Monday, January 23, 2006

iPod, Pop & a Snickers Please

http://playlistmag.com/features/2006/01/ipodvending/index.php/?lsrc=mwweek-0123
Need an iPod? Don't want to wait for it to be shipped? Don't have a store near you that sells them (where do you live anyway, Timbuktu?) Head down to the corner, slip a couple quarters in for a Coke and a couple hundred dollars for an iPod!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I'd Like to Buckle Her

TuneBuckleYeah, this new product for the nano has been featured on many other blogs, but I couldn't resist posting about it just for the excuse to include the picture. Yum. It's the TuneBuckle, and you can preorder it now. For anybody who likes obnoxious belt buckles and needs a place to showcase their nano, this might be for you, particularly if you're hot like this.

Thanks, Popgadget.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Xtreme Mac iPod Cases - Baseball

iPod Case
Xtreme Mac has kickin' new iPod with video cases sporting (pun intented) your favorite Major League Baseball team. Part of their Iconz line, these cases are molded to the exact shape of the iPod. The plastic covers the screen and even the click wheel but still gives you complete control. Check them out!

Bob + Jobs = $$$

Disney and Pixar are making nice, which might amount to a huge windfall for Mr. Apple. Maybe that will mean we'll never see another horrid piece of garbage like Chicken Little again, at least not from Disney.

Cheer Down

Apple profit up, but shares down "because of a slight 'pause' in sales as the company switches to Intel processors."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Tivoli iSongBook Available in Chocolate


If you like the Tivoli iSongBook but want it to match your black (chocolate) iPod, Tivoli now makes the iSongBook in black and white.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Apple Announces New Hardware & Software

Apple iPod Radio Remote
Apple announced at MacWorld 2006 that for the holiday quarter they sold 14 million iPods - 3 times as many as they sold in the same period a year ago.

Apple announced a new iPod Radio Remote that enables you to recieve radio on your iPod. I still don't really understand why so many people want this (or think they want it). I personally use the iPod to get away from radio. The remote is powered by the iPod and has a wired remote that looks identical to the new Apple Remote and iPod Shuffle. The interface is very well done with a digital readout of station you have tuned-in as well as a simulated analog readout. You tune the stations in using the jog wheel and can save favorites. Very slick.

Apple MacBook ProBut the biggest announcement was new kick-ass iMacs and the new MacBook Pro computers based on the Intel Dual Core processor. 2-3 times faster than the PowerPC processor, these machines will run OS X AND Windows! The new MacBook Pro is the successor to the PowerBook line, sports a built-in iSight web cam, Dual Core Intel processor, Front Row software and the new Apple Remote. The iMac features remain the same, but have now sport a speedy Dual Core Intel processor as well. Once I accidentally run over my employer-issued IBM Stinkpad, it WILL be replaced by a MacBook Pro.

Apple iLife 06iLife gets a major upgrade with the addition of iWeb - a program to quickly create web pages, blogs, etc. iLife will also include easy single-click conversion of any video to an iPod. iPhoto will let you do "photocasting", and much much more. The Apple web site has been swamped so I haven't had a chance to learn all the details.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Arrested Development Coming to Your iPod?!

Arrested DevelopmentSweet!!! Posted about an hour ago on the official Arrested Development forum:

New from MacWorld SF Conf:Apple is going to add a number of FOX TV shows to it's iTunes video downloads tomorrow including critically acclaimed Arrested Development. Fans take note that there will be 3 exclusive unaired episodes available for download after Steve Jobs' keynote address (9 a.m. PST). FOX has not decided when or if these episodes will air on its primetime schedule.

It's got to be part of a test to see how rabid AD's fans really are. So people, hopefully starting tomorrow, you'll have a shot at downloading the funniest damn show on TV, and if it helps keep it on the air, DO IT! And don't forget to visit saveourbluths.com.

UPDATE 9/10/06: Steve Jobs made all the major Apple announcements during his keynote at the Macworld conference in San Francisco this morning and they didn't include anything about AD or Fox video content. Bummer.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Google Gaga

Video GoogleGoogle must think it's still the 90s before the dot-com bust. Every single day they seem to introduce some new feature or service and now they've moved into online video. I suppose it was inevitable that it would be compared to iTunes' foray into video, except that for the most part, Google's copy protection will not allow users to place them on their portable media devices. Pricing is set by the content provider, unlike iTunes' standard $1.99. And for now, Mac users are SOL. But really, who wants to watch an NBA game again, or CSI?! Good luck with your bid for world domination, Google. This might be too much too soon though, and for me, I'll stick with TiVo, iTunes, and Yahoo!.

By the way, Google, thanks for Blogger, or should I say, thanks for swallowing Blogger in your vast gut of Google goo.

Bevy of new iPod Accessories Announced at CES

outdoor speaker system for ipod
Playlist Magazine has a listing of the new iPod accessories announced this week at the CES in Las Vegas. One of the most interesting offerings is the Altec Lansing iM9 portable speaker system. Engineered for poolside living, this system is splash and shock-resistent.

ESPN & ABC Sports Come to the iPod Video

iPod totin' sports fans will be able to get condensed versions of all four BCS Bowl Games from the iTunes Music Store. In addition, the Best Of The X Games; “SportsCentury” and select ESPN Original Entertainment programs — including “Knight School,” the reality show with Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight, will be available soon on iTunes.

Other Disney-owned properties ABC Entertainment, Touchstone Television, ABC Family, ABC News, Buena Vista Television, Disney Channel, and SOAPnet, as well as content produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation will all be available through iTunes.

Nano Killer?

SanDisk Sansae 200Sandisk unveiled new MP3 players this week at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) aimed squarely at the iPod nano and iPod Shuffle. Available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 6GB models. All models provide a color screen, something the Shuffle does not provide. Prices range from $119 for the 1GB to $299 for the 6GB. Models support the Windows Media file format (WMA) and of course does not work with the iTunes music store.

Apple quietly responded by lowering the price of the 4GB iPod nano to $249.

Wearable iPod Display

iPod Wearable External Display
Hookup the Eyebud 800 to your iPod and slip it over one of your eyes and it provides the equivalent of a 105-inch screen to watch that episode of Knight Rider. Now that's my kind of screen.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Off Their ROKR

ROKRMotorola's new ROKR E2 is unfortunately sans iTunes unlike the original ROKR. Could it be that the first one was more of a joke than a revolution? Who cares? I just cannot imagine someone would prefer to use their clunky mobile phone as their digital music player of choice anyway. But, alas, I'm probably out of the target demo these days. Maybe someday, someone will release a cool enough product that integrates mobile phone technology with music, video, Internet, calendar, notes, photos, and Tetris. Until then, nah.

Pardon?

You crazy kids these days with your iPods and headphones. You have been warned.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Honda & Acura Offer iPod Music Link Accessory

2006 Honda Civic
The Honda Motor Company is the latest in a string of automobile makers to add a built-in iPod connection which allows seamless integration between iPod and the car's audio systems. The accessory is available on the 2006 Honda Civic and the 2006 Acura RL, TL and TSX sedans and the MDX SUV.

If you haven't seen the new Civic, check it out - very nice.