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There's a new streaming music service available to iPhone users in Norway. Aspiro Music announced the company has received word from Apple that its iPhone client for the music streaming service WiMP is approved and available for download through the AppStore. The iPhone version offers most of the functionality of the PC version of WiMP. It also features an offline mode that lets users play music even when an Internet connection is unavailable. Aspiro's Music Streaming Service WiMP Ready for the iPhone STOCKHOLM--Aspiro Music has received confirmation from Apple that the iPhone client for the Norwegian music streaming service WiMP is approved for download through the AppStore. Norwegian customers... 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...
The music industry as we know it is undergoing serious turmoil. Technology has advanced far more quickly than music labels have, and it feels like they're still grasping for a new business model. A lot of things are moving in various directions; there's iTunes, there's the various subscription services, there's the CD business and there's the mobile music business. iTunes has obviously done well for itself, overtaking Wal-Mart as the largest seller of music in the United States. Rhapsody and Zune subscription services also have great value, but one area that's struggling mightily is the mobile download avenue. It's odd to think that a mobile service would be struggling given the explosion in... Read more...
Cloud-based services have come a long way recently, with tons of companies looking to faraway storage portals in order to host applications, files, media, you name it. Google's entire office suite is hosted in the cloud (you save a Gdoc, it saves "somewhere" that can be accessed only via the Internet), and Microsoft's new KIN feature-phones save all images, etc. to a storage server off in the air. There's no question that cloud storage will be a huge part of our future, and while being able to stream your iTunes or Windows Media Player playlists around the home is sure nice, wouldn't you love to do the same to your phone while out or traveling? mSpot, which is a company already delivering digital... Read more...
Bang & Olufsen is a name that's associated with high quality and high prices, but for those who can afford it, there are hardly any better options out there in the audio space. The company's latest product is one of the most radical subwoofers we have ever seen, adding not only bass to your sound system, but a designer piece to your living room or basement.The new BeoLab 11 subwoofer brings a whole new look to subwoofers, and honestly, it's pretty discrete. That means you can place it anywhere and it'll look good; it's one of the rare subs that can be placed on the floor, in a corner, or even mounted on the wall. Inside the chassis resides a pair of identical loudspeaker cabinets with baffles,... Read more...
On one hand, it's just a clock, but on the other, it's one of the most connected and unique clocks we've ever seen. Grace Digital Audio, a relative unknown in the grand scheme of things, is showing the big boys a thing or two about design and feature sets with the new Allegro Portable Wireless Radio & Streamer.Designed to serve two primary purposes (an alarm clock + a Wi-Fi radio), this simplistic black box not only tells the time, but also streams in your favorite Pandora stations. Specs wise, it has an 8-watt Class D amplifier, a built-in battery, the ability to be powered from six AA batteries, and access to over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts.... Read more...
AT&T is launching a new music experience for users of the LG Xenon, Samsung Solstice and Samsung Impression phones. With AT&T Music, users will be able to download songs and albums, stream radio, and create customized radio stations. The service also has a song match feature that will identify a tune and the ability to search for lyrics to identify a song. You may be wondering why AT&T would want to provide another music offering on top of what's already out there. Mark Collins, senior vice president of Data and Voice Products for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, explained that AT&T wanted to weave together all of the most popular music services into a single application... Read more...
Announced last month at Mobile World Congress, the Jabra CLIPPER caught some people's attention with its built-in 3.5mm headphone jack that essentially brings the power of Bluetooth to any pair of 3.5mm headphones. That's right—with this device, you can listen to your music through your favorite set of headphones while still having the functions of a Bluetooth headset. Of course, the CLIPPER comes with its own set of noise-blocking ear buds as well. As its name implies, the CLIPPER will clip to your clothes, bag, or belt. All of the controls are built in to the 0.7 ounce unit. The CLIPPER can connect to two devices at once, and calls will override a song so you won't miss an important phone call... Read more...
We've heard "there's an app for that" countless times now, but is there an accessory for that? If "that" is talking about a MIDI interface, well, there is now. Line6--which is well known throughout the guitar and music industry as a high-quality company that products guitars, amps, effects and accessories--has just introduced the MIDI Mobilizer, which is said to be the only one of its kind. It's the most portable MIDI system ever, and it's compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch (all models). When connected to the Dock Connector port, it can be used to play, record and backup MIDI information anywhere; it basically transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into an on-the-go MIDI capsule, which will... Read more...
iTunes has the music market locked down in some ways, but there are still subscription-based services out there gaining traction simply because it's a market that Apple has shunned. There's no way to pay iTunes a monthly premium in order to stream as much music as you'd like, but that functionality will soon be coming to the iPhone anyway.MOG is making a name for themselves this week by introducing an "all-you-can-eat" styled music download service that's meant to be used on iPhone and Android smartphones, and the good news is that the $10/month service fee allows users to also stream music on their desktops. What's notable is that this isn't a download-and-save service; you can stream tunes,... 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...
Though it likely doesn't come as a huge shock to anyone, the amount of time that 8- to 18-year-olds spend engrossed in entertainment media of some sort or another — TV, music, Internet, video games, movies and even (GASP!) print — has increased dramatically over the past five years.In fact, on average, the young'uns are spending as much time focusing on entertainment daily as the average adult does at work. Even more, if you consider the average work week is just five days, while this is spread over seven days, the Kaiser Family Foundation found in its most recent study. Here's a quick breakdown of some of the key findings: 7 hours and 38 minutes: Amount of time devoted to entertainment media... Read more...
