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Saturday, February 23, 2002

iPod torture test
[Updated: 03|02|02 11:12 A.M. PST]

Correction from Jason Snell of MacWorld magazine:
Yes, we did drop an iPod at 25mph, but not from a car - it was from a bike, simulating what would happen if you did take it biking. It survived! Pretty cool.
But at 30mph, it was toast. Ah well, never let it be said that we won’t sacrifice our iPods for the betterment of other iPod users.

iLounger, “TyroneShoes”, reports in our forums about MacWorld magazine’s iPod torture test:

“They dropped it at 25 mph from a car to simulate it bouncing out of your pocket, I guess. Cosmetic damage only. It took a drop at 30 mph to kill it.
They also mention some cases, but curiously not the NeoPod, which seems best IMHO.”

French iPod website launched

Congratulations to CÈdric Marchal for creating iPod Fanatic , a French website. The website includes, news, tips, photos, links and forums. CÈdric tells us, “The site is modest at the moment, but it should be growing in time.” We tried translating the pages for you with Babel Fish, but kept getting errors.

Visit iPod Fanatic…

Friday, February 22, 2002

Rumor: New CD-RW iPod on the horizon?

iLounge forums moderator, AaronS, has discovered a report at MacOSRumors speculating the release of a new CD-RW iPod and more:

“...insiders have told Rumors that the company (Apple) isn’t going to update the iPod until it is ready with new capabilities for the device—most likely, an ultracompact CD-RW drive.

Read more…

Cases: Kipling PDA case

While browsing eBay for anything iPod, We spotted two auctions for psuedo iPod cases from Kipling, fashion bag manufacturer. Intended for a PDA, the case is available at Executive Essentials for $6.99. We’ve contacted Kipling to find out if there are any plans of an iPod specific case.

Auction for red case…
Auction for white case…

Hardware: Apple iPod bundle for $418

Small Dog Electronics renewed stock of the Apple iPod MP3 Player with its Small Dog iPod Connectivity Kit for $418. The kit includes a Cody iPod/MP3 car audio adapter, a Link-it FM fixed-frequency FM transmitter, and a 12-ft. stereo Y adapter (minijack-to-RCA) and cable. (The kit alone costs $35, while the iPod alone costs $399.) This kit is intended to connect your iPod to a car cassette player, transmit the signal to an FM radio, and connect up to three sets of headphones to one iPod. Offer ends February 24.

For more info…

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Software: iPod Free File SynX v2.2.1 for OS X

Changes for v2.2.1:

  • In previous versions it was problematic if you defined your main music folder as the “New Music Folder”. If you choose to add the new files to the “New Music Folder Content”-play list, your entire music library appeared in that play list. Now only the files which where copied by iPFFS’s auto copy feature will be added to that play list.
  • Compatibility for Mac OS 10.1.3.
  • Small corrections and enhancements as always

For more info and download…

Win a copy of Halo - And an XBox to play it on

John Corbin, creator of the PodPac iPod case, email us with a reminder:

Just a note to let you know that my “Win a copy of Halo - And an XBox to play it on” contest will end February 22 at 11:59:59 p.m.”
Entrants need to submit 4 URLs of mentions of the Podpac found on web sites such as (I know there are at least more than that many mentions of the Podpac on your site alone).

For more details…

Rumor: 10 GB iPod and more?

iLounger, Zach G., emails us with rumor of an updated iPod coming soon. According to SpyMac, Apple will be releasing an iPod with a 10 GB hard drive at the end of March. This story was also published at iPoding earlier today.

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Handcrafted iPod Stands

iLounger, Adam F., emails us with photos of his recently, handcrafted iPod stands. The DeskPod stand is made of black Fimo modeling clay and another from rare quarter-cut White Oak stained with Minwax Red Oak stain. Adam informs us that he is willing to make custom Fimo clay DeskPod stands at $25.00 each and can be decorated with a logo or symbol. There are 3 colors to choose from; black, white or iridescent grey/silver. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more details if your interested in a handcrafted, one-of-kind iPod stand.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Cases: Jogging, Biking, and iPoding

We’ve had many readers asking us for recommendations on an iPod case best suited for jogging or biking. iLounger, Jon S. has discovered The Modular Music System Carrier case, available online at It’s “Fantastic for iPod” as noted on the website.

Our exclusive, incredibly versatile carrier is adjustable to fit most MP3 players, popular cell phones, and compact 2-way “family” radios. Wear it as-is on your belt, or attach it to our optional belt or arm band for jogging or working out!

For more info…

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

iPod: Stops Responding or Will Not Wake From Sleep has updated its AppleCare Knowledge Base article with solutions on how to reset the iPod if it stops responding or will not wake from sleep.

For more info…

Video: Shaq and friends praise the iPod is reporting that a an Apple iTools member has posted last month’s Fox Sport’s episode showing Shaquille O’Neal praising the iPod and b-ballers, Sumaki Walker and Jelani McCoy going to the Mall of America Apple Store to purchase their own iPods.

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Monday, February 18, 2002

Software: iPod Free File Sync v2.2.1 for OS 9

Changes for v2.2.1:

  • In previous versions it was problematic if you defined your main music folder as the “New Music Folder”. If you choosed to add the new files to the “New Music Folder Content”-play list, your entire music library appeared in that play list.
  • Now only the files which where copied by iPFFS’s auto copy feature will be added to that play list.
  • Some other improvements and corrections. Actually all changes doesn’t represent a 0.1.1 change in the version number, but as long both versions (OS 9 and OS X) are identical in the feature set i want to keep the version numbers in sync.

The update for the OS X version will follow soon.

For more info and download…

Clear Rubber iPod Stand

While out shopping today, a member of the iLounge team discovered a clear rubber soap dish by Umbra at The Container Store, a storage and organization store. Being rubber and clear, the iPod fits snug and looks cool in its new re-purposed soap dish. Though it may not be the ideal desk stand for your iPod, it works well for $4.99. The Container Store and Umbra web sites have no information about this particular item. If you want one, check for store locations at or email Umbra for more information on where you can purchase it.

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