iLounge Announces Major Guide Details, Support, Milestones

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iLounge counts down to free iPod Book 2.0, major milestones. Award-winning, leading iPod & iTunes authority announces big numbers, and one little number.

iLounge.com, the world's leading independent resource for iPod and iTunes users, today announced a countdown to several major milestones: the June 1 release of The Free iPod Book 2.0, sequel to last year's popular Free iPod Book; the imminent sign-up of its 100,000th discussion forum member; and the posting of the 4,000th photo in its highly popular iPods Around the World photo galleries. Published by The Media LLC, iLounge and its related publications are the leaders in free iPod- and iTunes-dedicated information online, with over 4,000,000 readers and well over 20,000,000 page views each month.

"Back in 2004, we blazed a trail with our first downloadable Buyers' Guide," said Jeremy Horwitz, Editor-in-Chief of iLounge, "offering our readers a bite-sized, magazine-style summary of all of our best tutorial and accessory information in a single, PDF-format document. And we did it for free." iLounge has released four such publications, with more than 1.3 million tracked downloads to date, and untold numbers of virally distributed copies: rather than charging for its publications, the site has strongly encouraged readers to share its guides with friends and family via e-mail, and through file-sharing networks.

Coming in the first week of June, The Free iPod Book 2.0 will continue iLounge's award-winning publishing tradition. "With over 170 pages, the second edition of our Book represents a radical improvement in every way over last year's version," explained Horwitz. "We've gone above and beyond the hundreds of iPod and iTunes tips and tricks we published before, adding expert guidance on virtually every conceivable topic of interest to iPod owners and potential buyers. And as always, we've saved a number of secret, totally new features to announce on the day of the Book's premiere."

The cost to readers? "Zero," said Dennis Lloyd, Publisher of iLounge, "Nothing. Save your money for a new iPod or some new accessories." As with its predecessors, The Free iPod Book 2.0 is advertising-sponsored by over 20 leading players in the iPod community, who exert no control over iLounge's editorial content. "Unlike other iPod-related resources online, we don't sell iPod accessories or services, and we don't offer 'advertorial,' paid-for content written to satisfy advertisers," noted Lloyd. "None of the Book's contributors is trying to sell you anything: we just want you to get the best possible information out there."

With video-ready iPods increasing in popularity, The Free iPod Book 2.0 includes tips on converting and creating videos in iPod-ready formats, for both PC and Mac users, and addresses important questions over the legality of DVD-to-iPod transfers. Since the majority of iPod users own non-video iPods, the Book also includes numerous pointers to free and paid sources of music, audiobooks, podcasts, games, and the myriad other types of content people now enjoy playing back on iPods. A comprehensive guide to iPod accessories and services of every type is also integrated into the Book, which features contributions by iLounge's Senior Editor Larry Angell, and Contributing Editors Jerrod Hofferth, Bob Starrett, and Bob Levens, amongst others, with editing and additional writing by Jeremy Horwitz.

The upcoming book is further bolstered by the large and growing iLounge reader community. "Ever since 2001, iLounge's editors have been devoted to helping new and prospective iPod owners -- at no cost," said Dennis Lloyd. "As a result, we've built the world's largest dedicated community of iPod users -- over 4 million monthly readers, nearly 100,000 of them members of our incredible Discussion Forums. Inside our Forums, which feature over 960,000 total posts, readers help readers with iPod and iTunes questions -- including new and old iPod models, alike. To mark our upcoming community milestone, our 100,000th validated member will receive a special gift as a token of our appreciation for his or her contributions to our community." iLounge will announce the member's name and prize on the main page of its web site in the near future.

Similarly, iLounge's iPods Around the World photo gallery -- permitting users to submit photos of their iPods taken on every continent and most of the globe's nations -- is nearing the 4,000 published photos mark. "We can't publish all of the photos we receive," noted Lloyd, "but we love the thousands of pictures we've shared from iLounge readers all over the planet, and look forward to publishing the 4,000th international photo soon." iLounge will also award a special gift to the submitter of the 4,000th validated photo, as chosen by iLounge's staff. Over 5,300 additional photo and art submissions have been made to separate photo galleries on the iLounge web site over the past four years, and $3,500 in prizes are being offered for contributions to art and photo contests in The Free iPod Book 2.0. Additional details are available on the iLounge.com web site.

Downloads of last year's Free iPod Book are available from http://www.ilounge.com/library/, along with various editions of the iLounge Buyers' Guide. The Free iPod Book 2.0 will be released in the first week of June, 2006.

About iLounge

Headquartered in Irvine, California, The Media LLC's iLounge is the world's leading resource of iPod information, not affiliated with or owned by Apple Computer or any other vendor of iPod accessories or services. Founded only days after Apple announced the first iPod in 2001, iLounge has exploded in popularity, today boasting over 4,000,000 visitors and 20,000,000 page views each month. In addition to receiving Best of the Web and Forbes Favorite awards from Forbes, a 50 Coolest Websites award from TIME Magazine, a Blog 100 award from CNET News, and best-of citations from leading technology journalists Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal and Leo Laporte of This Week in Technology, the site, its publisher and editors have been spotlighted by the Associated Press, CNBC, The Guardian (UK), Italian Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, National Post (Canada), The New York Times, Reuters, Stuff (UK), TechTV, The Age (Australia), The Sun (UK), and USA Today, amongst many other leading newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Contacts

Business inquiries only:

Dennis Lloyd, Publisher, iLounge

(949) 651-9113

Editorial inquiries only:

Jeremy Horwitz, Editor-in-Chief, iLounge

(949) 651-9113

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