Saturday, March 04, 2006

Music phones may slide ipod growth
Hong Kong - Perhaps the biggest threat to Apple Computer's iPod and the portable music player industry is a device already nestling in a billion pockets: the cellphone. Sales of cellphones that can store and play back music are climbing, raising hopes among handset producers like Sony Ericsson and Motorola that it will be their next growth driver. Music phones may never kill off the market for the stand-alone music players of Apple, Sony, Samsung Electronics, Reigncom and others, but they could dent the market's potential. 'The convenience factor is big' "You have the ability to talk, take pictures and listen to music in one device. The convenience factor is big," said Simon Leung, senior vice president of Motorola Asia, at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in Hong Kong. Simpler music devices with flash memory chips that store up to a thousand songs are the most vulnerable, analysts say. "The music phone is not going to significantly impact the high-end, high-capacity hard disk market but it will certainly have a major impact on the low-end flash market," said Peter King of Strategy Analytics. King estimates sales of phones equipped with MP3 music players will balloon to 796 million in 2010, accounting for three-quarters of all handsets sold, from 94 million this year. Over the same period, the market for stand-alone digital music players, should triple to 176 million units from 58 million, which while still strong, would be slower than the break-neck expansion of recent years.
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Friday, March 03, 2006


The Audio Engine 5: Huge Sound, Small Size

There has been much buzz surrounding Apple’s recent introduction of the iPod Hi-Fi single-cabinet speaker system with its 5″ woofer. But as you may be aware, it’s not the only high-quality speaker solution available for the iPod; there are many alternatives. Audioengine 5 is a full-size speaker system in a bookshelf-sized package. Internal power amps eliminate the need to connect the Audioengine 5 to a bulky stereo receiver or power amplifier. And with built-in subwoofer ports, the Audioengine 5 adds incredible low-end bass without the need for an external subwoofer. Designed for optimal ease of setup and versatility, the Audioengine 5 has a built-in power port for iPod charging while listening to your music, watching movies, or playing games. For listening to real stereo sound Audioengine is all you need. If you want awesome speakers for your portable music player, TV or DVD player, the Audioengine 5 system does the job. It is compatible with and designed for the iPod nano and iPod video, MP3 players, LCD/plasma TV, videogame players, DVD/Portable DVD players, PDAs and mobile phones. The system features a USB power charging port for the iPod. The speakers are hand-built and tuned cabinets with a white, high-gloss furniture-grade finish and it has a 3 year transferrable warranty.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Is Apple Evaluating iTMS Movie Download Service?

Is Apple in the process of developing an iTunes movie download service that would offer full-length feature films to iTunes customers with broadband internet connections? According to a recent AppleInsider report, it seems quite possible.AppleInsider reports that Fullerton, California-based Coyote Insight held a survey this week that asked participants questions related to a potential "iTunes movie service" which would provide movie downloads to a computer or iPod in an on-demand fashion. From the survey: "This iTunes service would provide access to 1,000 movies on demand which can be downloaded to your computer and, in turn, to your video iPod if you have one, or even your television if it is connected to your computer."The survey goes on to explain the nature of the proposed download service, and how it differs from the current iTunes model.


TuneBuckle For The iPod Nano

TuneBuckle has just introduced its first product, the TuneBuckle for iPod nano. The TuneBuckle is a belt with a specially designed buckle that holds the iPod nano horizontally across the front, with an access hole cut out for the headphone port. The controls can be accessed from the front of the buckle.The Tune Buckle fits waists from 30 to 46 and comes in black or white. It is now available for pre-order for $49.95.

