Gapless Audio Playback in iTunes and on the iPod

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2005, 08:18
Category: Archive

One of the most frequently requested items on our iTunes and iPod wishlists is gapless playback. Gapless playback is the ability to playback a song in iTunes without the annoying gaps that Apple introduces between tracks (even when the “gap between songs” is set to “none.”)
Wandering Focus has posted an iTunes Gapless Audio Tutorial that describes how to copy a CD (with live material, for example) to a single AAC file with embedded Track info for duplication with iTunes or listening truly gapless on a modern iPod.

iTunes 4.9 introduced “Enhanced Podcasting Technology”. iTunes also has “Audiobook Technology”. This technique involves combining the two. Your resulting file will benefit from both. For example, images could be placed in the file (covered elsewhere) that change as the tracks/chapters do (like enhanced podcasts), and listening position is stored (like an audiobook).

Features include:
- All-in-one file
- Skip >> or < < to next track in iTunes, iPod, or CD burned!
- True gapless listening experience
- Great solution for dealing with live material
- iTunes DAO/TOC solution
- Remember last listening position
- Change Listening Speed

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Modding Your iBook's Apple Logo

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Date: Sunday, July 24th, 2005, 23:46
Category: Archive

Modding Your iBook's Apple LogoMacmine has posted an interesting nugget on modding the Apple logo on the iBook. The process is “surprisingly simple” and involves “removing the back of your iBook’s screen you are enabled to place colorful plastic behind the glowing Apple on the back of your screen.” Click through for a step-by-step tutorial complete with pictures to guide you.

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Treo 650 Bluetooth Sync with Mac OS X

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2005, 09:18
Category: Mobile Phone

Palm Treo 650 Bluetooth Sync with Mac OS XTreoToday has posted instructions for syncing a Treo 650 to Mac OS X via Bluetooth:

Macs and Treo attract a certain type of people – those who like their devices to “just work” and a rebelliousness against “The Dark Side” i.e., Windows and PPC. However, it’s not always straightforward to get the most of your Mac and Treo together. Palm has a site specifically targeted towards Mac users using Palm devices.
Ximian developer J.B. Zimmerman talks about his frustrations in trying to connect his Treo with his Powerbook. If you are facing similar difficulty, check out his post to find out the steps he took to solve the problem.

Click through for the links.

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iBook Revisions and new Mac minis due Next Week

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2005, 09:00
Category: Hardware

Apple iBook Update ImminentOur friends over at Engadget are reporting that revised iBooks and Mac minis are coming out next week:

“new part numbers in Apple?s databases confirm they?re coming shortly as well as a revision to the Mac mini line that was rumoured at the end of last month. The iBook price points are set at $999 and $1,299, which drops the $1,499 model, while for the Mac minis we?re looking at a triple lineup at $499, $599 and $699″

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The Great Debate: Windows Mobile vs. Palm OS

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 22:04
Category: Software

Windows Mobile LogoPlenty of you chimed in on the great Pocket OS debate when I published a story about the Palm Treo 670 running Windows Mobile. The Treo’s move to WinMo would be significant defection from the namesake Palm OS that is installed on previous Treo 600 and 650s.
On Windows Mobile versus Palm, some of you came down squarely on the side of WinMo while others were loathe to have any Microsoft OS on their person. Click through some of your responses…

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Numark iDJ Dueling iPod Mixer

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 22:24
Category: DJ

Numark iDJ Dueling iPod MixerThe guys over at Engadget have the goods on Numark’s “iDJ” dueling iPod mixer, due to be announced tomorrow as part of their summer 2005 product lineup. They first broke news of it back in April and CreateDigitalMusic.com’s Peter Kirn posted an analysis of the prototype and a great piece called What Could You Do With Numark’s iPod Mixer? Your editor has been dreaming about it ever since.
Engadget describes it as a “two-channel mixer that accepts all iPod models with bottom connectors and breaks out their controls into its dedicated interface. Both channels sport a 3-band EQ and gain control, and the unit?s got dedicated mic and phono/line inputs for bringing in additional signals.” It’s even rumored to include a USB connection “to converse with your portable rig as a music-loading base.” Well, I hope that it turns out to include Firewire.
According to Engadget’s original article in April “Numark aims to put out a consumer model… in the $250-350 range, to be followed with a pro DJ version with pitch control and other goodies required by the pro mobile DJ.”
If true, the pitch control model would be a fully viable mobile DJ rig and mark the first time (that I know of, anyway) that hardware has been able to change the pitch of songs on an iPod. I wonder how they’re going to do it? They’ll probably cache a certain amount of music then pitch control from there…
Muy Interesante!

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Feeder Helps Create and Publish RSS Feeds

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 11:04
Category: Software

Are you furiously working on your Podcast so that you can get it on the air (like the PowerPage is?) Frustrated debugging errors in your RSS 2.0 feed? Well, suffer no more, Feeder is here…
Reinvented Software’s Feeder (US$29.95) is an application for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds. With Feeder you don’t need to understand RSS to create feeds and publish them to the Web.
In case you’re not in the loop, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology for distributing news on the Web. Many news sites, organizations and weblogs publish RSS feeds to keep people informed of the latest news, product updates and more. The PowerPage’s RSS 2.0 feed is here:

http://www.powerpage.org/rss.xml

What’s cool about Feeder is that they plan to fully support the iTunes-specific extensions to RSS introduced with iTunes 4.9 allowing you to easily publish your feeds on the iTunes Music Store.

iTunes 4.9 was released on 28th June 2005 to include podcasts as part of iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. On the same day Apple released details of iTunes-specific extensions to RSS.
Feeder 1.1 does not support the creation of these attributes, but Feeder 1.2 will. Feeder 1.2 will be released as soon as this new functionality is ready and will be a free upgrade for registered Feeder users – expect to see this in August 2005.

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How-To: Fix Your iPod FireWire Cable

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 11:48
Category: Hack

Apple FireWire iPod Cable De-CoupledIs your iPod’s Firewire cable coming apart at the seams? Several of my iPod cables have started to de-sheath. What about you? Click through for a fix…

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Mobile Phone Fuel Cells Coming in 2007

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 10:53
Category: Archive

Japan’s two largest mobile communications carriers are touting fuel cell technology that can be used to recharge dead or dying cell phones and could be used to actually power the devices within a few years. ComputerWorld

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Lost Laptops Sink Data

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 10:05
Category: Archive

Opinion: As the frequency of stolen laptops rises, companies need to do more to protect to data that resides on them, says Robert L. Mitchell. ComputerWorld

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