Saturday, December 7, 2002
Steve Gurly of Pyrim Technologies emailed us to inform our readers that they have lowered the price on the recently announced iTrack iPod Travel Case from $79.99 to $49.99.
“We’ve continued to get feedback on our price; therefore, we’re
going to dramatically reduce the price for the Holidays in order to
gauge customer satisfaction with a lower price point. Effective now,
we’re placing a $49.99 sale price on the unit. We want to be as
responsive to the market as we possibly can.”
Friday, December 6, 2002
iPod 20GB for $404
“As mentioned earlier today, Dell Home’s Software and Peripherals Store offers the Apple iPod 20GB MP3 player for $449.10 thanks to an automatic 10% off discount. (Search for “M8741LL/A” to find it.) Add an Imation CD-R media 10-pack (search for “15803”), or any other in-stock item costing $1 or more, to bring your order over $500. Then apply coupon code “3D7E14E03847” for $45 off. This cuts the iPod’s net price of $404.10, and shipping is free. Offer ends today. Although these iPods are sold for PC users, they are easily reformatted by Apple’s iPod software for use on a Mac. “
Link-It FM Transmitter for iPod at $19
“Small Dog Electronics again offers the Link-It FM Transmitter for the iPod for $19. That’s $6 off and the lowest price we’ve seen. The Link-It transmits the audio from your iPod to any nearby FM radio. (It’s identical to the more expensive iRock sold by Apple.) Offer ends December 9, 2002. “
New Apple Store Customers Get $25 Off
“New customers to The Apple Store can register a new account for $25 off a purchase of $249 or more, as a reader found. (See the right side-bar for a link to the terms of this promotion.) Offer ends December 16, 2002; the discount must be used by December 31. The obvious candidate for the discount is the iPod 5GB for Mac or PC for $274 with free shipping after discount. (Sales tax is added where applicable.) However, all iPods for PCs are cheaper at Dell Home (see below).”
Wednesday, December 4, 2002
“Why Breakout is iPod’s default game”
MacDailyNews has a report on the story behind the development of the original Breakout game, and how it came to be on iPod.
“Anyway, the addition of Breakout to the iPod is Steve’s little nod to his early days with Woz or it’s someone on the original iPod design team’s nod to the two Steves’ work on Atari’s original Breakout game back in 1976.”
Steve Gurly of Pyrim Technologies, maker of travel cases for mobile devices, has informed us that Pyrim has developed a travel case for iPod. The bifold travel case is available with several different foam inserts with pockets for your iPod, cables, earphones, power adapter, Apple iPod case, FM transmitter and/or cassette adapter depending upon which configuration you use. Also, included is a display card for photos, notes, etc.
The iTrack iPod Travel case is regulary $99.99, but it’s on holiday special for $79.99. The case comes in black or burgundy with your choice of black, yellow, blue or red foam insert. The iTrack comes with only one foam insert. Foam inserts with different configurations are sold separately for $24.99.
Scott Watson of My-Pod sent us a press release announcing the lowering of its iPod after-market engraving service.
“My-Pod announces 50% lower price on exclusive after-market engraving service for the hugely successful Apple iPod MP3 player. Apply custom messages to an iPod for identification, gifting, or to simply make a statement about the owner. Orders are conveniently placed over the Internet at www.My-Pod.com starting at $24.98.
‘More iPod owners than ever can make his or her iPod reflect it’s owner’s personality. My-Pod’s price reduction makes this a reality’, says Scott Watson, principal of My-Pod. ‘By streamlining our processes we’ve reduced our cost and passed the savings onto the customer’. Even the shipping cost is now value priced at only $3.00 for UPS insured ground shipping.”
JR Hill and Co. have sent us an email informing us of their new Sleeve for iPod. Looking similar to the Apple Sleeve, the JR Hill Sleeve features leather, swivel belt clip, elastic sides and a small strap that covers the FireWire port on older iPod models without a port protector. The Sleeve is available for $39.99 and ships within 5-7 business days.
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Mac: PodNews 3 PR2
“Download headlines from more than 300 sites, weather forecasts, lyrics and more to your iPod.”
