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New iPod Touch in September?

iPod touch shortages suggest new iTouch in September

There are those among you who enjoy constantly pointing out your disappointment with the iPod touch. There are plenty of iPod touch users out there, this writer included, that are perfectly happy with the device. It might not make the most competent iPod, but for me, its Internet capabilities and upcoming app-store compatibility make the device, leaving its audio-playing capabilities as a secondary thought.

Amid the iPhone 3G hoopla, Apple hasn’t forgotten about us, either. AppleInsider is speculating that a reported reduction in 16GB iPod touch inventory at Best Buy stores and an increased lead time for the 8GB model online could point to new models appearing in September (ship times are now back to 24 hours, but the rest still seems relevant).

This news comes after Apple launched its back-to-school promotion giving an 8GB iPod touch to students who purchase a new Mac, and the possible introduction of new models would happen after the promo comes to an end. With the potential for a $199 iPhone, many are also feeling that the iPod touch will need a price adjustment or large feature increases to continue to be a relevant part of Apple’s product line.

While I would love to see added features (a camera would be nice), I’m not entirely sure they are necessary. It seems much more likely that instead the iPod touch will receive a storage bump, a slight form-factor change, or the addition of a white model. If you ask me (and I know you didn’t), those holding out for Bluetooth or GPS are going to be disappointed come September.

(Via Apple Section – Ars Technica)


Projector For Your iPod

The Tiniest Projector Ever Ideal For Your iPod

Texas Instruments has announced it’s making the tiniest projector ever created commercially available. Dubbed the Optoma Pico, the projector will be available next year with an insanely small DLP chip inside. While it’d be great to see the projector built into your cellphone, Optoma Pico will disappointingly remain a stand-alone mini projector. The product should be making its way to the United States in 2009 with a launch price under $300.

Check it out here


iPO Review – The Dock for iPod

iPO Review – The Dock Pack


The Dock Pack is a stylish iPod speaker system and dock from European audio manufacturer Scandyna Speakers. The dock and speakers are relatively compact, with attractive modern styling.

So how does it sound? Pretty good. Quite decent. Better than OK, but not that much better. Overall, the system provides sweet, clean, undistorted, sparkling sound with excellent response in the middle and high frequencies. And unlike many similarly-priced iPod speaker systems that are all one piece, since these speakers can be placed freely and separated by as much as 10 or 12 feet, its stereo soundstage image is better than many. Alas, it falls short reproducing lower frequencies. If your source material is heavy on the bass you’ll find it sounds somewhat anemic when played on this system. Even material that’s not particularly bass-heavy can sound a little thin.

(Read Full review – Via macobserver)

Buy a Mac for college and get a free iPod

Apple – Back to School – Buy a Mac for college and get a free iPod*Picture 9.png
If you’re a student, faculty, or staff member and you buy a Mac before September 15, you can get a free iPod touch or iPod nano. After all, isn’t college about seizing every opportunity?

How to get your free iPod.

1. Shop for a Mac.
Shop the Apple Online Store
or call 1-800-MY-APPLE.
Find your favorite Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Campus Store.

2. Buy an iPod.
Purchase an 8GB iPod touch or an 8GB iPod nano with your Mac and qualify for a rebate of up to $299.*

3. Get your rebate.
After you receive your Mac and iPod, submit your claim online by October 15.

(Via apple .)

Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch – Possible Applications!

Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch soon to have a whole lotta shakin’ goin on
0C281E41-AE23-4F57-AD3D-73E9000E57AD.jpgSiiTE Interactive, a New York-based creative marketing agency, said it’s developing a range of iPhone [and iPod touch] applications for clients and just for experimentation. One is for a yogurt chain interested in SiiTE’s idea for mobile coupons,” David Needle reports for

“The concept is that iPhone user will be able to mix a virtual smoothie, picking, say vanilla yogurt, strawberries and other ingredients on the screen. Once the ingredients are selected, the consumer can literally shake the iPhone to ‘blend’ up the drink they want (software written for the iPhone’s accelerometer lets the device respond appropriately to the shaking),” Needle reports. “Then the consumer can go to the yogurt shop any time with their iPhone and have an on-screen bar code scanned to receive the discount.”

