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iPod/iTouch/iPhoneUtility'ripper'
Ever on more than MAC or PC? iTunes does not allow you to do the intuitive thing, which is to move songs between various iPod and iTunes locations for copyright and marketing, not technical reasons. What you need is a so called iPod ripper. I have not found a free one but for $25 I am very happy with XILISOFt's iPod Ripper and a number of their other products to get materials on and off your iPod without iTunes. More Here: http://www.xilisoft.com/ipod-rip.html (free trial download). Cleverly, you can load the software and run it FROM THE iPOD Itself, IF you enable Disk mode.
 
Some useful iPhone and iPodTouch links & info to check out:
(Guest host: Mikail Graham- Thanks!)
 
UNLOCKING YOUR 1st GENERATION iPhone or iPod Touch using firmware 1.1.4

iLiberty+ Mac or PC – http://tinyurl.com/4nrl7u
The iPhone Project PC & MAC – http://tinyurl.com/3oh4jh
Hack the iphone/itouch blog – http://tinyurl.com/4czy2f
iPod Touch Fans site – http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/
 
BASIC iPHONE 3G SPECS/FEATURES
 
 
iPhone 3G Features
– 3G-capable. 2.8 times faster than EDGE (AT&T 2G network)
– Simultaneous voice and data conections
– Microsoft Exchange AcctiveSync
– GPS built-in
– Better battery life – 300 hours of standby, Talk-time 10 hours (as opposed to 5) on 2G networks, 5 hours of 3G talk-time (competition is 3 hour 3G talk time), 5 to 6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio.
– flush headphone jack
– MobileMe replaces .Mac
– App Store – 71% of the apps in the App Store are to be free!

Pricing and Availability
The iPhone 3G will be available July 11th in 22 countries for $199 for 8 GB and $299 for 16 GB. The 16 GB model also comes in white.

iPhone basic plan:
$199.00  – 8gb 3G iPhone basic cost

$39.95 – basic voice plan
$30 – 3G data plan (no SMS?) – $45 for business users!
$69.95 – per month w/o taxes and other charges
$1678.80 – 24 month contract fees
approximate costs w/taxes and charges
$1877.80 – total for 2 years
and last for now
$10 – SMS message plan is extra
 
AT&T has stated if you bought your iPhone after May 27th, you can swap out your iPhone for a free 3G iPhone upgrade – no cost, no contract extension.

DRAWBACKS

3G service is not available everywhere yet you still pay for it
no voice only plan which would allow wifi to be used instead of 2/3G data plan
 
99% CONFIRMED RUMOR
the new iPhone must be activated IN STORE and not allowed to activate via the iTunes Store as was the case previously with the original iPhone. Tthis means effectively no JAILGREAKING of the new iPhone at this time.

New 3G iphones must be activated within 30 days or they will penalized with a yet to be made public fee according AT&T and Apple.

3G data coverage info
http://tinyurl.com/69ycow

 
MobileMe
.Mac, Apple's nice but relatively outdated service which gave users the ability to sync their contacts, calendars, photos, and files online, is now being changed to MobileMe.

The service runs $99/yr, with new users getting a free 60 day trial. MobileMe lets you access and manage your email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files at me.com (which still isn't quite up it seems). Push technology means when you update your contacts, calendars, or email on your iPhone, web, or Mac, the updates are automatically and immediately pushed out to all your other MobileMe devices.

 
APPLE A DAY article
http://tinyurl.com/5jfyxc
 
iPhone App Store Developers Have Size and Price Limits: 2GB and $999
AppleInsider has a scoop on the iPhone App Store and the limitations Apple is placing on them. Each individual app will have a hard limit of 2GB, as well as a ceiling of $999 for each app. These two look like pretty reasonable limits for all but the most extreme of cases. If someone wants to charge more than $0, the lowest possible price is $0.99. There are other details, such as how an App looks, how they're rated inside the store, and region control, but Apple's legal team had AppleInsider take those images down—always a sign that there was some good stuff there. [AppleInsider]
 
Mac Rumors iPhone News
 
iPhone Alley
 
The 20 Best iPhone and iPod touch Applications
http://tinyurl.com/2773dt
 
Apple WWDC Keynote
http://tinyurl.com/5e78oq
 
Moo Cow Music "Band" application
 
 
YouTube video of iBand
Parodia iBand