Earlier today, Walt Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs about all things Apple, including the name change, the iPhone, DRM-free music, and YouTube coming to Apple TV. Brightcove is hosting a few video clips of the All Things Digital conference, and we thought we might share the Steve Jobs interview highlight with you. There is some good information here, plus you get a look at the Apple TV YouTube interface. Give it a look, and let us know what you think.
So we just informed you about the iPod Digital Drumsticks which, when hooked up to your iPod, allow you to release your inner Tommy Lee. You say drumming isn’t enough for you? We present the MiJam Mini Keyz, a tiny keyboard that can also be hooked up to an iPod, and features drum loops and 8 synthesizer-like keys, so you can add beats and sounds to your fave tunes. Plus, the Mini Keyz allows you to customize your jams, with Tempo Up/Down, Volume Up/Down and Rhythm and Style buttons. You can even add a recording device (not included) to save your symphonies. Available now for $20.
This has to be one of the gaudiest iPods we have seen to date. Buy a Limited Edition Tide “Loads of Hope” t-shirt in blue, yellow, or black for $10.00 and you will have a chance to win a customized Tide iPod or a $50.00 gift card from the iTunes store from Proctor and Gamble. All proceeds from the sales will go to the St. Bernard Project, which is endeavoring to build 10 houses for New Orleans’ families. We realize that not everybody wants to sport a shirt that turns you into a walking billboard, but maybe you could just purchase one for your Uncle Malcolm for Father’s Day and keep the reward, should you win one, for yourself. The promotion is open until June 25.
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Paul McCartney’s soon-to-be released album, “Memory Almost Full,” is now an exclusive at the iTunes store. Pre-order the 13 tracks and receive a complimentary “Dance Tonight” music video with Natalie Portman and McCartney’s single “Ever Present Past” with your order. If you are outside North America, you receive an exclusive acoustic version of the “Dance” single track.
Apple also announced that all of McCartney’s 25 solo albums will be available digitally for the first time this month. We suspect that this may have something to do with the contract over the use of the Apple logo, but we are content enough in the knowledge that we finally have access to Sir Paul’s music. If you don’t have the cash right now, not to worry. “Memory” will become available to all June 5.
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We have heard the rumor that microwave ovens can injure someone with a pacemaker, now we find out that PMPs can do the same. A study was conducted by a 17 year-old high school student who gave iPods to one hundred subjects, the mean age being 77. Electrical interference was detected in about 50% of the cases when the PMP was held for 5 to 10 seconds, two inches away from a patient’s chest. Occasionally, it even caused problems when held up to 18 inches away, and in one case it made a pacemaker stop working altogether. Next time you decide to take a jaunt into a retirement home, you had better leave the music behind.
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Not too long ago, we informed you about the latest version of iTunes, which addressed most incompatibility issues with Windows Vista. Apple has now released an update that will “...correct an issue that caused some iPods to become corrupted when ejecting them using Windows Explorer or the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ function in the System Tray,” according to Microsoft’s Windows Vista Team. The team also states that “...[Microsoft and Apple] recommend you download this software.”
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True story: We were on the NYC subway this morning, and spotted a Wall Street-type wearing what appeared to be wireless headphones, with no MP3 player in sight. Intrigued, we saw an iMuffs logo on the side, and noticed numerous controls on the headset itself. Hmmmmm. After a little Googling, we discovered that iMuffs are indeed wireless headphones, utilizing Bluetooth 2.0 technology! You can listen to your tunes from up to 30 feet away from your iPod, and you can even integrate your Bluetooth cellphone—when you receive a call, your iPod is instantly paused and you can talk through the iMuffs’ microphone. Genius. iMuffs can be charged through a USB port, or with the included charger. The iMuffs range from $150 - $180 USD, depending on the type of iPod you’re using.
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Boomwave has designed a new series of alternate covers for your iPod nano 2G. In contrast to their demoniac cases, the cutesy Beraphims are crafted of silicone and come with cutesy names such as Articlaw, Ursa Mire R, Eyestein, Drizzly, Paw-a-tree and Flambear. The skins, at sizes of 60 x 105 x 18 mm and weights of 50 g, feature screen and click wheel protectors, paws for wrapping earphones, and included neck straps. Even more creative than the Beraphims are their descriptions. This Japanese company certainly knows their PR. They are available from ProClip Direct for 290 Yen (~$25.00.)
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Props to Pioneer and their ability to make flat panels actually produce a decent black. They are introducing their eighth generation of plasma screens that emit shades that are 80% darker than anything available at present. Usually plasma screens display pixels that are self-emitting and produce their own light, while LCD screens must be backlit when turned on, resulting in color flaws in both systems.
The technology will be available in a series of TVs in 42, 50 and 60-inch screen sizes, with a full 1080p resolution that they refer to as “Project KURO,” and have a contrast ratio of 20,000:1. Look for the KURO (which means “black” in Japanese) line to become available very soon. Even Apple has announced that all of their LCDs will be based on this technology by the end of this year.
Apple has a last minute Mother’s Day treat. The set comes with an iPod 4 GB nano, a gift card, and a 10% off coupon for future shopping of accessories. Best of all, hidden under the nano, is that most wonderful of gifts, nummy chocolate. This one is an exclusive for Best Buy for $204.99 with an instant $10.00 rebate and comes in either pink or silver. You had better hurry over there, as supplies are limited and you only have 2 days left to appease Mom.
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