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Sony Ericsson Xmini Handset

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2008

Sony Ericsson Xmini HandsetSony Ericsson has turned their latest entry-level music cell phone into a pocket-friendly device. It measures in at 75mm x 44mm x 18mm. Known as the Xmini, the handset will be available from KDDI and as you can see from the pic above, it’s a slider that hides touch sensitive buttons.

You get essentially the same features of a basic normal-sized music phone, they just managed to squeeze into the small device. Some of those features include Bluetooth, basic messaging, MP3 ringtone support and audio playback. Not really that big a deal, but it’s really cute tiny. Chances are we won’t be seeing it here in the US.

Motorola releases the MOTOROKR EM35

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2008

Motorola releases the MOTOROKR EM35Motorola’s newest music phone, the MOTOROKR EM35 has just been released, and it hopes that you will choose it as your new means of listening to music and handling phone calls. Some features include: CrystalTalk technology, Virtual surround sound, Integrated FM radio, Supports a wide range of audio formats, 3.1 megapixel camera and microSDHC memory card slot.

You can enjoy all the MOTOMUSIC player action you want. The MOTOROKR EM35 will be available before the end of the year. It’s a fairly decent phone. Not bad looking either. But today it’s the N97 that’s getting all the attention.

Marantz IS301 wireless iPod dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2008

Marantz IS301 wireless iPod dockWireless iPod docks are not new, but the trend kind of died out leaving us with many tethered versions. Marantz has one of their own to offer with the IS301, a Lucullan wireless iPod dock that transmits both audio and video and includes a receiver with ports for your home theater. Almost every dock-connecting iPod will work and it also features Bluetooth 2.1 for BT-enabled devices. It should hit Japan in January for about $277. Hopefully the US soon after.

SpongeBob iPod Dock: The stuff of Nickelodeon nightmares

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

SpongeBob iPod Dock: The stuff of Nickelodeon nightmaresI’ve been thinking on it for awhile and I just can’t think of anything more disturbing then this Spongebob Squarepants iPod dock. Mostly the problem is that you remove his large eyeballs and watch them roll around on the table in time with whatever music you play. It’s made more disturbing by the fact that he doesn’t even have a face, just the fleshy part around the eyes. That’s all you get. Don’t buy your kids this monstrosity, unless you like your kid waking up from mutant cartoon nightmares every night, complete with music. Video below.

iBoogie Speaker & Dance Machine

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

iBoogie Speaker & Dance MachineSometimes you just get the urge to dance. Problem is, last time you had that urge you came out of your Saturday Night Fever daydream and found all of your cubicle mates staring at you. Now you’re known as “that guy who shakes his ass”. There’s a better way my friends.

Now you can let the iBoogie do the dancing for you. It’s a small speaker that connects to your MP3 player via the headphone jack.The iBoogie includes an LED stick figure who will do the dancing for you, along with the music you’re playing. Your new little buddy has over 50 choreographed dance moves, and it’s powered by 3 AA batteries. It will only cost you $19.95 to live out your dance fantasies on your desktop.

Harmonica Kettle plays music

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2008

Harmonica Kettle plays musicYou haven’t forgotten about the classic kitchen kettle, I’m sure. You know, that thing that whistles when your water is boiled. It’s a pretty basic design that hasn’t really changed. At least, until now. This Harmonica Kettle has a built-in harmonica, as the name implies, instead of the typical whistle. It changes the high-pitched scream into a melody. There’s one problem. This little musical act will cost you $265. That’s one hell of a concert price for making tea.

The iBangle bracelet MP3 player

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2008

The iBangle bracelet MP3 playerThe iPod pretty much owns the day in the world of MP3 players, but that doesn’t mean they can’t give it a drastic upgrade in the future. Designer Gopinath Prasana prefers a wearable player and so created the iBangle concept. Wearing it is better then carrying an extra gadget after all.

This MP3 player is in the form of a bracelet or bangle, hence the name. It features a multi-touch track pad so you can control your playlist. It’s pretty small, so you won’t be watching videos or movies, making this like the iPod shuffle. Since everyone has different wrist sizes, the iBangle adjusts by inflating a cushion so it will fit snugly.

SAFA Xing MP3 Player is button happy, looks like PEZ

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

SAFA Xing MP3 Player goes button happyWe recently told you about the SAFA Bandi. Here’s the SAFA Xing MP3 player that looks like pastel colored candy. Oversized PEZ to be precise. The other thing you’ll notice right off are five large tactile buttons on the surface. Inside you can store 1GB worth of songs. The built-in battery will last you 5 hours before you need a recharge.

