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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 once ruled. Seemingly built for audiophiles, the PonoPlayer has 128GB of storage and it supports memory... 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 commenters. The group is already hard at work screening every video on YouTube. The prize for... 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 million loan that would have allowed it to pay off its debts and change how certain things... 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 library. In some cases, select tracks from an album, rather than the whole album, will be AutoRip eligible.... 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, of all companies, had the best shot. The Zune and the Zune HD were decent players, but they... 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 compatible with all major music formats, including the AAC codec (DRM-free iTunes compatible), MP3,... 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 Nokia now in the mix, there's even an outlandish possibility that Ovi Music technology could take... 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 stream from your mobile device, you'll need to sign up for Ubuntu's $4/month Mobile Package. Ubuntu... 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 years is at a library or other institution where there's no need to make the leap to MP3. There's no... 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 Rassweiler, director and principal analyst and teardown services manager, for iSuppli. "This has... 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, it's aiming at a lower-end market; a market that might better appreciate their slotMusic and slotRadio... 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 SenseMe technology which will categorize music tracks into a variety of music channels and playlists.... 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 Devices New Software Streams Pandora, Spotify, and More to the Living Room and Beyond ORLANDO,... 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. (Pinksheets: LVWR), a leading provider of content management and delivery services, is launching a... Read more...
Apple's iTunes service has revolutionized the music industry. There's little debating that. Since it was introduced in 2003, CD sales have continued to slide, while iTunes sales have continued to soar. Apple has somehow managed to not only beat out Wal-Mart in overall music sales in the United States, but trounce it. Currently, iTunes accounts for 28% of all music sales in America, while Amazon and Wal-Mart are tied for second place with 12% each. That's domination. But that domination brings eyes, and now the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether or not Apple's music practices are all within the realm of the law. These inquiries aren't uncommon; many huge corporations are investigated... Read more...
Samsung announced two new portable media players that promise high quality movie and video capabilities as well as a superior audio experience in a compact design. The new R1 has a 2.4-inch TFT LCD touch screen and supports up to 50 hours of audio and four hours of video playback. The R0 has a 2.6-inch LCD and tactile keys for easy navigation. It can play up to six hours of video and 30 hours of audio. Both players come in 8GB and 16GB capacities. Samsung Announces Pricing and Availability for Two New Portable Media Players The R1 and R0 Satisfy the Needs of Movie and Video Enthusiasts RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., March 9, 2010 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning... Read more...
The replacement of the MP3 has been coming forever, or so we've heard, but the ubiquitous file format has yet to really be toppled by anything else. Apple's AAC format is highly popular amongst iPod and iPhone users, but by and large, the de facto music format when it comes to digital is MP3. One has to assume that the format's run will end at some point, though, just as VHS and DVD runs ended when newer, larger and more clear formats were developed. Is this the end for MP3? Only time will tell, but a leading tech company is hoping to launch a new digital music file format that will add several features currently unavailable to MP3. Things like embedded lyrics/artwork would be included, but the... Read more...
Like rock 'n roll? Classical? Jazz? Heavy metal? Yeah, heavy metal. Whatever your style of music, all you need to enjoy BOSS' new is a desire to thrash and a guitar. The eBand  Audio Player with Guitar Effects (JS-8) is a new portable audio player that's designed for guitarists who yearn to play along with their favorite tunes. Put simply, users can plug their guitar into this deck, queue up their favorite jam and then play along. It's an all-in-one solution for guitar players who have no time (or friends, we suppose) to learn new songs while in a band. This device allows players to easily play over (and over, and over) riffs and solos as they try to mimic the licks laid down by artists... Read more...
When you think of ViewSonic, you probably think of LCD monitors. Believe it or not, this company is actually pretty diverse, and its easily-recognized monitor division is just one of the many aspects where it  to the larger realm of consumer electronics. Take the VPD400 for example, which is a rather robest media player that actually looks a lot like something a top-label company like Apple would create.The MovieBook VPD400 describes itself as the next generation of the ultimate, all-in-one portable entertainment experience, and while we kind of doubt it'll take the place of the iPod, the 4.3" display and high-res 800x480 display may get some attention from the anti-Apple crowd. It'll also... Read more...
It's a good time to be in the market for a portable media player. From Apple's iPod lineup (the obvious choice) to Microsoft's Zune HD to Archos' range of media-centric players, you've got options galore. But just in case you still weren't confused enough as to which device was right for you, Creative has just added another to the mix. The company once famous for its expansive range of audio cards has begun to dabble in the wide world of PMPs, and while it's newest product is no iPod touch, it may just be enough for you. The ZEN X-Fi2, as it's known, is a touch screen-based player, and on paper, it's pretty darn respectable. The 4" x 2.2" x 0.5" player weighs just 2.6oz. and boasts a 3" LCD touch... Read more...
As the newest addition to Samsung’s BEAT line of portable media players, Samsung’s new R1 is the company’s first DivX Certified MP3 player. The R1 is also the slimmest player in the Samsung BEAT line.The R1 features a 2.6-inch screen and 8 or 16GB of storage space. DivX technology produces highly compressed video that is designed to be played back on mobile platforms with limited storage capacities. In order to obtain the DivX Certified logo, products must undergo a rigorous testing program to ensure they are able to deliver a high-quality DivX media experience. Customers will be able to play back any DivX video stored on the R1’s internal memory. "We have long recognized the value of DivX technology... Read more...
We haven't a clue why Sony would choose today to introduce its S Series Walkman--after all, the company's Reader Daily Edition was also just announced, and it's undoubtedly the show stopper of the two. At any rate, those more interested in portable music than portable words just might find this tidbit more interesting. As rumored, the S Series Walkman Video MP3 player is real, and while it's definitely no iPod killer, it's unique in its own way. For example, it features built-in stereo speakers, a 2.4" QVGA display, a frame that's under a half-inch thick, video playback of 30fps and a battery life that's downright staggering. The unit can spin tracks for up to 42 hours or videos for 6.5 hours... Read more...
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