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Bringing the sexy back to sound

Posted in CD Player,music by Chetz on September 11th, 2007

Loit Eagle Neo-retro CD Player designed by Art LebedevIf space travel were as easy as driving to the local Kwik-E-Mart then this is the device that would have to be in our ship’s cockpit. Say hello to today’s new sexyness, the Eagle Neo-Retro CD Player from Loit, a Singapore-based electronics firm.

Designed by Art Lebedev, the same house that brought us the $1,500 OLED keyboard Optimus Maximus, this CD player looks more like a nice piece of art than a means to play your tunes. I mean, just look at it: if that doesn’t say “HAL, play me something like Dirty Vegas meets Justin Timberlake and make it fresh,” what does?

Sony’s Rolly officially announced

Posted in MP3,music,News,Sony by Chetz on September 10th, 2007

Sony Rolly will dance with the musicSony has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding its musical robotic egg, the Rolly, that we first reported to you a week ago. The 300 gram gizmo is a moving MP3 player that is motion sensitive; give it a spin in one direction and the Rolly’s volume will go up, the other way and the tunes will lower down. Pushing the Rolly forwards, backwards or giving it a shake will allow you to change songs. While it’s moving about the side corners of it will “flap” and a cascade of pretty blue and green lights will undulate from the bottom of the Rolly.

Apple Launches iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store

Posted in Apple,iTunes,music,News,Services,Wi-Fi by Chris Weber on September 5th, 2007

Apple launches the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store to access millions of songs wireless through the iPhone or iPod touchAlong with all the cool new stuff announced by Apple today the company also unveiled a new upcoming, wireless music download service called the iTunes Wi-Fi Music store.

The Wi-Fi Music store allows owners of the iPhone or the iPod touch to access and download over six million different songs through any Wi-Fi hotspot directly to their mobile device through a new iTunes button.

Sony Rolly Video Has Strange, Music Loving Gadget

Posted in music,Rumors,Sony by Darrin Olson on September 1st, 2007

Sony Rolly video shows off strange looking rolling, dancing device that responds to musicThe Sony Rolly is something that’s got a lot of people talking about Sony, which may be the whole point of the device, whether its real or not. This Miuro look-a-like (which interestingly we reported on exactly one year ago), appears to respond to music by rolling and “dancing” around on the floor. From the video it looks football shaped and can move forward or back, turn, spin, has some “wings” that open on the sides like little arms when it dances along with some glowing lights that change color as it moves.

There really isn’t any information about the Rolly available aside from this strange video, which again might be intentional by Sony. Engadget was able to contact at least one Sony representative about the product who neither confirmed nor denied any information about it. They did however say that it had nothing to do with any recent product releases from Sony. Take a look at the video after the jump and see what you think:

Look at the Pretty Lights

Posted in music,Yamaha by Chetz on August 31st, 2007

Yamaha Tenori-On music sequencerThis funky looking device is Yamaha’s Tenori-on, a sci-fi looking musical sequencer that lets you create sounds and songs by merely fooling around with its buttons. Designed by Professor Toshio Iwai at the University of Tokyo (the same guy that came up with the “Electroplankton” game for the Nintendo DS) the Tenori-on is an aluminum frame with 16 x 16 rows of rubber padded LED switches arranged within.

By pressing one you not only create a noise but a burst of light as well, food for both your ears and eyes. The device recognizes how long you depressed the button as well as the angle of you holding it, both of which can effect the sound and light streams that are subsequently created. There are a couple of other buttons and a jog dial which allows you to alter the tempo, beat, effects and so forth.

SoundUP your music with Targus

Posted in Digital Audio,music,Targus by Chetz on August 23rd, 2007

SoundUP from Targus improves the quality of your music that was lost due to compressionTargus has been well known for making computer bags, backpacks and other small computer accessories such as mice and keyboards. Today the company announced the SoundUP, designed to work inline with your headphones to improve the sound quality of compressed audio media.

