Analyst: New iPod Video Delayed to First Half 2007

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 10:14
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Shaw Wu of American Technology Research revealed a number of features in Apple’s upcoming iPod-nano and video iPods, but feels technical hurdles could set back their releases.

“We previously believed that new nanos and the widescreen video iPod could ship in Q3 and Q4, respectively,” he tells clients in a research note, “however, we now believe that both could be delayed by a quarter or two.

“The video iPod, Wu believes, will be moved to the first half of 2007 as it faces problems around its battery and screen combination.

“Apple is aiming to increase both the screen size and improve the battery life – two conflicting attributes that are difficult to improve simultaneously and require significant engineering,” he writes.

It may be worth the wait, however. The new video-iPod will feature a host of new features and advancements over its predecessor, including an advanced graphics processor supplied by Nvidia adding “3D graphics functionality”, and possibly wireless capabilities.

International Business Times – New Apple iPod Details Surface

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Speck Products MobileTune

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 10:24
Category: iPod

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Being somewhat of an audiophile (read: snob) I’m not a big fan of FM transmitters for iPods. The sound quality is sub-par and you end up having to hunt for open stations far more often than is safe while driving at 60 MPH.
That said, it’s not always possible to have a direct iPod connection to your car’s stereo system. Heck, even auxiliary inputs are still somewhat rare on most head units. And if you have the factory radio that comes in most cars, you’re pretty much out of luck.
Enter the FM transmitter – the only economical solution for using an iPod in most cars. FM trannies come in every shape and size but the new MobileTune from Speck Products takes the cake in terms of design:

Soft leather, chrome details and a glowing, blue dial indicator give a distinctive look while the transmitter offers seamless iPod integration through your car stereo for the ultimate in-car experience.

At US$59.95 Speck’s MobileTune may strike you as a bit spendy, but you have to pay a little more if you want better materials. And hey, it’s better than another piece of black plastic in your car.

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Nike + iPod Sensor Internal Photos

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod


We just had a review
of the Nike + iPod system. Now we’ve managed to crack open the sensor
to get an idea of how it works. These are our current photos; we’ll
update this as we completely dissect the unit. After we’re done we’ll
try to put it back together and see if the iPod will recognize it.

Nike + iPod sensor internal photos

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Generation 6 iPods

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod


The iPod turns five years old this fall, and is due for its annual revamping. Apple keeps a tight lid on future plans, but here’s a look at three designs for Generation 6 iPods, along with three software features I’d like to see Apple deliver.
Apple has done a pretty good job in balancing the iPod’s features and simple usability. In some cases, they’ve withheld features that would unnecessarily complicate the device. Beyond the obvious demands for things like longer battery life and larger displays, there are a few nagging issues that I’d like to see addressed in the iPod software. Read more…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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iPod nano: Full Metal Jacket

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:52
Category: iPod

This reminds me of the metal iPod shuffle case (US$25) from Speck Products.

In an effort to reduce the player’s susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting with aluminum anodized enclosures similar to those used in the company’s iPod mini digital music players, sources familiar with the company’s music plans have said.In what Apple chief executive Steve Jobs called a major gamble, the company last September did away with its aluminum enclosed iPod mini, replacing the player with the ulta-thin polycarbonate-coated iPod nano.

AppleInsider | Apple’s new iPod nano may sport metal jacket

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Survey: Win an iPod nano

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

ipod-nano-150.jpgEnter to win a FREE iPod nano by taking The PowerPage’s demographic survey.

