XtremeMac has announced a compete line of accessories for the iPod nano. The lineup includes a variety of cases, chargers and car accessories, as well as a new version of the company’s AirPlay FM Transmitter, dubbed AirPlay2, and MicroBlast, billed as the first portable speakers designed specifically for iPod nano. All of the new products are expected to be shipped between now and the first week of November. Renderings and additional details are available in Read More below.
Tunewear has announced two more products for the iPod nano, Tunefilm and the Prie Tunetag I.D. case. Both products are expected this month, no exact release date or pricing was given.
Prie Tunetag I.D.
Made of napa leather, the I.D. features a transparent vinyl sheet which covers and protects both the nano’s screen and click wheel from the elements and the same hook found on the Ambassador case, allowing the I.D. to be clipped to bags and belt loops. The I.D.‘s design is similar to that of an I.D. necklace—the case comes with a neck strap, and the case itself offers card slots inside to hold credit cards, business cards, etc. and a clear card window for your I.D.
Tunefilm includes 3 pieces of adhesive clear film to fit the iPod nano’s Color screen, Click Wheel and the sensitive mirror finished back face and provides protection for your iPod nano against dust and scratches. Tunefilm is sold separately and will also be included free with all Prie Ambassador, Prie Tunetag, Prie Tunewallet, and Icewear cases for iPod nano.
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.
iSkin has provided iLounge with further details about its upcoming iSkin Duo for iPod nano case. Much like the Duo for iPod shuffle, the Duo for iPod nano features two layers of silicone protection, reducing all friction points. The included screen protector will sit between the two layers of silicone, keeping it from coming into contact with, and reducing the threat of scratches to, the screen. The wheel protector acts in a similar manner, providing a smooth scrolling action without actually coming into contact with the click wheel itself. The iSkin Duo for iPod nano is expected to ship this month at a price of $29.99.
iTunes is now the exclusive digital download provider for the complete catalog of Bad Boy Records.
HP is now offering discounts on the last of its HP-branded iPods.
In an interview with the Star Tribune, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor talks about using his iPod to make set lists while on tour.
In his Q&A column, Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal discusses the problem of scratches on the iPod nano.
“If I were reviewing the nano today, I would still call it ‘the best combination of beauty and functionality of any music player I’ve tested,’ as I did in my review. But I would include a strong, prominent, warning that it scratches too easily in normal usage,” Mossberg writes. “After just under a month of daily use, my own nano is badly scratched, and looks beat up when viewed at an angle… my recommendation now is that nano owners must buy and use a case for the device.”
Nickels For Katrina is a new service that is selling blocks of pixels on its homepage to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Each pixel is $0.05, and each block of pixels you purchase is a link back to a site of your choosing. The goal of one million pixels sold would provide $50,000 for the relief efforts, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. We here at iLounge urge you to go and help support those in need.
Handstands is now offering iSnug Armbands for iPod and iPod mini. The iSnug Armband is made of a lightweight material and features a velcro closure and a pouch that can hold an iPod or iPod mini. The iSnug Armband is available in Black and is priced at $19.99. The company has also introduced the iSticky Pad XL, a larger version of the iSticky Pad (formerly the iGrip); it sells for $9.99.
iPodMods is now offering lifetime replacement services for 1G-4G iPod, iPod photo, iPod mini and iPod shuffle batteries. Named the Platinum Battery Program, the $100 service offers free battery replacement for the life of an iPod. Batteries can be replaced as often as once every twelve months, and a self-installation option is also available. Turn-around times for the professional battery installation option average around 3 days.
Noreve has introduced its Tradition leather case for Motorola Apple Rokr E1.
iLounge Editor-In-Chief Jeremy Horwitz was featured on last night’s Your Mac Life radio show. Topics discussed included new iPods, the iPod nano, Apple Expo Paris, and other music and Apple related issues. The show can be downloaded from Yourmaclife.com [direct link] and will soon be available from the iTunes Music Store.
iPreppress is now offering complete stats for the 2005 MLB regular season, formatted for viewing on the iPod.
Market research firm First Albany raised the target price of Apple Computer’s stock $60 from $53 based on expected success of the iPod nano.
EzGear is now shipping its ezSkin nano cases. Made of anti-dust coated silicone, the ezGear nano offers access to the nano’s headphone jack, hold switch, and dock connector port while in the case. The case also features a thin layer of protective silicone over the click wheel and comes with a removable neck strap, a removable belt clip, and a clear ezShade screen protector. The ezSkin nano case is available in Sky Blue, Princess Pink, Lime Green, Onyx Black, and Frost White, and sells for $24.98.
Tunewear has announced that it will being shipping its Prie Ambassador for iPod nano case on October 11. The leather case, priced at $49.99, features a removable belt clip, a removable carabiner-like hook, protective vinyl covers for both the screen and the click wheel, and offers access to the headphone jack and hold switch while the case is closed; access to the dock connector port is available by opening the dual-button bottom flap. The Prie Ambassador for iPod nano is available in black with red stitching, black with white stitching, and white with white stitching.
