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. But these seem secondary to the overall quality of the iPod device, which is truly outstanding as a digital music player. Combining speed with superior sound, it’s difficult to imagine why anyone might want any other device.”
“iPod: A Seed for Growth?”
Olga Kharif of BusinessWeek online has written a special report on Apple’s iPod strategy and compares Toshiba’s Mobilphile MP3 player and upcoming MP3 players by SONICblue.
“Apple contends that it can stay ahead of the competition. “We continue to innovate,” says Ng. In response to consumer demand, the company has already added calendar and address book capabilities to the iPod. Photo and video viewing could be coming next, say some analysts.”
iPod Tour Guides at The Singapore Art Museum
As you may know, many art museums employ an audio playback device for self-guided tours. The Singapore Art Museum in collaboration with Apple, is experimenting using iPods as your tour guide. The museum will also allow a visitor with their own iPod to download the information.
“The Singapore Art Museum aims to reach out to a tech-savvy audience and one yearning for new experiences and with Apple’s iPod, it combines the versatility of both, allowing the public to sample art and technology.”
Forums: iPod for Windows Shipping
Several forum members are reporting that Apple has started to ship iPod for Windows. Has your iPod for Windows shipped yet? Email us or let us know in the forums.
Monday, August 26, 2002
Software: iLuxo Animation Pack 1.6
The animation pack includes an animated iPod spinning and bouncing on your Mac OS X desktop. Drag it wherever you want and have fun.
Forums: iPod Software 1.2 and Poor Battery Performance
Several iLoungers in our forums are reporting poor battery performane after having installed iPod Software 1.2 Updater. Forum moderator, “tntracy” has posted a possible solution after investigating the problem.
“If, under Settings, you have Alarms “On”, try changing that to “Off” and see if that helps. It seems to be helping on my original model 10 GB iPod that I have upgraded to 1.2. Mine went from 3 bars to no juice (just low battery icon displayed when turned on) after 3 days of not being used (with the “Hold” switch on). This used to not happen before I upgraded to 1.2, and since I turned Alarms off last Sunday night, all seems good. (I do still have the clock set, by the way. Another theory around this unexplained battery drain is to not set the clock at all, but mine is set & keeping accurate time).”
Cases: OWC Pod Protector for $18
“Other World Computing offers its OWC Pod Protector with clip for $17.95, $12 off for dealmac readers. (A clipless case costs $2 less.) It’s designed to fit 5GB, 10GB, and 20GB iPod models. Shipping starts at $4.”
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Software: iPody 0.4 Released
“iPody copies selected songs from your iPod playlists directly to your harddrive into a folder of your choice with one click.”
Whay’s new in v0.4:
“iPody” is now a script menu item for iTunes3. Installer added. Bonus tool added: “iPody playlists” copies every mp3 from the current playlist.
Software: iPod Mail 1.0 Released
“iPod Mail allows you to email the mp3 file and/or information about the selected or current playing song on your iPod via iTunes3.
iPod Mail fills out the subject, inserts the information and leaves the message open for inserting the address and some notes. If you decide to email the mp3 it will also attach the file.”
- You have the choice between two methods:
- mail only information about the song
- mail information and attach the mp3. You’ll get a warning about the amount of data you’re going to send.