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XtremeMac intros HomeShow, RoadShow kits for iPod

imageXtremeMac has announced two new iPod cable kits—the HomeShow and RoadShow. “At home, XtremeMac’s HomeShow cable package supports connection of iPods to nearly any kind of speaker or video playback device,” says the company. “RoadShow, on the other hand, is an all-in-one cable that connects iPod with video to in-vehicle DVD entertainment systems as well as the vehicle’s DC power system.”

imageThe HomeShow is a 4-piece home audio/video connection kit that includes a composite cable (red/white/yellow), home audio cable, auxiliary audio cable, and audio splitter. The RoadShow is an 8-ft integrated cable that plugs into a car’s 12-volt accessory outlet for charging and links the 5G iPod to the DVD unit via composite audio/video connectors. Both products will be available later this month for $50 each.

Small Dog offers Hippod iPod case

imageSmall Dog electronics is now offering its Hippod iPod case and external speaker. The case features a zippered closure and compatible with all iPods. iPods inside the case connect with the external speaker through an internal headphone plug. The Hippod iPod case also features a built-in belt sleeve and is available now for $25.00.

iLounge announces 2006 Best of Show Awards

The Editors of iLounge have selected the following thirteen new products for its San Francisco 2006 “Best of Show” Awards. Additional details on all of these products will be available on iLounge later this evening.

Altec Lansing inMotion iM9 Speakers
Apple Computer Garageband 3 with Podcast Studio
Apple Computer iPod Radio Remote
Belkin TuneTalk Stereo
Better Energy Systems Tread Case for iPod nano
Contour Design Showcase 5G
El Gato EyeTV2 Television Recorder with Export to iPod
Griffin TuneCenter Interactive Dock for iPod
JBL On Time Speakers and Clock Radio
Mophie Relo Case Series for iPod nano and 5G
Scosche Bluetooth Car Kit for iPod
Shure E500 Earphones
XtremeMac Iconz Sport - NBA Series for iPod nano and 5G

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners - we were highly impressed by these products!

Slappa launches SlipScreen for the iPod nano

imageSlappa has introduced the SlipScreen for the iPod nano. The case is made from a lightweight PU material, and offers complete protection for the nano’s click wheel and dock connector access. The SlipScreen comes with screen and body protectors for the nano as well as a removable belt clip. The SlipScreen for iPod nano is available now and sells for $14.99.

Griffin intros TuneCenter iPod dock

imageGriffin Technology has announced its new TuneCenter iPod dock and charging station. TuneCenter features the ability to navigate and control the iPod from a TV screen using the included 14 button remote, as well as play internet radio stations through the built-in Wi-Fi or ethernet connections. TuneCenter provides both composite and S-Video out, as well as RCA audio. The TuneCenter is compatible with all dock connector iPods, and sells for $99.99. It is scheduled to begin shipping in March; pre-orders are being accepted now.

iPod, iTunes updates hide major new features

Coinciding with the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple has released iPod Updater 2006-01-10 and iTunes 6.0.2, both classified as “point releases” of its key software packages for iPods, Macs, and PCs. Though the company originally had not published details on many of the new features of these programs, iLounge’s editors found several hidden treasures in each of them, most of which have now been confirmed on Apple’s web site.

imageiPod Updater 2006-01-10 upgrades the fifth-generation iPod and iPod nano to software versions 1.1, adding support for on-screen FM radio tuning, the display of accessory-specific color on-screen logo graphics on the Do Not Disconnect screen, and bug fixes. Bug fixes have also been implemented for both versions of the fourth-generation iPod (black-and-white/color), and iPod mini.

Originally described by Apple only as including “stability and performance improvements over iTunes 6.0.1,” iTunes 6.0.2 adds several major new features to the music management software. Most notably, iTunes now handles automatic H.264-format video conversion for the iPod without requiring the purchase of Apple’s QuickTime Pro software. Right-clicking on any video track now brings up a “Convert Selection for iPod” option. iTunes also allows users to stream audio wirelessly to multiple AirPort Express receivers at once, a feature previously found in standalone audio distribution systems such as Sonos’ ZonePlayers.

