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Saturday, March 2, 2002

Tips & Tricks: iPod Phone Dialer

iLoungers, Dave G. and Steven P.  have both thought of an idea for converting an iPod into a phone dialer:

Dave G.:

“I was reading your tip about creating an Address book on the iPod, and I thought it would be neat if the small mp3 file that was used to store the phone number was actually an mp3 of the touch tones.  Then, when selecting the person to call, you could play the touch tones into your handset and have it dial the number for you.  Maybe somebody can give it a try.”

Steven P.:

“I haven’t tried it myself, but looking at the tip about duplicating tiny MP3’s to use as phone book entries, it occurs to me that you could even record the DTMF tones for the phone number you want to dial, and possibly even use the iPod as a speed-dial device.”

If you try this, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your results and if it works we’ll publish it on our Tips & Tricks page.

Friday, March 1, 2002

Software: IMDb for iPod v2.0 released

Get the latest movie listings on your iPod!

“Since the first release I’ve learned the iPod’s “interesting” text sorting and have chosen the ‘&Mac215;’ (diamond character) as a prefix character so that the iPod sorts this data at the bottom, out of the way of your real music.

For upgrading:
Delete all the old IMDb files from your disk and iTunes since they’ve all changed. You can do this in iTunes by browsing for ‘IMDb’ or selecting the ‘IMDb’ artists and then selecting all songs and deleting them. This does take awhile, so be patient. I found it goes faster if you delete the files first as iTunes loses the reference and quickly deletes the file.”

There are entries for:

  • title (again because the iPod doesn’t scroll long album names)
  • the rating, number of votes, Top 250 ranking, MPAA rating, countries of release and genres.
  • plot
  • actors
  • director

For more info and download…

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Rumor: New iTunes Equals New iPod?

From MacOs Rumors:

“Several hints by third-party hardware product developers suggest that Apple will be releasing a significant update to iTunes in April. Many on the grapevine have speculated that this might be an indication of when Apple will be updating its iPod.”

Read more…

Have iPod, Will Secretly Bootleg

Wired reports of someone stealing software at a CompUSA store. Apparently, Kevin Webb at a Dallas based CompUSA store witnessed a teenager copying Microsoft Word X from a Macintosh via his iPod. Wired was compelled to investigate this story from an earlier report at LowEndMac. Our own Publisher, Dennis Lloyd was quoted as saying, “I can see how easy it would be to do. It’s a shame someone has stooped this low to bring bad press to the insanely great iPod.”

“When Apple introduced the iPod, the company was aware that people might use it to rip off music from the Net or friends’ machines. Each new iPod, in fact, is emblazoned with a sticker that warns, “Don’t Steal Music.”

But it is unlikely that Apple imagined people would walk into computer stores, plug their iPod into display computers and use it to copy software off the hard drives.”

Read more…

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Apple Wins 2002 Technical GRAMMY Award

Congratulations to Apple as they are honored for their excellence in the music industry at tonight’s 44th GRAMMY Awards. “This is the first Technical GRAMMY ever awarded to a PC company.”

“From the original Macintosh, the first personal computer to include built-in audio capabilities, Apple has helped change the way music is written, recorded, mixed and enjoyed. Today’s powerful Mac and PowerBook computers are the choice of recording professionals worldwide and Apple’s innovative iTunes software and iPod portable digital music player are responsibly leading the digital music revolution.”

Read more…

Rumor: New iPod(s) at MacWorld Tokyo?

SpyMac lists the iPod as a possible surprise announcement in its 2002 MacWorld Tokyo Predictions (March 21-23).

“iPod: Windows compatibility. 10 GB storage. Firmware update (unknown enhancements).”

Read more…

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Software: Internet Movie Database

Macintouch reader, Tom Sheppard has developed an Internet Movie Database for use in an iPod, “A.K.A. Stupid iPod Trick”. He has also developed the database for the Palm OS and the Apple Newton. It’s definitely one of the more interesting uses for an iPod. He also plans on “taking Text-To-Speech and have the output go directly to an MP3 file, then the iPod could read to you”.

“This play list is suitable if all you’re interested in is what’s playing in the theatres.
The database is structured such that the ‘artist’ is something like ‘IMDb’ or ‘IMDb-A’, ‘-B’, etc. where the letter indicates the first letter of the movie title. The ‘album’ is the movie title and the ‘songs’ are the entries for that movie. Not all movies have all entries.”

There are entries for:

  • title (again because the iPod doesn’t scroll long album names)
  • the rating, number of votes, Top 250 ranking, MPAA rating, countries of release and genres.
  • plot
  • actors
  • director

For more info and download…

Rumor: iPods’ compatible with Windows

SpyMac reports they are receiving more information about the upcoming update to the iPod and the latest rumor indicates Windows compatibility. Also note, the update will come “...early as March or as late as July.”

