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What's a man to do after a thrilling career in music? Invent an MP3 player is an unlikely guess, but it's the winning selection in today's Q&A. Neil Young is a name well recognized around the music universe, and at SXSW this week, he is introducing the PonoMusic streaming store as well as the $399 PonoPlayer. Aside from being awkwardly named, the entire notion feels around 10 years behind the times. We're well beyond the concept of a dedicated music player; Apple doesn't even cite iPod sales in its quarterly reports now given that the iPhone and iPad have taken over where the dedicated iPod... Read more...
After eight years of terrible webcam singing, nut shots, illegal backyard wrestling, skateboarding accidents, adorable puppies and babies, Photoshop tutorials, and on and on (and on and on), YouTube will stop accepting video submissions and will declare a winner for best video ever. “We started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with the simple goal to find the best video in the world. We had no idea we’d get such a great response,” said a guy in a video that YouTube made. Judges include an appropriate diversity of seasoned film critics, YouTube celebrities, and the most prolific YouTube... Read more...
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to learn of music stores closing shop nowadays, but when a major retailer with stores across the UK, Ireland and Canada goes into administration - the situation almost seems dire. HMV isn't just some regular music store - its seeds were planted in the late 1890s alongside the disc gramophone. In 1907, the company established a record-producing factory and then in 1921, a retail store was opened. Today, the company has hundreds of stores around its supported regions. To handle its situation, HMV called in administrator Deloitte. Last week, it failed to secure a £300... Read more...
In an effort to make CDs more attractive, Amazon is adding a new service known as AutoRip. If you purchase an AutoRip CD through Amazon, the retailer will now give you a free MP3 version of that same album. The MP3 version will be delivered to your Amazon Cloud Player library so you can access it from your computer, Kindle Fire, Android phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. To make the deal even sweeter, Amazon is offering MP3 versions of tracks from CDs purchased from Amazon since 1998. If you previously purchased an eligible AutoRip CD, those tracks will also be available in your Cloud Player... Read more...
And just like that, on the eve of Apple's iPhone 5 event, the Zune was no more. Microsoft's valiant effort into the world of portable media players seemed to have a snowball's chance in summer at making it, even from the start. Despite a huge marketing effort and a name like Microsoft, trying to crush the iPod, or even match it, seems to be a fool's game at this point. Years back, an astute SanDisk CEO uttered that you "can't out-iPod the iPod." He tried. SanDisk attempted to come out with a wide range of PMPs, none of which reached even a small amount of the success garnered by the iPod. But Microsoft,... Read more...
It was SanDisk's own CEO who confessed years back that no one could "out iPod the iPod," but the company is still plugging along with their Sansa line of MP3 players. Granted, these simplistic players don't exactly compete with the iPod touch, but still, it's a little strange to see the company introducing a new rival, in any sense. The newest in the range is the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player, which offers a smaller-than-life screen, FM radio, voice recording capability and a microSDHC slot for extra storage. It's available now in the U.S. and Canada, with Europe getting it "soon." It's said to be... Read more...
Given the lackluster success of the Zune line over the years, would anyone really be shocked if Microsoft pulled the plug? We sort of doubt it, and according to reports, the company may be on the verge of doing so. Numerous sites are noticing that Microsoft executives have been hesitant to use the Zune word in discussions, and it's unusual for Microsoft to distance themselves from something they care about dearly and/or are spending valuable marketing resources on. As for the Zune's future? It's all up in the air for now. There could be a rebranding, or there could be an outright execution. With... Read more...
If you have an iPhone or iPod, a large collection of MP3s and a great home theater system, Ubuntu has an app for you. The Linux distro maker has introduced a way to stream the music from its cloud to your home system using Apple's AirPlay. You'll also need an audio/video component that supports AirPlay such as an Apple TV, or one of the AirPlay-supported third-party stereo electronics from Denon, Marantz, or iHome. And wait ... one more thing. You'll need a paid account with Ubuntu One Music. While Ubuntu does offers 2G of free storage for music and other files, in order to... Read more...
It's the end of an era. You can shed a tear if you were a child of the 70s or 80s, as you probably grew up wishing for a Walkman cassette player from Santa. Sony's Walkman line still lives on today, with the digital versions outselling the iPod in Japan for the first time last month. So there's no question that Walkman units are still in high demand. But Walkman units that play cassette tapes…are not. Sony has decided to lay to rest their portable cassette player line, and what's incredible is that it lasted all the way until 2010. The only time we've seen a cassette used in the past few... Read more...
The good folks over at market research firm iSuppli picked apart Apple's latest iPod Nano, going through the parts piece by piece to come up with a true cost of materials. The final tally? Just $43.73, which only applies to the parts, and not the cost of labor, the so-called Apple Tax, and everything else that jacks up the price more than three-fold in the retail sector. "Instead of piling on features, as so many brands do with their latest products, Apple with the sixth-generation iPod has maintained or even removed some attributes in order to fit the form factor and function desired," said Andrew... Read more...
Is SanDisk back in the portable media player business? It looks like the answer may be "yes!" The company's Sansa line has faltered in recent years, with the last unit to come from it being introduced so long ago that most of you probably don't even remember it. The company's CEO once admitted that no one could "out iPod the iPod," so we just assumed SanDisk gave up trying as Apple continued to gobble up market share. Clearly that's not entirely true. The Sansa Fuze+ is the company's comeback device, but it's not even trying to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft's Zune HD or Apple's iPod touch. Instead,... Read more...
Sony recently introduced a new line of Walkman MP3 players that the company says will offer "outstanding sound quality, advanced audio technologies, extreme battery life, and more." What's even better, the company is promising these features for less than $100. The new Walkman NWZ-E350 Series Video MP3 Players will support up to 50 hours of audio playback (mp3 files at 128 kbps) and 10 hours of supported video playback (WMV at 384 kbps). Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA (DRM), AAC (non-DRM) and linear PCM. The supported video format is WMV (DRM). The players also offer Sony’s... Read more...
A new streaming media software solution called Jamcast is now available. Jamcast has a Virtual Soundcard feature that captures audio from your computer and streams it over a wireless network to DLNA and UPnP-compliant devices. With Jamcast, you can stream audio to HDTVs, smartphones, media adapters, home theater components, and more. Jamcast also offers easy access to music stored on your PC and on network attached storage devices. The software costs $29.99. The company offers a fully-functional 14-day trial so you can try it before you buy. Jamcast Launches, Streams Audio From Any Source to Connected... Read more...
LiveWire Mobile is introducing a new DRM-free mobile music service for wireless carriers and online service operators. The company plans to launch the service with two North American operators later this year. With the service, customers will be able to purchase DRM-free music directly from their handsets. LiveWire Mobile Offers New DRM-Free Music Service - To Launch at Two North American Carriers in 2010 Robust catalog featuring DRM-free content from major music labels added to LiveWire Mobile's music download service LITTLETON, Mass., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LiveWire Mobile(SM), Inc.... Read more...
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