Kainjow has announced the release of the first public beta of Pod2Go for Windows. Previously only available for Mac OS X, the software lets you put a variety of content on your iPod, including news feeds, weather forecasts, movie showtimes, driving directions, lyrics, stock quotes and more. The beta download is free and requires Windows 2000 or XP. You can register now for a discount on the final version.
Avanquest Publishing recently announced that it has partnered with four iPod software developers to bring their Mac and PC titles to retail locations in North America. The initial software titles in the new line include Lionhardt Technology’s WebPodStudio ($50; produce audio and video podcasts), ThinkFree’s PodPresenter ($30; create, view and share slide presentations from the iPod), Laridian’s iPocketBible ($40; listen to and read the bible on the iPod) and Memeo’s iExtend ($30; back up music, photos and files on the iPod).
Memeo has announced Memeo iExtend, an iPod-specific version of its backup solution AutoBackup. It allows iPod users to access content such as e-mail, contacts, calendars, PowerPoint presentations, and RSS feeds on the go, and also allows Windows users to configure folders with their iPod so they have access to their most up-to-date files and content. Memeo iExtend for iPod is available now and sells for $29.00.
Makayama Interactive has announced the release of iPod Media Studio, a new Windows application that encodes video for playback on the new fifth-generation iPod. The $33 software can encode several formats (AVI, MPEG1, DivX, XVID, VOB, ASF) and enables DVD-to-iPod conversions.
“The feature that everyone wants, but Apple didn’t give you. This software allows you to transfer DVD’s directly to your video iPod and enjoy them on the gorgeous 2.5” LCD-monitor. You can take any movie from DVD, but also recorded TV-material, or home movies from your DV-camcorder or digital still camera, and with 3 clicks convert those into a small file, which is optimized for playback with the iPod built-in video player. Enjoy movies with an amazingly sharp picture and stereo CD-quality sound.”
CopyPod Photo is a new Windows application that enables users to backup, recover and share photos on your iPod. CopyPod Photo features: full backup of your photos; saves/restores your photo albums; the ability to share photos; a drag and drop interface; and photo slideshow features. The software sells for $14.90.
Griffin Technology is now offering its iFill Internet Radio recording software for iPod. iFill streams mp3 files from free internet radio stations directly to your iPod. Several stations can be chosen at once, enabling the user to fill up their iPod in a short period of time. The software operates independently of iTunes, yet offers a similar interface for ease of use. As a copyright protection measure, iFill puts music straight onto the iPod—not on the computer, and the software makes links directly iTunes Music Store for the songs identified in the downloaded streams. iFill is now available for Mac and PC and sells for $19.99; a free trial download is also available.
iCueMix is a new iTunes plug-in for Windows users that delivers “personalized, mood-based mixes with a just single click.” iCueMix lets you: dynamically create a personalized mix with a single mouse click; modify a mix while you play, to build a mix for your every mood; discover new music based upon your collection, tastes and mood; share and compare your mixes with other iCueMix users; build and automatically sync personalized mixes for your iPod; and more.
“iCueMix uses artificial intelligence technology applied to your music collection to work out what songs to recommend in a mix,” explains the developer. “iCueMix has a community server that knows the music tastes of thousands of users that an iCueMix user can share and compare mixes against. It provides essential new song recommendations to complement your collection or the mix you are building. These recommendations, if required, can be purchased seamlessly via iTunes.”
Mediafour has released XPlay 2.2, which adds support for the iPod nano and iTunes 5 compatibility. XPlay enables you to move music to and from your iPod with its drag-and-drop interface, copy music from your iPod to your hard drive, use a Mac-formatted iPod on both a Mac and PC, revise and reorder playlists, and more. XPlay sells for $29.95.
Staylazy has released new versions of two of its popular iPod programs—Weather for Me and Canto Pod.
Weather for Me 2.0 is an updated version of the software that allows you to download a 7 day weather forecast to your iPod. Following legal issues with Weather.com, the program now gets its data from MyForecast.com with over 26,000 US cities and 32,000 International cities supported.
