Bluetake has announced the i-PHONO, an iPod-compatible Bluetooth wireless stereo headset featuring DSP noise reduction, fold-out microphone for use with phones, collapsible behind-the-neck headband design for carrying and storage, and changeable color plates. More interestingly, because it can be paired with multiple Bluetooth devices, you can receive and make phone calls while listening to music. i-PHONO is priced at $249 and “coming soon.”
Apple has refurbished 10GB iPods available for $199 posted on its Special Deals page. The 10GB model does not include the dock, and comes with a one-year warranty.
Seidio has released retractable FireWire and USB Sync & Charge cables for iPod. Both cables feature iPod data syncing, charging and expand from 4 inches to 30 inches. The Retractable USB Sync & Charge Cable is available for $21.95 and the FireWire Sync & Charge Cable for $19.95.
Talking Panda has released language translation software for the iPod. Available in Spanish, French and Japanese, the software installs on the iPod as series of AAC files organized into categories such as Getting Directions, Dining, Making Friends, and Entertainment. The English word, foreign word,and ‘Click to Listen’ is included with each word or phrase chosen in the interface. Each translator costs $10 and includes over three hundred words and phrases. Installer for Mac only, Windows version coming soon. A free demo with 65 Japanese phrases is available for download.
K-MP3 has many features such as MP3/OGG / MPC / APE support, Automatic Album Tagger&Renamer (featuring FreeDB Support), Duplicate Files Finder, Tag Editor, CD Burner, Tags Remover, Playlist Maker, Playlist Checker, Files Organizer with Renamer.
Pacific Rim Technologies has released a new dock fitting 3rd generation iPods or iPod mini. The iCradle for iPod features a USB 2.0 port, FireWire port, audio line-out port and includes a free USB 2.0 cable all for $39.99.
Gadget Accessories has released an iPod External Battery Pack featuring a dock connection for 3rd generation iPods, On/Off switch, LED power indicator, and uses four AA batteries. It also charges the iPod’s internal battery while connected to the battery pack. The price is $32.99. Gadget Accessories also carries a USB to dock cable for iPods for $11.99.
El iPodo, is a small utility that lets you browse your Apple’s iPod and copy files to your hard disk. This program is still in beta, and more features will be added before it reaches v1.0.
Griffin Technology today announced iTrip Software Version 2.0 is available for download. The free software for Mac and Windows installs all available US frequencies on an iPod or iPod mini. Users can then change the broadcast frequency of their iTrip or iTrip mini directly from their iPod. This new software greatly improves the installation experience and adds 87.7 as an available frequency to US iTrip owners.
The Mini iStyle features a bright metallic leather-like finish that matches the iPod mini. The case features full screen protection and cutouts for in-case access of the scroll wheel, headphone jack, hold button, and FireWire sync port. They come in 4 different colors (black, pink, blue and silver) and cost $34.95 for a 3-Pack or $19.95 each. Speck is accepting pre-orders with shipping expected July 3rd.
MacNewsWorld interviewed Dr. Michael Bull or “Professor iPod”, a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK who is studying the cultural impact of iPods and other digital music technology. MNW asked Dr. Bull, “What kinds of questions did you ask the people who responded?” “I gave them a 32-page questionnaire that included questions about their playlist, what they like best about their iPod, what they don’t like. I asked how they listen to music, how they select music in relationship to mood, and about relationships they have to their environment and other people when they’re listening. I’m quite interested in how people manage their relationships through technology,” Dr. Bull also noted, “Nearly all are amazingly positive about the machine,” but the battery was a huge negative.
iPodX.co.uk has announced a Summer Sale offering discounts on various iPod accessories. The iSkin eVo has been reduced to just
Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral.com talked with Apple and BMW executives about the recent release of an iPod integration adapter. “We are beginning a really big push into a world we all spend a lot of time in—our cars,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told MacCentral. “So many people invest in great cars that have great stereos, but one thing they don’t have is access to their music library. Now you can put your iPod in your BMW or Mini and have all of your music everywhere you go.” Phil Schiller also noted that this is the first of many more partnerships.
“We know that a lot of BMW owners are people that achieve success early in life—they are work hard, play hard kind of people and they adopt new technologies that help them save time or empower them,” said Jim McDowell, vice president marketing BMW North America. “We knew when we saw the iPod come out that it was something that would appeal to a lot of BMW owners.”
Editor’s note: Apple and BMW claim to be the first to provide a complete in-car audio solution, but we beg to differ. Dension was the first company to offer iPod integration with their ICE-Link Auto Integration Kit, and it’s available for many car models.
“Apple’s online music service iTunes has reported sales of 800,000 songs since it opened its European store last week.
An Apple spokesman said 450,000 of the tunes sold since the store opened had been bought by consumers in the UK.
The service offers music fans in the UK, France and Germany over 700,000 songs for 79p or 0.99 euros each.
Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs claimed iTunes was already “Europe’s top online music store” and had outsold rival OD2 by 16 times in the past week.”
Online retailer, i-magine.com would like to remind our UK readers that their Summer Sale ends in one week. “Don
Slice, America’s Favorite Pizza Weblog, is pleased to announce the release of piPod 1.0, an iPod-based field guide to selected New York City pizzerias. Taking advantage of the iPod’s notes reader capability, piPod can direct you to the best pie shops in the city while you’re on the go.
Apple has been nominated for three Cannes Lions Awards at the 51st International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France. Apple is up for awards for its billboard announcement of Apple Store Ginza, Japan, its joint “Pod’s Unite” ad promotion with Volkswagen in the U.S., and its media marketing for the iPod and its billboard ads. “Over 16,000 ads from across the world are showcased at the event, which also offers seminars from industry leaders.”
Canto (greek for singing) Pod, is our latest application which allows users to search and download thousands of song lyrics right to there Contacts section on there iPod. Canto Pod also links directly to the iTunes music store, so while your searching for lyrics with our software, we give you a link to view the same song (or album) in iTunes! Canto Pod works for all iPods and requires Windows.
Apple and BMW today officially announced the BMW iPod Adapter. “Connect with music like never before behind the wheel of your BMW 3 Series, and X3 and X5 SAV, Z4 Roadster or MINI. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by Apple and BMW, you can now control your iPod or iPod mini through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. No loss of control. The BMW iPod adapter can be installed in 2002 or later 3 Series, X3 and X5 SAVs, Z4 Roadsters and MINIs with compatible audio configurations.” The BMW iPod Adapter is priced at $149 (plus installation cost) and will be available at BMW centers as of July 12, 2004.
Apple and BMW said they have also launched a large “iPod Your BMW” marketing campaign that includes print, outdoor, online and television advertising (a TV spot has already been posted in QuickTime format on Apple’s site).