Piper Jaffray raised its target price on Apple stock to $100 from $52, citing a “halo effect” from satisfied iPod users. The firm said that in a survey of 200 users, 6 percent were former PC users who have purchased a Mac after becoming an iPod owner, while 7 percent were former PC users who plan to buy a Mac within the next 12 months. “We believe that the remarkable satisfaction with the iPod creates a word-of-mouth wildfire that generates new customer interest in Apple products,” Piper Jaffray said.
Fashion designer Kate Spade has created a line of iPod mini holders that come in a variety of different materials and colors. The cases are currently available in gold crinkle leather ($75), rose faux croc ($55), pink/green leather ($55) and gold metallic snake ($75). All of the new holders are available in Kate Spade stores nationwide now. As a side note, the gold crinkle leather model was created specifically for the MTV Video Award gift bags and are now being released to the public.
iLounge has received shipment confirmation from Apple for a set of the company’s iPod Socks. The $29 accessories, which should also be in Apple retail stores soon, were originally projected to ship in early December. The iPod Socks come in a six-pack of vibrant colors—green, purple, grey, blue, orange, and pink. Watch iLounge for a full review of the iPod Socks in the coming weeks.
Rivet has announced iGrab, a leather holster for 3G/4G iPod and iPod mini models. The product features a Rivet stainless steel pin integrated into the back of the harness, which allows it to be quickly changed from lanyard, car dash or belt loop. The iGrab is available in a variety of colors and offers full access to all controls and ports. Suggested retail price will be $39.99 for iGrab with QR hook and QR Dash attachments and $29.95 for iGrab with Lanyard attachment. It will be available next week through the company’s online store, and at national retailers in February 2005.
Pacific Design has debuted new cases for iPod mini and 3G iPod models. The iPod mini Flip Case, made of soft PU and velvet polyester, is available in Big Sky Blue, Luscious Lime, Precious Pink, and Tangerine Orange colors. It offers full access to all buttons and ports, and uses the mini’s plastic belt clip. The iPod Pouch, made of metallic microfiber and velvet polyester, features an ultra-slim design, a detachable, swivel belt clip, and a clear PVC cover to protect the iPod’s screen. It is available in Titanium Grey Metallic and Pretty Pink Metallic. Both cases retail for $24.99.
Apple has tweaked its current iPod + iTunes television ad, which features U2 and their new single “Vertigo,” with the release date for the band’s new album.
iPod chip maker PortalPlayer raised a more-than-expected $106.25 million during its initial public offering on Thursday.
The new Regent Street Apple Store in London will have all iPod models in stock—including the iPod photo and the U2 iPod (which will make its UK debut)—during its grand opening tomorrow.
Gregory Ng of AppleMatters is considering whacking his 2G iPod so he can justify purchasing an iPod photo.
H2O Audio has announced the SV-iMini, the first fully waterproof and submersible housing for Apple’s iPod mini. The SV-iMini includes a unique waterproof dial and push button assembly providing full access to the mini’s Click Wheel. The underwater accessory also comes with a lightweight waterproof headset. “Watersports enthusiasts can now take their iPod mini with them while participating in sports such as wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding, swimming and kayaking,” says H20 Audio. The SV-iMini housing is priced at $149.95 and will begin shipping in December.
Apple has updated its Web site to let music fans know that The Complete U2, Apple’s first digital box set, will be available on Tuesday, November 23, alongside U2’s new studio album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The digital box set includes the band’s 15 albums and more than 25 previously unreleased tracks. It also comes with a PDF booklet with band photos, album art and song lyrics. Those who have purchased the iPod U2 Special Edition can you use the included coupon to save $50 on the box set.
Apple today released iPod Updater 2004-11-15, which includes iPod mini Software 1.2 for iPod mini and iPod software 3.0.2 for Click Wheel iPods. This update brings the following to iPod mini: compatibility with iTunes 4.7; the ability to create and delete multiple On-The-Go playlists; the ability to shuffle and play your song library with one click; an option to select reading playback speed for audiobooks; the ability to hear Click Wheel clicker through headphones; and improved disconnect performance when syncing. iPod Updater 2004-11-15 offers compatibility with iTunes 4.7 and improved USB 2.0 connectivity for Click Wheel iPods. Apple said this update contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2004-10-20 for all other iPod models.
Gadget Accessories recently unveiled a slew of new iPod gear. The new accessories include: a silicone skin case for iPod mini ($8.99; available in blue, pink and white); a silicone skin for 3G iPods ($8.99; also available in blue, pink and white); a solid cover aluminum case for 3G/4G iPods and iPod photo ($14.99); an aluminum case with removable belt clip for iPod mini ($14.99); an aluminum case with cutouts for screen and Click Wheel for 4G iPods and iPod photo ($14.99); and an iPod 3-in-1 travel kit (car charger, USB sync, AC wall charger) for all Dock connector iPods ($14.99).
