Saturday, August 31, 2002
Software: iProbe 2.0 Released
“This free utility gives iPod users drag and drop access to their songs. Enable your iPod as a FireWire device, put iProbe on it and have access to your songs from almost any Mac.”
New version 2.0 implements enhanced ID3 tag reading and faster performance.
Friday, August 30, 2002
iPod as Musicians Friend
iLounger, Uno H. points us to an article in a past issue of Sound On Sound magazine by Paul Wiffen describing the iPod and it’s benefits as a tool for musicians.
“Whatever the reaction of the general consumer, one thing I am sure of: within six months, many a Mac-based musician will be carrying an iPod everywhere they go, ready to whip out and play through their ‘works in progress’ at the first sniff of an A&R person.”
Software: iPod Playlist Cloner 1.0 Released
“iPod playlist cloner copies a chosen playlist from your iPod directly to your harddrive into a folder of your choice. iPod playlist cloner then creates an identical playlist in iTunes 3. Because I want a very simple solution without a lot of preferences and cute user interfaces. iPod playlist cloner seems to be the only freeware tool which provides these functions.”
Thursday, August 29, 2002
MacFans.com Releases New Email Service
Our friends at MacFans.com have released a new email service. If you’re a bit disgruntled over Apple charging $99 per year for the new .Mac service, you might want to sign up for email at MacFans.com for only $10 per year. All existing MacFans.com members receive the new email service for free.
- 3Mb of email storage space for Registered Mac Fan members
- 10Mb of email storage space for Pro Mac Fan members
- Webmail Access
- POP Access
- SMTP Access (authentication)
- IMAP Access
- Email Rules
- Email Forwarding
- (Pro Mac Fan members can also choose one of the many Mac related email domain names available, such as MacMusicians.com, MacTeachers.com, MacInsane.com and fifteen others)
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Software: iPod2iTunes 1.7 Beta1 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 v1.7b1
- i2i is now up to 12(!) times faster on subsequent synchronizations. This means the more of the iPod tracks are already on the Mac the faster will i2i show you which are not on the Mac. In previous versions the times to create the “iPod tracks” playlist where always almost identical. Also a full listing of all iPod tracks (if none/only few of them are on the Mac) is a bit faster (about 10%).
- Mac OS 10.2 support.
This has not been extensively tested yet, but seems to work fine so far. An occasional “File not found” error right after the creation of the Library backup file is under investigation. This error is harmless and you can i2i start again, it usually works then.
- Some corrections.
- Small changes in the interface.
Software: K-Lendar 2.5 Released
“K-Lendar is a desktop calendar. It allows you to enter meetings specified by start time, end time, time, category, comments and description. K-Lendar notify when you have a meeting. You can send your meetings to your iPod. You can also export your meetings to tabulation-delimited text file.”
- What’s new in v2.5:
- Perfect compatibility with all the models of iPod.
- Sending of all appointments at the same time directly in the iPod.
- Sending towards the iPod while leaving K-Lendar.
- Possibility of activating one or more rebounds of the icon at the time of the notification of an appointment.
- New version of K-Lendar Server 1.0 !
- Addition of a password making safe the access to the server.
- Importation of data since another application.
Forums: Converting a Mac iPod to Windows iPod
iLoungers are active in the forums discussing Mac iPods being converted into Windows iPods. Some have succeeded through trial and error. Those who own Mac iPods and want to convert to the Windows version have to have the new Windows software – only available if you buy iPod Windows. The iPod Windows software is not available for download from Apple. Note: iLounge does not advocate or condone the swapping of software.
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Groove Jacket Maker Claims Copyright Infringement
Miyavix, Inc., creators of the Silicone Jacket (Groove Jacket) is claiming that EverythingiPod.com‘s Agua Jam Jacket and the recently released iSkin for iPod are imitations and infringe the original design copyright.
Miyavix has gone so far as to create a web page detailing the comparisons of EverythingiPod.com‘s Aqua Jam Jacket to the Miyavix Groove Jacket. Miyavix has also sent an email to ackNOWLEDGE, makers of the iSkin for iPod ordering the company to stop selling, marketing or distributing the iSkin product.
Miyavix has posted the official notice in our forums, warning readers to take notice of the fake Groove Jackets.
“We would like to ask all users of this rip-off product to respect our originality, practice self-judgement, before taking any further action.”
Forums: iPod Windows First Impressions
iLounger, “DG” has posted his first impressions of the shiny new iPod for Windows in the forums. I’m sure we’ll be hearing many reports in the forums as new “WiPods” arrive at their destinations.
“I tried the remote. Doesn’t work at all. I read the messages that say to put it in until it clicks. Tried it with the unit off initially too.
It resets everytime. The iPod doesn’t turn on when the plug is in and you can hear a slight click repeating over and over from within. I even got the discharged battery icon once, but it then worked ok after that. I have now retired the remote and will bring the whole thing back to the Apple store this weekend. This is definitely a weak point in design! I am not willing to send in this unit for repair. Exchange is expected, but will I then have to reinstall MMJB (MusicMatch Jukebox) because of different serial numbers?”
iPod Windows Photos
iLounger, “zennypoo” sent us photos of his new iPod for Windows.
Software: PodMaster 1000 1.0a Released
“PodMaster 1000 allows you to view and play songs on a iPod.
Allows backup of your iTunes when your main computer crashed.
Selective backup of albums, artist.”
- What’s new in v1.0a:
- Final ship. Works with Jaguar and iPod Firmware 1.2 and iTunes 3.
- Fixed probrem with version numbers. Only displays Beta 9.9 in the about box.
Software: iPod It 1.4 Released
“With iPod It you can take all your important information with you. Your Entourage events, e-mail and notes can be exported to your iPod and are available whenever you need them. Going on a trip? Download a forecast of the city you’re visiting. And don’t stop there; download directions so you know how to get around once you get there.”
What’s new in v1.4:
To summarize you can export tasks and weather to the calendar, you get more
information in your calendar entries, you can control which tasks are
exported, and you get better control of exporting contacts, notes and mail. Check out the what’s new page for a complete list of new features.
Online vCalendar Generator
iLounger, “Kukident” has created an online “vCalendar Generator”. Fill in the appropriate form fields to generate your very own calendar event.
“As a byproduct of me integrating vCard and vCalendar into my site I made a simple online vCalendar generator. Copy the code, save it as flat text with the extension .vcs and put the file in the Calendars Folder of your iPod.
All times should be entered in 24h format (7pm > 19) dd/mm/yyyy.
For everyone to use until iCal :)”
Software: Naptunes 1.0 Released
“You can edit and manage your songs or edit ID3 v1 v2 favorites list.”
- Feature Overview
- Easy Drag and Drop
- Works with any type of removable disk
- Works with multiple removable disk at the same time.
- Favorites List
- Supports any File
- Edit ID3 Tags v1 v2
- Customize Details View.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy its $5 CDN. The cost is $5 so my friend can get an iPod. Please email me. Upgrades are free to purchasing customers.
System Requirements: Windows XP, MP3 player or removable disk drive.
“iPod lets you store much music
The Washington Times’ “On Computers” columnist, Mark Kellner has written a review of Apple’s new iPods.
“There are other useful features of the iPod: It can act as a portable hard drive, you can use desktop software from Apple to manage a calendar and store appointments.