It measures just 50mm × 22mm × 13mm and weighs only 12.2 grams, so it’s small enough to be stashed away anywhere. But I have to ask. Why no separate PEZ dispenser with a variety of heads? I’m thinking I want to insert the PEZ module into the dispenser and have a head mimic the singing of my music. Come on, that would be gold. No word on pricing yet. Back to the PEZ thing. Somebody make that happen.

Safa Bandi MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

Safa Bandi MP3 playerSAFA has a new range of colorful and cartoony MP3 players in the Korean market that are obviously aimed at women. Young women wanting to match their pajamas apparently. They kinda look like candy and go by the name of Bandi.

It features a 1.5″ OLED display.(It doesn’t do video)It also sports touch scrolling, a unique GUI, and built-in flash memory. You can get it in 2GB and 4GB sizes, which will retail for $55 and $75 and in pink, yellow and blue flavors. It’s a Korea only product.

BoomCooler: Stereo in an cooler

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2008

BoomCooler: Stereo in an coolerThe BoomCooler is exactly what it sounds like, a hybrid of a boombox and a cooler. Not to be confused by the BamCooler, which is how chef Emeril Lagasse keeps his tunes cool while shouting BAM. If you know a hillbilly or are a hillbilly, I think you found your next purchase. BoomCooler makes it easy to roll your tunes with you. You ARE the party. It sports two Sony Xplod 6” x 9” 240-watt max 4-way speakers, a 1100-watt max 10” Subwoofer and a 4-channel 600-watt amp. It’s also compatible with iPod, Sirius radio, MP3, CD and AM/FM radio.

There is however a slight catch. It won’t hold your beer. Dry goods only. Something tells me if you are buying this, you’ve got some contraband dry goods to put in it in place of your beer. It will be the best $900 you’ve ever spent. You can even sit your mullet-headed kid on it.

Keyboard Fingertip Gloves

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Keyboard Fingertip GlovesIt’s a conundrum that has plagued musicians for years. You love your keyboard, but it’s just too big to take with you. That’s why some forward thinking geek took it upon himself to create these gloves instead of make love to a girl. The Fingertip Keyboard Gloves are probably a good way to keep your kids busy and out of your hair while they try to make music. They play musical notes when the fingertips are tapped against almost any flat surface.

Apparently, individual gloves can play an entire octave in the key of C, and pressing the heel of the hand will change the middle three fingers to final notes A, B and C. Both gloves are hooked up to an speaker via a wire, which should give you enough volume for a small concert in your personal space. The device charges via USB and costs $69.95. Now that these gloves have arrived, it’s time to hook them up to a video game like Guitar Hero so we can watch Beethoven rock out to your jams.

Best Buy to acquire Napster for $121m

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2008

Best Buy to acquire Napster for $121mBest Buy has agreed to purchase Napster Inc. for $121 million, which values Napster at $2.65 per share. Like many of us, you might be wondering why Best Buy wants the once relevant Napster. According to Best Buy, they intend to use Napster’s assets to reach new customers with an enhanced experience for exploring and selecting music as well as other digital entertainment products over an increasing number of devices. Um, okay. Best Buy doesn’t have any plans to relocate Napster’s headquarters in Los Angeles yet, and they have no plans to make significant changes in personnel. I guess they just felt like shopping.

iBikeConsole puts music on your bike

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2008

iBikeConsole puts music on your bikeHere’s an updated version of that iPhone Bike Mount we showed you in April that has probably sent some people to the hospital by now. The iBikeConsole device is mounted on your bike in pretty much the same way and will let you control your 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Nano without moving your hands away from the grips, which is a bonus because that feature will surely keep you alive longer.

You can also check your speed, trip distance, and more if you’re a numbers geek. Has a nice looking weather housing too. It’s about time they came up with something that makes it all the more desirable to knock you off your bike and steal it, because that old bell on your handlebars just wasn’t hip enough. The iBikeConsole is available for $76. Getting your bike and your iPod stolen at the same time…Priceless.

Sony Ericsson Video Phone the next handycam?

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2008

Sony Ericsson Video Phone the next handycamWith this concept Sony may be able to have just one gadget that does almost everything for you. It would serve as your phone, still-camera, video recorder, PDA, and music player all in one sleek little package. To lock it or to use it, you’ll need to twist the movable base. It features a 5 MP camera and has dual mode. You can use both the keypad or a stylus for input. It also gives you WiFi and music/video broadcasting capabilities as well as handwriting recognition. If it ever sees the light of day, it would be a runaway hit. We are all looking for that magic all-in-one device to lighten our load. But as cool as it is we don’t expect to see it for quite a while.

120GB Zune sold early

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

120GB Zune sold earlyLooks like one lucky user got their 120GB Zune a tad early, before it’s formal debut on the 9th. It was sold at a Fry’s in Atlanta for $250. Nice!