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Viewers and Chargers and Cases, Oh My! The Wide World of iPod Accessories

ipod-toilet-paper.jpgImagine this: Some People are still using their iPods to play music when they’re exercising, traveling, or generally just out and about. All of you I-Savvy individuals out there are probably scoffing, but it’s true. But why shouldn’t you use your iPod in the way it was intended? The answer is simple: because you can choose to do otherwise.

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Want more Media for your Money? Try a Hard Drive Based Player

zune-ipod-and-creative.jpgApple may have beat the rest of the industry to the punch, but it is catching up. There’s a host of high capacity digital audio players out there, most of which are increasingly video capable. From Creative Labs to the Zune, we’ll introduce you to three of our favorites, and of course, showcase the iPod. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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Logitech AudioStation Express Speaker System

An iPod SpeakerDock that's as portable and attractive as the MP3 player that inspired it? Yes!Since the advent of the iconic iPod, the undisputed ruler of the portable MP3 player arena, there’s been a storm of all-in-one speaker systems. I don’t much go in for “gimmick” speaker sets. Make mine loud, big, and ugly. But TigerTV host Jacia has found an iPod speaker dock that is downright attractive, even to audiophiles like me.

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iPods New Cheating Threat In Classrooms

The iconic iPod line from Apple comes in a variety of shapes, forms, and colors. Now teachers are finding that they have various nefarious uses, as well.First it was baseball caps and cellphones. Then teachers started clearing the memories on graphing calculators, or forbidding them all together. The constant battle against cheating is a difficult one, because young people traditionally have a better grasp of technology than that of older generations. Now a new threat has entered the scholastic realm: iPods.

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Steve Jobs says NO to Music Rentals on iTunes

Apple 30GB iPodSteve Jobs, the Chief Executive of Apple Inc., said that he is unlikely to give in to pressure from some ends of the music industry to add a subscription-based model to Apple’s popular iTunes store. Jobs told reporters that there was little public demand for a subscription service where users “rent” their music from iTunes. His comments come as the company he co-founded gears up for contract renewal negotiations with the major record labels over the next month.

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EMI Music Giant to Offer DRM Free Music Over iTunes

EMI, one of the four major music recording and distribution labels, has agreed to distribute DRM free music over Apple Inc. website iTunesBreaking from the rest of the recording industry, EMI Group said Monday it will begin selling songs online that are free of copy-protection technology through Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store. The deal, however, doesn’t include music from the label’s biggest act, The Beatles. iTunes customers will soon be able to buy songs by the Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Coldplay and other top-selling artists for $1.29, or 30 cents more than the copy-protected version. The premium tunes also will be offered in a higher quality than the 99-cent tracks.

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Sandisk Takes A Shot At iPod: The Sansa e280!

The Sansa e280 is part of Sandisks e200 series of iPod fighters. It does a damn good job, too!The SanDisk Sansa e280 is a sexy MP3 player! The e280 is a 8GB flash-based player with tons of extra features, a microSD slot, an impressively stylish design, PlaysForSure support, and a user-replaceable battery. The e200-series players are also a bit cheaper than their Apple counterparts. The Sansa’s drawbacks have to do with the controls and playlisting features, and although it is technically capable of connecting to both Macs and PCs, the cross-platform experience isn’t without its risks.

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Germans, French Take A Stand To Force Apple’s Hand

France, Germany, and a few other Europian Countries are complaining about Apple Inc.'s DRM rules.Currently, songs purchased and downloaded through iTunes are designed to work with Apple’s market-leading iPod players but not competitors’ models, including those using Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media system. Likewise, iPods generally can’t play copy-protected music sold through non-Apple stores.

Last June, consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden claimed that Apple was violating contract and copyright laws in their countries.

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Tech News Wrap Up For The Week Of January 15, 2007

Hurricane force winds crossed Europe from west to east this week, causing HavokBlack Hats Up On Current Events Launch Virus Wave
Virus writers attacked thousands of computers on Friday with a Malware program that a security company has dubbed the “storm worm”.  The difference between this attack and others like it was the tag line of infected emails sent to victim computers: “230 dead as storm batters Europe”.  While the worm essentially functions as a Trojan horse, allowing unapproved access to the computer for theft or spam production, this marks one of the first times virus writers have used such relevant current events to legitimize their spam email.  The storm in question blew winds up to 120 mph through Europe, causing deaths across the continent due to falling debris and traffic accidents.  The actual death toll is well, well under 230, however.

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Still a Great Multimedia Player…Microsoft’s Zune

Microsoft ZuneWeighing only 5.6 ounces, 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and 30GB of storage space, Microsoft’s Zune is just a little larger than Apple’s iPod – and Rocks. The Zune, available in Black, White and Brown, has several impressive features. It sports a 3-inch screen, four-way controller and a custom version of Microsoft’s Portable Media Center OS. The Zune also boasts two features that Apple hasn’t thought to add, an FM Tuner and Wi-Fi. It also has video playback and photo viewing capability.

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