“The first signs are positive. Apple Computer Chief Executive Steve Jobs launched versions of the online music service in the U.K, France and Germany at the beginning of the summer. The services have taken off quickly, selling more than 5 million songs in the first ten weeks.. It has left a European-based service that had a head start singing harmony and major music labels are listening to its appeals. [...]
‘It’s still too early to judge exactly how successful the service is,’ says U.K.-based Jupiter Research analyst Mark Mulligan, who believes that after the holiday season will be a better time to appraise the success of the iPod/iTunes duo. But one thing is sure, Mulligan says, ‘It has revolutionized the online music market.’ [...]
Largely because of this tortured rights landscape, iTunes initially debuted in only three countries. But the rest of the European Union shouldn’t have to wait much longer: Apple says its plans for an English-only pan-European store are on track for October.”
The iStory Creator is an application made to help people create their very own iPod Text Adventure Games. It allows people with absolutely no html or coding experience be able to contribute games for the iPod that are both fun and detailed. Basically, iStories are Text Games that have a plot line and then when certain things happen in the story, the user can make choices that effect how the story progresses. This can lead to games that are similar to RPG’s, Quiz Games, and basically anything you can think of doing with a text based game. The iStories are very similar to a “Choose your own ending” type of novel and will make for some great entertainment.
“Apple Computer Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs offered Nobuyuki Idei, chairman and group CEO of Sony, the chance for Sony to come aboard Apple’s ITunes Music Store service, the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun newspaper reports in its September 2 edition.
The offer would have allowed for joint operation of the service, the newspaper says.”
Pod2Go syncs a variety of information to your iPod such as news, weather forecasts, movie showtimes, lyrics, text files and much more.
Tunewear has developed a carry case for iPod featuring 6 credit card slots, name card holder, pen holder, bill and document pocket, internal cable management, access hole for headphones, remote or hold switch, mesh bag for storing small items, multi-belt loop for vertical or horizontal placement, and the Super Tunemax 20 battery. The 20 hour Super Tunemax 20 battery is rated for 32 hours of continuous playback. The Prie Wallet comes with or without the Super Tunemax 20 battery in Ruby Pink or Jet Black. Pricing has not yet been determined.
Belkin today released the TuneDok for iPod mini featuring 2 differently sized rubber bases and an adapter cup to fit your car’s cup holder. The TuneDok also features adjustable height and tilt and comes with 2 cable-management clips. The TuneDok mini sells for $29.99.
The 3-in-1 9V Emergency Key Chain Charger includes a detachable dock connector for charging 3G/4G/HP/mini iPods, a detachable LED light and a detachable screw driver bit. Connect a 9V battery (not included) and charge your iPod on-the-go or use it as a flashlight. The charger costs $17.49.
DealMac and L.A. Computer company offer DealMac readers an 850 mAh replacement battery for 3G iPods for $22.99. The low price battery kit includes an installation tool and instructions. Shipping is approximately $6.00.
The Showcase 4G fits all Click Wheel iPods from Apple and HP and features an impact resistant plastic shell with an articulating, snap lock closure, built-in screen protection, Click Wheel access, top and bottom openings providing access to connectors, headphone jack and hold switch and a detachable belt clip. The Showcase 4G costs $32.95 and comes in black or white.
The iAir Charger for iPod includes two adaptors: one for the 15v airplane power jacks found on many commercial airlines, and one for the 15v DC (cigarette lighter) power sockets—so you can power your iPod using either outlet type when available. The iAir also features a locking clip to keep the adaptor in place., Duraflex jacket and strain relief collar for durability and flexibility, 3.3 ft (1m) cord and 24k gold contacts for corrosion resistance. The iAir Charger for iPod costs $29.95.
The iTunes Music Store today added speeches from day one and day two of the Republic National Convention being held in New York, New York. The free downloads include speeches by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator John McCain, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, First Lady Lauraa Bush, Senator Bill Frist, and George P. Bush, nephew of President George W. Bush.
