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Friday, January 10, 2003

Mac: iPod It 1.8 Released

“iPod It gives you the ability to transfer all of your Entourage information to your iPod. It also lets you transfer any number of driving directions and weather forecasts to your iPod. Now you can have all of the information you need right at your finger tips and all through one application.”

    What’s new in v1.8:
  • You can now automatically start a sync when iPod It is launched, automatically quit when a sync is completed and automatically eject your iPod before quitting. With these settings and iPod Launcher you can update your iPod by simply connecting it to your Mac!
  • You can now download news headlines from news.google.com.
  • You can now include calendars being managed by iCal.

License: Shareware $14.95
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
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Mac: iPod Launcher 1.0.1 Released

“There’s a proliferation of tools available for working with your iPod. Wouldn’t it be great if they all started automatically when you connected your iPod to your Mac? Well now they can. With iPod Launcher you specify applications via System Preferences and, whenever you connect your iPod, they launch.”

What’s new in v1.0.1:
This is a maintenance release that addresses some installation problems people have been experiencing whereby the utility wouldn’t correctly launch at the end of the installation process and/or wouldn’t correctly handle permissions since it wasn’t authorizing the installation. Let me know if there are any more problems.

License: Shareware $4.95
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
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Thursday, January 9, 2003


Mac: iCommune 1.0 Beta 2 Released

“iCommune is a plug-in which extends Apple’s iTunes software to share music over the network. Your friends’ music libraries appear in the iTunes source list. You can browse their collections, and choose to download or stream their music. It also allows you to make your own music library available to others.”

What’s new in v1.0 Beta 2:
Fixed the bug causing iTunes to crash when sharing is turned on.

License: Freeware (Public beta)
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and iTunes 3.0 or higher
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“Dell: iPods at 10% off”

Dealmac reports:

“Ironically, the best deal on an iPod during Macworld Expo appears to be at Dell Home. Its 10% off discount in its Software & Peripherals store marks down the iPod 20GB for PC from $499 to $449.10 . (To find it, search for “M8741LL/A”.) The iPod 10GB for PC (M8740LL/A) costs $359.10 after discount and the iPod 5GB for PC (M8697LL/A)costs $269.10 after discount. An Apple FAQ describes how to use these PC iPods with a Mac. All ship free.”

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“Is the Burton iPod Jacket worth it?”

Gregory Ng of AppleMatters writes about the new Burton Amp jacket and if it is worth the $499 price tag. He goes on to break down the costs into several factors; utility, style, technology and exclusivity and reaches a final conclusion on how much the jacket is really worth.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003


Mac: iCommune 1.0 Beta 1 Released

“iCommune is a plug-in which extends Apple’s iTunes software to share music over the network. Your friends’ music libraries appear in the iTunes source list. You can browse their collections, and choose to download or stream their music. It also allows you to make your own music library available to others.”

License: Freeware (Public beta)
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and iTunes 3.0 or higher
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“Dell is once again the iPod Price Leader”

Deals On The Web reports:

“Dell is offering an automatic 10% off of all accessories, including iPods. This brings the 5 GB iPod down to $269, the 10 GB to $359 and the 20 GB iPod to $449.00. With Free ground shipping included, these are the best current deals we’ve seen for new units. To find the deals search for: 5GB: “A0066804”, 10GB: “A0066805”, 20GB: “A0066806”.”

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Tuesday, January 7, 2003


Windows: Speed-Up Beta 1 for XPlay Released

iLounger Adam G. reports that Mediafour has made an announcement in their forums on the release of Speed-Up Beta 1 for XPlay 1.0.4. Dave (Forum Administartor) at Mediafour warns, “Keep in mind, of course, that this is an experimental software release…if you are worried about the data on your computer or the songs on your iPod, you would be well-advised to stay clear, as anything can happen with prerelease software.”

License: Freeware
System Requirements: XPlay 1.0.4
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Monday, January 6, 2003


Mac: iPod Launcher 1.0 Released

Michael Zapp, developer of iPod It has released an iPod applications launcher to make your iPoding life a little easier. Michael wrote in an email, “And soon, I’ll be releasing a new version of iPod It that takes full advantage of this
application - once setup you’ll be able to sync all of your data by simply
connecting your iPod and Mac!”

“Why do I need iPod Launcher?
There’s a proliferation of tools available for working with your iPod. Wouldn’t it be great if they all started automatically when you connected your iPod to your Mac? Well now they can. With iPod Launcher you specify applications via System Preferences and, whenever you connect your iPod, they launch.”

License: Shareware $4.95
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
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“Apple banks on digital media harvest”

Joe Wilcox of CNET News.com forecasts the announcement of a new digital hub device during Steve Jobs’ keynote address at Macworld. Wilcox goes onto examine analysts’ predictions that the new device will be a tablet PC or iPod II.

“But some analysts don’t believe the new product will be a tablet, but a successor to Apple’s iPod music player. The new device would have video capabilities and possibly a touch screen and wireless capabilities. As such, the device would be similar to the portable video player unfurled by Intel last year. Sonicblue is currently marketing the Intel-designed device.

“I think any rumors about a tablet computer are a smokescreen for iPod II,” said Richard Doherty, president of research firm Envisioneering Group.”

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iPod Giveaway with Membership Purchase

J.U.M.P!, Inc, a membership only Apple Authorized Reseller, is offering a chance to win an iPod with purchase of a Gold Star or Business Membership. Hurry, only the first 50 new members will be entered to win a free iPod 10GB.

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Sunday, January 5, 2003


Mac: iCal 1.0.2 Released

“Modern life means multiple calendars, and iCal makes it simple to deal with them. You can see your schedules for both work and home, color coded, from within a single window to let you identify conflicts and free time. You can look at your family’s calendars the same way, and publish your calendars for friends. Search globally for dates and times of upcoming events. Even share calendar information with other Mac OS X v10.2 “Jaguar” applications. All quite easily.”

What’s New in iCal 1.0.2:
iCal 1.0.2 provides a number of performance and stability enhancements, and improved support for importing vCal and Entourage information.

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.x
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