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Saturday, October 26, 2002

“Apple Announces Color iPod With iMovie Capability.”

Satire website, Crazy Apple Rumors Site has included iLounge in a story about iPod with color screen and QuickTime capabilities.

Note: Scroll the page for the story.
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Mac: PodWriter 2.0b5 Released

“PodWriter is an application to display notes on your iPod.”

What’s new in v2.0b5
Fixed a problem where carriage returns weren’t recognized as new lines, but newlines were. So it should be working now.

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.0 or higher and iPod
For more info…

Friday, October 25, 2002

Mac: Pod Manager 1.2.0 Released

“Say you want to retrieve music stored on your iPod while you’re on the road ...or at a friend’s? Pod Manager is the perfect application for this task!”

    What’s new in v1.2.0
  • Song titles, artist names and album titles are now retrieved as Unicode if possible. This allows Pod Manager to recognize and display properly international characters (such as Japanese ones).
  • Pod Manager now remembers the last selected folder
  • Localized in French and Japanese

License: Shareware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher and iPod
For more info…

Mac: iPod2iTunes 1.7 Released

“After six beta releases iPod2iTunes 1.7 has been finalized. iPod2iTunes is the only iPod utility which provides real synchronization of tracks and even playlists from any iPod to any Mac.”

What’s new in v1.7:

The status playlist shows now info during determining tracks, playlist
synchronization and track copying.
Improved user guiding.
Lots of other small changes in the interface.

Playlist synchronization does now consider smart playlists on the iPod.
Since it is not possible for iPod2iTunes to create smart playlists in
iTunes, common playlists are created instead.

In addition to let iPod2iTunes create the folder structure
“genre/artist/album” or “artist/album”, it is now possible to create a flat
“album”-only folder structure.

Support for Mac OS 10.2, 10.2.1, iPod firmware 1.2.1, 1.2.2 and iTunes

Lots of other improvements.

License: Shareware
System Requirements: Mac OS 10.1.2 up to 10.2.1
For more info…

Thursday, October 24, 2002

“Boomers slow to embrace MP3s”

MSNBC News has an Associated Press article about baby boomers slowly embracing the MP3 trend.

“WE’RE A GENERATION that has lived through so many modes of experiencing music—from vinyl to 8-track to CD to cassette and reel-to-reel,” said Melissa Easton, 38, an industrial designer who lives in Manhattan’s Chinatown. “We’re sick of changing our modes of listening.”

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iPod with orange backlight mod

iLounger “doan” mentions a link in the forums to a webpage where iPod owner “Wayne” has inserted an orange photographic gel between the iPod’s Lucite and LCD and now has an orange backlight.

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MacAddict Reviews iPod 20GB

Rik Myslewski, staff writer for MacAddict reviews iPod 20GB.

“As devoted fans of the original iPod (Reviews, Feb/02, p44), we Mac addicts were hot with anticipation when Apple announced the latest version of our favorite MP3 player. When it arrived, it didn’t disappoint. Apple’s new 20GB iPod improves on almost every feature of the original: hardware, software, earbuds, bundled accessories—the works.”

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“10 Things to Engrave on your iPod”

MacTeens has a display of 10 iPods with various engraved messages. Some are quite funny.

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“Target Stores to sell iPod, sources confirm”

ThinkSecret is reporting confirmation that iPod will soon be sold at Target stores. According to the report Apple is expected to announce before November 3rd that Target will begin to sell iPods.

“An official company representative of Target Corporation, based in Minneapolis, MN, confirmed by email to Think Secret that the company would soon be selling the iPod. Numerous sources also confirm that Target is gearing up to start selling the handheld device and that many stores already have the product in stock, as well as point-of-sale, countertop displays identical to those used in Apple retail stores and at many independent Mac dealers.”

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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

iPod coming to Target stores soon?

A Target employee has sent us email informing us of the possibility that iPod will be sold at Target stores.

“I work at Target during the 3rd shift. We unload the truck and put the merchandise on the floor. Tonight a box w/ an Apple logo came down the line. “iPod display” We put this item in back stock meaning it was not heading to the floor. Since I don’t work in the back I have no idea when this item is going to be displayed. This is the only item I saw. I was only in the back for a short time. They were telling us the reason the truck was so big tonight was because of those ships in California where the workers were on strike is finally moving and we’re getting so much merchandise. THIS IS NO JOKE, OR HOAX. I’m a huge Apple fan and almost fell over when I saw it thinking it was a mistake. Please take this message serious as you will all learn shortly when they discuss the 3rd party stores besides Best Buy that they plan to sell the iPod at.”

We’ve spoken with the Target employee on the phone and believe the story to be genuine. Look for iPods at your Target store soon.

iPod Product Line Manager Interview on YML

MacCentral reports that Your Mac Life internet radio show will feature an interview with Stan Ng, Product Line Manager for the iPod.