“Primarily, the revision will focus on the bittersweet reality of Windows compatibility. At this point, the new iPods will be Windows compatible right out of the box—but don’t expect a Windows version of iTunes. Our sources have made it clear that “Windows compatibility” and “iTunes” have never made it into the same sentence.
Feature wise, we are still being told that the update will be fairly low-key, with added storage and the possible addition of a remote control being the only hardware changes.”

Read more…

Software: MediaFour’s XPlay release delayed

iPoding reports, Mediafour’s XPlay FAQ states the XPlay release has been delayed due to a “write-behind data lost” issue. Expect Preview 5 to be available no later than March 4, the same day Preview 4 expires.

“Although this is not a problem with XPlay, it affects XPlay users dramatically. The problem is not something that can be fixed by Mediafour, but we are spending a significant amount of time working with other companies to overcome this communication problems between the iPod and Windows.”

Read XPlay FAQ…

Software: EphPod v1.45 stable released for Windows PC

“EphPod is a program designed to make your iPod work with Windows.
You must have Windows 98SE/ME/NT/2000/XP, a firewire card, and mac-drive-reading
software (i.e. MacOpener).”

Changes in v1.45:

  • Drill-Down Renaming in ListBoxes on Top
  • Quick-Editing of fields keeps default in field; Properly figures out OK/Cancel
  • Double-click songs in the play list song box to make them show up in the big songbox
  • You can now use the F-keys for QuickEditing songs in the play list song box
  • Changed Shortcut to rename play lists to F2
  • Confirmation on Deleting Play list
  • Jump Around in Song List by hitting A-Z keys (by whatever column you’ve sorted by)
  • Brought back right-click (and if you hit INS) option to add selected songs to selected play list
  • Delete All Play lists Option
  • F6 quick-edits Comments field
  • Allows for larger Total Size amounts (now using int64) so that progress window stays correct
  • FAQ v3 included

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed Drag-n-Drop songs drops in reverse order bug
  • Christen iPod + Cancel bug fixed
  • Maybe fixed some drag-n-drop scrolling problems
  • Fixed not-saving-database-properly-when-all-songs-not-shown bug

For more info and download…

Monday, February 25, 2002

Cases: MARWARE SportSuit for iPod

iLounger, Colin L., reports MARWARE, makers of the SportSuit Sleeve have published photos and information regarding their prototype SportSuit play-through case with removable lid. They expect to finalize the design and begin taking preorders March 1, 2002.

“The SportSuit for iPod features the patented multidapt clip system. The multidapt is a modular system of interchangeable attachment options for your case Use the case with no clip at all, which leaves the case with a flat back, or you can use the case with one of the following attachment options:”

  • Adjustable neoprene arm band
  • Adjustable neoprene belt
  • Low-profile Spring Clip
  • Swivel belt clip
  • Bike holder
  • Car holder
  • Lanyard

For more info…

iPod BodyMask soon available in U.S.

iPoding reports, Aedon, the official U.S. distributor for PowerDesign’s iPod BodyMask and iPod Protection Body Mask is now taking orders. As Aedon awaits English translated packaging and instructions from PowerDesign, expect shipping to be 4-6 weeks.

  • iPod SelfDesign BodyMask: $24 for kit w/2 masks (self-adhesive, for printing your own designs)
  • Protection BodyMask: $16 (self-adhesive, clear film iPod protector)
  • Shipping and handling to U.S.:  $3 flat rate (up to 3 items)
  • Shipping and handling to Europe:  $7 flat rate (up to 3 items)
  • Payment via PayPal. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a quote on other shipping methods.

For more info and ordering…

Sunday, February 24, 2002

Software: RealisticSoftware’s mp3PhoneList v1.0b2

“The ‘mp3PhoneList’ application creates very small mp3 music files with phone contact information. The application uses a tab delimited text file with the users phone contact information and creates mp3 files with their ID3 tags filled in with the information. With these mp3 files on an iPod or similar device, the user can view there phone contact information on the iPod.”

System Requirements:

  • Macintosh operating systems version 7.6 through 10.0 supported.
  • Both 68K and PPC are supported by the Fat application released.
  • Carbon release supported on 10.0 and 8.6 through 9.0 with CarbonLib version 1.0.4

Fore more info and download…

Cases: More Japanese iPod cases discovered

An “Anonymous” reader has posted website links to Japanese iPod cases at iPoding.

All Japanese links below translated by AltaVista’s Babel Fish translator.

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