Clips 4 is now selling its C4 Shuffle Clip, a hard polycarbonate case for the iPod shuffle. It features a two-piece snap-together design, a clip on the back of the case, and is available in four colors—piano black, translucent lime, translucent pink, and clear translucent. The C4 Shuffle Clip is available now and is priced at $13.00.
Speck Products informed iLounge that it will be adding a black version of its recently announced green GrassSkin case. The unique case features tactile rubber “spikes” on the entire surface with access to all iPod nano functions. It comes with a screen protector, removable belt clip and fits 2 and 4GB iPod nano. Speck is accepting pre-orders with shipping expected 15th-30th of this month. The GrassSkin cases cost $34.95.
During a broadcast earlier in the day, BBC 6 Music news reported “Apple is set to unveil a new video iPod at the BBC Television Centre in London on October the 12th. The company is expected to reveal details of the new MP3 and video player as well as video bundles to be available from the company’s iTunes stores.” Conflicting reports about the rumored video iPod have run rampant across the web since Apple sent out the “One More Thing…” announcements yesterday. The broadcast is no longer available on the BBC site.
Like many others, two Wall Street analysts are expecting Apple to introduce the much-rumored video iPod at next week’s “One more thing” special event in San Jose, California.
“We would expect a video iPod to have a material ‘wow’ factor, but we believe that it would need to be priced reasonably (less than $400) and be accompanied by a significant library of iTunes accessible video content to not be anything more than a niche product in the near term,” Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster said in a research report obtained by iLounge. “That said, a first step into portable video would open the door for future product innovations as the company continues to branch out into more of central player in digital and mobile convergence.”
Munster said a smaller form factor high capacity (greater than 10GB) iPod could also be shown at the event, but he does not expect a new Mac computer (other than possible incremental changes to speed and memory), nor does he believe the company will introduce an Apple-branded mobile phone.
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu also believes a video iPod will be unveiled next week, and is also looking for speed-bumped Macs. “After spending the past two years studying this market and negotiating with content partners, it appears Apple is ready to go to market with a 1st generation video-capable iPod,” Wu said. “Competitors Samsung, Creative Technology, iRiver, and Archos have shipped portable video devices for some time albeit without much success. We think a key area to watch is the price points Apple will set for these new devices. If Apple can charge under $400 and preferably $299, we believe it will sell well. At higher price points, we believe it may be difficult to drive high volume.”
Wu said he expects that the first set of video content available from the iTunes store will be music videos and video podcasts. “At this point, we do not anticipate full-length feature movies but would not be surprised to see some test movies in the future as the studios are still figuring out their future business model vs. today’s movie theater and then DVD approach,” he said. “We are also picking up indications that Apple could announce an optional external ‘video out’ module that attaches to an iPod video meaning one can output the video to a TV or external screen.”
EDGE Tech has begun shipping its EDGE Dock & Multi Flash Card Reader for iPod. The device allows users to access various flash memory formats while charging/syncing their iPod. Supported media include xD Cards, SD Cards, MultiMedia (MMC) Cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, SmartMedia Cards, Type I/II CompactFlash Cards, and IBM Microdrives. The device also features line-out for audio, s-video out, and USB 2.0 for the card reader—a separate dock connector port is used to connect the iPod to the computer. The EDGE Dock & Multi Flash Card Reader for iPod is available now and sells for $49.99.
Microsoft has broken off talks with record labels regarding its planned subscription-based music service, Reuters reports.
Artist and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge has released “I Run For Life,” a single chronicling her struggle with the disease, on iTunes. In October, 80 percent of the download price of the song will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and 20 percent to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has launched its own e-label, MSO Classics, created specifically for digital distribution of its recordings at online music services such as the iTunes Music Store. This marks the first time an American orchestra has distributed works online under its own label.
A recent survey by research firm Piper Jaffray shows that the iPod and iTunes are gaining market share.
UpBeat Audio is now shipping the Boostaroo Revolution, a pocket-sized audio amplifier and two-way splitter. The Revolution is compatible with any device with a headphone jack, including all models of iPod. It can drive high-end headphones (greater than 60 ohm impedance for best results) or mini-speakers, quadruple their volume, and image “high-definition 3-channel surround” sound. The Boostaroo Revolution is available now and sells for $79.95.
Waterfield Designs has introduced its iPod nano Case, and a revised version of its small iPod Gear Pouch. The iPod nano Case features three-layer construction—an Indium nylon outer, a protective plastic middle, and an interior layer made of neoprene. The case also features an elastic band sewn into the back for storing earbuds, and comes in five different colors. The revised small iPod Gear Pouch now features a small padded interior compartment for the nano, and can fit an iPod nano, its WaterField case, ear buds, USB power adapter and either an arm band or a power supply inside. Both the iPod nano Case and the revised small iPod Gear Pouch are available now. Pricing for the iPod nano Case is set at $22.00; the small iPod Gear Pouch sells for $29.00.