Check here for show times:
Your Mac Life…
MacCentral report…

“Built on the back of iPod: Local accessories business booms”

Christina Dyrness, staff writer for writes about iPod and how it made Durham, North Carolina resident, Jeff Grady startup, a popular online iPod accessory store. Also, noted are various iPod sales statistics and the current state of iPod in the MP3 market.

“Still, Grady has plans to expand Netalog. He and his team of eight employees are working on an overarching brand, DLO, which stands for Digital Lifestyle Outfitters, that will be emblazoned on everything from the car adapter kits to ear-bud head phones in addition to the original Netalog iPod jackets. And Netalog is betting big on iPod.”

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Windows: iPodSync 1.6.1 Released

“iPodSync is a new tool for Windows to keep your Microsoft Outlook calendar and contact information synchronized between your PC and you’re iPod.”

    What’s new in v1.6.1:
  • Added support for syncing multiple contact folders from Outlook.
  • Added support for exporting multiple Outlook calendars and group them as separate iPod calendars.
  • Fixed problem with filters using international date formats
  • Fixed a problem with syncing if the iPod is not connected when the program starts.

“Note: Multiple calendar and contact support is currently only available within you’re personal folder.
Use the New Folder command in Outlook to create additional calendars and contact folders.”

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Outlook 2000, Outlook XP and XPlay (recommended)

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Cases: MARWARE Announces New Cases and Podstand.

In a press release, sent to us from MARWARE, they announce the new CEO Classic and CEO Glove case for iPod. MARWARE also announced that they will be carrying the Podstand iPod desktop stand.

“The CEO Classic ($34.95) features top quality leather construction inside and out, clear plastic screen protection, easy access to the firewire port and hold button, and a removable lid with an earphone storage pocket. The case uses the patented Multidapt system of interchangeable clips, which allows for a variety of carrying options.

The CEO Glove ($27.95) is a snug-fitting leather case with a zipper closure. The case interior is fully leather-lined. The leather lining behind the zipper offers complete scratch protection for your iPod. The case features clear plastic screen protection and easy access to the firewire port and hold button. The CEO Glove uses the patented Multidapt system of interchangeable clips, which allows for a variety of carrying options.

The Podstand is a white lucite desktop stand for the iPod. It holds the iPod alone or with any MARWARE case. The stand works with all iPod models and retails for $14.95.”

Note: The CEO Glove fits iPod 5GB, 10GB and 20GB while the Classic case only fits iPod 5GB and 10GB. MARWARE will release a Classic case for iPod 20GB in mid-November.

For more info…

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Cases: Vaja I-VOLUTION Series Case Coming Soon

Vaja has informed us of a new iPod case to be released sometime this week. The new i-vod case will cost with ultra clip for $69.90 and without ultra clip for $65.90. A custom built case with personalization and 32 color choices starts at 69.90 and up.

  • New cushioned semirigid case
  • Full Access to all functions
  • 3 ABS Layers
  • Optional ultra clip
  • Includes small leather pouch for carrying case and accessories.


Monday, October 21, 2002

Windows: iPod for Windows 1.2.2 Updater Released (Europe only)

    What’s new in v1.2.2:
  • Audio playback and user interface improvements
  • Browse music by additional categories, including albums, genres, and composers
  • Calendar—display industry standard iCalendar appointments and alarms
  • Clock—view the date and time
  • Battery icon now correctly indicates a full charge
  • Connection feedback on the iPod screen, indicating when it’s safe to unplug the FireWire cable
  • Compliant with EN 50332-1

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Windows ME, 2000, XP

For more info…

Windows: iPod for Windows 1.2.1 Updater Released

iLounger Glen C. has informed us that Apple has posted iPod firmware update 1.2.1 for Windows.

    What’s new in v1.2.1:
  • Audio playback and user interface improvements
  • Browse music by additional categories, including albums, genres, and composers
  • Calendar—display industry standard iCalendar appointments and alarms
  • Clock—view the date and time
  • Battery icon now correctly indicates a full charge
  • Connection feedback on the iPod screen, indicating when it’s safe to unplug the FireWire cable

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Windows ME, 2000, XP

For more info…

iPod in Latest Phil Collins Video

iLounger Joost K. spotted iPod in the latest Phil Collins video single, “Can’t Stop Loving You.”

Note: Requires RealPlayer for Mac or Windows.
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“More than musical?”

Russell Kay of InfoWorld writes a review of the iPod and questions its use for business.

“We’ve given the iPod quite unbalanced scores, because it does some things superbly and others not so well. As a music player it’s wonderful, with its incredibly convenient ability to store music from hundreds of CDs yet still retrieve them by artist, album, or track title. As a PIM, the iPod is limited. Maybe that will change. But for now, the inability to make changes or additions on the go means that you still have to take your real PDA along.”

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“Hands on with the 20GB iPod for Mac, Windows”

Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral writes a hands on review of the iPod 20GB for Mac and Windows.

“Overall the iPod is a great device that I use all the time listening to music (and now books) and also transferring files and a backup for my most important files when traveling.”

Read more…


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