For many, digital music has no "fixed" format. It is just various files ranging between 3-5 MB in an MP3, AAC, or WMA format filling their hard drives and populating various peer to peer networks on the internet. No matter what format you use, these fairly new compression methods make it easy to carry along your entire music collection with you wherever you go, surpassing anything we could have done a decade ago. So where are we headed? The Gear Live editors take a look at the future of digital music after the jump.
Electronic Arts recently spoke out on the topic of next generation gaming. The picture above is what EA says is a possibility with the next Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo consoles - football players that show emotions as individuals with stunning graphics. EA also expects that each console will have some sort of integrated wireless technology, stating "in every living room, we'll have a wireless hub". Interesting quote, as most know that EA is the biggest videogame publisher out there. They are probably privy to more inside info than most, which leads me to believe that all three major console developers do have plans to integrate wireless chips into their next-gen machines.
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Wired reports that the recently released World of Warcraft is turning out to be one of the more pleasant experiences in MMORPG combat. There's plenty of easy adventuring to be had right from the onset, the environments and your character models are a joy to look at, and the servers even help you level-up your character when you're not playing, so that you can easily catch up with other hardcore players. The game was released last week, and has already shattered records with over 240,000 units sold on its first day. Personally I'm still staying away, since I already have enough time-consuming but enjoyable things on my list.
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It holds 20 gigs, it comes in different colors, and they dubbed it the new Sony Walkman for added measure. Sounds like a plan to me. The battery on Sony's latest model, the NW-HD3, is also said to last 2.5 times longer than the iPod's 12-hour capacity, though prices are a little higher, at least in Britain where it will be available before Christmas. It's still compatible with the less popular Atrac music format as well.
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