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Mix: iTunesLP.net, FM app, SmartStart, KoalaKase

A new website has sprung up called iTunesLP.net, offering tutorials on how to create iTunes LP files for albums that Apple doesn’t offer in the new format, as well as an area offering downloadable iTunes LP files—at the moment, only the Leopold Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra soundtrack to Fantasia is available. On the About page, the team behind the site explains, “At this moment these iTunes LPs are available for a select list of new releases on the iTunes store. However we think it would be nice to have many older, out-of-print, obscure albums or albums on indie-labels to get the same experience; and with that in mind we started working on finding out exactly how this new format works, in order to share our results with the community.” [via TheDigitalLifestyle.tv]

Apple may be working on a radio application for the iPhone and iPod touch, according to a new 9to5Mac report. Citing an anonymous source, the piece states that the app would be similar in functionality to the FM radio on the fifth-generation iPod nano, offering iTunes Tagging with a direct link to the on-device iTunes Store and a live pause feature. Although it has never been directly mentioned by Apple, the Broadcom chips in the second-generation iPod touch, iPhone 3GS, and third-generation iPod touch all offer the ability to receive FM signals; the latter also features FM transmission capabilities.

Directed Electronics has introduced Viper SmartStart, a new combination remote starting system and application for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to remotely start their vehicles directly from the device. Requiring a $499 Viper SmartStarm System or a $299 Viper SmartStart Module add-on for an existing, compatible Viper system, the application will also allow users to lock and unlock the doors, pop the trunk, find their cars in parking lots, and arm their security system, depending on the installation. Viper’s SmartStart systems are available in Best Buy stores now; the application is also available now as a free download from the App Store.

KoalaKase has introduced its new KoalaKase for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from soft leather, the KoalaKase offers a rear external pouch for carrying business/credit cards and/or cash, velvet/nylon lining to reduce scratches, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. In addition, $1 of every Kase purchase goes to charity. Available in pink, brown, white, or black, the KoalaKase for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS sells for $30.

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1

Get ready for your $10 apple tax to enable the radio you already bought :)

thx apple & your sh*tty business practice of charging twice for stuff

Bluetooth, wifi n

Posted by Xing on October 13, 2009 at 9:49 PM (CDT)

2

So 1st Gen iPhone users who spent $400-$500 on their phones and have been loyal customers don’t get the iPhone FM Capabilities?!

Posted by KMont on October 13, 2009 at 11:10 PM (CDT)

3

@KMont: What? Huh?

I’m all about being critical of Apple where it’s warranted, but since there is no, let me repeat that, no possibility of adding FM radio reception to a first gen touch because there’s no, I’ll repeat it again, no capability of receiving FM radio due to the hardware physically present in the first gen touches, what on Earth are you expecting? That Apple will let you send in your over two year old hardware for a $10 logic board swap? That’s not going to happen, if you want a shiny new logic board in your one to two year old hardware, you’re going to have to pay like everyone else who wants better hardware.

Apple is a right cheap and arguably unfair corporation when it comes to withholding software based updates to prior gens, particularly the gen they were charging full price for 24 hours prior to unveiling the new one (the Genius Mixes come to mind for this year’s trivial to implement but never, ever going to come to earlier (clickwheel) hardware example). That does not, however, give you or anyone else with a first gen model a single iota of righteous indignation for a situation like this.

Let the indignation come from those who rightly have a gripe, the people who are probably going to get to pay $5 or something similar for a feature Apple withheld from the third generation models at launch only a month ago, likely so they could charge for it later. That the second gen touches will have the option of paying to upgrade should be seen as just that: an option to upgrade - their year in the sunshine came and went without this change. The third gen touch owners are the one’s who are potentially getting “taxed” by a likely deliberate move on Apple’s part.

Also, for the record, there is no possible way to construe a one time purchase of an item as making you a “loyal customer”. A loyal customer is someone who continues to buy a particular company’s products, not somebody who buys one a single time and gripes they don’t get all the new hardware features of the later models.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM (CDT)

4

All positive developments in my book.  I was quite surprised they did not turn the FM signal on with the original 3GS release.  Also very glad to finally see a useful iphone case - pretty nifty design to include a credit card slot in your case.

Posted by Kibbles on October 14, 2009 at 6:03 PM (CDT)

5

Why is everyone getting mad about Apple charging for an update that not only may not exist, but that they may not have to charge for? Didn’t they just get permission to account for revenue differently? Might this not mean future updates could be free? Shouldn’t we wait for things to happen before we get mad about them?

Posted by daverobeson on October 14, 2009 at 10:21 PM (CDT)

6

@5: Wrong. One, the change in rules doesn’t go into effect until 2011. More importantly, those rules never did stop Apple from issuing free updates; Apple and their unpaid apologist spokesmen on forums merely spun the accounting rules as preventing the great benevolent fruit from issuing free updates.

Apple charges for updates because they can charge for updates, not because they can’t not charge for updates.

Let’s say for the sake of argument, that Apple only chose to start working on an FM application in the final few months of the second gen touch’s product life cycle. There’s no way SOX would force them to charge second gen owners for the update - the product is no longer on sale, at no point was it ever a promised feature for the product, and its sales revenue has long been accounted for. Even under SOX, Apple can easily offer the second gen’s updates for free.

It’s not much different for the third gen owners. If Apple knew it was working on such a feature prior to the third gen’s launch *and* Apple changes the advertised features for the third gen mid product cycle to include free FM radio, then, yes, Apple would have to go back and defer some percentage of the sales revenue from the first third gen sales as accounting for this “unfinished feature” that was only later delivered. This deferment is the only thing that is required under current accounting laws, not that they charge for the update.

So, given that Apple has always possessed the power to offer these updates for free, usually with no changes in their accounting, and only sometimes being required to defer reporting some very small percentage of their P.O.S. sales revenues a quarter or two down the line, but instead has charged for them, it is not unreasonable to assume they will continue this practice now and even after the accounting rules stop them from needing to defer reporting small percentages of P.O.S. sales revenues post 2011.

The rules never forced Apple to charge, the upcoming change in rules only affects Apple’s ability to report slightly higher P.O.S. sales revenues. I’ll be amazed if Apple passes on this freedom to no longer defer revenue reporting to their consumers as free upgrades.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 15, 2009 at 9:43 AM (CDT)

7

If the FM radio upgrade happens (I know it’s a big ‘if’) will it be available for the iPhone 3G? I’d pay $10 for that.

Or does the 3G not have the wrong chipset? Don’t the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd generation have the same chipsets?

Posted by Pitmonster on October 15, 2009 at 11:32 AM (CDT)

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