DJ Mixer Features iPod Connection

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 20:00
Category: DJ, iPod

After Numark’s introduction of a USB DJ mixer, I was immediately excited to read in the fine print that Stanton’s added an ‘iPod connection’ to its “soon-to-be-shipping” RM.404 and 406 4-channel DJ mixers. These are the same mixers with very-cool red backlighting on knobs, via Stanton’s Illumiknobs(TM) technology. Wow, the iPod thing really is happening.
Not so fast: reading the specs, that’s “inijack input (overrides Line input 5) for connecting an iPod™”. Oh, great. So you saved us a trip to Radio Shack for a minijack-to-TRS adapter. Why not call it a “Walkman Connection” or “strange cheap plastic audio crap connection”?
Now, mixer manufacturers, I’m not one to DJ with an iPod — okay, I’m not one to DJ, period — but the first manufacturer to put an iPod dock on your mixer scores instant dough.
Back to those knobs, though. They’re red. They glow. They’re insanely great. I’m going to get one of these (forget USB!) and turn out the lights in my studio just to watch them. That’s my kind of gimmick.

(more…)

ShuffleClip De-Tangles the iPod Shuffle

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 10:25
Category: Accessory, iPod

ShuffleClipReaders of the PowerPage will remember my initial reaction to the iPod shuffle announcement was that it was ugly and that its lanyard and earbud cables looked like a mess of spaghetti swinging around as the people in the television ads danced. People are going to catch them in all kinds of things, like car doors, I said. Well, there’s not much that can be done about my first gripe, but an innovative company has addressed my second: the spaghetti factor.
The ShuffleClip (US$14.95) is a case and clip for the iPod Shuffle formed from a single piece of transparent PETG polymer that allows iPod owners to wear their shuffle just about anywhere: in a pocket, on a shirt, or clipped to a briefcase.

(more…)

iPod Camera Connector Revealed

Posted by:
Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 10:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Gizmodo has posted a picture of the new iPod Camera Connector. AppleInsider claims that the picture is from an Apple Japan press briefing held on Friday. Thank God it’s not some huge dongle. Now, don’t get me started on the US$30 price… Availability is still anyone’s guess, as its not yet listed at the Apple Store.

(more…)

Is the Monochrome iPod on the way out?

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 10:11
Category: iPod, Opinion

It looks to me like the US$349 30GB iPod Photo is a much better deal than the remaining 20GB monochrome iPod at US$299. You have to love U2 or the color black to get the US$349 20GB U2 edition. It looks like Apple will simplify the iPod line shortly to just three players: the Shuffle with no screen, mini with monochrome screen and full size with color screen. Or maybe they’ll add a color display to the mini (as has been rumored recently) and ditch the monochrome displays altogher?

(more…)

Apple Adds Image Capture to iPod Photo

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 09:26
Category: Accessory, iPod

iPod PhotoOne of the least publicized and most important features announced with the new iPod Photo yesterday was the addition of Image Capture support allowing you to upload photos from a digital camera to the iPod – with an option US$30 dongle. Read More…

(more…)

Apple Gouging iPod Accessory Customers in UK

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005, 09:45
Category: Accessory, iPod

The pricing of iPod camera accessories in the UK goes far beyond Apple’s usual mark-up. Read More…

(more…)

Pod My Ride

Posted by:
Date: Saturday, February 5th, 2005, 20:03
Category: Consumer Electronics, iPod

OK, the simple solution is to buy a BMW with the iPod option. Other auto manufacturers have announced iPod compatibility too and for Apple this has been like adding hotels to Park Place and the Board Walk. Now for those of us who are not in the market for a new car just yet, I have some suggestions: read on………

(more…)

iPod Shuffle Rivals

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iPod

iPod ShuffleWhile the iPod Shuffle is great (I will be buying one soon) I think that Apple should have made it with an LCD display since other flash players have them. One good example is the Teac MP 200 which is available in the EU (not sure about the US). This Teac player has a beautiful “full graphic Organic LED / Panel 128 x 64 dots Featuring 4 line / 2 color OLED display” in a (almost)similar compact design and it looks great. Read More…

(more…)

DLO iBoom: Boomin' With Your iPod

Posted by:
Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 07:13
Category: Accessory, iPod

DLO iBoomThe iBoom is a 20-watt iPod speaker system that turns your iPod into a portable boombox. It works like this: simply install your white iPod in the docking bay in the middle and crank up the volume, which is quite loud btw. When you’re tired of listening to your iPod or just want to tune in to NPR, Car Talk or Stern then click over to the built-in FM radio. We love it here at the PowerPage and can’t wait to take the iPod on the boat this summer. Read More…

(more…)

Earbud Lanyard Combination – Perfect for the iPod Shuffle?

Posted by:
Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 08:45
Category: Accessory, iPod

Sony MDR-NX1 (JE)I have an iPod Shuffle on order and just picked up a set of Sony MDR-NX1 earbuds with an integrated lanyard. I’m sure that I will have to do a little modification to make it all work, but it sure looks better than the spaghetti in the iPod Shuffle TV commercials.

(more…)