The iNews Review

iPod Compatible Car Stereo, Hebrew iPod Flap, Hub Doubles as iPod shuffle Dock, Sync Email with MailToPod, Hemp Cases, and More

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2005.05.05

This Week's iPod News

PowerBook, iBook, iPod, and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review, and general Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review.

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Clarion Intros iPod-compatible GPS Car Stereo System

tomshardware.com reports:

"If you have an iPod, you might be happy to know that Clarion developed a key-on-the-dashboard solution for the usage of your music device in your car.

"It's not a simple iPod compatible car stereo, but rather a full car GPS stereo system. The MAX950HD consists of a DVD player, a 30 GByte harddrive, a 6.5-inch colour touch screen that displays TV, DVD movies and GPS maps."

Flap over Hebrew on iPod

Gizmodo reports:

"It seems a developer named Edo Mendelson has created a program to allow Hebrew support on the iPod but the Apple distributor in Israel won't support or repair any devices that have been updated in such a grave and Hebraic manner."

Belkin shuffle hubBelkin USB 2.0 Hub Doubles as iPod Shuffle Dock

iPodlounge's Larry Angell reports:

"Belkin today announced its new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub, which features a top-loading port that allows you to dock your iPod shuffle for syncing/charging. In addition to the top port, the Mac and PC compatible device sports three ports on the back for connecting other various USB devices. All four ports are compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 gear."

Will iPod Get Stereo Bluetooth Headset?

InfoWorld's E Schwartz says:

"I met with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG and asked him if he heard anything about enabling iPod with Bluetooth so that you can use a Bluetooth wireless stereo headset.

"Foley said everyone is waiting for it but he's heard nothing from Apple.

"However, here's the straight skinny on what it would take to add Bluetooth to the iPod."

Onkyo's iPod dockOnkyo's Dock for iPod

Japan Today reports:

"Onkyo's new RI Dock provides an interface between its audio-video systems/components and Apple's iPod. After placing the iPod in the RI Dock and connecting it with an Onkyo audio-video system, basic iPod functions, such as volume control, play, stop and skip, can be operated via remote control.

Small Firm Aims High with iPod Add-on

Daily Yomiuri's Ayako Hirayama reports:

"Macintosh product maker Sonnet Technologies Inc. has kept the faith with Apple Computer Inc. through good times and bad. With the iPod now taking Apple's profits into the stratosphere, the 50-employee firm is hoping to hitch a ride to the big time.

"After serving the Macintosh community by offering processor upgrade products for nearly two decades, the Irvine, Calif.-based company aims to carve out a niche in the consumer electronics market.

"Sonnet's new pursuit started last year when it added a new product, PodFreq, to its lineup. PodFreq, which transmits FM frequencies, is an add-on device for the hugely popular iPod digital music player.

"The translucent shell allows users to listen to music on their iPods without earphones in a car, home or anywhere with an FM radio receiver."

iPod tableiPodlounger Creates iPod Coffee Table

iPodlounge's Larry Angell reports:

"iPodlounger Ashley Burrows let us know that he recently finished his iPod inspired 'iTable.' He said it was a project for his A-level Design Technology course and that it took months to complete. Burrows was kind enough to share the process of building it along with a handful of photos, including his initial illustrated design."

New Products

RoadTrip!+ Takes Tunes on the Road While Charging Your iPod

PR: The new RoadTrip!+ being offered by Other World Computing (OWC) and Newer Technology, Inc. allows consumers to take their tunes on the road and charge their iPod at the same time.

For $27.95, the RoadTrip!+ provides clean, dynamic audio to a user's FM stereo while also charging the iPod's internal battery. It is compatible with third- and fourth-generation, photo, and mini iPods.

Users simply hook the RoadTrip!+ to the 12-volt power source in their car, plug the dock connector into their iPod, tune their radio to 87.9 MHz and enjoy.

"I personally use one and love it," said Larry O'Connor, president of OWC. "It's just like listening to the radio, except it's my music that's playing. I used to burn CDs to listen to my tunes on the road, but not since I starting using the RoadTrip!. Now I've got it all at my fingertips right from my iPod!"

Newer Tech and OWC have paid particular attention to ensuring the RoadTrip! product line allows you to hear your music as though you are listening to your favorite FM station. It was dissatisfaction experienced with other FM transmitter products, some costing as much as five times more, that resulted in OWC and Newer Tech developing the RoadTrip! line.

"You just can't beat it - this economical solution lets you plug and play your iPod to listen to tunes and keep it charged up on the road," O'Connor said. "You enjoy tunes from your iPod while you iPod gets a charge."

The RoadTrip!+ combination FM transmitter and iPod charger is available now.

The original RoadTrip! FM transmitter only models also remain available for $14.99.

MailToPod 1.0 Transfers Email Messages To iPod

PR: Are you too lazy to check your email in the morning, or would you just rather have your messages with you in your pocket? If you have an iPod, now you can! MailToPod synchronizes your Apple Mail mailboxes with your iPod or iPod mini to keep your mail messages conveniently available wherever you go.

You can sync your mail when you want to update it, let MailToPod run periodically at a specified interval or whenever you plug in your iPod. It's your choice which mailboxes to sync and how many messages to read from each. If you use IMAP, that's no problem - messages are downloaded from the server.

MailToPod synchronizes your Apple Mail mailboxes with your iPod or iPod mini to keep your mail messages conveniently available wherever you go.

You can sync your mail when you want to update it, let MailToPod run periodically at a specified interval, or whenever you plug in your iPod. It's your choice which mailboxes to sync and how many messages to read from each. If you use IMAP, that's no problem - messages are downloaded from the server.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.3.x
  • One or more POP/IMAP e-mail accounts
  • 3rd generation iPod or later, including iPod mini

MailToPod does not currently work in Mac OS 10.4. Watch for a Tiger version soon!

