Archive for the ‘music’ Category
  • USB/Vinyl recorder blends old and new - compliments of Denon
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2009 at 6:59 pm
    There isn't a group that at times could be any more vocal about their beliefs than the vinyl crowd. Vinyl they say, has a more lifelike, "warmer" sound - better than the cold, harsh, and analytical of compressed music that has made itself popular today. Denon, looking to end the dispute and bring both sides together in a technological harmonious event is releasing a functional and good looking Vinyl to USB recorder. Now the vinyl purist and digital savvy user don't have to quarrel day in an...
  • Wirelessly sync iTunes playlists to your Blackberry with ParkVu’s i2b.
    by Mike
    Posted April 3rd, 2009 at 11:24 am
    If you're jumping up and down in excitement take a minute to read the article fully.  I'm sure there are many Blackberry users out there who use iTunes as their online music store of choice.  Thankfully, albeit slowly, RIM is making progress on better iTunes/Blackberry making the coporate workhorse and consumer oriented music store play respectably well together and with the latest itterations even allowing iTunes syncing to your Blackberry.  ParkVu however is on the offensive and moving ...
  • iTunes “variable pricing” going live on April 7th
    by Mike
    Posted March 26th, 2009 at 9:51 am
    i Tunes has gone through some radical changes the last couple months.  The biggest and most important is the removal of DRM from soon to be all tracks and the quality getting a bump up to 256kbps from a lowly 128kbps.  In order to get the greedy labels to relinquish their grasp on DRM, Apple finally caved in to demands for tiered pricing.  What does that mean for you the consumer.  Only that the "popular" songs as deemed by some recording industry shmuck will now sell for $1.29 instead of...
  • Apple reveals new Shuffles…plans to steal your money
    by Mike
    Posted March 11th, 2009 at 10:52 am
    The iPod shuffle is one of the bread and butter income sources for the Cupertino based company that has routinely been a hot seller.  For some, the lack of a screen would turn them off.  For others, simlicity is key.  That's where the shuffle shines.  The latest update to Apple's bottom line comes by way of redisigned shuffles that are smaller than a AA battery, "talking action", and move the controls to the headphone cord...a very stupid decision...very anti-consumer.  Sure it may be e...
  • Nokia 5800 Xpress Music coming to party a day early
    by Mike
    Posted February 25th, 2009 at 11:01 am
    In a techie's life, there's nothing better than products jumping ahead in the schedule and coming to market early, saving you countless hours of what is almost surely complete torture filled with uncontrollable drooling, shaking episodes, and other unexpected events.  If you are a Nokia fanatic and mobile connoisseur, today is your luckiest of days as flagship Nokia stores will start selling the 5800 XpressMusic at 3:00 TODAY!  So if you've been waiting for the miraculous appearance of Nok...
  • Apple’s forgotten iTunes app management shown in video
    by Mike
    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 8:42 am
    Apps are definitely a big part of the iPhone.  Some could even argue that apps are the iPhone.  Even though managing apps and moving them around is fairly intuitive, it isn't perfect.  However, Sean over at Gizmodo provided a video showing a simple and effortless app management system in iTunes.  It will allow you to move whole pages of apps, adjust app placement, and add "blank" spots to keep spots open, among others all on your computer.  Come inside and take a look at the no nonsense ...
  • Apple getting ready to release iTunes Replay (on-demand video)?
    by Mike
    Posted February 11th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    iTunes is by far the industry leader when it comes to digital downloads.  Vast amounts of data are consumed by Apple and iTunes users alike everyday downloading music and movies.  All of this digital junk requires equally vast amounts of space if you intend to store a large amount of it.  Even though hard drive prices are dirt cheap, some people are still limited.  Not to mention, certain devices such as Apple TV only have a paltry 160GB hard drive.  These users may need another means o...
  • Can’t carry a tune? Try auto-tuning.
    by Mike
    Posted February 7th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    In today's digital age everything that you can possibly think of has been digitized.  Everything from toothbrushes to clothing.  One area that has long been digital though at times obscure is the music scene.  Ever listen to a band or artist and hear them slide off of the occasional key?  On the other end of the spectrum have you ever listened to a CD and realize that without looking at the display of your player you wouldn't be able to tell if you player was stuck on repeat as every son...
  • Last.fm lands on Android
    by Mike
    Posted January 24th, 2009 at 12:13 am
    Android users have reason to celebrate tonight/today as Last.fm has been released for Android.  One might ask why is this any better than the aLast.fm app.  Well folks, it loads a little faster and has more features that mimic the desktop version.  One awesome feature that is an Android exclusive is background streaming (sit down iPhoners) which allows you to close the app and open whatever else your little heart desires, all without ever losing the stream.  Awesome job Last.fm team! ...
  • Alpine Introduces Their First Touchscreen iPhone Compatible Receiver
    by Mike
    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 10:33 am
    Alpine released some pretty cool iPod car receivers last year that looked good and sounded just as good.  This year they going forward another step and introducing a touchscreen to the faceplate.  The iXA-W404's initial draw is its 4.3" QVGA display that does more or less a pretty good job or replicating Apple's Coverflow. (more...)...
  • Sony unveils pretty slick looking NWZ-X1000 mp3 player
    by Mike
    Posted January 7th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    Touchscreens are the feature of 2009 with manufacturer after manufacturer jumping on board and releasing their own.  Sony is letting loose a very slick looking mp3 player with an alphabet soup name dubbed the NWZ-X1000.  The player features a 3" OLED display meaning everything displayed will be very bright and crisp while being more energy efficient than backlit LCD displays.  Besides a great screen the player also has Wi-Fi and headphone independent noise cancellation.  Interested parti...
  • iTunes Music Store U.S. edition the only Free edition?
    by Mike
    Posted January 6th, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    Boy Genius is reporting that readers are writing in from various countries and saying that they are unable to upgrade their libraries to the DRM flavored goodness that Apple released today.  When they try to upgrade the the DRM free .Mp3 files a message pops up saying that the selection "could not be converted because protected files cannot be converted to different formats."  Why is this happening?  Well, it's very likely due to copyright issues and other Music labels outside of our coun...
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