Random, I know…but it just had to be said. One of the absolute banes of my history with the Zune software is how freaking long it took to install it. Even when updates were released, those typically took a little while from start to finish as well. So imagine my delight earlier this morning when I fired up the Zune client to download the latest Zune 2.5 Spring Update, and having the entire process last less than two minutes. Fit and finish, indeed.
Oh, look! Another ET has landed. This Happy Alien Mini-Speaker can accompany your iPod, MP3, or MP4 player. With a USB rechargeable Li-ion battery, you can extend or retract its body to change the volume. At a size of 70 x 55 x 54mm and a weight of 60g, the speaker also features a 3.5mm stereo audio connector and comes in orange or blue with an MSRP of $11.90.
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To promote the Dark Knight, the latest Batman flick due out July 18, look for all kinds of new gadgets to give you pointy ears or simply to look kewl, such as this MP3 Player. At 7cm in length, it features a frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz, an included USB cable to recharge its battery for up to 12 hours, and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista or Max OS X v10.4.8. The player includes a Batsuit hood-shaped headset with ambient noise reduction and three pairs of interchangeable buds. At a price of $79.95, pre-order for a June/July delivery date.
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The Mvix (MV-2500U) HDD-based, Ultra-Portable Media Center allows you to share videos, music, movies, and endless family photos on your TV. The Mvix can also be put in cars, RVs, or boats and has a built-in setup menu for simplicity with firmware upgrades to keep it timely. Connect it to your PC and it functions like an external USB 2.0 hard drive. It is a basic drag-and-drop operation and comes with a ergonomic remote. The mini-drive can handle MPEG1/2/4, DVD (VOB, IFO), DivX, XviD, BivX or VCD (DAT) as well as support for AC3, MP2, MP3, WMA, OGG and M3U music files at a price of $149.00 without the drive. That will set you back another $99.00.
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Looks like artist music is going to start becoming exclusive to specific brands, as it has been made public through Activision PR that all Aerosmith tracks are going to be exclusive to Guitar Hero. What this means is that, no matter how good the Rock Band Store gets (and it is very good), you will never see any more Aerosmith tracks appearing in that franchise. Sure, Rock Band owners do get one Aerosmith track, that being “Train Kept a Rollin,” but seriously, that is just a drop in the bucket.
What we are wondering is, as these music/rhythm-based games continue to flourish, how many other artists are going to sign on for the exclusive? What do you guys think?
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One of our fave robotic buds, Honda’s ASIMO, will be coming to Detroit May 13 to conduct the city’s Symphony Orchestra as part of a performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He will be performing to “Impossible Dream” to draw attention to the DSO’s music education program for younger listeners. He will also be on display to music students May 14, who get to learn what he can do as well as get a lesson from the Master of Strings. We will try to get a peek at the bot when he arrives, so if you plan on going, save us a seat.
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Grab a refurbished Zen V Plus for Mom’s Day in pukey pink and white or gross green and black from Creative. With FM tuner and voice recorder, the 2GB MP3 Player features the characteristic 1.5-inch color screen and will play refurbished music, photos and videos (just kidding.) Order one at the very discounted price of $35.99. If you already have a player, they are also offering Live! Cams, earphones, speakers, a travel mouse and other goodies at reduced prices, with free shipping on orders over $99.99. That’s a lot of mother love.
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Nokia must be pleased that Sony BMG has teamed up with the Universal Music Group to allow their subscribers to have access to their music catalog. They join companies such as A&M, Geffen Records, Decca, and Motown Records. The company’s “Comes With Music” program, which started up last December, allows some users, depending on the model of phone, to download any of their songs on their cell phones or computers. Those phones should become available in the 3rd Quarter of this year at as yet undisclosed prices. The UMG subscription service will allow downloaders to own the tunes after a year.
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Vahakn Matossian’s Boomboy can hang on my desk top any time. The loudspeaker is hand carved from walnut and has a bass duct running through his body and a Bowers & Wilkins driver. The prototype holds a pencil in his little fist, but you can substitute a cable or some earbuds. Vahakn claims he has a “loud voice and naughty temperament, slight drinking habit, good with the ladies.” We can vouch for the latter, although we wonder if the designer was describing himself.
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The iHome iP99BR claims itself to be the first iPhone clock radio that will also dock, charge, and play tunes. The device is also compatible with iPods and features a buzzer alarm, AM/FM presets, snooze, and 3D stereo sound with Reson8 speakers. It also has a customizable playlist ability, a DST switch, an LCD display with dimmer, and comes with a remote. iHome says that it has been designed to shield TDMA noise which makes it even more desirable. Expect the iP99 to make its June 1 debut with an MSRP of $149.99.
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