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iTunes Unable to Keep Up Over Holiday

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 29th, 2006

Apple iTunes overloaded during Christmas seasonAfter some misinterpreted data on falling iTunes sales earlier this month, recent reports from CNN.com are saying that this iTunes sales continue to do quite the opposite.

According to reports, over the holiday season the iTunes store was receiving so much traffic that users were experiencing delays and at times where even unable to download music from the iTunes website. According to Hitwise, iTunes had received four times the amount of traffic during Christmas than it did at the same time the previous year.

“What you’re seeing is the tremendous success of the iPod,” said Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director with JupiterResearch. “No doubt it was a very, very popular gift, and no matter how well you plan on the server side of the equation, there are always times when you get caught short.”

Although many people had reported having trouble …

I-CY Penguin is the New iDog

Posted in Accessories,Digital Audio by Chetz on December 28th, 2006

I-CY PenguinNo, I don’t think it’s going to end anytime soon. This year the iPod has such success over the holidays that reports have shown the iTunes web site had experienced problems keeping up.

Adding to the frenzy is the I-CY, a penguin looking toy that reacts to music seemingly similar to the iDog, I-CAT and I-FISH.

The I-CY waddles around, flaps its flippers, makes noise and flashes lights based on it’s “mood” and the music that is plugged into it and how much positive (or negative) attention you give to it.

If your collecting, you can add this to your other musically interactive digital animal toys.

Catalog Page [Hasbro]

Tunes iLamp – No iTunes, No iPod

Posted in Accessories,Digital Audio,Home by Chetz on December 27th, 2006

Tunes iLampThe number of items leeching onto the iPod fanfare just never seem to end. Here is the Tunes iLamp.

The catalog page for the iLamp states clearly that it will work with any device that has a headphone jack, but of course it’s pictured with an iPod that fits nicely in it’s dock. Additionally, it is not just a lamp but an “iLamp”, and not just an iLamp, but a “Tunes iLamp” and is white in color, no doubt bringing in subconscious thoughts to the masses of somehow associating this product with iTunes and the iPod.

Nevertheless, this lamp does have a jack that will play music out of the two detachable speakers through any headphone port. It also provides ample light through 20 LED bulbs and for a mere $100 bones can be yours.

Catalog Page [Improvements]

Dyne Tuny 9 Digital Audio/Video Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on December 27th, 2006

Dyne Telecom Tuny 9 Digital Audio PlayerThe new Tuny 9 digital audio and video player from Dyne Telecom doesn’t have the slim profile of it’s Tuny 11 sibling which was released at the same time, but with it’s greater size of course comes some greater features.

The Tuny 9 comes in capacities of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB, and has a battery that allows up to 18 hours of audio playback and 8 hours of video playback on a 3 hour charge. Data transfer and charging both happen through a USB 2.0 cable.
It has a 2″ LCD color screen for viewing video and still photos with the overall dimensions of 45 x 82 x 14 mm and weighs just over 53 grams.

With the Tuny 9, you can listen to MP3, OGG and WMA files, watch MPEG4 video and view still JPEG photos. The player also has …

Dyne Telecom Tuny 11 MPEG4 Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on December 26th, 2006

Dyne Tuny 11 Digital Audio PlayerDyne has recently released two new digital audio/video products for the holiday season, one of those being the Tuny 11.

The Tuny 11 is a very slim (7.9mm) gadget that supports playback of music, video and images with a nice color screen and touch pad controls.

The Tuny 11 supports MP3, WAV and WMA audio files that can be organized and viewed in a familiar file structure. Multiple types of video are supported with different codecs, and the Tuny 11 can also pick up FM radio. The device also has a built in microphone to allow up to 34 hours of recorded audio on 512MB of storage space.