PowerHouse Technologies has released a 15-day trial version of Migo for iPod. “Use Migo for iPod to view your personal email, files, browser settings, desktop and more,” explains the company. “With one click, your desktop is displayed, allowing you to work on the computer as if it were your own. When you return to your own computer, changes are automatically updated. Stop emailing files to yourself. Don’t worry about remembering which version of a file you have, or keeping two computers in sync. Migo for iPod gives you have everything you need just the way you want it.” Migo requires a 4G iPod or iPod mini and Windows 2000/XP.
The Think Different Store is giving away a bundle of popular iPod accessories valued at more than $100. The giveaway is the first in a continuing series of monthly drawings to be held at the online store. To win the iPod accessory pack, participants must visit the Think Different Store where they will be able to enter the contest as many times as they wish. The winner will be selected by random drawing on December 15, 2004.
Mediafour, makers of MacDrive and XPlay, today announced the release of XPlay Photo Browser, new Windows 2000/XP software that enables iPod photo owners to browse photos, save photos and view slideshows directly from their iPods. XPlay Photo Browser also includes a screensaver that automatically displays an iPod photo slideshow. The software is available as a free download.
Apple plans to open a Japanese version of its iTunes Music Store by March 2005, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported on Thursday. The newspaper said that Apple is planning to offer more than 100,000 mostly Japanese tracks. The iTunes Music Store is currently available in the US and 12 European countries. A Canadian store is expected to open before the end of the month.
New additions to Apple’s iTunes Music Store this week include: Encore, the latest release from rapper Eminem; an iTunes Originals 5-song EP from Jack Johnson; Rearviewmirror, a new greatest hits album from Pearl Jam; a special Black Eyed Peas EP created for The Urbz game; and a new remix album, Amotion, from A Perfect Circle.
O’Reilly has announced the release of “iPod & iTunes Hacks” by iLounge contributor Hadley Stern. The $24.95 book offers 100 hacks for iPod enthusiasts who want to “explore and experiment, create shortcuts, and unearth cool and unexpected things to do with their iPod that have never even occurred to their friends.” Hacks in the book show iPod owners how to: use their iPods with both Macs and PCs; turn the iPod into an FM radio station, portable stereo, or wireless jukebox; use the iPod as a portable hard drive, and access “hidden” music files; turn the iPod into a universal remote control or voice recorder; play and create games for the iPod; and more.
Engadget has posted a step-by-step article on how to use your iPod photo to give PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.
The Censtron iBend “brings the Heavy Metal experience everywhere” inside the case of a 3G iPod. It comes with “four rocking guitar solos,” the “Censtron bend wheel,” and an “extreme pitch knob.”
iLounge staffer and “iPod and iTunes Hacks” author Hadley Stern asks if the iPod photo is breakthrough device or a work in progress.
One large bank plans to give every employee an iPod so they can listen to earnings calls and other business related audio.
Belkin has been honored with seven CES Innovations Distinctions, including awards for TuneBase FM for the iPod mini and Digital Camera Link for the iPod.
InnoPocket has announced a new protective metal case for Apple’s 4G iPod. Made of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, the form-fitting metal case features neoprene lining, a removable belt clip and post system, and access to headphone jack, remote port and all vital iPod controls. The InnoPocket Metal Deluxe Case is available now for $29.99.
The iPod eBook Creator is a Web-based tool to convert books (or any text) to the iPod Notes format that you can add to your iPod for reading on the go.“This utility/PHP script loads large text file and splits it into notes for use on iPod. It is easy to read your book in plain text format on your iPod via Notes functionality. All notes will be automatically linked, so you can move from one to another with absolute ease. It’s as simple as turning pages of the book.”
Apple’s iPod U2 Special Edition ($349.00) is now available for purchase in bricks-and-mortar Apple Stores, and iLounge has exclusive first pictures of the newest iPod’s packaging and pack-ins. Our full gallery will go up shortly, but for now, click on Read More for a collection of eleven shots to tide you over.
Shipments of the U2 iPod to fulfill Apple Store online pre-orders commenced several days ago, with anticipated delivery dates over the next several days. As noted in our earlier news stories and the iLounge Buyers’ Guide 2004, each U2 iPod includes a $50 coupon towards the purchase of The Complete U2, a digital box set of U2 music from iTunes, and a fold-out poster including photographs of the band. Other than its packaging, black casing, red Click Wheel and band-engraved back, the U2 iPod is the same as a 20GB fourth-generation iPod, and includes standard white accessories.
View the U2 iPod gallery