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Apple shares to continue trading on Nasdaq

The Nasdaq stock exchange will not de-list Apple, as long as the company files its overdue 10Q quarterly report within two months, according to a filing with the SEC. “On October 24, 2006, Apple received a written notification from the staff of The Nasdaq Stock Market stating that the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel has granted the Company’s request for continued listing on The Nasdaq Stock Market, subject to the condition that the Company shall file its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2006, and any required restatements, by December 29, 2006,” Apple said in a filing today. “If the company is unable to file the Form 10-Q by that date, it intends to seek an additional extension of time from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel.” Apple delayed filing its quarterly report as it evaluates how much it will need to restate earnings as a result of stock options dating irregularities.

Kenpo announces 15 new iPod-ready jackets

Kenpo has announced the release of 15 new iPod-ready jackets for men and women. The jackets feature an integrated ElekTex 5-button iPod control panel and an internal iPod pocket. “From earthly browns, cool grays and lustrous blacks to electric green, dazzling winter white and icy blue, Kenpo’s 2006 line-up of iPod enabled jackets come in a vibrant array of colors and new signature styles including: fluffy bubble jackets (some with cozy fur-lined hoods), sleek sprinter’s jackets, show-stopping snowboarding jackets and wind resisting windbreakers.” Prices range from $89 to $189.

XtremeMac debuts SuperClip for 2G iPod nano

XtremeMac today announced its new SuperClip for Apple’s second-generation iPod nano. The SuperClip is a low-profile, clear plastic belt clip attachment that snaps on to the back of the nano. It features a rotating clip, interior rubber pad, and notches for winding excess earbud cord. The SuperClip is priced at $20 and will be available next month.

Apple filing shows touch-sensitive bezel on iPod-like device

Another Apple patent application detailing a next-generation, multi-function handheld device has surfaced. The patent—titled “Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control”—describes and shows a full-screen, iPod-like device that incorporates touch-sensitive areas on its bezel around the screen. The areas would allow users to make selections and operate the device without the need for a touch-screen interface.

From Apple’s patent application:

An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control.

DLO offers white Action Jacket for iPod nanos

Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has introduced a new white Action Jacket for iPod nanos. The accessory features a polyurethane-coated neoprene case, a fully adjustable armband, a rotating belt clip, and is “specially designed to complement the bold colors of the iPod nano.” The Action Jacket also has a play-through vinyl window to protect the screen and controls of the nano. The case is available immediately for $30.

BMG catalog now available on Japanese iTunes Store

Apple today announced the availability of the BMG catalog on the iTunes Store in Japan. The addition brings top Japanese and international artists to the store, including Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kasabian, Outkast, Pink, Seamo, Suga Shikao, Sukima Switch, Usher and more. Apple said the iTunes Store in Japan now offers more than 2 million songs, 3,500 music videos, Disney and Pixar short films, 65,000 podcasts and 16,000 audiobooks.

Apple releases update to fix ailing iPod shuffles

Apple today posted iPod shuffle Reset Utility 1.0 for both Mac and Windows. The long-overdue software update fixes a number of widespread issues affecting 512MB and 1GB first-generation iPod shuffle models. The update will completely erase all music and data and reinstalls software version 1.1.4 on affected shuffles. According to Apple, iPod shuffle Reset Utility 1.0 fixes the following issues:

With the iPod shuffle switched on, pressing the Play button will cause amber and green LEDs to flash for a few seconds, and the unit will not play any music, nor can you sync music to it from iTunes.

On a Windows PC, iPod shuffle will appear in My Computer as a “Removable Disk,” however the iPod shuffle volume will not mount correctly. The unit is listed in Device Manager under “Disk Drives” as “Apple iPod USB Device.”

On a Mac, the unit will only be recognized in Apple System Profiler under Hardware -> USB and will not appear or mount in the Finder.

When attempting to restore, the unit may not be recognized at all. However, if it is recognized, the restore may fail with an error dialog “Firmware update failure. Disk write error” or another error. It may take 3 restore attempts before the error appears. Note: iPod shuffle may take several minutes to be recognized.

iPodResQ offers repair services for 2G iPod nano

iPodResQ has begun offering its full line of services and repairs for the second-generation iPod nano line. iPodResQ, which offers next-day turnaround and nationwide pickup and delivery, said it carries a full-line of 2G nano repair parts, including batteries and LCD screens. Their service begins with packaging material that is delivered to the customer’s doorstep overnight, which is then picked up for overnight delivery back to the iPodResQ service center. iPodResQ will receive the nano, perform a diagnosis the same day, and contact the customer to discuss the repair. 

iLike music discovery service for iTunes launches today launched a beta version of its social music discovery service targeted at iTunes users. “iLike helps people discover new music and share their listening experience with friends,” explains the company. “The iLike Sidebar for iTunes complements Apple’s popular media player with a ‘buddy list’ and features for music sharing and discovery. The iLike website gives users a profile of their music listening habits and helps them explore the music libraries of friends. iLike also provides personalized recommendations of free MP3 downloads from almost 200,000 independent artists, drawn from, the company’s first website.”