The SoundUP device itself measures about the same size if not bigger than many MP3 players with dimensions of 3″ x 1.5″ x 7/8″ and a weight of just under 2 ounces. Targus says it uses a High Definition Sound Enhancer to “separate and reprocess digital music files, providing a three dimensional sound envelope from your MP3 player”. The device promises to improve the overall sound of files that are compressed for size, bringing out instruments and music that normally would not be heard otherwise.

The device plugs into any standard 3.5mm headphone …

John Lennon Solo Catalog Hits iTunes

Posted in iTunes,music,News by Chris Weber on August 16th, 2007

John Lennon’s solo catalog of music now available on iTunesApple has announced that 16 solo works by John Lennon through EMI are now available for download through iTunes. These songs will also be offered as part of the iTunes Plus program where you can pay an extra 30 cents to get the songs DRM-free and at 256 kbps AAC encoding.

“John would have loved the fact that his music will now be available in a format suited to a new generation of listeners,” said Yoko Ono in the Apple press release

Lennon marks the second of the Beatles artists to allow iTunes to sell their solo albums after Paul McCartney, and rumors have it that talks between Apple and the widow of George Harrison are in the works as well. Apple so far has had no luck however with bringing Ringo Star or the collective Beatles …

UMG to Offer its own DRM-Free music downloads

Posted in DRM,music,News,Services,UMG by Darrin Olson on August 10th, 2007

Universal Music Group will have a trial of selling DRM free music online, but not through iTunesUniversal Music Group has announced that it is going start offering 99 cent downloads of its online music without any copyright restrictions as somewhat of a trial starting August 21 through Jan 31. UMG says it will be offering the music tracks in the MP3 format but individual retailers will be allowed to sell them in whichever DRM-free format they wish. This comes after last month when UMG decided not to renew its contract with Apple iTunes, and although iTunes is currently the largest online music retailer it will not be one of the retailers to offer UMG’s 99 cent DRM-free tracks.

According to AP: “Among the online retailers that will be selling the tracks are Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Best Buy Co, RealNetworks Inc’s Rhapsody, …

Sonoro Cubo stylish and colorful music system

Posted in music,Radio by Darrin Olson on August 5th, 2007

Sonoro Cubo music system with FM radio, CD player and auxiliary jackA German company called Sonoro has a CD/clock radio that feature a compact, stylish look in an array of 7 different high gloss finishes and 3 wood grains to match almost any decor. The Sonoro Cubo measures only 230mm wide and 210mm deep making it able to fit tight places or take up minimal room on a nightstand.

The petite Cubo houses a CD player that can play back standard CD’s, CD-R’s and CD-RW’s. It also has an FM radio with 6 station presets, a digital alarm clock and an auxiliary port to play back from a portable media player or other audio device. It also has a stereo headphone jack but unfortunately only one built-in speaker.

All of the Cubo’s are made with a wooden casing whether they have the gloss or wood grain finish and contains …

Apple Becomes #3 Music Retailer in U.S.

Posted in Apple,music,News by Darrin Olson on June 23rd, 2007

Apple becomes 3rd largest music retailer beating out AmazonA recent report by the NPD Group shows that Apple iTunes has moved into the 3rd position for music retailers in the U.S., beating Amazon.com out of the #3 spot.

The report surveyed 40,000 people to find that in the first quarter Apple carried a 10% market share trailing Wal-Mart with a 15.8% and Best Buy with 13.8%. Both Wal-Mart and Best Buy sell a majority of their music as physical CD’s, but the study also noted a decline in CD sales while digital music sales overall continues to rise.

