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Mix: Hand charger, giant mini, shuffle how-to, Snocap, 1950s iPod

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, March 3, 2005
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Make magazine’s Phillip Torrone has built a clever iPod shuffle hand charger.

Anders Hansen has created a giant iPod mini out of Motorola RAZR V3 packaging. “I don’t think this is what Motorola had in mind for an iTunes phone,” says Gizmodo.

Hackaday features detailed “non-violent” disassembly instructions for Apple’s iPod shuffle.

Snocap, the new company headed by Napster founder Shawn Fanning, has struck a deal with Sony-BMG Music to help distribute the record label’s music through file-swapping networks.

Worth 1000 has a Photoshopped 1950s ad for a $49.95 Apple iPod that offers “20 minutes of music anywhere.”

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Comments

1

That hand charger could be really, really useful. Especially when on holiday in a country that has different electrical outlets. Fantastic - he should sell it. As long as he doesn’t make it white, call it the iCrank, and charge 5 times as much as it’s worth…

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 3, 2005 at 4:18 PM (PDT)

2

Looks like there’s plenty of creativity out there.

Posted by Nagromme on March 3, 2005 at 7:26 PM (PDT)

3

re: the shawn fanning article, if this takes off it could be a huge itunes killer. imagine selling your mp3s for 25 cents each, or entire albums for $5. if thousands or millions of people do this, it will be a cheaper, yet still legal alternative to itunes. not to mention, if i’m creating mp3s from cds i own, i can use a bitrate higher than 128 aac, which is what itunes uses.

of course the roadblock here would be drm. if i’m allowed to give any mp3s i have to anyone else as long as they pay for them, that’s one thing. but if those songs have to somehow be drm encoded then itunes is probably safe, assuming of course the drm is more restrictive.

Posted by pewtey in columbus, oh on March 4, 2005 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

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