Want to see what algorithms look like when translated into music? That is exactly what WolframTones is all about. It takes programs from Stephen Wolfram’s computations and turns them into tunes. No matter how many times you select a type of music, you will get a new permutation and mini-light show. Create rock/pop, jazz, classical, piano and other compositions and adjust pitch, time, and instrumentation. If you would like to play or find out how the phenomenon was created, check out his site.
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Sprint has joined some of the other major mobile companies in offering a $99.99 unlimited calling plan. Referred to as “Simply Everything,” it not only includes talk, but gives you Web browsing, Sprint TV and Music, GPS navigation, text, video, and picture messaging, and push-to-talk. Existing customers can switch without a fee charge and newbies can sign up for the rate with a two year contract. While we are in no hurry to run to the company to get in on the hot deal, we hope their competitors will find this a fine time to vie for our dollars.
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In our quest for the most nauseatingly cute musical accessories, this one comes pretty close. The Speaker Monkey is a 7-inch full range stereo speaker that runs on USB or batteries. It is compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, CD and DVD players or any other gadget that has a standard audio jack. If the Monkey isn’t your style, we suspect that you can choose a Penguin or Turtle to appease your inner animal needs. Each one comes at a price of $6.88.
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We have had a lot of musical gadgets on Gear Live recently, but leave it to Tomy to come up with something that almost looks like what it is supposed to be. The Guitar Rockstar, at a size of 250 x 210 x 70mm, has numerous buttons to make music. There are all the basic chords, as well as those sharp, flat, major, and 7th. With both strum and free-play, would that a real guitar could be this easy for those of us that just don’t have the fingers for it. The musical toy will be available in randomly chosen black, blue, and red in June and needs 3 AAA batteries (not included) at a price of £14.99 (~$30.00.)
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Apple must be positively giddy at hearing the news that the iTunes Store is now the #2 retailer of music, second only to Wally World. The company claims that it sold 20 million tunes on Christmas Day alone. Based on an NPD Group survey, the top four also included Best Buy and Target. The study also concluded that about 29 million consumers, ages 36 to 50, acquired music legally. They were those that had recently purchased (or received) MP3 players. That was an increase of 5 mill over the year before. That’s a lot of assuaged guilt.
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Homeloo has a slew of Lego-esque products. Their Homade MP3 Player has a rechargeable Li-ion battery and supports a 2GB microSD card. It features raised buttons for control and file managing. You can connect it to your USB port with the included cable. At a size of 24 x 3cm and a weight of about 400g, the player also comes with headphone and strap for $46.00. Homade also offers a Mini-iStereo Dock Speaker for $16.99 and an iStereo Speaker for $39.99.
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What do you wear when your T-Equalizer shirt is dirty? The latest in geekwear, the sound sensitive 4D Equalizer Tee which keeps the beat to the music, even if you can’t. Like most shirts of this type, the battery pack fits into a pocket and is removable for washing out the remnants of the night before. Made from cotton and available in four sizes, the t-shirt runs on 4 AAA batteries (not included) and will be in stock February 29 for £24.99 (~$49.00.)
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Next time you feel like a swim or simply want some tunes to sing to in the shower, you might want to take along the Century Limited waterproof Dolphin MP3 Player. Holding 1GB memory, it is made of silicone and its dimensions are 21 × 60mm with a weight of 25g. It records at 32 to 284 kbps and can connect to a USB 2.0 port for music downloading. Expect a charge time of 2 hours for 8 hours of playback. That’s one heck of a shower. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the Dolphin comes with both earplugs and goggles for JPY12,800 (~$119.00.)
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Jukefly is a free streaming music service that you can use to access your music as well as dig new stuff from others’ suggestions. Sign up, create an account, and download its server. Select folders and stream the music. It will be there any time you want to throw a mini-music party. Jukefly supports WMAs, OGGs, MP3s, and DRM iTunes. Expect FLACs in the future. We can see this as a handy way to access your tunes without taking up space on your own computer and finding new music from those who have the same taste.
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One of your buds got a StompIO, but you are Mr./Ms. Keyboard. You might want to look into the Kaossilator Touchpad Music Synthesizer. With its innovative touchpad, you merely have to wiggle a finger to change pitch or move it up and down for a different sound. If you need a drummer, it has dozens of beats included or you can do it yourself. There are also sound effects to toss into the mix. All told it holds over 100 programs. The synthesizer runs on 4AA batteries (not included) for up to 5 hours and comes with a price of $199.99.
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