The Tuny 11 from Dyne comes in 3 different capacities of 512MB (DA530), 1GB (DA540) and 2GB (DA550). All three models sport a 1.66″ 65k Color TFT LCD screen and offer 8 hours of audio …

iCrib Adapts Your MP3 Player For the Crib

Posted in Digital Audio,Kids by Darrin Olson on December 25th, 2006

iCrib Sound SystemThe iCrib Sound System is basically a special speaker system that can mount on the rails of a crib and adapts just about an MP3 player to play music.

The iCrib has straps to mount to the rails of the crib, and has a holder for most MP3 players, provided the MP3 player is shaped somewhat like the iPod. The name, color and shape of the holder and the sound system in this case pretty much implies ‘iPod’ to me, but the manufacturer advertises that any MP3 player would work. The holder is removable so you can connect the MP3 player without removing the entire iCrib sound system from the railing.

The iCrib is actually more than just a set of speakers to play music, it has settings in order to help a baby fall asleep. The speakers have a sound output that limits the …

JVC EXAD In-Dash DVD/CD Receiver

Posted in Automotive,Digital Audio,Digital Video,JVC by Darrin Olson on December 17th, 2006

JVC EXAD KD-AVX2 DVD/CD ReceiverJVC has a pretty cool DVD/CD receiver called the KD-AVX2 in the EXAD line up that provides a 3.5″ wide screen right in the DIN sized component in your dash. With this design, no longer do you need to have those screens retract and end up blocking other controls, getting over-exposed to heat or cold from your vents and get bumped when they are sticking out.

This monitor is built right into the face of the receiver and allows you to set up your own wallpaper to display when its not being used. The KD-AVX2 from JVC is also ready to control your iPod with an additional adapter, and is SAT radio ready.

It also has output jacks so that you can setup surround sound quality in your card, and hook up external monitors for those in the back seat. The player allows …

Torian InFusion Portable Internet Radio

Posted in Digital Audio,Torian by Paul Patterson on December 17th, 2006

Torian InFusion Internet RadioI’m so happy; I think I just discovered the solution to my internet radio issues – the InFusion by Torian. You see, I listen to a LOT of internet radio and I’ve been searching for a good solution which would allow me to listen to internet radio without a PC.

The InFusion allows users to listen to any Internet radio station from around the world without the need for a computer. You just need access to an appropriate WiFi hot spot (WLAN 802.11b).

It works much like a regular radio would, select from thousands of stations and make up to 16 presets for your favorite programs. The device also includes an FM radio receiver if you can’t get internet access. Audio playback options include MP3, RealAudio, AAC, OGG (WMA in 2007). The InFusion has a SD MMC Card Slot to store all …

Cowon D2 Music and Video Player

Posted in Cowan,Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on December 15th, 2006

Cowan D2 Audio and Video PlayerSEOUL, Korea – Cowon is planning on releasing the Cowon D2 digital audio and video player on December 19th. This player has a 2.5″ touchscreen for navigation and handles multiple audio and video multimedia as well as broadcasted multimedia (DMB) without an external antenna. It even has a video out port to play the video on another display device.

The battery allows for 52 hours of audio playback and up to 10 hours video playback, and this player is very small. At only 78.0 x 55.4 x 16.6 mm and weighing only 91 grams it fits easily into your pocket to take you media with you wherever you go. You can also hold a pretty decent amount of multimedia files as it comes in 2GB and 4GB sizes, and you can add an SD card of up to another 4GB.

To get …

LG UP3Flat MP3 Player

Posted in Digital Audio,LG,MP3 by Chetz on December 14th, 2006

LG UP3FlatIf you are not interested in blindly following the iPod crowd, the LG UP3Flat will certainly set you apart. Yes it’s a small MP3 player, about the size of a lighter according to CNET. It also doesn’t have a display interface, but that certainly doesn’t rule it out of the cool category.