MailToPod is $10 shareware.

TuneJuice Battery Backup for iPod and iPod mini

PR: Ever run out of iPod battery without a power source in sight? TuneJuice is perfect for extending the play time of your iPod for those times when you just gotta have more than what your iPod battery can give you.

TuneJuiceTuneJuice works with any dockable iPod or iPod mini. If your iPod has some charge, the TuneJuice will provide up to 8 hours of additional play; a completely drained iPod will get up to 4 hours. Pop a standard 9-Volt battery into the TuneJuice and keep rocking.

It's the perfect carryon for airplanes, road trips and ski trips. Anytime you need some serious play time and don't have access to charge your 'Pod, TuneJuice is a lifesaver.

Made for:

  • iPod mini
  • iPod photo
  • 4th Generation iPod with Click Wheel
  • 3rd Generation iPod with touch wheel and buttons

Griffin Technology recommends the use of rechargeable batteries to help reduce waste.

Price: $19

Environmentally Friendly 100% Organic Natural Hemp iPod Cases

PR: No more petroleum-based iPod cases!

A woman-owned Northern California company has introduced a new line of extreme Apple iPod cases that fit both 3rd & 4th gen. iPods as well as a smaller size for the iPod mini models. HotRomz.com raises the bar with its unusual cases in mohair, faux fur and feathers, and environmentally friendly 100% organic natural hemp.

hemp iPod caseIndustrial hemp fiber is making a huge comeback and can now be found legally in the United States in clothing, bags, fabric, soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, and many more products. The world's first all natural 100% organic natural hemp iPod cases are environmentally friendly, colorized with only natural dyes, and found through HotRomz. The green-conscious iPod owner can now encase their iPod without worrying about the impact their case might have on the world's pollution and environment and still enjoy a really cool case.

HotRomz.com cases are available in a wide variety of beautiful colors and textures with new styles added to the line constantly, including mohair, delightfully furry tribble-like iPod cases reminiscent of the original Star Trek "Trouble With Tribbles" episode first aired in 1967, as well as a softer hemp/wool blend line of cases. Each high-quality case is handmade by the owner of HotRomz.com, Debbie Ann, and no two cases are exactly alike. They are distributed by such high-profile iPod accessory stores as thinkdifferentstore.com, www.1-800-iPod.com , and exclusively in the United Kingdom through iPodX.co.uk. HotRomz.com cases were given the coveted "Case of the Month" award in the May 2005 issue of MacAddict magazine based in Brisbane, CA.

Debbie Ann says, "HotRomz iPod cases allows you, the unique iPod user, to get wild, show off your true individualistic style, and have more fun with your iPod, while protecting it from scratches. Say good-bye to boring silicone and petroleum-based iPod cases!"

iPod owners are notorious for their pride in being different. In a Google search you can find 10,000 results for "iPod cases" consisting of miles and miles of the same silicone, leather or plastic cases. Hotromz separates the iPod fanatic from that sea of sameness with its outrageously different and environmentally friendly iPod cases.

iPod-Linux Installer 0.3b Installs Linux on Your iPod

PR: iPod-Linux Installer is an easy to use GUI application that enables Mac OS X user to install Linux on HFS+ formatted iPods while still allowing you to keep and use the Apple Supplied OS.

The goal of this project is to create an easy to use GUI program that enables Mac OS X user with iPods to install Linux on HFS+ formatted iPods while still allowing users to keep and use the Apple Supplied OS. Currently this project supports 1G, 2G, and 3G iPods. Photo, 4G, U2, and Mini iPods are still not supported officially. Support for these and other iPods will come according to what progress is made on the iPodLinux kernel.

Installing Linux on your iPod gives you more functionality in terms of games, recording, image viewing, and more. Because Linux is open source, installing it also gives you the ability to make your own applications.

New in this version:

  • Includes the newest iPodLinux Kernel and podzilla as of April 4th, 2005.
  • Fixed update, mount/unmount bug.
  • Added eject button, enabled users to select installer output, clarified output text, and corrected typos.
  • Installer creates recording directory if one is not already present.
  • Installer tells user if they have a windows iPod.
  • Installer checks to ensure Mac OS X is not installed on the target iPod.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher
  • iPod: 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation

iPod-Linux Installer is freeware.

Recipods, PodMeals, and mFinder: Emeril's Free iPod Apps

Recipods

PR: Now can you have Emeril's restaurant information in the palm of your hand. You'll find addresses, phone numbers, hours, management, attire and parking for all of the restaurants in five different cities! Now can you have emerils.com weekly menus in the palm of your hand. Jamming to tunes in the grocery and can't think of what to make for dinner - check your Apple iPod for podMeals! 10,000 songs in your pocket? Big deal! How about 1000 Emeril recipes in your pocket? Go home, put on some tunes and create a little love and magic in the kitchen!

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.2 or greater
  • iPod Firmware 2.0
  • 3rd Generation iPod or iPod mini

Recipods is freeware.

PodMeals

Now can you have emerils.com weekly menus in the palm of your hand. Jamming to tunes in the grocery and can't think of what to make for dinner - check you Apple iPod for podMeals!

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.2 or greater
  • iPod Firmware 2.0
  • 3rd Generation iPod or iPod mini

PodMeals is freeware.

mFinder

Now can you have Emeril's restaurant information in the palm of your hand. You'll find addresses, phone numbers, hours, management, attire and parking for all of the restaurants in five different cities!

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.2 or greater
  • iPod Firmware 2.0
  • 3rd Generation iPod or iPod mini

mFinder is freeware.

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