“‘It can be a channel to keep you connected to the company,’ Alan Ruthazer, CEO of SiiTE Interactive, told,” Needle reports. “‘It’s a fun thing to show off to your friends and we think it can be an effective form of viral marketing.'”

A few other ideas being cooked up by SiiTE for the iPhone include an ‘Origami-gram,’ an illuminator for rock concerts and a virtual juice squeezer.Full article here.

(Via MacDailyNews.)

Get Geek Fit! Free Video Workouts for Your iPod

Download Free Video Workouts for Your iPod
Men’s Health magazine online offers four free workout videos that you can download, drag into iTunes, and sync directly to your iPod. The routines range in intensity from the at-home muscle plan—which suggests a circuit of exercises you can do at home—to more gym-focused workouts like the “Ultimate Strength-Boosting” workout.


The videos are short and serve more as reminders for how to correctly do the exercises rather than 30-minute as-you-go walkthroughs. For even more free iPod video workouts, check out previously mentioned iPod Gym. The Men’s Health videos require a free registration with the site (or quickly stopping the page load before it hides the direct video links).

Men’s Health Downloads

(Via Lifehacker.)

Microsoft planning “Zune-esque” entertainment store?!?

9692A7EB-823E-4372-8F82-81D5F77A5974.jpgMicrosoft may be putting together an “entertainment marketplace” tentatively named Zune VideoX, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported Wednesday. In other words, it’s yet another digital content store trying to take a bite out of Apple’s iTunes.

Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Devices and Entertainment eHome division, is reportedly spearheading the project. But it goes without saying that as with any of these “iTunes killers” that seem to pop up like mushrooms after rain, well, it’s going to be an uphill battle even for Redmond.

Creating a solid digital download store is something that Microsoft has tried repeatedly, and hasn’t gotten right yet. Its Zune Marketplace hasn’t exactly been a resounding success. There has also been chatter about something called “eLive,” a marketplace of digital download content–music, video, games–for Zune digital media players, Windows-based PCs, Xbox gaming consoles, and Windows Mobile smartphones.

“eLive was renamed and recrafted to Zune VideoX,” a source told Foley, “and the eLive vision scaled down to focus on Zune.” Really? That’s too bad. The Xbox has been a much more resounding success than the Zune, and it already has the successful Xbox Live Marketplace as a starting point.

That said, there’s reportedly a third-generation Zune coming next year. And on another note, can somebody please outlaw the term “iTunes killer?”


All you need is a Jack Russell Terrier and $500!

All you need is a Jack Russell Terrier and $500! Then head on over to to pick up a very cool ipod dock!


Straight from the website:

the phonofone II designed by tristan zimmermann
through passive amplification alone, this unique piece instantly transforms any personal music player w/ earbuds into a sculptural audio console. without the use of external power or batteries, the phonofone inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibels (or roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers) upon connecting active earphones to the phonofone their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich and resonant sound.

the phonofone is constructed entirely from ceramic. not only environmentally low impact, ceramics are inherently rigid and resonant, lending themselves well to this application.

material: ceramic
dimensions: 11″ x 9.5″ x 20″

available april 2008 – $500.00

unlimited tunes?


Apple, music labels in talks to offer entire iTunes library with premium-priced iPods, iPhones
Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model

(Via MacDailyNews.)

Nike + iPod program to expand to gym equipment

News: Nike + iPod program to expand to gym equipment
Nike and Apple have announced a new initiative that will offer the Nike + iPod experience in gyms worldwide this summer. The two companies are currently working with major gym equipment manufacturers such as Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac, and Technogym to make their cardio exercise equipment Nike + iPod compatible, so that users can track their workouts on machines like treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and stair climbers. Users will plug…”

(Via iLounge.)