“The most unpopular gift my wife ever received came from me on Christmas Eve of 2001. She unwrapped the package, cracked open the stylish clamshell box and frowned at the debut model of the iPod, Apple’s magnificent music player. It was the size of a pack of cigarettes, gleaming in white and polished stainless steel and ready to swallow hundreds of songs.
‘This isn’t for me,’ she said, sliding the whole mess over to my end of the coffee table. ‘This is for you.’ She was right. So after a few tepid protestations I took custody of the unloved player and turned it into a high-tech talisman of my inner life. The iPod renewed my love of music and answered a primal need: It made me feel cool.”
A word of advice when ordering iPods from the Apple Store. Sometimes iPods are shipped directly from an overseas warehouse. In this case, they always come by international 3-day shipping, regardless of what shipping option you chose. If you paid the extra $9 for 2 day shipping, then you’ve wasted your money. I complained and Apple refunded my $9.
iPod Software 1.3.1 improves compatability between Mac OS X, version 10.3 Panther, and your iPod: If your iPod requires updating, the iPod Software Updater will run and allow you to install iPod Software 1.3.1 the next time you plug in your iPod and iTunes is launched.
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I’ve published a review of the Belkin Media Reader for iPod at my Mac iLife site. Overall, I really like this device, though I have yet to get iPhoto or Image Capture to recognize that the iPod contains photos.
A visitor over at MacWorld UK has posted this in the fora:
When told that he would probably need to get it repaired by a Mac technician, he promptly replied:
Editor’s note: We here at iLounge DO NOT recommend throwing your iPod ANYWHERE… Just a helpful reminder :-)
iPodScripter allows you to set your Mac to do virtually anything when your iPod is plugged in. Whether you want it to open iPodRip, run an AppleScript or even a shell script, iPodScripter can do it all.
ThinkDifferentStore.com has launched a new online store and are offering the iSkin eXo case, Maclear zip case, iShade screen protector and belt clip all for $15. Also available is the iSkin for 2G iPods for $14.99.
Marware is offering a Holiday contest where by readers are encouraged to submit a 100 word or less eassy on why they deserve a free case by Marware.
“Tim Deal, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said that Apple is trying to strike a balance by opening the iPod to some developers but not making it an open platform.
‘I think by offering a (developer) kit they would expand their opportunity for innovation, and thus multiply their organic development efforts,” Deal said. “However, by being selective, they are maintaining a conservative approach, which will help them avoid becoming entangled in a quagmire of whimsical yet useless ideas.’”
Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the new, retail boxed Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger for $19.99. Use coupon code “SHIP6” to get Free ground shipping. The device works with all versions of iPods. With Free ground shipping, it’s the best price we’ve seen. Coupon expires 10/29/03.
Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers the second-generation Apple 20GB iPod with the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for $379.99. That’s $15 less than the best price we could find for a third-generation iPod and iTrip purchased separately. Shipping starts around $5.
Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document listing several FireWire and USB 2.0 cards tested for compatibilty with iPod using Windows XP drivers. Manufacturers listed are Belkin, Orange Micro and Adaptec.
LaptopsForLess has released a battery replacement for 3rd generation (docking) iPods. The kit includes battery, installation instructions and a small screw driver. We do not recommend using the metal screw driver, because it can scratch your iPod when trying to open the case. Try using a thin, sturdy peice of plastic instead. The battery kit costs $49 and includes a one year warranty.
Having bought an iPod myself, one of my first observations was how prone the iPod was to scratches. As a frequent follower of the news in iLounge, I found that my fellow ‘loungers advised an iSkin as a good protection choice. Searching the net for a place to get my iSkin (UK) I came across iSkinWorld.com. This site sells new generation iSkin eXos in a variety of colours at a great price, the iSkins come with a belt clip and free iShade screeen protector. Only problem is minimum spending of
DJs Andrew Andrew offer up to two iPods at club APT in New York that allows anybody to grab a number, wait their turn, and DJ 7 for minutes.
“DJs pick the tracks for their seven-minute sets from a vast playlist that their hosts change weekly. But you won
Walter S. Mossber of “The Mossberg Solution” has posted a review of the three main legal Internet music stores:
Apple Store for Education is now offering free engraving on iPods for individuals. “Purchase any iPod w/personalization between October 22, 2003 and November 5, 2003 and get personalization for free.