Canto Pod 2.0 is the latest version of the iPod software that lets you easily search for song lyrics and download them to your iPod. This version adds LeosLyrics.com support, the ability to view the song files on your iPod, create a list of those songs, and automatically download those lyrics.
iPod Access 2.4 from Findley Designs is the latest version of the Windows utility that enables you to copy songs from your iPod back to your computer. Version 2.4 adds iTunes 4.9 support, correctly shows playlists on all iPods, and features more robust file re-naming. iPod Access for Windows is available for $14.99.
Anapod Explorer 8.8 from Red Chair Software is the latest version of the iPod management application with Windows Explorer integration, file backup, web streaming, and more. This update adds Album Art support for iPod photo users. MP3, M4A, and iTunes Music Store files with embedded art will now have their art displayed on the iPod when transferred using Anapod.
BadApple is a free plug-in for the Windows version of iTunes that enables users to download and manage podcasts directly within the application.
“After downloading and installing BadApple, you will have a ‘Podcasts’ link you can click on from iTunes,” explains the developer. “You can use this to browse through categories to find the Podcast you want. Each podcast has a description. Once you locate a podcast you are interested in, double clicking on the podcast will load it to your library. When you plug in your iPod the podcast will be loaded to that depending on your settings.”
CopyPod 7 from WindSolutions is the latest version of the Windows application that allows you to backup, copy, and transfer music from your iPod to your PC. The new version includes fully automated iTunes importing, including Playlists, Ratings, Play Counts and Date Last Played. The software also adds an incremental backup function to update iTunes or a selected folder. CopyPod 7 sells for $19.90.
Red Chair Software has released Anapod PhotoSync 1.0, a free Windows application that transfers photos from your PC to your iPod photo without using iTunes. Anapod PhotoSync offers support for JPEG photos, thumbnails, full-screen images, slideshows and TV display via the iPod A/V cable.
Anapod Explorer 8.7.3 from Red Chair Software is the latest version of the iPod management application with Windows Explorer integration, file backup, web streaming, and more. This update adds a manual iPod identification feature, improved ID3 tag reading, and improved connect and disconnect times.
CopyPod 6 from WindSolutions is the latest version of the Windows application that allows you to backup, copy, and transfer music from your iPod to your PC. “Ideal to make a secure backup of your iPod, move your library to your new computers or restore after a hard drive crash,” says the developer. Version 6 includes new fields such as Date Added, Last Played, Play Count and Date Modified, Audible file support, enhanced interface, and a redesigned Help Section. CopyPod sells for $19.90.
PalmPod 1.0 from Sappenin Technologies is a new Palm Desktop data exporter for Windows that enables you to transfer your Palm Desktop calendar, todo’s, contacts, and memos onto your iPod. “Unlike other offerings, PalmPod allows you to choose the Palm data you want exported to your iPod, both at the Palm conduit level, and on a per-category basis,” says the developer. “Now you don’t have to settle for an ‘all or nothing’ approach when it comes to getting your Palm data onto your iPod.” PalmPod offers support for Desktop privacy settings, and priority, category, and note/custom field support in todo’s, contacts, and datebook events.
iPod Access 2.3 from Findley Designs is the latest version of the Windows utility that enables you to copy songs from your iPod back to your computer. Version 2.3 offers improved iTunes integration and the ability to change the iTunes Scripting Engine. iPod Access for Windows is available for $14.99.
BlogMatrix today announced the release of Sparks! 2.0, which the developer says is “a one-stop solution for recording, sharing and listening to podcasts.” The new version offers several enhancements, allowing users to: record podcasts directly on their computer with only a microphone and one click; mix music with a podcast; record up to 8 tracks for a single podcast; automatically store their podcasts on the BlogMatrix server; and easily subscribe and listen to other podcasts. Sparks! 2.0 is now available for Windows, with a Mac version due April 5. Pricing starts at $5 per month.
Anapod Explorer 8.7.2 from Red Chair Software is the latest version of the iPod utility for Windows. The update adds support for the iPod shuffle support. “Anapod’s familiar interface allows you to transfer music to and from the iPod shuffle using drag and drop and other methods and access data files,” the developer says. “This release also includes our Tunes2Go feature which allows you to quickly load up your shuffle for the road by randomly selecting tracks from PC folders or from playlists. Tunes2Go also lets you create new sets of ‘to-go’ songs and save them as playlists for later loading.”