Even though Amazon dropped to the 4th position, its music sales actually increased from previous studies, but just not as quickly as its rivals. The music sales competition will be interesting to see for the remaining quarters of 2007 as Amazon has since started selling DRM free digital music through their …

Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 Mixer

Posted in Hercules,MP3,music by Chetz on April 24th, 2007

Mobile DJ MP3Say you’re a DJ chillin’ out with your crew when the urge to start a rave overtakes you. While our attempt at rhyming may sound as implausible to you as the likelihood of a rave spontaneously occurring within your vicinity, Hercules’ new Mobile DJ MP3 lets you indulge in your fantasy and make it easy to mix your beats.

Visually this baby looks like it fell from the same molded white plastic future presented in “2001: A Space Odyssey” but its main asset is the unit’s lack of cords letting it be totally free from stationary decks and thus makes for easy travel from your place to wherever the party is getting started. The dual mixing deck lets you mix, loop, fade in, distort and insert special audio effects and then plug it in to a computer for later downloading as MP3 or WAV files …

Kyocera Bluetooth Music Gateway

Posted in Bluetooth,Kyocera,music by Chetz on April 4th, 2007

Kyocera Wireless Bluetooth music gatewayIf you’re looking for a device that will allow you to stream wirelessly the songs you have in your phone or digital music player straight into your home entertainment system, Kyocera’s Bluetooth Music Gateway may fit your bill.

Measuring 87 mm x 74 mm x 20 mm and weighing just 3 ounces and about the size of a mobile phone, the Gateway plugs into your system’s RCA port and then plugs into your music player via the headset jack so you can hear your tunes aloud in your home. If you have a MP3 or phone equipped with Stereo Bluetooth, you can stream the songs wirelessly to the Gateway. You can also send the music (or listen to the radio or TV audio too) to any wireless Bluetooth enabled headset speakers and listen that way too, if you’ve got someone else living with …

EMI And Apple To Offer DRM-Free Music

Posted in Apple,DRM,EMI,music,News by Chris Weber on April 2nd, 2007

EMI will offer DRM free music to consumers through Apple to startToday in London EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs held a press conference to announce that EMI will be offering their entire digital catalog of music to consumers DRM-free. That’s right, DRM-free.

If you’re not familiar with this topic, that does not mean that the music is free, in fact it will cost slightly more, but it does mean that there are no digital rights management rules associated with the songs when you download them, which restrict which devices or how many devices that the songs can reside on. This, according to Jobs, will be no different than buying a CD and ripping it yourself.

This is really big news in the digital music industry. For quite some time now music download services like Apple iTunes have been getting some heat due to the …

Sennheiser PXC 450s Noise Exterminators

Posted in Headphones,music by Reuben Drake on March 5th, 2007

Sennheiser Noise canceling HeadphonesGoodness knows how many times you’ve missed your favorite of part of the song because of some loud noise or distraction. Thankfully, the invention of noise canceling headphones has come to our aid.

Recently released by Sennheiser is a brand new line of noise canceling headphones called the PXC 450s. Said to provide a ‘cloak of silence’, this high tech gadget will block out 90% of all that annoying noise around you, allowing you fully concentrate on whatever you may be listening to. The PXC 450s will run off of AAA batteries.

A neat little feature that is included is a TalkThrough button. Basically, you push the button so that you can hear what is being said, speak you mind, press the button and return to your music. In fact, it’s just a fancy way of saying a pause button isn’t it?

There new pair of …

EA Games Music Now Available on iTunes

Posted in Games,iTunes,music,Services by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2007

EA now to offer music from popular games for download on iTunesIf the theme songs and music that plays during some of your favorite games is not already burned into your subconcious and playing in your mind during all hours, Electronic Arts has now made the music from its best selling games available for purchase and download through the iTunes store so you can take them with you wherever you go.

The new addition to the EA website is at EA Trax which lists featured artists, news, videos, screenshots and of course music from some of the most popular EA games of past and present. Games are listed with links to the download through the Apple iTunes Store with currently listings for games such as Madden NFL , Burnout and Need for Speed to name a few, with specific songs such as Snoop Dogg’s version of “Riders …