Apple Settles iPod Battery Lawsuit

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2005, 14:31
Category: Hardware, iPod

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 ShockShell Case for the iPod mini

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 03:59
Category: Accessory, iPod

Slappa Little Wing iPod mini caseSLAPPA 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 :)

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What's on President Bush's iPod?

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 19:32
Category: Hardware, iPod

President Bush's iPodThe International Herald Tribune is reporting that President Bush has had an iPod since July 2004. Read More for W’s playlist…

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ToughSkin: Off-Road Protection for Your iPod

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Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, 08:53
Category: Accessory, iPod

Speck ToughSkin B lackIf you’re like me you tend to drop your gadget eventually, hard as you may to try not to, it’s inevitable. Wether you blame it on too much sun in Miami or the hurricanes in New Orleans, it’s bound to happen at some point. A good case is essentially cheap insurance for your expensive mobile gear. Read More…

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TechRestore Offers iPod HD Upgrade Program

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, 20:40
Category: Hardware, iPod

TechRestore has announced a new iPod hard drive upgrade program that provides a fast and easy way for iPod owners to increase their music and storage capacity in full-sized iPod models. The flat-rate iPod hard drive upgrade service starts at US$119 and includes all overnight shipping charges, parts and installation. A TechRestore Certified Technician performs the upgrade in an anti-static and dust-free environment.

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Extreme iPod: Survives Washer AND Dryer

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

One reader’s tale of running an iPod mini through the washing machine. Did it survive? Click through for the amazing results…

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iPod 'Squeaks' Betray Software Secrets

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:07
Category: Hardware, iPod

Did you see this iPod hack on New Scientist? What a c()()1 H4X!

Computer enthusiasts have worked out how to reprogram Apple’s iPod music player with their own code using an ingenious acoustic trick.
They adapted the component that generates clicks – or “squeaks” – as a user scrolls through the on-screen menu in order to extract vital information from the latest generation of the device. This allowed them to install an alternative operating system and make their iPods run games and other new programs.

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Radtech Announces The Mini Cocoon for the iPod mini

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 14:43
Category: iPod, Luggage

RadTech iPod CocoonRadTech announced the Mini Cocoon (US$39.95), a stylish and versatile, semi-rigid clamshell case for iPod mini. Designed for maximum protection, the Mini Cocoon is really two cases in one. A tough, outer clamshell completely encases the iPod mini for rugged protection. A silicone skin allows access to all control elements and ports, providing added protection while nestled in the case, or when used separately apart from the case.
The case has an integrated, high-quality belt clip and comes with a lanyard to allow the iPod mini to be worn around the neck while in the skin, or while encased by the clamshell. While in the case, a clear strap safely secures the skin to the case, even when open. Plus, for added convenience the case comes with a storage pocket for items such as ear buds and cables.

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Steal Your Face Right off Your iPod

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 23:35
Category: iPod, music

Steal Your Face right off your iPodSteve Jobs has been known to play Grateful Dead music as the audience is seated for his keynote address, so it should come as no surprise that the Dead has let a “deal go down” with Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The Dead, as outlined in the email below, are now offering all their live archival recordings as downloads from the iTunes Music Storeicon. The band also plans to release some unreleased shows via the ITMS “in the near future.”

Hey now.
It’s time for our next step into the digital domain: Beginning March 1st, all the live Grateful Dead archival recordings — the two-track “Dick’s Picks” series and the multi-track “Vault” series — will be available for direct downloading through iTunes Music Store and GDStore.com. Studio albums have been available at ITunes for some time.
In the near future, certain new, previously unreleased shows will be digitally available exclusively through the iTunes Music Store and GDStore.com.
You can access these downloads either through iTunes or through Dead.net’s own GDStore.com Apple will be offering complete shows and single songs up to 10 minutes long in their AAC format. At GDStore.com, you can choose among four different file formats (128, 256, Windows Media, Lossless) for complete shows, but single songs won’t be available.
We’ve been on the cutting edge of music distribution for more than 30 years, and the evolution to digital sharing is not surprising. Dead Heads have always honored ethical standards in their sharing, and we think this offering represents a great combination — it’s easy to use and it’s legal.
Enjoy!
Your friends at Grateful Dead Productions

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HP to Develop iPod-style DJ Player/Instrument

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 20:48
Category: DJ, iPod

We’ve been saying for ages Apple needs to develop a music player for DJs. Jason O’Grady has been saying it for two years. Well, Apple, HP is likely to beat you to the punch:
The owners of the Playlist club
in London (which features a night for iPod DJs just like APT here in
NYC) alerted CDM to an exclusive interview with the team at HP
developing the DJammer handheld DJ device. Here’s why it’s going to
replace the iPod in clubs:

  • Mic input
  • Hold/scratch tracks, via sophisticated motion sensors
  • More than a DJ device: sounds like a motion-sensitive portable
    sampler; HP says it will be "the new electric guitar" — we’ll see, but it does look like a real instrument
  • Streaming to other devices for collaboration
  • HP team wants an open interface

This sounds huge — if the device makes it to market. Let’s hope the honchos at HP see the value of this research.
Read Playlist’s full interview with HP.
HP DJammer research page

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