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Takara Tomy Hi-Kara Portable Karaoke Machine

Hi-karaTakara Tomy is releasing a portable karaoke system designed for musically inclined kidlets, although we suspect older crooners will want one, too. The Hi-kara features a 2.4-inch LCD screen with a video and song lyrics. Available in pink or white, the 7cm cube allows the songsters to hear/sing through a headphones/microphone combination. Although preloaded cartridges will be available, blank ones will also be offered. Out October 18, the Hi-kara runs on 4 AA batteries for about 4 1/2 hours of use and will carry a price of ¥10,500 ($97.00.)

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Phonofone II for iPods

Phonofone IIIt’s not often we bring you iPod devices that are only for the monetarily endowed, but this Phonofone II was too much to pass up. The device transforms your tunes through passive amplification into designer Tristan Zimmermann’s form of music, about 55 decibels worth. Crafted of ceramic, it carries dimensions of 11 x 9.5 x 20-inches and supports fullsize iPods and minis. Recommended for fans of the blues, and classical and folk music, note that those with shuffles or nanos need a headphone amp. Mr. Zimmermann’s Limited Edition black creation will set you back $600.00.

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Get Discovered at the City of Fame

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Music

City of Fame logoChances are you won’t be discovered at a drug store counter or the corner pub that showcases local bands, but now you have a better chance at this new website, the City of Fame. Upload your music videos or screen tests and perhaps you will be noticed, not that we think a lot of agents will be hanging on the site. Still, it is a step up from YouTube and MySpace. Registration is free and we wonder, if you make it, will the site ask for a percentage?

(Thanks, Frani)

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Homade ChocoCase for iPhone

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We suppose that there are plenty of folks that love their iPhone and chocolate, so now you can have the best of both. Homade’s Chococase protector is made of silicone and has a screen protector. While we are not sure that we would want to protect a $400.00 phone in a box that resembles candy for fear of a chocoholic trying to chomp down on it, we suppose that it beats putting it in an old Altoids tin. Still, $29.99 makes it one pricey cover.

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Grundig Emanate Water-Resistant iPod Speakers

EmanateThis week’s pick of the latest iPod speakers is Grundig’s Emanate. With a rechargeable battery that delivers up to 8 hours of music, the device is cordless, portable with its own handle, and water-resistant. Available in black or white, it features a 2 x 15W Output (RMS) and comes with a remote control and AC/DC adaptor. At a size of 240 x 230 x 230mm and a weight of 3.2KG, it also has a 3.5mm jack for the iPodless. The Emanate carries a MSRP of £99.99 (~$195.00.)

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Castgrabber Downloads Podcasts Without a PC

CastgrabberDownload podcasts without a PC with the Castgrabber. Get yourself a network, plug in your iPod, Zune, or other MP3 player via USB cable. The device magically and automatically downloads. We are not sure exactly how that happens although the company says that it is similar to TiVo and that installation is simple when you select through iTunes software or any other Net sites of your choice. It also acts as a recharging dock while it does its thing. We found the Castgrabber at the online  Home Depot for $119.95.

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Jagamaga Free Ring Tones

Jagamaga logoTired of your ringtones? Jagamaga.mobi offers free mobile media that includes tunes from such artists as Danger Mouse, Enrico Caruso, and Zap Mama. All of them are licensed under Creative Commons, and Andreas Mehrens has put them together in hopes of promoting lesser known artists, although we are pretty sure most people have heard of Caruso. Then again, we may be dating ourselves. There are also some pretty cool sound effects. No need to register, simply check them out and take your choice.

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iriver D5 Electronic Dictionary

iRiver D5

Take a peek at iriver’s business card-sized electronic dictionary. To be released in Japan, the D5 offers a 3-inch LCD display, supports 33 different languages and has up to 16 hours of music or video play time. Pick from black, white, or girly pink, and watch for them if you are globe-hopping this week. A 2GB version is available for ¥39,800 (~$369.00,) while a 4GB version can be had for ¥44,800 (~$415.00.)

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Fred Meyer Chain Sells Vinyl Records

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Music

Abbey RoadWhen an employee tried to order a special CD-DVD of REM’s “Accelerate” for the Fred Meyer’s retail chain, he(she) mistakenly entered “LP.” Sure enough, vinyl records showed up at many of the stores. While some sent them back, others kept the 20 records and sold out the next day. Because of the good results, the chain, owned by the Kroger Co., are now selling them at 60 of its stores in the Alaska, Oregon, California, and Washington. Abbey Road tops their best-seller list. We think that is a fine idea, since we miss the sound of music on vinyl, and hope they give that employee a raise.

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iHome iH41 Rotating Alarm Clock


Moving one step past the rotating iCooly iPod touch stand we told you about last week is this iHome Rotating Alarm Clock. The iH41 can be set on its side to watch video and the clock will do likewise. Set the clock to wake to your tunes through EXB speakers and charge your touch at the same time. The device also has battery back-up, a snooze bar and an Aux/MP3 line-in jack for those who are iPodless. Pre-order for $79.00 for a July delivery.


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