!

2nd Place: Junk-Feud.com (Winner, 3 iPod shuffles or $300)
3rd Place: iPodmania.it (Random Winner/25 entries or more, 2 iPod shuffles or $200)

Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to everyone who entered for your support and participation!

Trivia winners announced, Blog contest ending with 15 iPods to win

Congratulations to the winners of iLounge’s Search for iPod Trivia contest! Each of these three winners will receive a Klipsch iFi Speaker System for the iPod (value: $399), courtesy of Klipsch.

Michael Ollier of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain
Erica Hyman of Cranbury, New Jersey, United States
Vernon Tang of Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Our other contest, Blog The Book, is now in its final 48 hours. For more information on the contest and its total of 15 iPod shuffles (or $1500) in prizes, please see the official contest page.

iLounge at Apple Expo Paris

iLounge’s Dennis Lloyd and Jeremy Horwitz are on the scene at this week’s Apple Expo in Paris, France. They will be bringing you exclusive hands-on reports of all the iPod and iTunes products being shown at the event. While Apple has stated that Steve Jobs will not be delivering a keynote speech, the CEO and other Apple executives will reportedly be on hand for a Q&A session with the media.

Reminder: $2700 in contests ending; 15 shuffles, 3 iFis to win

As a reminder for potential entrants, two iLounge contests with roughly $2700 in prizes are ending this week - one tonight. Our Search for iPod Trivia Contest gives you the chance to win one of three Klipsch iFi Speaker Systems, each worth $399. You’ll find the contest on page 72 of The Free iPod Book and Back to School Guide. This contest ends at 11:59PM tonight.

Our separate Blog The Book Contest ends on September 23, 2005, so new bloggers still have a chance to win. A total of 15 iPod shuffles or cash prizes up to $1500 will be given away. Complete contest rules are available here.

Poll results: How much would you pay (max) for a video-equipped iPod this year?

The most recent Lounge Poll, “What’s the highest price you would pay for a video-equipped iPod this year?”, is now closed.

With nearly 5,000 votes cast, the single most popular response was $399, with 36% of respondants choosing this price. Roughly a quarter of those surveyed were willing to pay $499 or more, while 37% said they would pay $299 or less ($199). The numbers were surprising in that they suggested that a majority of respondants were willing to pay some premium for video functionality on an iPod.

Complete results are available in Read More below, and at the Lounge Poll archives. Our new poll, “Will you buy an iTunes-compatible phone?”, is now open. You can find it on the left column below Ask iLounge.

iLounge launches OS X Dashboard Widget

imageWant easy access to our news stories, latest reviews, and FAQs at any time? Mac OS X Tiger users can now download the iLounge Dashboard Widget, a free tool that provides immediate desktop access to all of our latest updates. Three sets of pages can be accessed independently by clicking on links in the upper right corner, and individual updates scrolled through using the window below. Search buttons permit easy access to all of iLounge’s online content, and Discussion Forums. Thanks to Solspace.com for developing this handy new way to enjoy iLounge. The next project is Konfabulator widgets for Mac and PC.

Download: iLounge Dashboard Widget

Blog the Book Contest offers 15 iPod shuffles/$1500 prizes

As part of our just-launched Blog the Book Contest, we’re giving away a total of 15 iPod shuffles - or the cash equivalent - to selected winners who link to our new iPod Book and Back to School Guide. To enter, all you have to do is add one of our contest badges to your blog and point to the Book, which is available here.

The grand prize winner with the most referrals to the Free iPod Book download page will win 10 iPod shuffles or a cash-only prize of $1000. The second place winner with the second most referrals wins 3 iPod shuffles or $300 in cash. The third place winner will be chosen at random from those with at least 25 or more unique referrals to the iPod Book download page, and will get 2 iPod shuffles or a $200 cash-only prize. Full rules can be found inside.

The iPod Directory now available, searchable

First debuted as a section of The Free iPod Book, The iPod Directory is now available in fully searchable form on the iLounge web site.

The Directory was designed to help iPod owners quickly locate information on key iPod & iTunes hardware, software, accessory, and service providers. By using the Main Directory Page or its built-in search engine, you can look through the hundreds of listings to find names and contact details for any major product or service you could want.

If you are an authorized company representative and want to add or update company information, please contact info (at) ilounge.com with your details. Enjoy The Directory!

Download Now: The Free iPod Book and Back to School Guide

It’s here: The Free iPod Book & Back to School Guide, by iLounge.com. Covering all things iPod and iTunes, our first book includes exclusive sneak peeks at new iPod accessories from JBL, Belkin, Griffin, Oregon Scientific, Blumac and Sumo Cases, plus tutorials, contests, and more. Click on read more for the details and the download links. Two versions - printable and widescreen - are available; please download only one. We hope you enjoy!

New Lounge Poll launched

The new Lounge Poll, “What’s the highest price you would pay for a video-enabled iPod this year?” has launched in the left column below Ask iLounge. Early balloting suggests that a $599 or more expensive video device wouldn’t fly - what do you think? Cast your vote!

Complete results for previous Lounge Polls are available in the Lounge Poll archives.

Thank you: iLounge named to Forbes Best of the Web, Favorites lists

imageWe don’t generally post awards or kudos we’ve received on the main page of our site, but we wanted to thank Forbes today. They’ve named iLounge to their “Best of the Web” list, and also to the more exclusive “Forbes Favorites” list, calling iLounge “The ultimate in product reviews and tutorials on all things iPod.”

Thank you, Forbes, and thank you, loyal readers, for your support of the Lounge!

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