News 08.11.02-08.17.02


Saturday, August 17, 2002

Software: iPod Express 1.1 Released

“AppleScript to create vCards (Contacts) for Apple’s iPod from the Address Book in Outlook Express. Version 1.1. Updated 8/12/02 to support new sorting options in iPod software v1.2. Requires Scripting Addition: Dialog Director v0.7

System Requirements: Mac OS 9.x, Dialog Director v0.7, Outlook Express
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Forums: “My Exciting Evening,” An iPod Story

iLounger and new forum moderator, “c.c.r.” has posted an interesting story about his recent experience at a Tacoma, WA CompUSA store. After having called the CompUSA store to comfirm they had iPod 10GBs in stock, he’s shocked as to what happens when he arrives to make an exchange with TAP in hand.

“So, I pointed out that it was a 20. I said that I was told it was a 10, and that there’s no way that I had $100 for the upgrade to the 20. She went and looked. Then she came back. ‘We don’t have the 10GBs in stock yet.’”

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Friday, August 16, 2002

Apple promotes at Moby’s Area2 Concert

What would a Moby concert be without a large white tent and Apple on hand to promote iPods and Macs. A reader submitted a slidehow of photos of the event.


Forums: iPod cases for the iPod 20GB

Looking for a case for your new iPod 20GB. Wondering which case will fit? We’ve compiled a short list of cases in the forums. If you’d like us to test a case for you, let us know in the forums.

Forum thread…

Forums: Apple iPod case label scratches iPod

iLounger, “s_n_m” claims that the Apple label at the top, interior of the case will leave scratch marks on the iPod.

“Hey I just wanted to tell anyone getting an iPod to either:
Cut out Apple’s label from the free case as it scratches both the screen and back side. Get a different case. The material the case is made of doesn’t scratch, it is only the cheap Apple label!”

Forum thread…

Thursday, August 15, 2002

iPod 1.2: iPod Scripts for Mac OS X 10.1 Do Not Import Contacts

Apple has published a AppleCare Knowledge Base Document with a solution for anybody having difficulty importing contacts using the iPod scripts.

“The iPod Scripts for Mac OS X 10.1 posted at do not work with iPod 1.2 software or with Mac OS X 10.2”

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iPod 1.2: Backlight Briefly Turns on at Midnight

Apple has published a AppleCare Knowledge Base Document with a solution for anybody having difficulty with the backlight turning on at midnight.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Software: iPody 0.2 Released

“iPody copies selected songs from your iPod playlists directly to your harddrive into a folder of your choice – with one doubleclick. Because I want a very simple solution without a lot of preferences and cute user interfaces. iPody is small, easy and free.”

System Requirements: Mac OS 10.1.5, iTunes 3 and iPod Firmware 1.2

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Cases: Three New iPod Cases from Incase

Incase, creaters of “performance-based, fashion-forward, and confidence inspired accessories for wireless consumer electronics” has recently released three new cases for the iPod. The following cases have been tested at the iLounge labs and do not fit the iPod 20GB.

Sleeve for iPod ($20) is a basic sleeve design featuring leather, a clear, plastic “window” for the LCD display, full access-functionality, suede non-scratch lining and belt clip.
Folio for iPod ($30) is a bifold design featuring leather, full access-functionality, wrap around protection, suede non-scratch lining and belt clip.
Pouch for iPod ($20) is a soft pouch featuring, functional side-cut, earphone access, protective rubberized edge, and belt strap with plastic snap buckle.

For more info…

Monday, August 12, 2002

iPod 20GB Dissection

iPoding has disassembled an iPod 20GB and managed to break the screen connector while doing it. They took everything apart including the new scroll wheel.


Designing the UltraPod

Bob Snow, Contributing Editor for O’Grady’s Powerpage designs the UltraPod. Bob’s idea of the ultimate iPod has a 40GB HD, color screen, touch screen, video playback, photo viewer and more.

“The Pod would use Bluetooth to connect to your mobile phone, and share the address book as well as download new email.”

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Software: iPod2iTunes 1.5 Released

“Within iTunes or the Finder it is not possible to transfer tracks or playlists from your iPod to your Mac(s). 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). All within iTunes. The synchronization ensures that you don’t produce duplicate MP3 files on your disk as it is easily the case if you just copy files from the iPod via other methods.”

    What’s new in v1.5
  • Many detail improvements in the user interface. The old interface was misleading, especially some messages in the status playlist. Is now cleaner and clear.
  • Support for iTunes 3.0.
  • Support for iPod firmware 1.2.
  • Better performance (about 20%). There are still some ideas left to gain performance…
  • Duplicate tracks on the iPod are filtered before they go into the “iPod Tracks” playlist.
  • AppleScript 1.8.3 Update is required now. It is available via Software Update or at
  • Many other small fixes and improvements.

System Requirements: Mac OS 10.1.2 – 10.1.5 and iTunes 2.0.3 – 3.0
For more info…

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Software: iPod Viewer 1.0 Released

“iTunes allows you to copy MP3s from your computer to your iPod, and do everything but copy those MP3s back to your computer. But now with iPod Viewer, you can do just that! Just launch the application, import the songs from your iPod, select the songs you want to copy, choose where you want to copy the songs to, and transfer the files. That’s it!”

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or later
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Software: NowPod 1.2b2 Released

“NowPod is an application that transfers contact information from Now Contact 4.x to an Apple iPod. Your iPod must be upgraded with iPod Software v1.1”

What’s new in v1.2b2
Better sorting with iPod Software 1.2.

System Requirements: Mac OS X or Mac OS 9.1 and Now Contacts 4.x
For more info…

Create Calendars without Jaguar and iCal.

Get the benefits of iCal without the need of Mac OS X 10.2 and iCal. You can use Palm Desktop for Mac or PC and create vCal files for iPod. Step-by-step instructions available at iPoding.

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Software: Internet Movie Database for iPod

Tom Sheppard, developer of the Internet Movie Database for the iPod emailed us with the following information:

“Regarding the new iPod 1.2 updater, I installed it on my wife’s 5GB model and checked if Apple corrected the display bugs that prevented my Internet Movie Database contacts file from working properly. The display bugs appear to be gone, but now Apple has hard limited the number of contacts to 998. Thus my 2000 movie file is truncated in the K’s now.

Since I don’t use this myself, I’m soliciting feedback on my web site for what iPod/IMDb users would like to see. Some users will no doubt want to leave room for real contacts, but how much room?”

For more info…


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Dennis Lloyd

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.