- What’s new in v3
- Lots of minor bug fixes (see ReadMe for full list).
- Brushed metal is now a preference.
- Weather synchronization fixed.
- Driving Directions added.
- Stock Quotes added.
- Can now opt what data you want from the weather forecasts.
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.1.2 or higher
Apple 10GB iPod for $360, 20GB for $450
“Dell Home Software & Peripherals offers the 10GB and 20GB Apple iPods for $359.10 and $449.10, respectively, each the lowest price we know to be available thanks to its automatic 20% off discount. (Search for “Apple MP3” to find them.) Although these are intended for use on PCs, they’ll work with Macs as well. The discount ends December 9, 2002.”
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Clear Acrylic Podstand Released
Larry Nixon, maker of the podstand has informed us that he has released a new clear acrylic version. Available in white, black or clear acrylic, the podstand sells for $14.95 plus $4.00 shipping (US).
Saturday, November 30, 2002
Apple iPod Auction and More at DoveBid.com
DoveBid.com will be holding a public, online auction of Apple computers, laptops and peripherals (iPods included) on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 9:00 AM PST. There are 24 original iPod 5GB and 3 iPod models which we could not determine. Refurbished iPods carry Apple’s one year warranty.
Apple and MP3.com Europe to Promote iPod
Netimperative.com is reporting that Apple has signed with MP3.com to promote the iPod with an online contest. Readers are asked, “How many songs can you fit on a 20Gb iPod?” Email your correct answer for a chance to win an iPod 20GB (1st prize) or iPod 10GB (2nd prize).
“The promotion – which will run across the music portal’s sites in UK, Germany and France – will be displayed in emails and site advertising, and will be supported by a competition to win one of the devices.”
Friday, November 29, 2002
“Sweetness: Looks great, works great, Apple’s iPod raises the bar for portable music players”
George Emerson, editor for Globetechnology.com has written a review of iPod for Windows and praises it as “the best product ever made for Windows.”
“I’ll now go one step further: Elegant, compact, superior in both audio quality and battery life, the iPod is one of the best inventions of the past decade, right up there with the PalmPilot, BlackBerry and TiVo personal video recorder. It’s a milestone of innovation in so-called digital lifestyle products-devices that combine the best of hardware, software and the internet to improve leisure activities like taking pictures or even watching TV.”
Monday, November 25, 2002
Santa Switch Ads and iPod
iLounger Jack D. points us to parodies of the Apple “Switch” ads starring Will Ferrel as Santa Claus. One of the two movies features our favorite MP3 player and Santa telling us what’s on his iPod.
Converting iPod Mac into iPod PC
iLounger “rayw1128” has listed steps to converting an iPod for Mac into an iPod for Windows in the Forums. If you want to do the same, search our Forums or ask our expert “iPod Windows” Forum moderators, “Phil” and “c.c.r.” for help with the conversion.
Mac: iPod2iTunes 1.8 Released
“Within iTunes or the Finder it is not possible to transfer tracks or playlists from your iPod to your Mac(s). iPod2iTunes is the only utility which not just copies tracks but synchronizes tracks and even playlists from your iPod(s) to your Mac(s).
The synchronization ensures that no duplicates are produced on the Mac as it is easily possible if files are copied from the iPod via other blind methods.”
- What’s new in v1.8
- Playlist synchronization:
- Up to 8(!) times faster.
- Synchronization of tracks withspecia properties.
- Subsequent playlist synchronizations have not worked in iTunes 2.x.
- Cleanup is now 18(!) times faster.
- More robust in case of corrupted files on the iPod.
- In some sutiations a timeout error happened.
- iPod2iTunes picks up the original folder automatically in case the iTunes music folder is an alias.
- iTunes version check showed in some casesiTunes not foun.
- OS version check failed on some machines. Hopefully fixed.
- Other fixes and changes.
- Documentation updated.
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.1.2 or higher and iTunes 2.0.3 or higher
DVForge, manufacturers of the DVBase iPod stand have been kind enough to post several times in the forums answering our members questions regarding the new stand. If you’ve wondered if the new aluminum DVBase stand would scratch your iPod check what DVForge had to say about it and more in the forums.