When geek meets musician: The 8-bit Guitar

When geek meets musician: The 8-bit Guitar

Electronic musical doodads may be getting a bad rap these days with more and more kids choosing to play musical video games than actual musical instruments. But never fear, there is hope for music in the next generation… Mike Davenport sent Hack-a-Day his creation — an 8-bit, Geek’s paradise, 8-bit guitar. The basics that we do know are that it uses an FVGA logic board, a joystiq for tweaking pitch, selectable wave and output controls for further sound…

Guitar amp, check. Computer, check. [The Orange Amps All In One Computer Amplifier Speaker]

Guitar amp, check.  Computer, check.  [The Orange Amps All In One Computer Amplifier Speaker]

Yes folks, it’s time for another somewhat-crazy-though-not-so-crazy-when-you-think-about-it-and-actually-kind-of-useful gadget. Today, we’re looking at the Orange Amps All In One Computer Amplifier Speaker made by, Orange Amps. This odd looking contraption is actually a fully working guitar amp and computer all-in-one. (Ok, I’m done with all the “-” nonsense…) As a computer, the specs don’t look half bad: 500GB hard drive, 4GB…

Better late than never: Zune HD 64 appears, disappears just as quickly. Google cache prevails yet again. [Update: Pricing and release date info]

Better late than never: Zune HD 64 appears, disappears just as quickly.  Google cache prevails yet again. [Update: Pricing and release date info]

Update: Hot of the press — Looks like the Zune HD 64 will retail for $350 and become available April 12th. Current 16GB and 32GB models will also see some lovin’ in the form of a $20 price drop. Interest piqued? (Engadget) Whether or not you were left with a slightly bitter taste in your mouth back when Microsoft announced the Zune HD 16 and 32GB mp3 players, dropping the ball for audio aficionados in not offering a higher capacity 64GB option, it…

Pink Floyd wins court battle over single-song downloads. Is this a good thing?

Pink Floyd wins court battle over single-song downloads.  Is this a good thing?

In the digital age, the way we consumer music has changed. Gone (for most anyway) are the days of driving to the record/music store, buying that physical disc, and then driving back home to unwrap and listen to your new collection of songs while flipping through the album art. Nowadays, we download songs a-la-carte and rarely if ever are just listening to a song. With MP3 players being a common household item now, we can listen to music and do pretty much any other task…

RIAA/labels wanted iTunes LP’s, not Apple.

RIAA/labels wanted iTunes LP’s, not Apple.

Last year when Apple was all jubilant about iTunes LP’s, a lot of tech people were left scratching their heads wondering wtf was going on. Over the last few years, Apple has been promoting, marketing, and pushing an entire generation towards all you can eat, cheap music via a-la-carte methods. Albums and “special edition” LP’s are a complete 180 from their general philosophy. That confusion was for good reason though. New information via GigaOhm…

“This is Steve Jobs from Apple calling.” GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE!

“This is Steve Jobs from Apple calling.” GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE!

Earlier this week, Wednesday to be specific, the Almighty Apple reached their 10 billionth song downloaded from iTunes. Apple was holding a contest that whosoever downloaded the 10-billionth song from iTunes, would be graced with a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Old Jobs thought that since this was such a HUGE milestone he’d give the winner a call. Here it is, a chilly February  afternoon, you are sitting, probably watching The Price is Right(since that is what 70 year old…

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