Are iPods Making Their Fans Deaf?

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 00:28
Category: iPod

I’ve ranted about tinnitus here before, but a salient article in Rolling Stone underscores my point that listening to your iPod too loudly will eventually make you deaf.

Hearing loss is one of the dirty secrets of the music business, and everyone involved-from musicians onstage to fans who crank MP3s through headphones-is at risk. “We turn it up without realizing that we’re doing damage,” says Brian Fligor, an audiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Noise-induced hearing loss develops so slowly and insidiously that we don’t know it’s happened until it’s too late.”

More from the article and a link after the jump…

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Griffin Announces New Shuffle Accessories

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 00:20
Category: iPod

griffin-powerblock.jpgTwo new items have been added to Griffin Technology’s catalog of iPod gadgets and they both have a special place in their cybernetic hearts for Apple’s forgotten iPod–the iPod shuffle. The PowerBlock is an AC adapter and charger that accepts the shuffle directly into its USB port and adapts to a range of other iPod models via an included cable. The second new item brings to the shuffle user the special joy of lanyard mounted earbuds that had previously been reserved for iPod nano users. The Griffin TuneBuds‘ lanyard and earbuds attach and route sound via the shuffle’s USB port. and may almost make owning a shuffle feel cool again.
[Via MacMerc.com]

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NBC May Sue TiVo for iPod Video Plans

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 02:33
Category: iPod

Despite the fact that it is legal to record free TV broadcasts on your VCR, DVD recorder, and TiVo, there are rumblings at NBC that they might sue TiVo for allowing those same episodes to be recorded on portable devices, namely the newest iPod and Sony’s PSP.
Read more at PVRBlog… (Thanks Digg).

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TV My iPod: Why Didn't I Think of That?

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 15:31
Category: iPod

TVMyiPod‘s pitch is tempting: “The first online store to offer brand new Apple video iPods pre-loaded with your favorite DVD collections at NO EXTRA CHARGE!”
It works like this: You buy the iPod video from them at the same price as the Apple store. You buy DVDs from them, popular titles in a variety of categories, season collections and all, starting at US$20. They custom rip every DVD for you onto the iPod, for the same price as the iPod and the same price as the movies from Best Buy. They even send you the DVD itself. Sound too good to be true?
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Apple Prepays $1.25B to Secure Flash Chips Through 2010

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 08:25
Category: iPod

Apple today announced that it has reached long-term supply agreements with Hynix, Intel, Micron, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba to secure the supply of NAND flash memory through 2010. As part of these agreements, Apple intends to prepay a total of $1.25 billion for flash memory components during the next three months. (Via Digg)
Prepare for another hissy fit from Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo and the other Korean manufacturers.

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Case Friday: Speck Shipping First Skin for iPod Video

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 15:18
Category: iPod

toughskin-video.jpgSpeck appears to be first out of the gates with a skin cover for the new iPod video. Their ToughSkin is a rubberized case for new iPods with video (US$35) that works with both 30 & 60GB models. ToughSkins in black began shipping yesterday and their clear version is available for pre-order and will be shipping soon.

“This is the best ToughSkin to date. We’ve improved the look, feel, and functionality,” said General Manager Tim Hickman. “We’ve enhanced the screen protector- adding a rubber ridge around the back to make it safe and secure, and we’ve made the 30 gig spacer out of soft rubber instead of hard plastic.”
Its one-of-a-kind design customizes the popular rubberized skin for extreme lifestyles. It’s the only skin to feature ruggedized bumpers, soft-edged screen protection, and a detachable belt clip. If you’re tough on your stuff, the ToughSkin for iPod with video is right for you. ToughSkins for iPod with video are available and shipping in black.

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XtemeMac TuffWraps for iPod nano

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 13:50
Category: iPod

tuffwraps_nano_3pak.jpgThe obligatory 30-day waiting period after a new Apple product announcement must have just passed because there’s a steady stream of cases for the iPod nano coming to market

Doom on Your iPod Nano

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 10:42
Category: iPod

Programmers Benjamin Eriksson and Mattias Pierre have announced that iDoom now runs on an iPod nano and features configurable controls. The game is a port of the classic first-person shooter to the iPod, which was first covered by The iPod Observer in August.The game requires iPodLinux and works on all first- through fourth-generation iPods, as well as the iPod photo, the pre-video color models, both versions of the iPod mini and the iPod nano.

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iDoom comes with what is probably my favorite disclaimer of all time: “Your iPod might be the first iPod to be bricked by this application.”

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Review: Simpl A1 Amps up Your iPod

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:30
Category: iPod

simpl-a1.jpgSimpl Acoustics has put out one of the best headphone amps for the iPod. Audiophiles demanding more power out of your iPod: this is the one. What makes it even better is that the Simpl A1 was just reduced from US$149 to US$99.
Placing my headphones into the A1′s jack for the first time resulted in a pleasant increase in volume

Clad Your iPod nano in Style

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 19:01
Category: iPod

speck-nano-cases.jpgIf you own an iPod nano it’s a pretty good idea to keep it in a case. Unless, of course, you want it to look like you took a piece of steel wool to the display. For the first month or so after it was announced nano cases were impossible to find, but now there’s a veritable plethora of nano cases coming to market.
Speck Products makes a bunch of cool cases for the iPod nano that are worthy of your hard-earned bucks. My current favorites are the ToughSkin, Cloud ToughSkin and the Grass FunSkin (US$35 each).
The ToughSkin is a ruggedized case that can survive high impact, the Cloud is a white fluffy case that looks like the Michelin Man and the Grass is like wrapping your nano in a miniature putting green. Each comes with a removable belt clip, which I remove because it’s redundant and a crystal-clear screen cover that is essential.
Like any good case Speck’s skins leave enough open space for the docking cable, headphone jack and hold switch. One minor nit I have with the ToughSkin is that the dock connector opening is not quite big enough to accommodate the PocketDock Combo from SendStation