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Quote of the Day: Britney Spears on Digital Music

Britney Spears playing in Las Vegas

"We're too smart for our own good. We're at the point where the simplicity of buying a CD and the specialness has gone. I think it's a shame. The whole process of buying a record was so special."

- Britney Spears reflects on the demise of records and CDs.

(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)

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Slash: Music Has Lost Magic

SlashSlash thinks music has "lost its magic." The former Guns N' Roses guitarist thinks the modern popularity for purchasing albums through downloads lead to the listener missing out because they don't get a complete package that includes the visuals of artwork.

"There was a certain excitement that came with the release of a new record, and a lot of it was just the package itself, and it was something that you milled over while you were listening to the record. It was sad to see them sort of get phased out, but, you know, with CDs at least you still had the booklets, but now, when you look at the digital situation, you're like 'There's nothing in it,' you know. It's not even tangible any more. It's convenient, but you lose the magic of it."

The 46-year-old star is renowned for his musicianship yet he believes playing guitar well is a "never-ending process" and he practices every day: "The funny thing for me, obviously I think it's well known that I quit drinking a few years ago, and so instead of picking up some other bad habit I just put it all back into the guitar playing, so I probably play guitar more now than when I first started.

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Avril Lavigne Starts Writing New Album

Avril Lavigne in June 2011Pop-punk musician Avril Lavigne has already written eight songs for her next album. The "Smile" singer only released her fourth album, Goodbye Lullaby in March, but is keen to follow it up quickly, and has already been working on tracks.

"I already have 8 songs! I would like to release the 5th album really quick (sic). This record was more mellow, and the next one will be pop and more fun again. I already have a song that I know is going to be a single, I just need to re-record it (sic)!" she wrote on fan site Avril Lavigne Band Aids.

The 26-year-old also revealed she will be performing a cover of Coldplay's "Fix You" as part of her set when she tours this summer. Avril also caused controversy at the weekend when she appeared at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada, as she swore during her performance of "What the Hell," which was broadcast live on TV.


Tascam CD-200 CD Player

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Home Entertainment, Music,

Tascam CD-200

Tascam has updated their CD-160 player with the appropriately named CD-200. Utilizing a TEAC CD-5020A transport that has a smoother loading drawer for less clamping noise, the player also has an improved internal clock for better sound and less jitter. The CD-200 features the same phono outputs and S/PDIF digital out as its predecessor, can play MP3 and WAV files and comes with a wireless remote. Contact Tascam for pricing information.

 

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Muji Wall-Mounted CD Player

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Portable Audio / Video,

CD PlayerThe Muji Wall-Mounted CD Player is a combination of retro style and human power. The player is wall mounted and works by a pull-string, like Mattel’s See ‘N Say. Volume and playback control is on top and speakers are integrated into the main body. At a size of 6.9 x 1.6 x 6.9-inches and a weight of 1.2 lbs, the device comes in either black or white for a price of $178.00. A bit high, but think of the savings by not using batteries.

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NPD Survey Places Amazon Second to iTunes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Internet, Music,

MP3The NPD Group has a new report that states that in 2008, 87% of all digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes while 16% were purchased through Amazon MP3. Analyst Russ Crupnick says that being in second place is encouraging considering that it has only been around for 18 months.

“It used to be that iTunes was first, and second was practically nobody,” Crupnick said. The survey also reported that many of the consumers are older and still purchase CDs.

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Chinavasion Portable Digital Media Center

PMCIt’s about time that someone made a portable media center in a shape that seems more natural than your average rectangle. This PMC has an 8-inch swivel 16:9 LCD widescreen, stereo speakers, a DVD, CD, MP3 and MP4 player, as well as video gaming capability. The device can run off an internal Li-ion battery or its AC adapter. It can also play files from SDcards, USB flash Drives or other PMPs. The multi-media entertainment center carries a MSRP of $175.60.

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ION LP Dock USB Turntable

LP DockION’s LP Dock allows you to transfer your old records directly to your iPod. With a standard USB connection, turn your music into MP3s and send them to your player, burn them to CDs or listen on your computer. It also features a line-level input to connect other music sources such as a cassette deck. The LP Dock works with both PC and Mac, and EZ Vinyl Converter with Gracenote MusicID can be downloaded to edit and clean up your tunes. The dock is available for $249.00.

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Desk Top Speakers With Hidden Camera

Spy Cam SpeakersThese may look like ordinary speakers, but there is a spy cam with a 3.7mm wide angle lens cleverly concealed. The Computer Speakers not only work with your PC, but with MP3 players, CD and DVD players as well. They have simplified power and volume control as well as a headphone output jack. Each camera includes a free wireless 2.4 GHz receiver (a $160.00 value.) Available in several models, prices start at $126.00.

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Consonance Droplet CDP3.1 Player

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music, Portable Audio / Video,

Droplet CDP3.1

Consonance’s Droplet CDP3.1 is an elite CD player with 24bit oversampling, a smaller non-tube version of its CDP5.0. The mini Droplet comes in dull red, cherry wood, or multi-layer dark wood, and can process signals up to 768 kHz. It also features minimal master clock jitter with a digital buffer. The CDP3.1 doesn’t come cheaply. Expect a price tag of over $3,000.00 for something that should sound better than it looks.

 

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