On July 30th, 2004, Apple did the same for the Democratic National Convention.
The SkinTight iPod Skin provides protection against dust, knocks, and scratches. It’s made out of a superior shock-absorbing, tear-resistant KRATON plastic, which will last a long a time. This is the first protective skin that features a flex-away flap, allowing it to work with the iPod dock. Speck SkinTight rubberized skins come in 3 Colors (frosted clear, blue, and pink) and can be purchased individually for $19.95 or as a 3-Pack for $29.95.
iPodRip is the ultimate iPod companion application. iPodRip allows you to get the most out of your iPod—you can transfer music from your iPod back to your iTunes Library, listen to music directly on your iPod (allowing you to save valuable disk space)—plus much more. iPodRip supports all iPod Media Types—MP3, AAC, Protected AAC and Audible.com Content.
Apple today launched the iTunes Affiliate Program, making it the first download music store to offer direct links to a la carte singles and albums that generate paid commissions to affiliate websites. The iTunes Affiliate Program will complement successful iTunes programs including iTunes on Campus, offering free site licenses to colleges and universities, and the iTunes Volume Discount Program, providing bulk song downloads at a discount. The iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one music service with over 125 million songs purchased and downloaded to date.
Tunewear today announced a new silicone case for 4G iPods. Compared to traditional silicone cases, the ICEWEAR series uses the same silicone found in diving masks which allows for both scratch protection and a clear view of the iPod’s original color. The ICEWEAR series design allows access to all ports including the headphone jack, dock connector, hold switch and click wheel. Shock absorbing ribs on the sides not only serve to protect the iPod during falls, but they also function as a grip for the iPod when held in your hand or when placed on most any surface. The ribs also glow the iPod when held in the light. The new ICEWEAR 4G will retail for $24.95 and will be available worldwide in September.
Larry Angell of MacMinute.com writes “In an obvious move to gain new Mac purchasers, Apple is heavily promoting the similarities between the iPod and the new iMac G5. The main tagline on Apple’s homepage says it best. “From the creators of iPod. The new iMac G5,” the page simply reads, showing an iPod and iMac side by side. It appears Apple is hoping that the cross-platform success of the iPod will help the company to convince Windows users to make their next computer purchase an iMac. ‘Just like the iPod redefined portable digital music players, the new iMac G5 redefines what users expect from a consumer desktop,’ said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.”
Christian Hieber of iPodFun.de, a German language iPod website, has learned more about the Bose SoundDock while attending Apple Expo Paris. The SoundDock dock acts as a charging station and features an IR (infrared) port for use with an included wireless remote control for the iPod. Pricing is set at $299 and is expected to ship October 15. Christian had a chance to demo the SoundDock and said, “It looks like a fine, well designed and powerful living room item. The sound is amazing, although there is no subwoofer, it’s okay with the bass. But it’s pricey. It works with 3G/4G iPods and mini iPods.”
While on stage at the Keynote address at Apple Expo Paris, Vice President of WorldWide Marketing, Phil Schiller revealed that Bose has developed a speaker system for iPod named the SoundDock. The photo to the right depicts a large rectangular speaker grill with an integrated dock for the iPod. Details about the new Bose unit have yet to be released.
Griffin Technology today announced the Griffin PodPod. The soft foam Griffin PodPod slips into any auto cup holder and provides a safe secure ride for any iPod or iPod mini. It also places the iPod in comfortable reach for easy adjustment and perfect placement for the iPod or iPod mini with an iTrip on top. The PodPod will ship next month for only $9.99 and is being shown this week at Apple Expo Paris. Pre-orders are being accepted now at http://griffintechnology.com
During the opening moments of the Keynote at Apple Expo Paris, Vice President of WorldWide Marketing, Phil Schiller told the audience that the iPod has captured 58 percent share of the digital music player market since June 2004.