“They’ve used this announcement to lay down the gauntlet to HP, Apple and to some extent Sony,’ said Tim Bajarin, president of the Creative Strategies consulting firm. ‘Everything that Dell’s doing right now is extremely calculated.’ [...]
Apple fired off a dismissive statement about Dell’s entry into the digital music business.
‘It appears that Dell is re-branding one of the second-tier music services that will be announced soon, just like they are re-branding Creative’s MP3 player. There is little original here,’ Apple’s statement said.”
In the October 2003 issue of Stuff Magazine the Apple iPod goes head to head with Panasonic’s SV-SD85, Philips Key 004, Sharp MT899H and the Sony D-NE1 in their Personal Digital Audio Supertest. They review the 15GB iPod and it wins the test. Also tested in the same category as the iPod is the Creative Jukebox Zen and the Archos Jukebox AV120. Stuff assemble their “winning team” consisting of the iPod, iMac2, Grado SR60 headphones for indoor use, Sennheiser MX500 for outdoors, and the Acoustic Energy Aego 2 speaker system for hooking up to the iMac/iPod.
Also featured in this issue is an accessories list for the iPod to turn your iPod into a bomb shelter (iPod Armor), a listening post (Boostaroo), a pirate radio station (iTrip), a mini system (NaviPOD remote), and a portable stereo (Creative Travelsound).
Stuff’s website has also posted a Web poll asking, “Gadget of 2003?.” The iPod is winning so far with over 50% of the votes.
“MusicMatch plans to jump into the digital song-selling business next week, with Dell promoting the company’s new download service, sources familiar with the plan said.
The Internet music software company’s service, which will provide a new online rival to Apple Computer’s iTunes and BuyMusic, will use the popular MusicMatch Jukebox software and will distribute music in Microsoft’s Windows Media format, sources said. The announcement is expected as soon as Monday.”
The September issue of T3 magazine (UK) features an iPod AV mock-up created by DesignWorks Windsor.
“I got my wish. The iPod has brought music back into my life full time, with a vengeance. I listen to great music wherever I am. I have a little workshop out in the garage, where I’ve set up my old Monsoon speakers so I can plug my iPod into them and listen while I paint. [...]
And I have playlists for every occasion. When I visit my dentist, it’s “Music to inhale nitrous oxide by.” I make playlists for plane rides. I have playlists for my kids. I even have playlists to work by (usually heavy on the King Crimson and Dave Brubeck).”
O’Reilly has posted an interview with Bernard Leach, the first developer to successfully port Linux onto the iPod. In the interview Leach mentions his latest project - trying to get a CompactFlash reader to download digital photos to his iPod.
“The other question I’m asked is whether Windows users should buy an iPod. Unlike Mac, where the iPod really is the only device worth having, Windows users have a variety of choices. [...]
That may not be as simple as comparing disk capacities. For example, iPods automatically sync in the background. What’s that worth? What about a user interface with no moving parts? Small size? The docking station with a line-out jack? And styling that makes you the envy of your friends—what’s all that worth?”
In the ongoing saga of when the new iTrip will actually ship, several iLoungers have received emails from Griffin Tech Support stating it would ship about the first or second week in October. Griffin gave no reasons for the delay.
A reader at iPoding reports: “Dell now carries the 40 GB iPod. Save 10% instantly ($50.39 off), free shipping, and enter code: 5713F8997AC6 to save an additional $25 off (expires 9/25/03) for a grand total of $428.56. Dell also has the 20GB and 30GB iPods also at 10% off plus an extra $25 off with the coupon code above.”
Today Dell announced that it will be releasing a new music service and a new digital music player dubbed ‘Digital Jukebox’ or ‘DJ’. Dell describes the iPod-like device as “a digital music player featuring a sleek design, with large storage capacity, excellent battery life and easy-to-use controls.” The Dell Music Store is described as “the new music download service that offers thousands of music selections and allows seamless, legal downloading of songs to the Dell DJ. The service can also analyze customers’ song play history to recommend specific artists and songs that can be purchased using the service.” “Pricing and additional details of Dell’s new consumer electronics and computers will be announced when the products become available.”
MacRumors has posted information regarding two job offerings for engineers at Apple’s Job site. The first is a position for Jr. Software Engineer - Embedded Apps. “Join the iPod and Special Projects Group to create and enhance the embedded applications you find on the world famous iPod and the upcoming devices from Apple. You will join a small successful team; work in a fast paced environment to write the embedded applications software that allows the user the rich experience they have when using the iPod and future devices.”
The second position is for a “Senior Embedded Software Engineer” with duties to include “the design and implementation of consumer multimedia applications with skills required on the ARM platform.” The iPods use the ARM7TDMI 32-bit RISC core processor.
Dealmac: MegaMacs.com has the XtremeMac Premium iPod Car Charger (for first- and second-generation iPods) for $7.99, the lowest price we know to be available by $4. Add around $5 for shipping.
The Apple Store has factory refurbished iPod 20GB for Mac at $269 and iPod 20GB for Windows at $269. These are prior versions w/touch pad, remote & carrying case and one-year warranty. There is also factory refurbished 3G docking iPod 30GB for $349.
iLounger Joe has sent us information and photos regarding a possible new case from Contour Design. “The new iPod case will be called the “Contour showcase for iPod” or “showcase”. It will feature a combination of hard, clear plastic and soft rubber edges, and billed as “the hard case with the soft touch.” It will cost about $40 and should be available by mid-October.”
Covertec has launched a new iPod III leather case for 3G iPods. The iPod III case features flip-top design with magnetic closure, storage for credit cards, license, etc. and the Covertec belt clip ‘Wips System’. The ‘Wips System’ belt clip rotates 360
The iPod Anonymous website formerly known as the iPod Engraving Utility website has been re-launched after a two month hiatus. There is now a new time-wasting web application named iAshamed. Do you have a song on your iPod that you should have deleted a long time ago? Why not share that with all the iPoders by entering the artist and title of the song into the iAshamed web app. The iAshamed features ‘Hall of Shame’, ‘Top Ten Deletions’ and ‘Editor’s Pick’.
Makes it convenient to access the music on your iPod while it is connected to your computer. PodStat resides in your menu bar, so you can access it from any application, at any time. If you
A member at dotmac.com has conceptualized an iPod AV device using 3D software. The iPod AV features a brilliant super resolution 4” LCD, up to 30 hours of MP4 video at 320x240, FireWire 800, 400, USB 2.0, S-Video and composite video.
GNUpod is a collection of tools which allow you to use your iPod under Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems. Version 0.91 fixes some bugs and it’s now possible to adjust (boost) the volume, which is useful for EU-iPods