JupiterResearch: Microsoft Zune won’t topple iPod

Apple’s iPod will continue to dominate the portable media device market despite the introduction of Microsoft’s Zune player and the proliferation of music phones, according to a JupiterResearch report. “Apple shows no signs of losing momentum, having conditioned customers to expect and adopt regular upgrades, as well as defined targeted use cases with optimized functionality,” said Michael Gartenberg of JupiterResearch. “Despite the coming of Zune, the return of closed-loop digital music service-device combinations, and music phones on the horizon, the iPod should not lose significant market share in the next 12 to 18 months.” Also of note, JupiterResearch found that only 11% of customers surveyed said the Zune’s wireless features were important to them. “Zune version one isn’t going to have a very big impact on the market,” said JupiterResearch analyst David Card. “There’s nothing on the horizon that looks like a game changer.”

Hacker to license cracked Apple DRM code to others

Jon Lech Johansen, a hacker also known as “DVD Jon,” says he has cracked Apple’s FairPlay digital music copy-protection technology and plans to license the code to others. The Associated Press reports: “Unlike his previous work, which he usually posts for free, the Norway native plans to capitalize on his efforts through his Redwood Shores-based DoubleTwist Ventures, said the company’s only other employee, managing director Monique Farantzos. An unnamed client will soon use the technology so its copy-protected content will be playable on iPods, she said, declining to give any specifics.”

XtremeMac intros MicroShield case for 2G iPod nano

XtremeMac today announced a new version of its MicroShield for Apple’s second-generation iPod nano. Constructed of impact-resistant hard plastic, the crystal clear case features a soft seal closure, built-in screen protection, a play-through disc cover, and access to all controls and ports. The case also includes a detachable, 360º rotating belt clip and comes with a custom Universal Dock well insert that accommodates the nano in the case. The new MicroShield will be available next month for $25.

Analyst: iPod growth to continue at 30% year-over-year

Despite recent talk of market saturation, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that Apple’s iPod growth will continue at around 30% year-over-year. “Since the iPod was introduced in Oct. 2001 it has been the primary driver of the company’s growth engine,” Munster said in a report today. “We are modeling for the year-over-year growth to stabilize at around 20%, but believe 30% growth is achievable and will provide upside to our estimates… Apple has sold 68 million iPods in the past five years (of which 39 million were sold in the last year), and we believe a significant addressable market remains. Although we consider it an overestimation, if we use the mobile phone market as a proxy for the iPod’s addressable market, then the iPod’s market penetration is about 27.5%.”

G-Tech debuts new iPod-ready messenger bag

G-Tech has introduced a new iPod-ready messenger bag. The G-Tech bag features an ElekTex fabric control pad, built-in speaker and universal 3.5mm jack. Available in black or brown, the messenger bag also has compartments to store a laptop, iPod, cell phone, and more. “Geared to mobile, tech-savvy users, the bags include an integrated external speaker and provide a space to stash a cell phone and iPod inside and control the iPod from the strap of the bag, eliminating the hassles of fumbling to work the device while on the go,” says the company. The G-Tech Messenger Bag is priced at $129 and will be available starting mid-November.

Shoe Pouch for Nike+iPod Sport Kit announced

Grantwood Technology has announced the Shoe Pouch, a new product to allow runners and walkers to use the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with shoes other than the Nike+ shoes. “For any number of valid reasons, many people prefer to wear Asics, New Balance, Saucony, Brooks, etc. and even Nike shoes that are not Nike+,” says the company. “We wanted people to be able to use the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with any style of shoe.” Made of neoprene, the Shoe Pouch attaches through the laces of one shoe and is priced at $6.

iSoundCap intros new running hat for iPod users

iSoundCap has announced a new iPod-ready cap for runners. The iSoundCap Running Hat is made with a breathable, lightweight mesh fabric and holds an iPod nano in a protective neoprene case. “Not only are there no wires hanging below the head when running, but the iPod remains secure and is sweat resistant,” says the company. The running cap works with the Nike+iPod Sport Kit receiver and will also be available in colors to match the second-generation nano—pink, silver, green, black, red and blue. Pricing was not announced.

Monster ships four new iPod accessories

Monster today announced four new iPod accessories—the iCarPlay Wireless 200 FM Transmitter, iTV Link A/V Cable, iSplitter 200 Headphone Splitter, and the iEZClick Wireless Remote.

