iPodweek - The Best of iLounge

This week at iLounge: CD-quality stereo recording from your iPod? Yup. We score the exclusive first review of Belkin's TuneTalk Stereo, and find that the dual-microphone add-on offers the best recordings of any iPod accessory available. We also give high marks to the Belkin TuneDeck, which combines a cassette tape adapter and car mount. In addition, we test out the newly-released TiVo Desktop Plus Version 2.3 and find that the $25 price tag is a little much when you consider that the software does little better than free applications already available. The super long encoding time and lack of video editing to ditch the commercials simply doesn't make up for its relative ease of use.

In the world of iPod and iTunes news this week, a Wall Street analyst said both the much-rumored "true" video iPod and next generation iPod nano will likely be delayed. Apple updated the iPod and iTunes software for the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, and also said it has now sold more than 35 million TV shows from the iTunes Music Store. Plus, Foxconn, Apple's iPod manufacturing partner, admitted that it has indeed broken some Chinese labor laws, Coca-Cola makes a deal with Apple to offer Coke-sponsored content on the UK iTunes Music Store, and France adopted a watered-down version of the controversial law that could force Apple to share its DRM with competitors.


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