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iPod Tube Amplifier

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

ipod-dock-400.jpgA-Zone International is a Taiwanese company that makes most of its money out of marketing collectable dolls. However, it has recently began to manufacture a valve (tube) amplifier, with a matching iPod dock.
A-Zone assemble the units using valve amps made in China, and other companies sell them as OEM products. The combination features a 2×15 watt tube amplifier with two 6N1 and one 6E2 tubes, an iPod dock and charging station, remote control, audio output, composite video input, S-video output, and aux input (so you can run your TV or other audio sources through the amp), and a pair of 8 ohm, 50-watt speakers in either faux leather, ebony, or faux-wood finish.
The speakers and remote are elegant enough, but a little generic. The major attraction is the iPod dock and the amp. The mixture of hi-tech minimalism that is the iPod, combined with the uneven chrome, metal and glowing glass sculpture of the valve amp and dock look fantastic. And yet it goes beyond that.
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Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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XtremeMac NBA (and MLB) iPod Cases

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:26
Category: iPod

xtrememac-iconz-heat.jpgThe NBA playoffs are under way and if you’re a sports freak (little bit a theme going today, sorry) you may want to look at some of the NBA iPod cases from XtremeMac.
XtremeMac is the only vendor that is authorized to sell NBA cases for the iPod video (US$30) and nano (US$25). Unfortunately, they don’t have a case yet for every team (you know, licensing) but there’s probably something on the list you’ll like.
There’s no Dallas Mavs cases, but they do have a kickin’ Miami Heat case for the iPod video. Here’s the breakdown of cases that are available:
NBA: Video
- Heat
- Lakers
- 76ers
NBA: nano
- Lakers
- Pistons
- Bulls
- Celtics
- Dwyane Wade
- Lebron James
NBA Basketball not your thing? they also have some MLB iPod cases too:
MLB: Video
- Yankees
- Red Sox
- Cubs
- White Sox
MLB: Nano
- Yankees
- Red Sox
- Cardinals
- Giants
- Angels

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Specktone Retro iPod Speaker System

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

specktone-retro.jpgSpeck Products has released their first hardware product for the iPod – the Specktone Retro. The Retro is a three speaker tabletop docking system for any iPod that is designed in the style of a retro table radio from the 50s. It’s constructed of real wood (most of the iPod speakers out there are made of plastic) and features a brushed aluminum backlit green volume control knob that gives it a sleek elegance.
The Specktone Retro features a 4-inch subwoofer and 28 watts of power – more than enough to fill a good sized room with sound. It also includes a 1/8-inch mini plug auxiliary input on the back for jacking in other audio sources. I have been jamming out to my Specktone (in black, thank you) over the weekend in preparation for the Pearl Jam tour and have been more than impressed with the sound quality.
The Specktone costs considerably less than other iPod speaker systems at only US$149 and has a lot more style. My only gripe is that I wish it came with a remote control so that I can pump up the rockin’ songs (“Big Wave”) and skip the slow, sucky ones (“Come Back”). I guess that there’s always room for improvement.
The Specktone Retro is available now in black, green and white for US$149 and comes with two free iPod skins for the video and nano.

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Alternative use of iPod Ratings Stars

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Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, 09:00
Category: iPod

The original iPod was a triumph of form and function. It looked great, its interface was simple and intuitive, and it stored and played thousands of songs in an attractive, portable unit.
My first iPod was a ‘third generation’ 20GB model. It was the first model that I considered to have enough memory to carry around a library of songs that represented my CD collection. I then upgraded each time there was an increase in hard drive capacity. As a result, I now own a 60GB iPod Photo which I listen to through my car, studio and home stereo system.
I love elegant, simple design. The problem is, when a designer simplifies things, they have to leave stuff out. And one designer’s ‘disposable’ is another person’s ‘essential’. I think there should be a couple of programmable buttons on the iPod, allowing you to bypass the menu system for your most-used functions. I would employ them to switch between shuffle and sequential mode, and to allow instant access to the ‘Contacts’ list, but I’m sure a wide range of uses would be found for them.
In an ideal world, I would also like to be able to edit data that is contained on the iPod, but I do understand that this would clutter the interface. One of the reason’s for the iPod’s success is that it does one thing very well. It is an entertainment unit, not a PDA.
However, there is a function on the iPod that allows you to input data while on the move – the ‘star-rating’ system. I find the conventional use of the ratings system doesn’t work for me. I like all the songs in my iTunes collection, that’s why they’re there! And how much I like them depends on mood and context, not on any kind of permanent ‘star’ rating.
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