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iPod DJ Docking Station

This is one of the strangest ipod accessories that i have come accross so far. You can plug your iPod into KNG’s new docking station and watch the DJ start scratching to your favorite tracks. It also has built-in stand-alone speakers that “thump to the beat” and big Fubu jacket sleeves to give it style.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


TEN Technology naviPlay Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset Kit for iPod

TEN Technology's original naviPlay not only nailed the concept of an iPod Bluetooth wireless kit before anyone else could do so, but also incorporated almost all of the features its competitors would later split into different products. Now TEN has released the naviPlay Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset Kit, which updates and simplifies the original offering, incorporating iPod controls into an included wireless headset, and packing in clips for all current iPod models. Unlike the white original, our review unit is black, matching the newly popular second iPod and nano color.

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Apple Launches The iPod Hi-fi With Natural Bass Generated By a 130mm Woofer.

Without dissappointment, Apple has introduced the "ultimate" at today's event, held at the Cupertino, CA headquarters of Apple Computer, Inc. It's known as the iPod Hi-Fi. Apple describes it thus:
Pod Hi-Fi features three speaker cones custom designed to provide balanced sound across the frequency range. The result of numerous rigorous acoustic tests, this design delivers room-filling stereo imaging. The two 80 mm wide-range cones are set in dedicated chambers and isolated on the front plate, providing mid and high frequencies that sound vivid and bright. The natural bass of iPod Hi-Fi is generated by a 130 mm woofer. Thanks to the airtight sealing, the low frequencies are enriched inside the enclosure and then directed via tuned tubes through ports in the front.Sounds like a recipe for high fidelity audio. Apple also announced a leather case for the 5G iPod and nano that will retail for $99. The case does not allow access to the screen or controls. Asides the iPod, Steve Jobs introduced the Intel-based Mac mini. For a small price increase, the new mini offers a 4-5x performance increase. Would you like to Have a look ?.

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Monday, February 27, 2006


Thomas Pink iPod Tie Unleashed

Shirt maker Thomas Pink has launched yet another way to ensure your iPod nano is always close to your chest, in the shape of the Pink Commuter tie. According to Pink “It’s the latest solution for today’s busy man who needs to carry more than one gadget at any one time”. Pink’s Commuter tie features a pocket on the reverse of the tie which will hold an iPod Nano safely and securely. Aside from the pocket, Pink has also included an extra fabric loop to keep wires out of sight and close to your body. Made from 100% silk the Commuter tie is available in navy, red and pink.

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Apple Tuesday's New Products?

We mentioned earlier that Apple will be releasing "fun, new products" on Tuesday, February 28th. As Mac On Intel points out an Intel-based Mac mini is expected, but what of the iPod?ThinkSecret tells us, a notable iPod accessory from Apple, an iPod "boom box" of sorts, is expected to debut on Tuesday.
Word of such a product first emerged late last year on AppleInsider. The iPod Hi-Fi boombox will mark Apple's first foray into significant iPod companion products, as the company seeks to capitalize on the iPod economy it has created, valued today at several hundred million dollars. To date, Apple has released only minor accessories for the iPod with its logo, including remotes, cases, earphones, and docks.We mentioned this back in January, in the Macworld San Francisco 2006 rumor roundup. It didn't jump out to greet us then, but sources indicate things will be different this week.No further word on the rumored Video iPod, other than to say that the recent alleged photo of the unit is fake (thanks MacRumors). Stay tuned.

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Friday, February 24, 2006


Apple plans a special event for February 28.

Apple plans a special invitation-only event to introduce new products next week. The event happens on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.
The invitation gives away precious little about what Apple has up its sleeve for the event.
“Come see some fun new products from Apple,” says the invitation received by Macworld. The e-mail features a large rendering of an iCal-style icon with the date set to February 28, 2006.
The event takes place at Apple Town Hall on Apple’s Cupertino campus.

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Happy 51st Birthday!! Steve Jobbs.

Today is Steve Jobs' 51st birthday. Happy Birthday, Steve. Read about the man. And his is not the only birthday of note to the Apple faithful. The 30th birthday of Apple Computer, Inc. will be on April 1 this year. Steve Job and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple on April 1, 1976, to bring to market the Apple I, a legendary piece of engineering on the part of Woz. It is largely Steve Jobs' vision that has brought Apple this far and put an iPod in your pocket. We didn't want the day to pass unnoticed.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


The iPod Has Become Very Useful In Medicine.

