In addition to all the other news coming out of Apple’s fall music event, the company announced a complete redesign of the iPod nano. The click-wheel is gone, as is a lot of the display size, as Apple instead focused on making this thing more like an iPod shuffle with a multitouch display. The new nano is 46% smaller and 42% lighter than the previous model, and while it gains multitouch and what appears to be a modified version of iOS, it loses the video camera (of course, if you want an iPod with a video camera, the new iPod touch meets that need.) Apple says the battery on the nano will provide 24 continuous hours of audio playback, and the device is available in seven colors. You can get the 8GB model for $149, or the 16GB nano for $179. Pre-orders are live now, and they ship in a week.
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Literally rock to the music with the Music Locker Sofa. Available in orange, green or gray, the seat features built-in 2.1-inch speakers on each side with a 2W amplifier output and a 4.5W subwoofer. It has an RCA input terminal as well as RCA and headphone output for the music player of your choice. At a size of 50 X 72 X 95cm, the comfy seat will be available this July for JPY 19,800 (~$202.00.)
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The latest electronic gadget to show off with LED lighting are these Chinavasion Stereo Earphones. A string of blue lights on each earbud keeps track to the beat of the music to impress your friends or irritate those at work. Lightweight, they can be used for any audio device, portable game system or laptop. You will have to go in with a couple of buds for these as they are available in a 3-pack for $41.13 ($13.71 each.)
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Philips has announced their GoGear line of products. Included is the Luxe MP3 player with a Bluetooth headset that allows a switch from music to call with one click. With 100 hours of battery life, FM tuner with 20 presets and caller ID, it has a price of $79.99. The Mix has a 4GB capacity, FM tuner with presets, a 25 hour battery life, USB connection and a price of $44.99.
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Kerchoonz, the revenue sharing musician’s site, has introduced the K-box. The compact 115 x 55 x 20mm device can be plugged into your cell phone, laptop, MP3 player or portable game system. Set it on any solid flat surface and it becomes a speaker with a bass response of 40Hz to 20KHz. Battery life is up to 20 hours, then you can recharge via USB. The K-box is available for GBP 39.99 (~$56.00.)
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This hands-free device works as a caller ID, MP3 player and FM transmitter. The Steering Wheel Mount has a 1.6-inch display, supports Bluetooth and accepts SD/MMC cards containing MP3 files (up to 4GB) and USB flash/jump drives containing MP3 files. With a built-in rechargeable lithium battery, it comes with a car charger and price of $46.99. While this is a definite improvement over something that is located on your dash, we suggest you don’t decide to change channels while running on the highway.
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For safety’s sake, bicycles and headphones don’t mix. The biggest problem with that is that a long bike ride can be marred by a lack of musical accompaniment! Luckily for you distance trekkers, 2-wheeled commuters and leisurely weekend riders, Podio has you covered. It’s a 2 GB MP3 player with an integrated speaker and an included handlebar bracket. Weighing in at a teeny 5 ounces, the Podio can easily be tossed in a pocket or worn around your neck for a walk, and with the built in headphone jack you’re not even limited to using the speaker.
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This Charger and Speaker Dock is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano 3G. The docking station, which is also compatible with other players with a 3.5-inch plug, works either vertically or horizontally and can be powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) or AC. It has a 4 speaker array and power and volume buttons. The Charger/Dock will set you back $61.56.
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The iTie is a unique idea that combines the formal apparel with a hidden pocket in the back. Store business cards, credit cards, honey do lists, pens, Certs or your MP3 player, although there is no way to disguise those earplugs. A larger version is being developed for iPhones, BlackBerrys and other larger handhelds. Because they are individually homemade the cost will vary, so you need to contact them to order one.The scary thing about this clothing is that they think they need Billy Mays to hock it (check out the product page.)
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Combine retro with modern by using this as an MP3 or Cassette Player that you load with an SD/MMC card (max.2GB.) At a size of 63 x 102 x 11.5mm, it runs on a built-in 450mAh lithium battery rechargeable by USB and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP. The player also has repeat/playback mode and a 7 button interface. The device comes with ear plugs and USB adapter at a price of $36.82.
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