News 09.29.02-10.05.02

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

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher and iPod Software 1.2
For more info…

“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.’”

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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.

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

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.”

License: Freeware
For more info…

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”

License: Freeware
System requirements: FAT32 iPod an operating system supporting POSIX (to some degree) and IEEE1394 harddisks (like Linux, *BSD, …) and Perl5.
For more info…

iPod Knowledge Base Documents Updated

iPod: How to Use iPod As an External Hard Disk

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.

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Portsmouth Herald article… offers free iPod 5GB with Sign-up

MacMinute reports, 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.”

Press release…

“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.”

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“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.”

Read more…

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

iPod Knowledge Base Documents Updated/Added

Software: Apple iPod Software 1.2.1 Released

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.

License: Freeware
For more info…
Download for Mac OS 10.1 or higher…
Download for Mac OS 9.2.1…

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

iStand for iPod Website Launched

Larry Nixon, creator of the iStand for iPod has launched 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.”

For more info..

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.”

For more info..

“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.”

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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:

  • Apple pulls iPod in France
  • iPod Pulled From French Shelves Due To Sound Output
  • Apple pulls all iPods from stores in France
  • Noisy iPod withdrawn in France
  • “‘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?!’”

    Read more…

    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.”

    Deals on the Web…

    iPod as “Ultimate Family Listening Device”

    Larry Magid, contributing editor for writes about iPod and how it has changed the methods by which his family listens to music.