The iPod’s sleek design and status-symbol white earbuds are Gen-X trademarks, but Grayson Wheatley is introducing the audio player to a demographic advertisers forgot: elderly patients with chronic health problems.
Wheatley, a cardiovascular surgeon at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, recently launched a podcasting series to educate patients he believes is among the first of its kind. He has produced podcasts, from two minutes to an hour long and contain video and audio content, that keep clinic visitors informed about the procedures they'll undergo and brief them on ways to lead a healthy lifestyle afterward.
In the programs, which have titles like "Angioplasty and Plaque Excision" or "Coronary Artery Bypass," AHI physicians describe each step in an operation and its importance as new age music plays in the background. "Endarterectomy," for instance, explains that clearing deposits from the carotid artery reduces stroke risk because excess plaque encourages blood clots to form and lodge in the brain.
Any internet user -- whether an AHI patient or not -- can access the presentations by subscribing to a free podcasting feed or downloading the files directly from the hospital’s website.

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Apple's iDVD, iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto and iWeb Updated.

Apple has just recently updated most of the individual applications. iDVD has been updated to version 6.0.1; iPhoto has been updated to 6.0.1; iWeb has been updated to 1.0.1; iMovie HD has been updated to 6.0.1 and iTunes has been updated to 6.0.3. Most of the applications have been updated to “address a number of minor issues,” according to Apple. iDVD 6 also fixes integration problems with other iLife applications, importing of legacy projects and theme-related issues. iPhoto fixes problems with photocasting, viewing thumbnails in large libraries and ordering cards, calendars and books. iWeb fixes issues related to publishing and blogs. iTunes includes “stability and performance improvements” over its predecessor. iMovie fixes problems with Ken Burns rendering performance, Scrubber Bar editing performance and theme image quality. The updates are also individually described and available for download on Apple’s software downloads page.



Comedy Genre Added to Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Apple has added to the iTunes Music Store a new item:Comedy genre. While the company has been adding individual comedy items to the store for some time, there’s now a dedicated section that highlights comedy albums, TV content, and Audiobooks. Highlighted comedians currently include Dane Cook, Mitch Hedberg, Ron White, Chris Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, and more.

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The Incredible iPod Home Theatre Entertainment Dock.

You cannot afford to miss this. The DLO HomeDock Deluxe is the world's first iPod dock that lets you view and select your iPod's music on your TV screen. View current song information and navigate playlists, artists and albums from the sofa. Never has it been more fun and easy to enjoy your iPod at home than with the HomeDock Deluxe. HomeDock displays your iPod's music content on a beautifully rendered HomeDock TV screen interface that's as clear and cool as the iPod itself. There's even a built-in screensaver in the HomeDock that protects your TV from burn-in if the screen sits idle for too long.If you've only heard your iPod through your headphones or tiny travel speakers, prepared to be blown away. The DLO HomeDock Deluxe is a great way to show all those pictures trapped inside your photo capable iPod. Just dock your iPod, select a photo slideshow and begin reliving the memories all over again. Any size TV screen will show off your beautiful photos better than the tiny iPod screen. Control the show from the comfort of the couch with the included remote control. After you get used to the convenience and performance of the HomeDock Deluxe next to your home stereo and TV, you'll wish you had its handy connections and remote control right next to your PC or Mac. Well you can. The HomeDock Deluxe also includes standard USB that connects to your computer and lets your sync and charge your iPod right from the HomeDock Deluxe. USB powers your HomeDock so you don't even need to plug it in when attached to your computer. Play your iPods music through a pair of powered speakers or passed back through the input of your PC. What you have now is a convenient, great sounding iPod office stereo system - with a remote control of course.

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