In less positive additions, Apple has created a mini iTunes Music Store (the “MiniStore”) which displays by default whenever you look at your Library or Playlists. The MiniStore analyzes the music you are listening to and suggests similar options for purchase, a feature that is already being described as unwelcome “spyware and adware” by several writers. You can turn off the MiniStore by selecting Edit > Hide MiniStore.

Gizmac debuts Titan iPod nano case

imageGizmac accessories has announced its Titan case for iPod nano. The case is made from anodized aircraft aluminum, and features a clear screen protector, thin film click wheel protector, a rubberized dock connector plug, access to the headphone jack, and a customized hold switch extension. Available in 10 different colors, the Titan includes a carabiner clip, arm band, belt clip and lanyard. Pricing and availability information was not available.

Tunewear announces new nano, shuffle cases

Tunewear has unveiled four new lines of iPod cases—three for iPod nano and one for iPod shuffle. All four lines are available now.

imageThe Prie Jewel nano and Prie Jewel nano fur feature access to the headphone port, snaps on either end for removal for the top or bottom, a vinyl window protecting the screen and click wheel, and steel rings in each corner to allow for flexibility in placing the chain and any accessory charms. The Prie Jewel nano sells for $29.95, and the Prie Jewel nano fur for $34.95.

imageThe Prie Robo for iPod nano features headphone access, a bottom removal snap, vinyl windows protecting the screen and click wheel, an attached loop, and clips on the ends of the Robo’s springy “arms” for attaching the case to surfaces not compatible with the loop. The Prie Robo for iPod nano sells for $34.95.

imageTunetag Studs for iPod nano is a chrome silver studded case for nano. It features full access to the headphone and dock connector ports, a vinyl window protecting the front face of the nano, 22 chrome studs on the sides, and a 20cm chain for hanging from a belt, purse, or wrist. Tunetag Studs for iPod nano sells for $34.95.

imageThe Charm Shuffle series of cases for iPod shuffle come in four different themes: Butterfly, Honey Bee, Flower Power, and Ladybug. All of the cases offer access to the shuffle’s front controls and rear slider switch along with the headphone port. Each case in the Charm Shuffle series sells for $19.95.

Griffin offers SmartShare audio splitter

imageGriffin Technology has announced the SmartShare headphone/audio splitter. The $20 accessory, which lets you share the music from your iPod with another person, features an integrated slim volume control slider for each of the output jacks. Griffin’s SmartShare comes in either white or black and is available immediately.

Apple releases iPod Updater 2006-01-10

Apple has released iPod Updater 2006-01-10, which includes iPod Software 1.1 for the 5G iPod, iPod Software 1.1 for the iPod nano, iPod Software 1.2.1 for iPods with color displays, iPod Software 1.4.1 for iPod minis, and iPod Software 3.1.1 for click wheel iPods. The new update brings support for the new iPod Radio Remote for the 5G iPod and nano, and bug fixes for the above mentioned iPod models.

Mix: AAPL, 32 million iPods, O’Reilly podcasts, Spod

Shares of Apple (AAPL) rose $4.81, or more than 6%, to $80.86 on Tuesday following the introduction of several new Mac products and iPod accessories at Macworld Expo.

Referring to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ remark that Apple sold 32 million iPods in 2005, technology analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said: “I think they can sell another 32 million iPods this year. I don’t see the iPod phenomenon slowing down one bit.”

O’Reilly Media has announced the launch of its O’Reilly Podcast programming with “Distributing the Future” and “Make Audio and Video” Podcast shows, FOO Casts (Friends of O’Reilly Podcasting), “In Our Ears” highlights, “Pick of the Week” and more.

Apple has sued Liquid Air Tab—the company behind Spodradio, a service that allows users to download podcasts to their Nokia mobiles—over the word “spod.”

Levi’s announces first iPod-compatible jeans

Levi’s has announced a new pair of iPod-ready denim jeans. The RedWire DLX jeans, expected to be available in fall 2006, feature a small built-in iPod cradle “invisibly” housed within a side pocket and a special joystick remote control located in the jeans’ watch pocket.

