Griffin Ships SmartDeck Intelligent Cassette Adapter for iPod

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2005, 11:19
Category: iPod

Griffin SmartDeckGriffin Technology Inc. has announced that they are now shipping their US$29.99 SmartDeck Intelligent Cassette Adapter for iPod. SmartDeck allows you to control your iPod using the built in controls of your cassette player. Using their unique sensing technology, the SmartDeck determines which commands the cassette player sends to the iPod.

SmartDeck is more than just a cassette adapter for iPod; it achieves truly seamless integration between iPod and cassette deck. Users can utilize the cassette deck’s forward and rewind buttons to advance to the next or prior songs in the iPod playlist. In addition, pause and stop buttons do what pause and stop buttons are expected to do. When the user hits the cassette deck’s Eject button or switches from Cassette to Radio, Griffin’s SmartPlay technology automatically pauses the iPod. Also, the SmartDeck will have the ability to control the iPod volume settings for optimal sound quality with your deck.

SmartDeck features:
- Control iPod navigation through the car stereo
- Intelligent level control for optimal cassette player input levels
- Features highest-quality cassete tape head for crystal clear quality
- Sets optimal volume on the iPod for best audio quality
- Seamless integration between iPod and car stereo
- User selectable Scan or Skip mode

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PopTunes Wraps Your nano in Color

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Date: Monday, September 5th, 2005, 05:22
Category: iPod

TuneWear's PopTune nanoRegular readers will remember the cool PopTune overlays for the iPod shuffle that we covered back in July. Well, they’re at it again, this time with a lineup of Poptunes for the iPod nano. PopTunes are a clean removing, wearable wrappers for iPod nano that come in a pack of 12 patterns. PopTunes for nano will be available worldwide tomorrow 04 October for US$19.95 via the TuneWear Web site.

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Flash-Based, Color iPod Minis, Plus New Shuffles and Phone Details

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Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 2005, 03:55
Category: iPod

A new Think Secret story offers details of forthcoming iPod mini and shuffle upgrades, and also discusses the iTunes-enabled phone.

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TechRestore Maxes Out 4G iPod Battery at 1000mAh

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2005, 11:24
Category: Hardware, iPod

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.

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Environmentalists Criticize the iPod

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 14:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

“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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Dress up your iPod shuffle With PopTune

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Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2005, 07:13
Category: Accessory, iPod

TuneWear PopTune for iPod shufflePOPTUNE for shuffle is a clean removing wearable wrapper for Apple’s iPod shuffle series digital music players. POPTUNE for shuffle comes in a pack of 12 stylish patterns such as sizzling “Fire”, pretty “Sakura”, tropical “Aloha” and more. With these kinds of choices we are sure that you will find a POPTUNE suitable to your individual tastes. It also adds scratch protection to your iPod shuffle. 12 patterns are now shipping for US$19.95 from TuneWear.

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Barrons on the iTunes Music Store

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: iPod, Software

A recent Barron’s article (WSJ subscription required) by Eric J. Savitz chimes in on the iTunes Music Store.
Beyond iTunes
Investors applaud the new music venture, but Apple must must address core
weaknesses
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
of use.

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iTunes Music Store vs. Napster vs. Vinyl vs. Windows: Fight!

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:38
Category: iPod

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.)

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iPod NoteReader Notes

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:35
Category: Hardware, iPod

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.
(Thanks Slashdot.)

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iMovie Video Store: The Next Logical Progression

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:28
Category: iPod, Software

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.

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