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The Thodio Box is an iPod Dock with class

Posted in iPod Accessories,music by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2007

The Thodio Box iPod Dock

The Thodio iBox is a very nice and somewhat retro looking iPod amplifier that is handcrafted from wood which is finished with quality high gloss lacquer. It will make your desk look much classier. The rechargeable battery provides 15 hours of juice, and the two speakers deliver 25 watts of power each.

It’s been a trend lately to recapture that look of old 1950′s Television sets with their woodgrain cabinets, and translate the look to these new devices. Anything looks at least a bit neater in wood, but with the Thodio, I think they got the design just right. Each case is handcrafted from 15mm of beech, oak, teak, zebrano or mahogany.

Wake the dead with coffin speakers

Posted in music,Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2007

Coffin It Up Coffin Speakers

These Coffin It Up coffin speakers would have been great for Halloween. Maybe you’re feeling Goth or just a tad emo, in which case they are perfect for year round use. Each coffin is made with melamine and houses 2 sets of speakers: 5″ 2 way and 6″ x 9″ three way speakers. Vibration dampening material inside helps create crystal clear sound that that will travel through your entire Addams Family mansion.

Each coffin speaker is 25.5″ long X 13″ wide X 8″ deep and comes complete with hand grips on the side for your poll-bearers to “carry that weight”. I suppose the only way these would be better for your music crypt, would be if a skeleton actually popped out with a guitar.

Casio makes printing CD labels easier

Posted in Casio,music by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2007

Casio CW-E60 Title Printer

I never use labels. I’m in the habit of using a sharpie when I burn CDs. The problem is that my writing is terrible. Lucky for me I understand my chicken-scratch most of the time, but sometimes even I’m at a loss. Printing out labels is a hassle. So the Casio CW-E60 Title Printer looks perfect for me. We all want more professional looking CDs.

It features a 200 dpi print resolution and uses a thermal transfer ribbon to print the label on your disc. Plus it comes with easy to use software to design your labels. It will also let you choose from 8 different colored ribbons for your prints. The price isn’t too bad either at $60. Sure beats trying to decipher bad writing.

“Rock Band” sales strong despite PS3 problems

Posted in Games,music,Musical Instruments,News by Chetz on November 29th, 2007

Rock Band SalesHarmonix and Viacom’s “Rock Band” has made an impression at stores and stood guitar fret-to-fret with Activision’s rival franchise and latest entry “Guitar Hero III”. However we don’t know exactly how well the rhythm game is doing in sales. The only thing we have to go on are the enthusiastic reports on gaming message boards and what a representative of MTV Networks, owners of the game, said that the game has been “flying off the shelves” during the first week of sales.

“Downloads are going great, rockband.com is going great with people logging on and downloading stuff from there,” said Mika Salmi, a rep for MTV’s digital division. “It’s got a lot of legs, we’re in it for the long term.”

Sony’s NW-E013 Walkman for the ladies

Posted in music,Sony,Walkman by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2007

Sony’s NW-E013 Walkman

Sony’s new NW-E013 Walkman is obviously geared toward the ladies and they are sure to be a hit. The design is certainly pretty enough and I imagine that women will find them quite appealing as far as mp3 players go. In fact, the more you look at them, they kind of look like high tech lipstick cases. They have 1-gigabyte of memory and come in sky blue, hot pink, and other girlly colors.

Sony even went so far as to create a set of little carrying cases with straps for these devices. It costs 10,980 yen or $101.52 starting December 19th. Considering what some women pay for shoes alone, I’d say that’s a bargain. It should also be noted that this would be a great Christmas gift that she should absolutely love.

The Lars & Ivan Hybrid iPod dock

Posted in iPod Accessories,music by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

The Lars & Ivan Hybrid iPod Dock

Whoever Lars and Ivan are, one thing is clear. Well, two things. They know design and they sound like a swedish/Russian adventure movie duo. This PA-40Ti Hybrid iPod Dock is a true work of art, resembling something like a techno hammerhead shark or manta ray from some far off future. It looks as if it may even eat the iPod.(In a cool way) They even left the tubes exposed so you can see them.

They’ve skipped the built-in speakers entirely and instead focus on giving you 40 watts of stereo amplification that can power your speakers.

Mickey Mouse MP3 player with Swarovski ears

Posted in Disney,MP3,music by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

Mickey Mouse MP3 player with Swarovski ears

Lately there has been a strange fascination with slapping diamonds or crystals all over our devices. Take the Mickey Mouse mp3 player. For some reason, someone saw fit to cover Mickey’s ears in tacky Swarovski crystals. We’re all old enough to know that crystal in this case is just a pretty word for glass. Even if these were diamonds, it would be over the top.

Iriver’s Mickey Mouse MP3 isn’t new, but the bling is. This was done for the Japanese market. Only 500 units are being made for the new pimped out edition and they are going for 16,800 Yen (about. £75).