“Designed for both men and women, the jeans seamlessly integrate iPod plug and play technology giving music enthusiasts the most innovative and fashionable way to enjoy music on the go,” says Levi’s. “The new Levi’s RedWire DLX jeans have been developed to be practical and leading-edge in their aesthetic. A crisp white leather patch and joystick, bluffed back pockets with hidden stitching, and clean minimalist buttons and rivets allude to the iPod’s famously pure design.”

Pricing and photos are not available at this time.

Apple posts Macworld Expo keynote stream

Apple has now posted the QuickTime video stream of Steve Jobs’ Macworld Expo keynote address. During the speech, Jobs introduced the new iPod Radio Remote and other iPod accessories, as well as Intel-based Macs and updates to its iLife and iWork suites.

iTunes 6.0.2, QuickTime 7.0.4 released

Apple has quietly released iTunes 6.0.2 and QuickTime 7.0.4. According the brief release notes accompanying the updates, iTunes 6.0.2 includes “stability and performance improvements over iTunes 6.0.1,” while QuickTime 7.0.4 delivers “numerous bug fixes, support for iLife ‘06, and H.264 performance improvements.”

Apple unveils iPod Radio Remote, other accessories

imageIn addition to new Intel-based Macs, Apple today introduced the iPod Radio Remote, a tiny new device that combines a wired remote control with FM radio capabilities for the iPod nano and fifth-generation iPod.

imageThe remote uses the iPod’s screen to display station and song information for stations that support the Radio Data System (RDS). It will comes with a pair of Apple earbuds with a shorter cable and will begin shipping immediately for $49.

Apple says the iPod Radio Remote is “a convenient way for music lovers to skip tracks and adjust the volume of their iPod even when it’s in a pocket or backpack, and listen to FM radio stations while displaying station and song information on their iPod screen.”

imageIn addition to the iPod Radio Remote, Apple also introduced the iPod AV Connection Kit and the new iPod nano In-Ear Lanyard Headphones.

imageThe $99 connection kit includes an iPod Universal Dock, an Apple Remote, an iPod AV Cable, an iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 Cable and an iPod USB Power Adapter and is available now. The new iPod nano In-Ear Lanyard Headphones combine the original iPod nano Lanyard and the Apple In-Ear earphones. They’re also available immediately for $49.

Apple reports highest quarterly revenue ever

In a rare move ahead of next week’s expected earnings report, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed the company’s holiday financial numbers during his speech at Macworld Expo. Jobs reported that Apple had its highest revenues ever—$5.7 billion. “One for the records,” said Jobs. In addition, the Apple boss noted that Apple retail stores had their first $1 billion revenue quarter.

14 million iPods sold during holiday quarter

During his keynote speech at Macworld Expo this morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that more than 14 million iPods were sold during the holiday quarter, or more than 100 every minute. Jobs also said that over 850 million songs have now been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store, and that iTunes holds an 83% share of the digital music market. In addition, Jobs said that 8 million videos have been sold since they were added to iTunes in October.

iLife ‘06 features improved iPod capabilities

Apple today also introduced iLife ‘06, the latest update to its suite of digital lifestyle applications. Several of the included applications offer enhancements for iPod users. iMovie ‘06, along with its improved effects, titles, and animated themes, also includes a one press export to video iPod function for the fifth-generation iPod.

GarageBand, the suite’s audio editing tool, now features robust solutions for creating podcasts. Voices can easily be recorded, and radio-style sound effects and music jingles are included with the application, as well as support for adding chapter artwork and URL links. Talk show Podcasts can now be done by interviewing one or more guests simultaneously in iChat AV and recording directly into GarageBand 3. Finally, podcasts can be posted on .Mac and submitted to iTunes using the new iWeb application.

iLife ‘06 is available now and sells for $79.

Keyspan delivers A/V Dock, Remote for iPod

imageKeyspan has announced two new iPod accessories, the A/V Dock for iPod and the A/V Remote for iPod. The two accessories are meant to work together, as the Dock features Apple’s Universal Dock design, has S-Video and line out, and comes with a USB AC power adapter. The optional A/V Remote features an IR connection and a 16 function design. Both the A/V Dock and A/V Remote will be available in both black and white models in February; the A/V Dock will sell for $49.00, while the remote will cost $29.00.

Memeo announces Memeo iExtend for 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.

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