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Musical Porch Swing

When I was younger, I always wanted to have porch swing.  I also wanted a xylophone.  I got the xylophone, but my parents weren’t willing to get me the porch swing, so you can imagine my delight when I came upon the Musical Porch Swing from Musical Furnishings.  At first glance, it appears to be no more than a regular cedar swing, but make no mistake, each piece of the swing is hand tuned.  Each swing also come with a pair of mallets and a songbook to get you started.  While this is a high quality piece of home furniture, the price is also high at $1,000 USD.  The company also makes coffee tables, chests, and childrens’ furniture as well.

Prior to these offerings, a person would have to purchase two separate items at a substantially higher cost and still not achieve the space conservation, ease of access, and novelty that of our products offer. Whole sections of musical instrument classifications are waiting to be explored and incorporated into the home setting.

Read More | Musical Furnishings via I4U


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Save iTunes Videos

Ever since iTunes unveiled their music video section (free music videos you can watch via streaming media in the iTunes player) it’s been frustrating to have to wait for the videos to buffer before watching them.  Another irritation is that you can’t watch the videos in full-screen, even if you have Quicktime Pro. But can it be done?  As always, we have your hookup. You see, digging through the web doesn’t help – the instructions out there on the Internet are rather vague and half of them don’t work.  Trust me – I’ve tried.  The only viable solution seemed to be to use a video capture program but then you generally won’t have audio — defeating the purpose of a music video.  It seemed like a lost cause, that is, until now. On his website “A Warm Gun,” Seattle web designer, tech blogger and self-proclaimed Mac geek Ian Adams details for the world exactly how one should go about this suprisingly simple (albeit slightly unintuitive) proccess, in language that anyone who is familiar with MacOSX should be able to understand.  It’s so easy once you get the directions right!  All you need is an AppleScript, a few videos you’d like to save, an Internet connection and some spare time. Be sure to give it a try, this is one hack that Mac users shouldn’t miss! Save iTunes Videos to your Desktop |  awarmgun.net

Sony CD Piracy Sony is testing out some new Anti-CD burning technology in hopes of stopping what they refer to as “school-yard piracy”. Ah, when will they learn? I mean it takes them how long to come up with a “new” anti-piracy technology; and it takes people how long to come up with a work around? Even without someone breaking the security there’s always some other method to work around it. Nonetheless, Sony’s new method allows consumers to make limited copies of protected discs, but blocks users from making copies of the copies

Read More | ABC News


ColdplayIf you needed proof that we now live in a digital age, here it is.  The band Coldplay had their hopes of a #1 debut for their newest single dashed this weekend when “Crazy Frog Axle F,” a wildly popular ring tone, sold more copies.  That’s right – a mobile phone ring tone is topping the charts in the UK right now. 

Update: It has been falsely reported, with the popularity of this super-hot new ringtone, that the song was originally written less than a decade ago by a 17-year-old Swedish student.  However, a sharp-eyed reader pointed out that the song is much older – appearing on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack in 1984.

Read More | The Independent


X-fi Xtreme FidelityDemonstrated at E3 2005, the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio Processor is capable of upconverting 16-bit audio to 24-bit audio.  According to Chris Roper of IGN, who was able to listen to a demonstration, it’s able to convert all kinds of audio back into their original 24-bit/96 KHz masters.  Looks like Creative has another product to attract audiophiles and possibly the general consumer - sounds good to me.

Read More |  IGN Gear


Internet2Proving that no one is safe, the RIAA is once again going after Internet2 users. Described as a second-generation network serving universities and research institutes, Internet2 is the means by which students have illegally shared music with the i2hub program.  The RIAA is filing lawsuits against 91 students from Berkeley to Harvard.

Read More |  Internet News


Converting LP To MP3

Posted by Troy Categories: Music

Convert LP to MP3I personally don’t own any LPs or EPs, but I might consider converting some of my dad’s albums later on.  I honestly don’t see much in the collection, but some invaluable LPs like a Pryor record are just too good to let them go to waste.  I could buy a new record player, but even with all these technological advances they still haven’t created a portable LP player. This CNet article presents a more rational solution to anyone that wants to preserve and convert their records.

Read More |  CNet


Winamp ml_ipodiTunes has officially been moved over as the only major software platform that you can use to easily sync your music collection to the iPod. Sure, there are other programs available - but none are as popular as Winamp.  The plugin is available at no cost.

The Winamp ipod plugin (aka ml_ipod) is a plugin for winamp. It allows you to manage your iPod from within the winamp media library. It supports all kinds of iPods, from the classic first generation iPods, to the iPod shuffle and the latest models.

Read More | Ml_ipod


PlusDeck 2

I certainly thought I’d never see this.  We thought we were going forward with audio as a standard.  However, maybe you don’t want to buy Def Leppard or White Snake CD’s because you already have the tape.  Maybe you don’t want to find them on your favorite online music store. Instead, pop in this baby into an empty 5.25” bay and just sit back and carefully watch your DVD/CD-ROM drive get upset as you kick it where the sun don’t shine.  We can’t wait to whip out our Ace of Base tape and begin MP3 conversion.  Sweet retro gods will bless you if you buy it.  Mac users get spared, for now.

Read More | ThinkGeek


iPod I love music.  I may be a computer geek, but I’m also an artist and an occasional DJ, so there’s always something on my iPod when I’m writing, coding, or surfing the Internet.  A number of bands I love are very “tech-oriented” synthpop or EBM (short for “electronic body music,” a sort of hybrid between industrial and dance) — in other words,  music to program to.  The tech-fetishist, often geek-friendly lyrics of bands like Psykosonik or Covenant and the synthesized, catchy beats produced by Melotron and Neuroticfish provide an excellent beat for those who need upbeat inspiration for their cyber-pursuits, be it coding or gaming, hacking or network security.

However, should you require something a bit more mellow, My Bloody Valentine is my new favorite.  Their music is fluid, ambient, and laid back — but it’s got enough bite to it to be interesting.  It’s very sexy, in a sort of synthesized way. If you’ve got a hot date with the cute girl from your web design class (or a hot guy you met at last weekend’s LAN party), and want something to play while you discuss XHTML 1.0 Strict Validation over dinner, this is your band.  Another great pick is Massive Attack, which is much more ambient-techno than MBV but still makes for great background music for dinner, art, conversation, or romance.  Throw on either of these bands for instant ambiance that still appeal to the part of you that wants something “tech-y” to listen to, without sacrificing the atmosphere.


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