Saturday, October 5, 2002
Mac: Pod2Go 0.3 Released
“Pod2Go will download news, weather and fun daily info onto your iPod so you can take it anywhere to read.”
- What’s new in v0.3
- Merged PodWeather into Pod2Go
- Full support for international cities
- 10-day forecast, instead of 5
- 10-day forecast can be metric now
- Other weather fixes
- Auto syncing works for weather
- New layout/format
- Sites are based online. So if there is a new website, you don’t need to upgrade the entire app, just the database.
- Pod2Go icon in app can now be green, red, blue or yellow.
- Many more bug fixes.
- Fixed websites/added new ones
- Science Daily
- Sports Network News
- Fixed Daily Info sites, added Fact of the Day
“Apple stands firm against entertainment cartel”
Dan Gillmor, Mercury News Technology Columnist writes in a recent article about how Apple is not taking the mainstream approach to locking out individual freedoms, and allowing it’s users to choose how they use their digital media.
“The era of Digital Rights Management, commonly called DRM, is swiftly moving closer, thanks to the Intels and AMDs and Microsofts. They’re busy selling and creating the tools that give copyright holders the ability to tell users of copyrighted material—customers, scholars, libraries, etc.—precisely how they may use it. DRM, in the most typical use of the expression, is about owners’ rights. It would be more accurate to call DRM, in that context, ‘Digital Restrictions Management.’”
Mac: iPod2iTunes 1.7b5 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 v1.7b5:
- Playlist synchronization does now consider smart playlists on the iPod. Since it is not possible for iPod2iTunes to create smart playlists in iTunes, common playlists are created instead.
- If iTunes was not running and iPod2iTunes was started with a non-linked iPod attached, iPod2iTunes hung for a minute and then it statet that the iPod is not visible in iTunes.
- Lots of small changes in the interface.
- Compatible with iPod firmware 1.2.1.
- Other improvements and corrections.
Friday, October 4, 2002
Windows: iAppoint 0.3 Released
“With iAppoint you can store all your appointments from Windows Outlook 2000 or XP to your iPod’s Calendar. All appointments are stored into one file called vCalendar.ics which is stored on your local folder c:
This file can be copied to your iPod’s calendar folder with tools like XPlay, Macopener or Macdrive.
Others are using the program to sync iCal on the Mac with Win Outlook data!
This version includes recurring appointments and speed improvements.
I am working on a single file export of all contacts too. The program is called iPerson and will be released later this month.”
Linux: SyncPOD 0.64 Released
“This script syncs a local directory with your iPod. If the directory is larger than the space on your iPod you can sync this larger directory with a master playlist. As alternative you can sync just a bunch of playlists.”
What’s new in v0.64:
Bug fix: album order can now handle non numeric input like: “5/13”
iPod Knowledge Base Documents Updated
Thursday, October 3, 2002
Local Newspaper Gives iPod a Bad Rap
[Update 10|05|02 7:53 PM PST] Darek Fanton, author of the Portsmouth Hearld posted a correction and several of the 93 emails he received regarding the erroneous caption accompanying the iPod photo.
[Update 10|05|02] The photo and caption have been removed from the Portsmouth Herald article. A screenshot of the original article is available.
MacObserver reports that a Portsmouth Herald editor has bungled an article trying to explain peer-to-peer file sharing and downloading music from the internet. It’s obvious the author is not well-informed, because a photo of the iPod is seen on the webpage with the caption, “Apple’s iPod is just one of the many ways to download music from the Internet.” This is obviously false, because any informed person knows that the iPod only plays MP3s and cannot directly download music files from the internet.
SpeakEasy.net offers free iPod 5GB with Sign-up
MacMinute reports SpeakEasy.net, a leading broadband internet provider is offering a free iPod 5GB (PC or Mac) to each new subscriber when signing-up for business DSL or T-1 services. Offer expires October 31.
“‘Customers come to Speakeasy for innovation and quality—the same attributes that make the iPod such a great device. This promotion will bring ‘like minds’ together and allow us to introduce new customers to our premier broadband services and to a device and passion that is such a natural extension of broadband usage,’ said Mike Apgar, CEO of Speakeasy.”
“Apple’s iPod sounds great with Windows”
Baltimore Sun editor, Mike Himowitz reviews iPod for Windows.
“The bottom line: You can buy hard disk-based music players of equal capacity for less money than the iPod. But if you want to pamper yourself, the iPod’s compact size, elegant industrial design, friendly interface and superb sound quality make it a great companion.”
“The Apple iPod For Windows Begins A New Legacy”
David Stellmack, editor for Tom’s Hardware Guide has informed us of his comprehensive review (8 web pages) of the iPod 5GB for Windows. Every aspect of the iPod is covered; inside, outside, MusicMatch, XPlay and more. David also mentioned iLounge as “a great resource for iPod owners providing excellent coverage of the iPod scene. In fact we found some of the documentation and FAQs on this site more helpful than Apple.”
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
iPod Knowledge Base Documents Updated/Added
- iPod: Computer Stops Responding if Put to Sleep When iPod is Connected
- iPod Software 1.2.1 Updater for Mac OS 9: Information and Download
- iPod Software 1.2.1 Updater for Mac OS X: Information and Download
- iPod 1.1: About Storing Phone Numbers and Addresses
Apple has released an update to firmware 1.2 for iPod Mac.
