Apple has announced that “a fraction” (less than 25, in their words) of video iPods sold after September 12 contained a virus that affects Windows Systems. The virus, known as RavMonE.exe, spreads through external data storage devices. The company adds, “The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free.” Apple also is offering free downloads of trial programs that can remove it. Although only the video iPods are affected, perhaps the next commercial for Apple will feature Justin Long with a slight cough.
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Okay, so a few days ago we had to give props to Apple for launching the RED iPod nano, because we can appreciate a company doing what it can to make the world a better place. Continuing in that trend, the rumor mill has been churning in regards to how Apple might follow up the RED nano. Word on the street is that they may possibly release RED Macbooks and iMacs as well. Our thoughts? Go for it. Seeing people carrying around RED Macbooks would rock our world, as Apple would be giving a portion of the purchase to the Global Fund to help HIV/AIDS afflicted women and children in Africa.
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Co-host of Gear Live’s video show, The Bleeding Edge, Jake Ludington recently took our Zune video coverage a step further by taking a few images of the device side-by-side next to one of the new 80 GB 5.5G iPods. You will see that the device is quite a bit bigger and thicker (it does house both an FM and WiFi antenna), and that the screen is nice and vibrant. Jake makes mention of the fact that the 30GB Zune is lighter than the 80GB iPod, but we aren’t thinking that is as important as how comfortable these things feel in your hand. From our impressions, it wasn’t too good.
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Apple has just released iTunes 7.0.1, just over two weeks from the time iTunes 7 was released at the It’s Showtime keynote. With all the bugs that have been reported in recent weeks, it’s good to see a quick update out of Cupertino. Here are the iTunes 7.0.1 highlights:
With iTunes 7 and the new iTunes Store, preview and purchase high-quality hit movies plus new and classic games designed exclusively for the Fifth Generation iPod. Flip through your collection by album cover with Cover Flow, protect your iTunes library by backing up to CDs or DVDs, and much more.
iTunes 7.0.1 addresses stability and performance issues with Cover Flow, CD importing, iPod syncing, and more.
Good to see the iPod syncing issues have been addressed, along with Cover Flow. You can all stop emailing us about those now.
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We have good news for all of you U2 groupies. Apple has gone in the closet to quietly drop the price of its U2 iPod Special Edition from $329 to $279, possibly to keep it in line dollarwise with its standard 5G iPod, which retails for $249. This 5.5g iPod features 3.5 hours of video playback, a brighter screen, 640 X 480 game support, quick scroll, and an extended battery playback life of up to 14 hours. It also has 30GB storage space with room for 7,500 songs, up to 25,000 photos, and up to 75 hours of video.
Offered under its new model number (MA664LL/A), the U2 iPod is still stylishly sheik in black with a red click wheel and U2 signatures, and comes with an iTunes Store coupon which is redeemable for a 30-minute package of U2 music and band interviews. We’re thinking that for the $30 extra, we’ll wait for the Signature Rolling Stones iPod.
We just picked up one of the new 2G iPod nanos for your unboxing pleasure. The little bugger is definitely sexy, and the brighter screen helps out quite a bit. Jump on over to our 2G nano unboxing gallery for a bunch of images, and feel free to let us know what you think. Oh, and why the pink nano? We can’t explain it, but while perusing the new models at the Apple Store, this one kept calling our name. Go figure.
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Apple has revealed that it is working on a new set-top box codenamed iTV. At half the size of a Mac Mini, it will look minuscule next to your other HD devices, especially if you opt for a PS3. The iTV will be able to stream HD audio and video from your iPod or PC with connectivity through USB 2.0 and both wired and wireless ethernet.
The iTV is packed with all the expected HD interfaces including HDMI, component RCA video and optical digital audio outputs. Additionally, the iTV is rumored to include the capability to function as a cable box and there is also talk of the possibility of HDTV downloads to the device. Details of these capabilities have not yet been released, but expect to hear more soon since the device is planned to be released in about six months.
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The last iPod update that was announced today was the new second generation iPod shuffle, which they are touting as the “world’s smallest MP3 player.” Looking at the product, you can’t help but agree - this thing is minuscule. The new shuffle comes in an aluminum case, and is about the size of the Apple FM remote. Really, it pretty much just looks like a button. The iPod shuffle has a built-in clip on the back, allowing you to wear it anywhere. Included in the package is a new dock, USB 2.0 compatibility, and is shipped in minimalist packaging. This time around, the shuffle is available exclusively in a 1 GB size, and is available for $79 USD. Apple is taking orders now, and will begin shipping the new shuffles in October 2006.
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So we all predicted it, and Apple made it real this morning during the keynote. The iPod nano is now available in it’s second generation form, sporting an aluminum casing with some great new colors. What’s nice about these are that they are even thinner than the original nano units, which is hard to believe because those things were tiny. The new 2GB nanos are available in silver for $149 USD. The 4GB model sells for $199 and is available in silver, green, blue, and pink. Finally, the 8GB $249 model is strictly available in black. Apple has even made the packaging for the nano smaller, resulting in 52% less material usage which makes it nice for the environment. The new second generation iPod nano is available today.
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Earlier today in his Apple keynote, Steve Jobs unveiled the newly updated 5th generation iPod. The unfortunate thing, however, is that a 16x9 widescreen model was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the video iPod sees a capacity bump from 60 GB to 80 GB, along with a reduction in price by $50 each, $249 for the 30 GB model, and $349 for the 80 GB model. Yes, the 30 GB iPod costs the same as the new 8 GB nano. The screens on the new iPods are 60% brighter than that of their predecessors, and there is brightness control to boot. That should make viewing movies and video on these iPods a little easier. Battery life sees an improvement as well, with the 30 GB model enjoying 3.5 hours of video playback (14 hours for music) and the 80 GB version hitting 6.5 hours of video playback (20 hours for music.) Software updates include the ability to play games, better search abilities which allow you to type in your query, along with a better scroll experience. The new iPods are available now.
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