The Monster iCarplay Wireless 200 FM transmitter ($100) allows iPod users to play music wirelessly through their car stereo while simultaneously charging their iPod. It features Monster AutoScan technology, three programmable station presets, and international modes for use in North America, Europe and Japan.

The Monster iTVLink ($50) is designed to directly connect an iPod to a TV for viewing photos and videos on a bigger screen. The cable features a dock connector for the iPod and S-video and stereo audio outputs for the TV. The iTV Link also has a built-in mini USB charging port.

The Monster iSplitter 200 ($20) allows two people to share music from one iPod. It features two built-in volume controls, a quick-access mute switch, a protective Duraflex jacket, and 24k gold contacts.

The Monster iEZClick ($70) is a wearable RF-based wireless iPod remote control that’s “perfect for use while snowboarding, jogging, or hiking on the go activities.” It features a weather-resistant housing, comes with a clip and elastic Velcro strap, and has an operating range of up to 30 ft.

Adesso’s iLamp lineup features iPod cradles, speakers

Adesso has introduced a new line of desk lamps that feature integrated speakers and iPod cradles. The company’s iLamp line includes the Tempo Architect iLamp (white base with satin steel and chrome accents), the Boogie Architect iLamp (painted champagne steel finish with LED bulbs), the Rock On! Architect iLamp (black painted base with perforated black metal shade), the Tunes iLamp (white plastic bubble shaped base from which two round speakers extend and retract), the Harmony iLamp (flat saucer-like vented shade with a thin blue translucent strip and plastic base), and the Boom Box iLamp (LED lamp with portable, boom box-shaped base). Each iLamp connects to an iPod or other MP3 player via the headphone jack, features an adjustable neck, and retails for $89.

iPod, iLounge turning five

On October 23, 2001, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a digital music player called the “iPod” during a media event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. At the time, Apple was a company only beginning to emerge from almost a decade of troubles, and the debut, held only shortly after the September 11 attacks in New York City, was almost a non-event.

The original iPod, which cost $399, had a cutting-edge 1.8” 5GB hard drive that could be filled with high-speed FireWire connectivity, and used a brightly backlit 2-inch monochrome screen and innovative Scroll Wheel for control. It was about the size of a deck of cards, weighed 6.5 ounces, and worked only with Mac computers. “With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again,” Jobs said at the time. Almost no one believed the man, or understood why the iPod’s design was importantly different from previously released MP3 players, but his words turned out to be spot on.

Five years later, the iPod is now a true cultural icon, and has in fact changed the way the world listens to music—more than 69 million iPods are now in the hands of music fans around the globe. The iPod accounts for over 75% of all portable music players sold in the U.S, and is the leading such device in several other major countries. Over 3,000 iPod accessories are said to be available for purchase, while approximately 70% of the 2007 model year cars sold in the U.S. will offer direct iPod integration as an option. Apple’s iTunes Store continues to ring up sale after sale of music, movies and TV shows, with iTunes accounting for 85% of digital media purchased and downloaded in the U.S, and leading each of the markets in which it sells music worldwide. And neither the iPod or iTunes show any sign of slowing down.

Read iLounge’s Brief History of the iPod & iTunes, here.

iLounge will also be celebrating its fifth birthday soon. Our site, known back then as iPodlounge, launched just two weeks after the iPod was introduced, making us one of the first publications to cover the iPod exclusively. Today, iLounge provides more than 1,000 iPod accessory reviews and many more thousand news stories, articles and tutorials. Over 2,000 iPod accessories are in the iLounge database, with products from over 300 different companies represented. Continually growing as the number of iPod owners increase, iLounge sees millions of readers every month, including over 100,000 registered forum members. We’ll be announcing a celebratory contest very soon.

From all of us at iLounge to Apple’s iPod teams, past and present, congratulations on your fifth birthday. We plan to be here to celebrate many, many more.

iLounge debuts iPod Storage Calculator

imageThough Apple lets you know how many iTunes Store-downloaded songs can fit on each iPod, readers often ask us how many songs from their existing library can be squeezed onto a given iPod hard drive or flash memory chipset. In this week’s Ask iLounge column, we answered that question by debuting the iPod Storage Calculator, a new tool that lets you quickly estimate how many compressed audio files of various types will fit in any current or past iPod’s storage capacity.

Most people will find that their existing collections consist of songs compressed at bitrates ranging from 96 to 192 kbps, so we’ve provided automatic calculations for each major bitrate in that range. A handful of listeners will have larger, less compressed files ranging up to 320 kbps, and we’ve included calculations for those bitrates, too. If you’re a really hard-core audiophile, you may insist on Lossless-formatted files - if so, you can use the custom calculation field to make a best guess, or the Lossless field that’s set to an average rate of 850 kbps.

We hope you find the new Storage Calculator useful. As always, your comments are appreciated.

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