What’s new in v1.2.1:
iPod Software 1.2.1 fixes a problem with the battery icon. It now correctly indicates a full charge.
Tuesday, October 1, 2002
iStand for iPod Website Launched
Larry Nixon, creator of the iStand for iPod has launched www.the-istand.com. The iStand is available at a special introductory price of $14.95 in white or black plexiglass.
“I recently bought myself an iPod and I couldn’t find a good way to prop it up on my desk so I could view the display.
Being a hobby craftsman, I set out to design and build a plexiglas stand for my iPod – what I’ve named the iStand.
The iStand will hold your iPod at the right viewing angle to see the display. You can also use the iPod’s controls without having to pick it up.”
Buy A BMW, Get A Free iPod
While surfing the web, we found an ad leading to a new promotion by BMW. Buy the new BMW F 650 CS motorcycle and get a free iPod 5GB.
“If you’ve ever wished you could ride while listening to your favorite songs, you’ll be glad to know we’ve been thinking of you. For a limited time, when you buy the all-new F 650 CS, we’re kicking in a free Apple iPod and the F 650 CS speaker system.”
“Apple has a Tiger by the tail with updated iPod”
Andy Inhakto, freelance writer, reviews the latest iPods for the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Apple’s iPod is the Tiger Woods of MP3 players. That’s about as perfect an analogy as you’ll ever get out of me, at least at these rates. It’s not that the iPod is the perfect player for absolutely everyone. I note with due respect that Mr. Woods doesn’t win every single tournament, either. But any debate about the best starts with the iPod.”
iPods Illegal in France – News Links
Since we reported iPod is illegal in France there has been numerous news stories reported from various media outlets. The following is a list of links to those stories:
“‘iPod’ Means Something Dirty In French”
Satirical website Crazy Apple Rumors is reporting that the word “iPod” “means something terribly dirty in French.”
“‘Ooooh, no!’ Senior Director of Hardware Product Marketing Greg Joswiak said. ‘You’re not going to get me to say it! Ask Schiller! The last thing I need is my mother calling me saying ‘Greg, did you really say that awful word I read on the Internet?!’”
iPod 20GB for $370.99
“ClubMac is offering the new, open box Apple iPod 20 Gigabyte MP3 player for $370.99. It’s the best price we’ve seen by $84.00. Stock is limited and is sure to sell out fast after this post.”
iPod as “Ultimate Family Listening Device”
Larry Magid, contributing editor for SiliconeValley.com writes about iPod and how it has changed the methods by which his family listens to music. From iPod in the family van to iPod connected to the home stereo in the family room, Larry describes how it has become the “ultimate family listening device.”
“On car trips, we have a policy of rotating music. Each of us has different tastes. My son Will loves jazz, our daughter Katherine likes techno and oldies and my wife Patti tends to favor folk music. When I’m in the car, I like listening to jazz, oldies or talk radio. We all like listening to audio books on long trips. To satisfy all those tastes and provide some variety, we take along a pretty big stack of CDs whenever we go for a long car trip. Now it’s possible to store everyone’s favorite music on a single device about the size of pack of cards.
Monday, September 30, 2002
iPods Illegal in France
iPoding reports that French website Vnunet has an article stating that iPods are illegal in France. The iPod exceeds the allowed decibal limit on an audio device. The iPod is rated at 104dB, that’s 4 decibals over Frances limit of 100dB according to French public health standards.
Editor in chief for French website MacGeneration, Cyril Pavillard, wrote iLounge stating, “I want to inform you about the situation of the iPod in France as the products has been removed from most of the resseller’s shelves. We have just released an article after talking with Jean-RenE Cazeneuve, CEO of Apple France/CEMEA.
Contrary to Europe which accepts a maximum of 104 db which the iPod respects, France is “only” 100 db. Apple has been aware of the problem for quite a while and is going to release a firmware update on the 8th of October (not the 15th). Adding to this, Apple has recalled all the iPod still in stock by its resellers to replace them by new complying iPods.
As it’s a key market for Apple France, the company wants to be sure that the iPod, including the windows version, will have a major visibility for the holiday season (the Windows version will appear by new ressellers) as it represents today around 20 % of the “Digital Jukebox” marketshare.”
iPod Knowledge Base Documents Updated/Added
- iPod: Does Not Appear in iTunes or on Desktop, Exclamation Point, or Sad iPod Icon Appears on Screen
- iPod for Windows: How To Contact MUSICMATCH Technical Support
- iSync 1.0 Beta: About Synchronizing Data With iPod
- iSync 1.0 Beta: iPod Does Not Display All Contact Fields
Sunday, September 29, 2002
Software: gnuPod 0.2 Released
“gnuPod was the first way to use an Apple iPod with a different operating system than Mac OS [Linux].”
System requirements: iPod (HFS+ or FAT32), Firewire card that is supported by the OS, Write support for HFS+ or FAT32, Perl 5.6, The Perl modules MP3::Info, File::Copy, Unicode::String and XML::Parser, Basic knowledge of the shell