Evergreen DN-DRK72 repairs CDs & DVDs

Posted in DVD,Home,music by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

Evergreen DN-DRK72

The Evergreen DN-DRK72 wants to repair your CDs and DVDs. Just put the disk in the device and it does all the work. The disc that comes out is supposedly as good as when you bought it. Let’s face it, some of us still use our discs from time to time and if it has been well loved, chances are it’s also full of scratches. We probably should take better care of our things, but thanks to devices like this, we don’t have to.

No word on pricing or availability yet. Also no word on how many times it could potentially repair a disc. I am assuming this works by filling in the the scratches using heat and liquid.

The Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments,Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2007

Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Music and robotics have had a strange relationship. I have seen bands with robot singers, robots playing instruments and more. Now Gibson is taking robotics and applying them to the guitar. Thanks to integrated electronics and motorized mechanics, this instrument can automatically tune itself in various configurations.

This is big news for performers. With something like this they only need to carry one guitar with them instead of several differently-tuned instruments. They plan a limited first run, only available in select stores.

Radiohead denies their fans are cheap

Posted in music,News by Chetz on November 9th, 2007

Radiohead says fans are not cheap with self-price downloadRadiohead blasted back against a report by ComScore that said only 38% of people paid anything when they downloaded thr group’s new album “In Rainbows”. As we reported earlier this week ComScore released a survey that indicated just slightly over one-third of Radiohead fans decided to pay anything for the band’s new album, only available right now as a digital download. Radiohead decided to release their new work exclusively via the internet and leave it up to the individual to decide how much they should pay to own the record, if anything. In a widely reported news story ComScore found that the results were that Radiohead fans were only willing to pay about $6 for “In Rainbows” and of that number the majority decided to not pay anything at all for the new tunes.

Retro Pac-Man guitar for the arcade rocker

Posted in music,Musical Instruments,Pac Man by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2007

Retro Pac-Man guitar

If you could get your hands on this sweet guitar, you could really jam out a great version of “Pac-Man Fever”. It was designed by Specimen Custom Guitars and it not only looks retro-cool, but it also has some cool features. Like the blinking headstock and a variable-speed knob located on the eyeball that can synchronize the blinker to the beat.

Sadly you or I will never EVER get to touch it as it is one of a kind, but it does make our inner geeks very happy in a dot-munching sort of way. Come to think of it, it looks more like a Pac-Banjo then a guitar, but I still want it.

Music Stick means the force is with you

Posted in MP3,music by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2007

Sony Music Stick means the force is with youIf you needed proof that Star Wars was way ahead of it’s time, here it is. This new Music Stick resembles a small lightsaber. It might even be the most lightsaber like product that is not actually a lightsaber. Of course, it may just be that the manufacturer wants to capture the hearts and minds of geeks everywhere. Either way, this is a slick looking mp3 player.

It features a 2GB or 4GB storage capacity, has a small display for track information, FM radio, voice recorder and a High speed USB 2.0 connection. The formats it supports for playback are MP3, OGG, WMA and WAV (PCM/ADPCM).

Radiohead fans are cheap

Posted in music,News by Chetz on November 7th, 2007

Radiohead let consumers decide how much to payWhen Radiohead made their latest album “In Rainbows” available for download on the internet and left it up to the person on the other end of the connection to decide how much (or not) to pay it was viewed as a bold experiment. Now the results are in and we know how many people decided to open their virtual wallets and purses and how much they thought Radiohead’s work was worth.

According to figures only 38% of people paid anything at all for “In Rainbows” with the average price per digital consumer working out to be $6. Among the citizens of the world Americans were the ones that felt it necessary to pay the most for the new Radiohead album, paying an average of $8.05 for it.

Concert on your desktop with Live Jam

Posted in music,Toys by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Concert on your desktop with Live Jam

With Live Jam, you can watch your little albino musicians(Who kind of resemble the Pillsbury Doughboy, but more fit) play individually or you can put them together to give performances that will rock your world as they interact with each other.

Each musician can connect with other Live Jam musicians to form a band. Apparently, they have some unseen roadies too, because they have multicolored LED stage lighting that sets the mood. They come in your choice of Drummer, Guitarist and Keyboard player.

Vocal CD albums for the mp3 shy

Posted in music,Storage by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2007

Voice Recording CD Album.There are always going to be some of us who haven’t quite made the leap toward the current media standard. I am sure that one or two of you reading this may have even actually played a vinyl record in your lifetime. Luckily for these people, technology seems to have a “No one left behind, even your grandpa” rule, as there always seems to be a new product to bridge the gap.

Take this CD album, for instance. If you haven’t quite made the jump to digital music and still have a CD player in your car, it will help you keep your eyes on the road. Each album holds 20 CDs. Just record a 3 second voice message for every CD. Then as you are flipping through the album, just listen to the messages telling you which albums they are.