TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) has begun offering a new overnight iPod battery upgrade service for 4th generation “click-wheel” iPods and all color screen iPod models. The service includes the replacement of the standard iPod battery with a TechRestore 1000mAh high capacity battery with over 50% more charging power than the original 4th generation iPod battery and 38% more charging power than the original color iPod battery acccording to TechRestore.
“Apple’s robust earnings report for the latest quarter surprised few, given the runaway success of its ubiquitous iPod, yet there already is concern sales of the digital music devices will not suffice to keep Apple growing in the longer term. Moreover, criticism against iPods is on the rise, particularly from environmentalists,” Shihoko Goto writes for UPI.
Goto continues, “…many analysts are already worried that Apple is far too heavily dependent on a single product… Apple faces the problem, however, that even its computer sales hinge on the success of the musical device, said Chris Green of London’s Computing magazine… Meanwhile, environmentalists have complained that Apple has been less responsible than other companies in using recyclable products in its music devices. The batteries and microprocessors inside iPods contain potentially hazardous material, and the company should be ‘more proactive in using materials that are less harmful to the environment,’ Zeina al-Hajj, campaign coordinator for toxic-waste disposal at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, told United Press International.”
From MacDailyNews. Click through to read Apple’s side of the story.
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A recent Barron’s article (WSJ subscription required) by Eric J. Savitz chimes in on the iTunes Music Store.
Investors applaud the new music venture, but Apple must must address core
STEVE JOBS HAS DONE IT AGAIN. In the face of shrinking market share and
mediocre financial performance, Jobs has found a way to get people excited
about Apple Computer one more time. Now the magic involves Apple’s new
iTunes Music Store, which offers more than 200,000 songs from all five major
record labels, downloadable from the ‘Net at 99 cents apiece, no
subscription required. All of the early reviews are raves — by most
accounts, the service is far easier to use than rival Web-based music
services, with software that shows Apple’s usual flair for design and ease
As numerous websites have been reporting, yes, the Rolling Stone has pointed out Apple’s iTunes Music Store, even if it keeps up its current sales pace, will still fall short of vinyl sales this year. Our colleagues have left out some very good news from the same Rolling Stone article, though — but what would mostly Windows sales mean for Apple’s future? (Click headline for the full editorial.)
An Archive reader writes, “Apple has released a document on how to use the new iPod NoteReader .” The highlights: you can link to other notes, or to tracks on the iPod, or to dynamically generated playlists. It handles 1,000 notes, up to 4K each, and caches up to 64K of notes in memory so the hard drive doesn’t spin up. The notes are stored as text files in directories and can be organized by directory.
The PowerPage is of the opinion that Apple’s new iTunes Music Store is only a precursor to a much larger project: the iMovie Video Store. While the name is entirely speculative it stands reason that the company that delivered the best Music On Demand (MOD) service is poised to deliver another complimentary service that will offer movies and Video On Demand (VOD) at some point in the future. Click the headline to read more.
Apple, iPod Users Reach a Settlement Over Faulty Batteries – WSJ Online:
Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod portable-music player is a cultural icon beloved by music fans, save for one flaw: The rechargeable but nonreplaceable batteries in many early models didn’t last nearly as long as advertised, leaving some consumers fuming.
Now, Apple has effectively acknowledged the flaw, by agreeing to replace some iPods and give other consumers up to $50 in cash or credit on Apple purchases. The offer is part of a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit in San Mateo County, Calif.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case estimates that the settlement may apply to as many as two million iPods sold before May 31, 2004. That means the settlement, which still needs to be approved by a judge, could cost Apple as much as $100 million.
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SLAPPA Distribution has just released a brand new storage case for the iPod mini – the SLAPPA ShockShell Case (US$34.95, Pre-order for US$24.74). SLAPPA guarantees the ShockShell case will protect your player under normal wear and tear. They even drop tested the iPod from three feet while in the ShockShell case. “SLAPPA has successfully tested the ShockShell cases in more extreme conditions, where we have thrown, tossed and flung iPods while in the ShockShell cases, and the player has come out unscathed and fully functional.” Naturally this type of abuse is not condoned or guaranteed