“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
Dell Home is offering $30 off on purchases of $350 or more. Use coupon code 3A865DFB677B to save $30 off the purchase of an Apple iPod 30GB for $449. Your new price is $375 with free shipping. Search for item number A0114492. Expires 11pm CT 9/23.
Dealmac: MacResQ again offers the Griffin iTrip iPod FM Transmitter for $29.99. It’s the best price we know to be available by $3. Add around $4 for shipping.
iLounger ‘kloh’ has skillfully installed an iPod dock into a center console compartment in his Infiniti G35 coupe. The dock has been permanently mounted within the compartment with a Belkin FM transmitter connected via the line out port. ‘Kloh’ notes that as soon as Blitzsafe completes the AUX kit for iPod, he’ll connect the dock directly to the car stereo’s input.
“BMG Entertainment plans to release a compact disc today that allows consumers to download and copy a limited number of songs, the music industry’s latest experiment to come up with a viable alternative to the free trading of music over the Internet. [...]
One option allows the consumer to copy all of Hamilton’s songs from the CD onto the computer and portable devices, such as MP3 players (but not yet Apple’s iPod). Once in the computer, the software lets the consumer copy the songs on up to three CDs. There is nothing to prevent those CDs from being recopied, though the next generation of the software will include such copy protection.”
“The report by Informa Media said global Internet music sales, which includes sales of CDs from retail Web sites such as Amazon.com (NasdaqNM:AMZN - News) and song downloads from services such as Apple Computer Inc.‘s (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) iTunes, will reach $3.9 billion by 2008, up from $1.1 billion in 2002.
But the value of lost sales due to CD-burning and downloading free songs off so-called peer-to-peer networks such as Grokster and Kazaa will rise to $4.7 billion in the same period from $2.4 billion this year, the British research firm said.”
Apple recently launched a new iPod ad campaign featuring black silouhuetted figures holding an iPod on bright colored backgrounds. SomethingAwful.com has posted over 120 parodies of the ad depicting silouhuettes of Mr. T, Bob Marley, James Bond, Mr. Smith and many more. Warning: Some of the parody ads and content appearing on this website may be offensive. View at your own risk.