Saturday, September 28, 2002

Software: Apple iSync Beta Released

“Now you can keep your calendar and contact information synchronized up to the minute between your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, iPod, Palm OS device or multiple Macs. The secret? iSync, the cutting-edge synchronization software from Apple.”

  • Sync your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone
  • Sync your iPod
  • Syncing your Palm OS device
  • Sync Address Book and iCal calendars with more than one Mac

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.x
For more info…

Rumors: Apple iPod Dock?

Spymac reports a rumor that Apple will be releasing an iPod docking station for iPod in 2003.

“According to a source close to the iPod development team, Apple is preparing to release a new iPod Docking station in Quarter One of 2003.”

Read more…

Apple Preps iSync for Release

Apple has posted several iSync beta Knowledge Base Documents, created an iSync discussion forum and posted an iSync FAQ. No doubt that Apple is readying iSync for public release soon.

iSync KBase Documents…
iSync forum…
iSync FAQ…

Software: Palm2iPod 1.0 Released

“Palm2iPod is a plugin for Windows Palm Desktop 4.1 or later that will export your Palm Address Book and Date Book information to an Apple iPod.”

  • One-click operation—quick and easy to use!
  • Full support for all Address Book fields including notes and custom fields
  • Full support for all Date Book fields and features
  • Full support for all Date Book repeat types, options, and exceptions
  • Full support for Date Book Alarms
  • Respects privacy setting (will only export private records if you select “Show Private Records”)
  • Date Book exports a window of information from 1 month ago to 12 months ahead to reduce te amount of information the iPod has to process
  • Uses read-only Palm Desktop API instead of accessing data files directly (safer and more reliable)

License: Freeware
System requirements: Windows and Windows Palm Desktop 4.1 (free download)
For more info…

Friday, September 27, 2002

Software: Linux WinPod Conversion Tool Released

“Today is the first release of the winpod conversion tool. The tool will convert your HFS+ iPod to a new FAT32 iPod automagically.”

License: Freeware
System requirements: Linux, latest version of Linux Kernel and FireWire.
For more info…

Software: Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2.5 Released

The popular date and contact manager has released an update supporting Mac OS X 10.2 and syncing data with iPod 1.2.

    iPod specific updates in v4.2.5
  • Using Now Contact to iPod Script no longer causes Now Contact to crash with a type -1 error
  • Fixed an issue with the Now Contact to iPod Script that would cause only the first contact to display on iPods updated to version 1.2.
  • We have a new Now up-to-Date to iPod Script that syncs Appointments to iPods updated to version 1.2. At this time it only syncs Appointments and not To-Dos.

License: Commercial $119.95 (download) $129.95 (CD)
System requirements: Mac OS X version 10.1 through 10.2.x.
For more info…

iPod Entertains Forensic Detective

iPod has been spotted in Wake County, North Carolina as it entertains a forensic detective viewing victims of crime on his Apple 17” LCD monitor. Apple Hot News has published an article about how Wake County detectives have gone digital and using Macs to manage forensic photos and video footage.

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iPod Helps Produce Paul McCartney Live CD

iLounger, Clive Y. has spotted iPod mentioned in a recent Billboard magazine article about the upcoming release of Paul McCartney’s Live CD and DVD.

“‘[Producer] David [Kahne] also makes sure that the spirit of the song is again brought out. And Paul is here to listen to it. I’ve got all the original songs from the show on my iPod, so I’ll listen to it, asking myself, ‘What were the elements that made it so cool?’ A classic is a classic—you don’t want to mess with it.’”

Read more…

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Software: iPod2iTunes 1.7b4 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 v1.7b4
  • Version 1.7b3 refused to work with iTunes 3.0.0
  • In addition to let iPod2iTunes order files during copying by genre/artist/album or by artist/album it is now possible to order by album only
  • After copying of files was actually done the Copy Playlist has still shown for some time “busy” and therefore iPod2iTunes didn’t respond to commands during this time
  • Small changes in the interface
  • ReadMe updated

License: Shareware Minimum $20
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.1.2 – 10.2.1 and iTunes 2.0.3 – 3.0.1
For more info…

Software: PodWriter 2.0b4

“PodWriter is a (now cocoa & objective c, was java) application to display notes on your iPod.”

What’s new in v2.0b4
Now, if you make a really long note, that note is split into multiple notes, but stored in 1 file. Opening that file then takes all your note text and puts it in the note body text area. Using new icon as well.

License: Freeware
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.0 or higher
For more info…

iPod Corporate Gifts at Volume Discounts

iPoding reports that the Apple Store is now offering volume discounts on iPods. iPoding called 1-800-My-Apple and found out the following:

5-99 units = 5% off
100-999 units = 7% off

Discounts are based on list prices and also apply to Apple’s iPod personalization option.

