News 04.28.02-05.04.02

Saturday, May 4, 2002

Software: EntourageNotes v1.3 released

There have been quite a few changes (many the same as those introduced with EntourageEvents 1.3):

    What’s new in v1.3
  • Put all of the notes entries into 1 file called “Notes.vcf”. This really helps file management.
  • Provides a list of note titles so you can select which ones you want to export. Also includes an “Export All” button so you don’t have to select them all if you have a lot of notes and want them all exported.
  • Allow for the selection of the folder to save to, which can include your iPod.
  • Saved preferences so you don’t have to select the same thing each run.
  • Makes sure it only deletes “Note…” files since you may be directly accessing the iPod.
  • Optimized the splitting of notes across multiple cards. You should see a marked improvement for really long notes.
  • Automatically makes Quit the default button after an export.

    For more info…
    Download (OS X)…

    Friday, May 3, 2002

    “He’s The DJ, I’m The Writer

    Dean Browell, writer for the Applelust Skewed Mac column, informs us of his latest article describing how his iPod played DJ and saved the party:

    “The fact that we saved them $200 on a DJ aside, everyone was really impressed by the iPod’s capabilities (not a few of which were Windows users). By the end of the night, like me, they were doubly impressed with its longevity and careless toiling in the background.”

    Read more…

    Thursday, May 2, 2002

    Buy a 5GB iPod, get $80 of music free

    Dealmac reports of an Amazon iPod plus free music deal:

    “A reader notes that offers $80 in music free when purchased with the Apple iPod 5GB for $399.99. Add the iPod and at least $80 worth of new music CDs to your cart and use coupon code “APPLEMP34MAY” to take $80 off the entire order.

    Offer ends May 30, 2002.”

    For more info…

    Wednesday, May 1, 2002

    “When good things happen by accident”

    iLounger, David Babsky points us to a new article at ZDNet. Written by Stephani Somogyi, he mentions how he has re-compressed all of his music at a higher bit-rate of 160kpbs to put on his iPod, in contrast to his old Rio 500, which only allowed 128kpbs MP3s.

    “And while the iPod has all sorts of cool features, one of its benefits isn’t immediately obvious: It encourages you to listen to higher-quality music”

    Read more…

    Tuesday, April 30, 2002

    Rumors: Future iPod

    iPoding has an eye-opening report on the possible future of the iPod.

    “Our source (extraordinarily reliable, you wouldn’t believe…) confirmed that Apple is aggressively expanding the iPod development team. The expansion effort goes beyond software developers and lends credence to previous reports of iPad and other devices in the near future.

    Though our source did not (could not) provide any information with respect to how open this platform may be to third-party software developers, we are now more optimistic than ever that Apple will eventually provide an SDK for the iPod platform.”

    Monday, April 29, 2002

    Hardware: iPodDock & the iPodCradle due next month

    We finally have a desktop cradle for the iPod! Photo Control Corporation, makers of the BookEndz Docking Stations for Apple laptops has announced the release of two new products for the iPod:

    “The iPodDock ($30) acts as a holder plus it provides the additional benefit of connection ports, audio and Firewire, for instant docking for desktop/home stereo use.

    Both models will be available beginning May 6.

    The iPodCradle ($45) allows the Apple iPod to be supported in an upright position on the desktop. Compatible with most cases on the market, the iPod may be placed on the cradle with or without the case.”

    For more info…

    Hardware: Apple debuts eMac and 800MHZ Powerbook G4

      The NEW eMac:
    • 17-inch flat CRT
    • Power PC G4 Processor
    • Compact footprint

      The NEW Powerbook G4:

    • 800MHz G4 Processor
    • 1 MB DDR L3 Cache
    • 1280×854 Hi-res Display
    • DVI Digital Video Out
    • ATI Mobility Radeon 7500

      See for yourselves…

      Software: iPod2iTunes v0.9.9 released

      Usually you cannot transfer songs or playlists from your iPod to your Mac. iPod2iTunes (i2i) is the only utility which allows you not only to copy but to synchronize tracks + playlists from your iPod(s) to your Mac(s). First, it shows you exactly which of the tracks on the iPod are not on your Mac. After synchronizing, you can browse through the new tracks directly in iTunes.