Yamaha has been creating sound bars for years now, and they've been growing increasingly popular in homes where size is a problem. Apartments and one-bedroom studios haven't been able enjoy true surround sound due to the inability to shove 5, 6 or more speakers into their cramped living space. Sound bars have enabled those living places to enjoy faux surround sound, and these two new ones add even more to the mix. The YSP-5100 and YSP-4100 are the company's two newest Digital Sound Projectors, with each one using just a single speaker but "dozens" of audio beam drivers. They're designed to sit underneath the front of flat-panel HDTVs, and they include four 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs, UniVolume... Read more...
Headphones just aren't what they used to be. Back in the day, whatever earbuds came bundled with whatever MP3 player you purchased were considered "good enough," but these days, any self-respecting audio player owner doesn't even unwrap the factory headphones. Instead, they head straight for the accessory department, where more and more high-end alternatives are finding themselves parked.Monster had a set of $300 in-ear headphones hit the market late last year, and now Ultimate Ears has a resounding pair of its own ready to wow those with enough cash to plunk down on them. If you'll recall, UE is now actually a part of Logitech, which knows a thing or two about marketing PC peripherals. The Ultimate... Read more...
You can add another product to this growing list of media devices that play content on your TV: the Asus O!Play HDP-R1 digital media player. The O!Play is a relatively small (1.9x7.1x4.9-inches), unassuming black box with rounded corners. It doesn’t have any onboard storage, but is designed to connect with media stored on attached drives or over a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. The left side of the unit has a USB 2.0 port, a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, and a reset button. The back of the unit houses the device’s output ports, which include analog stereo audio, composite video, digital audio (optical S/PDIF), HDMI, and a 100Mbps Ethernet port--the HDMI port supports up to 1080p 60Hz. Click the link... Read more...
Perhaps one the more significant defining digital attributes of the first decade of the the 21st Century could be the size of the ginormous digital media collections so many of us have amassed--media collections made of up a disparate assortment of video, photos, and audio files from a wide variety of sources. The advent of digital cameras and digital camcorders has converted many people into virtual shutterbugs and documentarians--collecting events from our lives, ranging from the mundane to the life altering. No longer encumbered by the time and cost of having to send film off to be developed and processed, the only seeming limitation is having enough storage space to hold all... Read more...
Belkin announced a new Bluetooth Music Receiver that lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPhone or iPod touch through your home's stereo system. After connecting the receiver to your home stereo system using the included cables, you'll need to pair your device to the Receiver wirelessly to listen to, share, and control your music. Like other Bluetooth connections, the Bluetooth Music Receiver gives you a range of approximately 33 feet. The Bluetooth Music Receiver uses Bluetooth v2.0 and can remember up to six paired devices. It is currently available in the US for $49.99 and expected to be available in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia in March 2010. Key features of the Bluetooth Music... Read more...
Speakal is no Apple, but it has certainly generated a name for itself due to its iPig speakers. Those USB wonders have sold like hotcakes, and folks needing a gag gift for the technology lover in their life have probably fallen in love with this here company. Just in time for this holiday season, Speakal is returning with an all new gift that's sure to make some of you giggle: the miSoccer iPod Docking Station Speaker. The company is understandably taking advantage of the fact that the World Cup is now on the minds of sports fans everywhere, and of course, the iPod has refused to leave anyone's mind. Essentially, what we're looking at here is what happens when an iPod dock and a soccer ball collide,... Read more...
Ah, live music. Is there anything better? Maybe a nice new triple-GPU setup, or possibly a sweet slate of Core i7, but other than that, we're thinking live music has the edge. Unfortunately, attending your favorite concerts has become synonymous with going broke, but the same folks responsible for jacking the prices are now making it easier than ever to experience your favorite artists up close...but not in the way you might expect. Live Nation has teamed up with artists, labels and iTunes in order to produce and promote a new section that features live music recordings. The service is currently live on iTunes, though only about 20 artists are featured at the moment. The section will expand to... Read more...
Love your music? No, we mean do you really, really love your music? If you're willing to pay to prove it, Olive has a new music server just for you. The all new 4HD is a specialized, high-end server designed to stream tunes from its internal hard drive out onto whatever high-end speaker setup you have, and the integrated Gigabit Ethernet socket + 802.11n Wi-Fi module enable it to send/receive signals over a home network.The main feature here (aside from the 2TB of internal storage space) is the ability to offer sound quality up to 250 times the resolution of a standard CD. Of course, the human ear probably can't tell the difference, but it's the numbers that count, right? The 4HD has a proprietary... Read more...
Bowers & Wilkins is a well known name in the high-end audio world. If you're spending big bucks on a new sound system, you're probably at least giving B&W a look. But if you're not one of those high rollers, you probably only know this company because of its Zeppelin iPod sound system (and its wild design).Now, however, you may end up knowing it for one other thing: headphones. As the world moves towards becoming the "iPod world," it seems like just about everyone wants to get in on the accessories game. The P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones are the company's first-ever headphones, and according to B&W, these deliver bright, clean audio with a "a natural, unfatiguing performance."You'll... Read more...
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