For more info…

“IPod’s deserved triumph” editor, Paul Gilster joins a crowded field with his review of iPod.

“Moreover, it’s built for serious use. What a contrast to my Rio 500. I loved the gadget when I first bought it, listening to audio books on my walks. But the Rio’s switch was erratic and its case flimsy. Indeed, it seemed designed to force users into an upgrade.”

Read more…

Software: Pod Manager 1.1.0

“Say you want to retrieve music stored on your iPod while you’re on the road … or at a friend’s? Pod Manager is the perfect application for this task!”

    What’s new in v1.1.0
  • Improved tag detection (artist/title/album). Should work perfectly with all versions of iTunes now
  • New option to automatically create folders to sort artists & titles hierarchically on the disk
  • No longer load DS_Store files if they exist
  • Sorting columns is now only allowed once all tags have been loaded

License: Shareware $7.95
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
For more info…

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

My-Pod Service Engraves iPods

Scott Watson has launched My-Pod, the first after-market iPod engraving service. For $49.99 plus shipping, the My-Pod Personalization Kit includes engraving up to two lines in black text. You can add a 3rd or 4th line for an extra $12 each line. You choose your message, package your iPod and ship it to My-Pod, they engrave it and ship it back.

    My-Pod Personalization Kit purchase includes:
  • Personalization service with two lines of text in easy-to-read black lettering.
  • Proof of personalization prior to engraving.
  • Pre-paid, insured shipping of your iPod to My-Pod for personalization.
  • Pre-paid shipping of your iPod back to you.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
  • A specially designed, fully insured shipping box for safe transport of your iPod.
  • An instruction sheet with space to practice constructing your personalized message.
  • A personalized message order form to tell us what your want your iPod to say.

For more info…

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Bantam BA1000 MP3 Player Coming Soon

MP3 player maker, Bantam is readying the release of their newest MP3 player the BA1000. The BA1000 boasts similar features of the iPod and more, and looks very similar to the iPod – maybe too similar for Apple’s lawyers.

    BA1000 features:
  • 2GB and 5GB capacities
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • MP3 encoding
  • Voice recording
  • FM tuner
  • 32MB buffer
  • MP3 and WMA support preview…

SiK introduces new iPod hardware

    SiK press release excerpts:
  • FireJuice provides full iPod functionality for Mac, Windows, or Linux users with un-powered FireWire ports.
  • HotWire is an exclusive, power-only FireWire compatible cable which for the first time makes it possible to charge iPod from a computer’s port with out forcing iPod to reboot into Disk Mode.
  • Auto Adapter | iPod (AAi) is a sleek, stylish, and compact iPod DC adapter for use in any vehicle with a 12V accessory outlet/cigarette lighter.

FireJuice ($27.00), HotWire ($16.00) and Auto Adapter | iPod (21.00) are available today directly from the SiK store and will soon be available from online and offline retailers.

For more info…

Software: SpeakNSave Released

“SpeakNSave is a small application written for OS X that uses built-in speech technology to save computer generated speech to .aiff files. Popular uses include:”

  • lecture notes on the web
  • interface alerts
  • taking news, articles, and books with you on iPod

System requirements: Mac OS X
For more info…

“Blasphemy! Apple Does Windows” 

Troy Dreier, editor for PC Magazine recently wrote a review of the iPod 20GB PC.

“The Windows iPod experience might not be as smooth as that of the Mac version, but it does bring the iPod’s famous ease-of-use and portability to the other 95 percent of the market.”

Read more…

Cases: Piel Frama iPod Leather Case from Spain

Piel Frama, PDA and cell phone leather case manufacturer in Spain has recently introduced an iPod case. The case is handmade from high quality cowhide leather and takes 25 days for delivery. Available in black, tan or black/tan combo, the iPod case costs approx. U.S. $59 and includes UPS Express shipping. Piel Frama ships worldwide.

Piel Frama website…
iPod case info…

Sunday, September 22, 2002
Software: iPod2iTunes 1.7b3 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 v1.7b3
  • Tested with iTunes 3.0.1 and Mac OS 10.2.1.
  • Several corrections regarding the new sync.
  • This release contains no known bugs. If you think you’ve found one, please report it.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.1.2 – 10.2.1 and iTunes 2.0.3 – 3.0.1
For more info…

Software: Text2iPod X 1.0 Released

“Text2iPod X is a very easy Drag&Drop application that can make any text file viewable on your iPod without text size limitation. With Text2iPod X, you can view on your iPod files greater than 2000 characters in size without having to cut them in smaller segments.”

System requirements: Mac OS 9 – OS X
For more info…

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.