News 05.27.02-05.31.02

Dennis Lloyd
By Dennis Lloyd  - Senior Editor

Friday, May 31, 2002

“Inside the Apple iPod Design Triumph”

MacSurfer reports a new cover story by Electronics DesignChain magazine describing the methods Apple used to bring the iPod to market using resources from third party partners. By reverse-engineering the iPod, Portelligent Inc, an Austin, Texas based firm provided DesignChain with information leading to the design chain used to develop the iPod. Among the key partners listed are Sony, Toshiba and Wolfson Microeletronics Ltd. (PortalPlayer).

“First and foremost, the product was elegantly designed in classic Apple fashion,” says David Carey, president of Portelligent. “They did product design from the outside in.” Carey says the company had a vision of what the player should be and what it should look like. The subsequent design parameters were dictated by its appearance and form factor.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002

Software: EphPod v2.30 Beta Released

“EphPod is a program designed to make your iPod work with Windows. You will need a program to let you read Mac drives through Windows for EphPod to work properly. Currently, we recommend MacOpener. It has a free trial, so you can try it before you have to pay for it.”

    What’s new in v2.30:
  • New way to select directories to Sync
  • Sync now checks filesize
  • Sync Option now allows removing songs from iPod that aren’t in the sync directories
  • Follow ShortCuts in Directories now allows you to follow shortcuts when syncing and adding songs from directories
  • Added Option to Export Outlook Contacts to iPod
  • Support for Unicode id3 tags installed (making Windows work with non-UTF8 characters may require updates to Windows)
  • Support for news “slurpers” – programs that can download news/weather/movie listings/stocks/directions/etc to text files.  Try for a cool free one.
  • Supports multiple VCards in one .VCF file now
  • Manually saving (using File->Save) will now clear the “Recent” list
  • Supports blank playlists (for separators) now
  • Added a filesize verification feature to “check exist” and renamed to “Verify Database”
  • Allows auto-saving of id3 tags when using the quickedit options (F2-F6)
  • Support for WAV files added.
    Bug fixes:
  • Synchronizing Playlist bug fixed
  • Drag and Drop songs to playlists now orders correctly (instead of in reverse)
  • Negative percentages and MBPS in transfer screen finally fixed
  • Allows other programs to read MP3s while copying them now
  • If Downloading crashes, it now properly resets the status
  • Sort by Album for playlist ordering now uses proper numeric sorting
  • Editing and Deleting songs no longer screws up the display/sorting in the Song View
  • Add Playlist from File from the right-click menu now works.
  • Fixed small cosmetic errors

System requirements:
Windows 98SE/ME/NT/2000/XP
Mac-Drive reading software (like MacOpener)
FireWire Card
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Software: Roster2iPod 1.0 Released

“Roster2iPod has been updated to v 1.0 and now better functionality in the team argument.

Also, readvcf is new to the Miscellaneous section. This tool parses a .vcf file and writes the output to the screen. It’s handy for looking at a .vcf file quickly without moving it to the iPod. It may not work on vcf files generated by other scripts or programs.”

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Hardware: ModPod iPod Stand Released

The ModPod ($28.99) is a stylish and functional iPod stand, laser cut from crystal clear lucite. The ModPod comes with two clips in the rear for attaching your audio and FireWire cables and all your iPod’s controls are easily accessed.

Note: The ModPod can be purchased at

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Dead iPod Revived After 5 Days

MacFixit is reporting a follow up report from a reader who has successfully revived a dead iPod after it was dead for about 5 days.

“Given the high repair cost I procrastinated fixing my “dead” iPod. I was pleasantly surprised when after about 5 days of being unplugged, my iPod ‘woke-up’ when I plugged in the charger again. It seems that there could be a low battery state where the iPod won’t turn on, but also won’t charge. Presumably the iPod boots to a working state when power is applied to a totally unpowered unit.”

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Software: PodUtil 1.0b3 Released

“PodUtil is (another) management program for the Apple iPod.

It allows you to directly edit the Contacts on your iPod, presenting them in a list for one-click editing. As soon as you’re done editing, the contact(s) are saved for immediate use on your iPod. No more fiddling around copying .vcf files everywhere, PodUtil does it in one click!
Another function PodUtil can do is to copy the music from your iPod back to your computer. While doing so, it can organise your music by artist and/or album, and will also change the creator codes to match the one of your favourite MP3 player.
All this, and a friendly interface to boot! Oh, and it is free!”

Note: Many changes and fixes were made to version 1.0b3. For a complete list visit the developers website.
System requirements: Mac OS 9 – OS X
For more info…

Monday, May 27, 2002

Software: EntourageMail v1.1 Released

“EntourageMail takes Entourage e-mail messages from a given folder and exports them into a vCard file called Email-folder.vcf. Since the application will only delete files for the folder currently being exported, you can easily export multiple folders to your iPod and update individual folders as required.

Each message includes the sender name and e-mail address, when it was sent and indicates if it has been read, forwarded, replied to, redirect or flagged (with the information only being displayed if it has). It will also indicate if the message has attachments.”

For more info…

France: Online iPod Accessory Store Opens in France recently opened its online store for Pod accessories. You’ll find popular iPod cases by XtremeMac and Waterfield Designs, cables, car adapters and more.


Software: moveMP3 1.0 Python Script Released

“This script makes a backup copy of ALL your MP3 files from your Apple iPod to another Volume.

Dennis Lloyd
By Dennis Lloyd Senior Editor
I'm a passionate, long-time lover of Apple products, and was a civil draftsman and graphic designer before creating the iLounge web site. My prior projects include work for The Los Angeles Times', and the company Creative Domain, where I developed websites for clients including Columbia Pictures, Disney, Fox Studios, Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers. As the Publisher of iLounge, I direct the site's community forums, photo galleries, iPod User Group, and general business affairs, which have grown under my watch to over sixteen million page views every month. I'm happily married with one daughter, one dog (Rocket the Wonderdog), one cat (Ferris), many iPods, iPhones, iPads, and two turntables.