So your CDs and DVDs just keep piling up in the corner and you still are housing them in the nearest empty cardboard box. We suggest these Squished Animal Holders as a replacement. Available in cow, pig, or chicken, the two ends resemble wheel tighteners, while the animal in the middle looks like it is becoming road kill. Made of poly resin, each 3-piece set measures 6 x 8.3 x 8-inches and carries an MSRP of $39.95. We know they don’t do much, but they are certainly one of our more amusing finds.
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When was the last time you played Metallica to rock your infants to sleep? Rockabye Baby has taken rock classics and transformed them into lullabies with the use of such instruments as the glockenspiel, vibraphone, and mellotron. Led Zepplin, Coldplay, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, U2, the Beatles, and Nine Inch Nails are just a few of the musical groups from which to choose. Buy three at $16.98 apiece and receive free shipping. We think this is an excellent idea to get any fussy baby to lie down and crash to some superior tunes.
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It’s a frightening thought, but we’re wondering if there’s going to be a day when CDs will just fade away, like it’s predecessors the cassette, album, 45, 78 and 8-track. Judging by the latest Nielsen SoundScan figures this seems to be the case, as sales of digital music are up—almost 50% higher—than this time last year. Not surprisingly, CDs are decreasing in sales, down 15% over the same period (Jan 1- July 1). The main reason seems to be that the people are buying only the hit songs they like online, as opposed to the whole album, which makes complete sense to us. Unfortunately, this also means fans will miss out on some truly terrific music, because if you only buy Amy Winehouse’s hit “Rehab”, you may never experience just how amazing the rest of her “Back to Black” truly is.
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Wingspan’s iLoad has a very simple mission. Connect your iPod to any media source, such as cable TV, satellite box, cell network, or CD player. iLoad will transfer musical content, as well as data, directly to your iPod at high speed without the use of a PC or the Internet.
Wait, there’s more. Here comes the iLoad+, an add-on that will download audio and video to your iPod, USB storage device, or flash disc. Pre-order at the iLoad site and you will receive free priority shipping (a $20.00 savings) and a free 3-year extended warranty (a $29.95 value.) iLoad is priced at $249, while the iLoad+ will set you back an additional $100. Shipping begins in early November.
Read More | Wingspan iLoad Press Release
Trekstor has announced its new Vibez MP3 player, which will be out this November. The Vibez supports MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG and FLAC files, as well as WMA DRM (Digital Rights Management) 9 and 10 formats. It is available with 8-15 GB storage (that’s 300 CD’s or 4200 songs) and can also be upgraded by the use of an optional FM tuner card.
At a size of 105x50x18 mm, Vibez carries an MSRP of EUR 199 (~$254) for 8 GB or EUR 229.00 (~$293) for 15 GB and utilizes a Lithium ion rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of non-stop Bjork.
Read More | Trekstor Press Release
Hitachi’s new DZ-GX3100E Camcorder was previewed at the IFA in Berlin. Utilizing what they refer to as “Movie Master Technology”, this DVD Cam with a 1.3 Megapixel CCD records straight onto DVD disk and SD Memory Card. Using a USB 2.0, you can connect it to your PC to download your videos.
- Utilizes 8cm DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+RW Disc Media
- 1 Second Quick Start Function
- True 16:9 Wide Screen Recording
- High Quality MPEG2 Video Recording
- SD Multimedia Card Slot
- Digital Stereo Sound
- Recording Time: - 36 mins (Extra Fine Quality Mode) - 60 mins (Fine Quality Mode) - 120 mins (Standard Quality Mode)
- 2.7” Colour TFT LCD Monitor Screen
- Digital Still Photo Mode: Stores 1998 Digital Still Images
- Recording Mode: Moving (MPEG2) / Still (JPEG) / Audio (Digital Stereo)
- Disc can be used to playback on most DVD Players & DVD-ROM Drives
- Photo Capture Function
The DX has a MSRP of £349.99 (~$659). Check with Hitachi for U.S. availability date. I’m ready for my close-up now, Mr. DeMille.
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We have more news from Berlin’s IFA. Nakamichi introduces the IN-DV7, a DVD/TV/Tuner that they claim will “revolutionize your in-car entertainment experience”. The IN-DV7 has a 7”, 16:9 Wide-screen as well as a built in 4-channel MOSFET amp.
Other features include:
- Active Matrix LCD Panel
- Full Automatic Motorized TFT LCD Flip-out/up
- Touch Screen Control
- DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW compatible
- VCD, SVCD, DVD media Formats
- MP3 Direct track Access
- 60 Sec ESP
At an MSRP of $1699, the IN-DV7 could be the perfect solution to those long LA freeway commutes, but couldn’t they just have named it Fred?