In an article about how companies are embracing modern design to drive sales, Fortune magazine has named the Altec Lansing inMotion speakers for iPod one of its 25 Best Products of the Year.
The Neistat brothers have taken it upon themselves to ‘redecorate’ iPod posters with their public service announcement which reads; iPod’s Unreplaceable Battery Lasts Only 18 Months. A QuickTime video of their efforts has been posted at www.ipodsdirtysecret.com
Editor’s note: Contrary to their belief the iPod battery is replaceable
MacMinute reports one of its readers has discovered that you can now send iTunes Gift Certificates purchased from the online Apple Store via United States Postal Service. Previously you could only send gift certificates to someone via email. Gift certificates are available from $10 to $200 to purchase and download music from the iTunes Music Store.
“Jon Lech Johansen, better known as DVD Jon for his authorship of the DeCSS decryption software, has turned his attention to Apple’s locked music format. [...]
Apple negotiated a loophole for its iTunes Music Store that allows a playlist to be burned to a CD ten times. When Johansen’s program completes, it displays the message “Success! Fair Use Enabled”.
When iTMS began selling locked music in April, Johansen described it as the least fair-use hostile. Johansen’s program defangs it one step further.”
Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics has the lowest price we know to be available for the new AppleCare Protection Plan for iPods, which extends the warranty coverage and phone support to two years from the date of purchase. It charges $55, $4 less than Apple.
Kevin Muoio informs us of his line of iPod t-shirts which simply display a line of text which reads ‘ask me about my iPod.’ and another that reads ‘i own an iPod.’ Each design is available on several shirt styles/colors and start at $19.
Extends telephone support from 90 days to up to two years
Extends hardware coverage from one year to up to two years
Provides expert support for both Mac and Windows users
Leander Kahney for Wired News writes about the ‘jack sharing’ phenomenon reported earlier on iLounge. In his story Kahney talks to Steve Crandall (known as ‘esc’ in the iLounge forums) about his recent experience with ‘jack sharing’ in his hometwon in New Jersey. The story goes on to expose other ‘jack sharing’ locales, including Cambridge, UK.
“‘She walked right up to me and got within my comfort field,’ Crandall stammered. ‘I was taken aback. She pulled out the earbuds on her iPod and indicated the jack with her eyes.’
Warily unplugging his own earbuds, Crandall gingerly plugged them into the woman’s iPod, and was greeted by a rush of techno.
‘We listened for about 30 seconds,’ Crandall said. “No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off.’”
“Apple again was the star at the UK’s most prestigious Mac awards, picking up six Maxines, one more than it garnered last year.
The 20in Cinema Display, 40GB iPod, Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack all claimed the ‘best in their class’ gong while the Power Mac G5 was given the Readers’ Award for Hardware of the Year and the Special Award for Product of the Year.”
“Someone you know loves music You
iSkin, Inc., formally ackNOWLEDGE, today announced the all-new iSkin eXo2 protective skins for 3G iPods. The new exo2 features a stainless steel belt clip, screen protector, beveled holes for button access, integrated FireWire/dock port cover, coated with an anti-static agent, rear heat holes for heat dissipation, anti-slip grip and comes in four colors; Arctic (clear white frosted), Sonic (vibrant electric blue), Ebony (solid midnight black) and Carbon (dark grey). More colors and glow-in-the-dark series will be added later. The exo2 is available now for $29.99.
MacRumors is reporting that during an Interim Results 2003 Conference, EMI Music Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier, while discussing the growth of music download services said, “... but there is real potential for the future especially when PepsiCola makes a commitment to giveaway up to 100 million downloads and McDonald’s commits to 1 billion in download giveaways as part of a promotional campaign.” The New York Post had reported that McDonald’s was expected to announce a deal with Apple to offer a 1 billion iTunes song giveaway, but McDonald’s later said in a statement that the deal was ‘pure speculation.’
“Apple’s chief financial officer Fred Anderson pressed home the innovation at the heart of Apple’s strategy during a speech at Lehman Brothers Semiconductor and Computer conference yesterday.
With its market lead on competing music download services and its leading music product, the iPod, Anderson explained: ‘Many who experience buying songs from iTunes will go on and buy an iPod and maybe they will buy a Mac when they think about buying a second or third computer for the home.’”
“In October, Apple and Pepsi-Cola North America announced they would give away 100 million free songs to Mac and Windows users from the iTunes Music Store.
This promotion begins on February 1. Pepsi is randomly printing 100 million winning codes in 20-ounce and one-litre bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. The winning codes will be redeemable for a free song from the iTunes Music Store.”
Provides both read and write access to your iPod hard drive for documents and data files, plus the ability to organize your music either from the Explorer-based XPlay interface, or from Windows Media Player.
“Record labels have long been accused of stealing musicians’ copyrights as soon as the ink is dry on the contract. Now, one small independent label in Great Britain is doing the opposite: It’s giving the rights to the artists—and anyone else who wants to use the music, too.
Loca Records wants to foster experimentation and freedom in music by building a stable of free music which can be shared, remixed and manipulated by anyone. Songs are not locked by digital rights management technology.”
“It’s a little known secret that Apple barely makes money off iTunes, despite the software’s popularity
“‘God is a DJ,’ goes a popular dance-music catchphrase. That line was written long enough ago that it fails to account for a few new facts
Dealmac: MacResQ has stock of the first-generation 10GB iPod for $189.99 with free shipping via coupon code “PODME”. It’s the best total price we know to be available for an iPod. These are demo units with a 90-day reseller warranty.
Like the age-old battle between the Beta format and the VHS format we are at the very beginnings of a digital media battle…. The solution? Apple should avoid the potential of becoming the Beta by having the iPod able to play WMA files.