To avoid the need of a cable or docking station to transfer data from the MP3 player to your PC, a USB connection extends directly out of the player itself so the only cord you really need to have with you is the one for your headphones. Personally I like that feature since it avoids having one more cord hanging out of my computer, but of course if you don’t have easy access to a USB port this could be a significant inconvenience. The UP3Flat also has the ability to record voice directly …

iTunes Sales Falling – Not Really

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 13th, 2006

False reports of falling Apple iTunes SalesReports earlier this week from a number of media sources indicated a 65% drop in iTunes sales since the beginning of the year for Apple iTunes, which is apparently just not true and a misinterpretation of data.

A blog from Forrester Research is attempting the clear up the misconception that iTunes sales have been falling, citing that the credibility of the media may actually be worse off than iTunes. A part of the report indicated a drop in credit card sales, since Forrester does not have actual data of iTunes sales from Apples. This data was too small in amount to be able to accurately show overall sales trending.

A 3% drop in Apple’s stock that seemed to follow the same timeline as the media reports resulted in one upset technology company getting in contact with Forrester about the results. …

IRiver S7 – Easy Play and Joy

Posted in Digital Audio,iRiver by Darrin Olson on December 12th, 2006

IRiver S7 Digital Audio PlayerOne of the latest editions to to the IRiver DAP lineup for Korea is the IRiver S7. Some rumors have been floating that it might not be real, but you can find it now on the Korean IRiver site. The S7 comes in colors of brown or brown, and has 1GB of storage with 9 hours of playback time, and supports file types of MP3, ASF, OGG, and WMA.

The most interesting part of this player is the face with the controls. On the top of the face there is something that looks a lot like a goat with some sort of headdress, and a dog lifting it’s back leg on the bottom. On the left and right there are some dudes that look like they might be running away from each other.

Since the Korean site is written in the Korean …

iRiver S10 doesn’t get enough credit

Posted in Digital Audio,iRiver by Chetz on December 12th, 2006

iRiver S10 Digital Audio PlayerWhile iPod’s have been taking most of the limelight lately in the realm of digital audio players, iRiver has continues to move forward with it’s line of devices which probably deserve more attention than they get.

The iRiver S10 is a small player measuring only 2x30x10.8 mm and a weighing only 17.5g. It comes in 1GB or 2GB sizes and gives you continuous playback for up to 8 hours. It also comes with an equalizer with some preset settings with the ability to customize as well.

The iRiver S10 supports MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, ASF, OGG and MP3 files and has a built in FM tuner, as well. You can also view BMP files on the 1.15 inch OLED display.

This MP3 player has a small and simple design and at is currently being priced at under $200 which is not a bad …

Scratch up your own remix with your iPod

Posted in Digital Audio,iPod by Chetz on December 11th, 2006

iPod DJ Mixing StudioThe miJam iPod DJ Mixing Studio is a personal mixer that can take input from your iPod and allow you to apply your own remix. Actually, you can probably use any digital audio player to provide the music input, but these days everything is associated with the iPod when possible.

The mixer has two discs that allow you to mix and scratch providing different background rhythms, fill-in sounds, drum fills and voice effects. You can also change the volume and tempo speed and attach the output to a PC or Mac to save the result.

The iPod mixer runs on 4 AA batteries and runs only about $40.

Catalog Page [Hammacher]

Kenwood MEDIAkeg HDD Music Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Kenwood by Darrin Olson on December 2nd, 2006

Kenwood Mediakeg MP3 PlayerThis MP3 player from Kenwood is debuting in Japan this month, and has probaby gotten less attention than it should compared to it’s iPod and Zune rivals.

The HD10GB7 Mediakeg is a digital audio player that can play MP3, WAV and WMA files, and can hold up to 10GB of them. It’s dimensions are only a width of 44mm, 62mm in height and 17mm deep, weighing in at less than 80 grams.

A lot of work went into the design of the Mediakeg to ensure a superior sound quality and little or no interference or vibrations from the 10GB HDD embedded in the center of the device, which gives it a balanced feel in your hand. A special gel was used around the drive to absorb vibrations and ridding the chance of it affecting sound quality.
The buttons on the front allow …