An interesting meeting took place during the Song Summit Sydney (S3) in Australia. Mark Meharry, co-founder of Music Glue, said that consumers are changing and that the record industry will have to respond to the fact that there is now much more file sharing as opposed to purchase. He says that downloaders are music fans, not thieves.
Considering the fact that the current generation can get what they want without spending a dime, Meharry suggests they let the music be free and concentrate on other products available, such as music players or concert tickets. Some of the bands listed on Music Glue, which was started about a year ago, offers free downloads in exchange for an e-mail addy or small donation. We like the idea but suspect that this is a debate that will not end for quite a while.
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In this election year, we find more patriotic gadgets than we will ever actually need. The Musical Statue of Liberty is no exception, but at least this one is non-partisan. Draped in the American flag and made of hand-painted vinyl, the mini-statue not only looks tacky, but press her button and her torch keeps time to the thrilling tune of “New York, New York.” Standing all of 10-inches, she requires 2 AA batteries (not included) and carries a MSRP of $11.98.
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Remember the iriver Mplayers? In addition to their current players, older Disney fans will appreciate that they are back this week debuting in 7 new styles, three of them in camouflage, and four in Swarovski crystal for the fancy few. Like the original, the mini-players hold 1GB (about 240 tunes) and have a playback time of about 9 hours. Prices for the new line are 13,800 ($138.00) and 14,800 Yen (~$148.00) respectively. iRiver is also offering a 1.1W mini-speaker to go with your new musical toy for 2680 Yen (~$27.00.)
We are thinking that sometimes people have way too much spare time on their hands. However, the Yellow Drum Machine is a clever bot all the same. It moves around, collects data, then finds an isolated object to keep the beat. After sampling this for a “good sound,” it will play along with it. It will also keep time if you decide to make a noise or clap. The robot was created for about $120.00 in about twenty hours and runs on 4 AA batteries. Full instruction and details are on Frits’ site.
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Nokia has brought out its N95 to help you find your way. With its 2.8-inch (240 x 320) QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, it has 8GB of memory, A-GPS, and HSDPA connectivity. It features a 5 mp cam with Carl Zeiss optics, WiFi, music player and FM tuner, and supports Nokia Share online for a one-click upload of images or videos for Flickr or Vox. If you live in the U.S., you also get a bonus of voice guidance and direction in their Maps for 6 months as a freebie. Look for the N95 online and at retailers for $779.00.
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We just received a tinbot and couldn’t be happier. Designed by artist Christopher Lee, it fit perfectly with our iPod classic. Everything is quite snug inside and we think that it gives our music player quite a bit of class. We figure for all our clumsiness that this case, with tin on the outside and neoprene inside, is perfect for travel and a lot classier than our basic iPod case. We definitely recommend them for the terminally clumsy who have an iPod video 30/60/80GB or a classic 80/160GB at the MSRP of $29.95. Although it is not waterproof, the tinbot is certainly water-resistant to a spring rain. A very kewl gift for others, too, especially if you want to decorate it yourself, as they have one you can customize for $10.00 less.
Check out more shots after the jump.
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Not to be outdone by Panasonic, Korea’s Digix has released a mini-MP3/video player. The IXING M1-TM weighs only 20g and is 5.6mm in thickness. It comes in 1, 2, and 4BG sizes and includes an FM tuner, text and video viewer, and voice recorder. It will handle MP3, MJPEG VIdeo, JPEG , Text, WMA, MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG2.5. The 2GB model is available for 75,000 won (~$75.00.) More information is available on Digix’s site if you can wade through a minimal translation.
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It’s Panasonic’s turn to challenge the iPod by coming up with the D-Snap SV-SD870N. The player will run for over 100 hours on a 3 hour charge and features noise canceling technology that they say will get rid of up to 83% ambient noise. It also allows recording with a 2 gig SD card for up to 1,000 tunes and USB 2.0 connectivity. At a size of 35.0 × 90.7 × 11.4 mm and a weight of 40g, manage your music with its SD-Jukebox. The D-Snap will be available in red, white, black, silver, or blue in mid-April in Japan.
There is a new way to play DJ. The iSpin allows you to hook up two iPods or other MP3 players, or a combination of the two, and mix up a few tunes. The portable kit features cross-fading and other fun tricks with the ability to switch audio between original and mixed effects.The combo headset/microphone also lets you route your mic either directly or through the effects . At a price of $140.00, contact Sergio to get more info on availability.
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If you are a fan of laser shows, now you can put them on for you and your buds. The Red Hot Laser Light Show not only is encased in scarlet, it projects red circles, lines, spheres, and shapes. With two modes, if you add some tunes it will respond to the music. The device is portable, wireless, and includes a mic so you can bring it to the nearest pub to entertain everyone, until they tell you it is interfering their pool playing. Remember to get some AA batteries as they aren’t included. Get yours for $24.95.
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