Had to get this out quickly and will be delivering more soon ...
iPodGarage.com (A Bill Palmer joint) is changing its name to iProng.com
iLounge.com ... if you remember used to be iPodlounge.com ... and was pressured by Apple to change the name. Apple's naming policy is an "unsigned" contract that you agree upon with your product or promotional naming. If you want to be an authorized and accepted developer, distributor, or news site that is recognized by Apple, you must follow this policy.
Note also that the "Apple patented" scrollwheel was also removed from the logo!
Bill has posted a story about the evolution of the iPODGARAGE.COM website and how Apple's evolution of the iPod is behind the name change.
Here is some good irony ... Bill Palmer is running a contest for the most hits from a single blog or website. He doesn't say that any websites are excluded from this contest. The prize is an iPod Nano. Wouldn't it be ironic if this website WON?!!!
Click here to win me an iPod Nano!
Just as Bill promises to monitor his links in to the iProng website ... I will monitor my links out!
From the "iProng" website:
As of May 8th, iPod Garage is evolving into iProng™, the even bigger and badder voice of the iPod Generation. We're marking the occasion by giving an iPod nano and other prizes to bloggers and webmasters who help us promote the name change. Here's all you have to do to play the iProng Name Game:
- Place a permanent link to www.iProng.com in the sidebar of your blog or website, visible from your site's front page (even though we haven't yet changed our name, the iProng.com domain is already active).
- You don't have to let us know you've done it; we'll see your site in our referrer logs as soon as someone clicks through on your link.
- Leave the link in place from now through the end of May.
- Then on June 1st we'll count of the number of unique click-throughs from each sidebar link and perform a weighted random drawing to determine the prize winners. Sites with more click-throughs will have greater odds of winning, but even sites with a single-click through will have a chance to win top prizes.
First prize is a 1 GB iPod nano in your choice of white or black, delivered directly to your doorstep. Second prize is a $50 iTunes gift card. Third prize is a $25 iTunes gift card. Five other winners will receive a new iProng T-shirt.
Remember, all you have to do to win a an iPod nano is post a link to www.iProng.com in your site's sidebar and keep it there. Create your link today and help us celebrate our evolution into iProng!
Some followup FYT stories:
Kill Bill Pt III: The True Story Behind Bill Palmer & LoadPod
The Historical Bill Palmer, Not Found In Any History Books
The New iPod Garage Website: Now 2X The Rule Breaker
[UPDATE] Is it possible that this "name change" is related to the premise behind this article:
Apple Set To Get Tough On iPod Illegal
[UPDATE II] As of May 1 2006 with only 7 more days to go ... I seem to be one of only four non-Bill Palmer sites linking to iPRONG.COM. Out of those sites mine is one of two that are conforming to the contest rules. Keep clicking away on the link at the top right. Out of the two sites that are following rules I have sent 130 links from 81 seperate unique IP addresses.