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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Apple has lowered the price of its 1GB iPod shuffle. The musical mini-player has been reduced to $49.00 to make way for its soon to be released 2GB brother. At a size of about half a cubic inch in volume and a weight of about half an oz., the shuffle will come in silver, blue, green, purple, and a (Product) Red Special Edition, and will carry a price of $69.99. We like the idea that as more products are released, Apple has the sense to lower the old shuffle’s price, rather than charge more for the new one. Maybe they will do the same with their next iPhone.
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Creator Crispin Jones was kind enough to send us a Tengu, knowing that no one can ever have enough friends, even if they are electronic ones. We nicknamed ours Monty, and from the time we plugged him into the USB port, he was instantly on, albeit asleep. No software is needed to get him to do his thing. We have a full review and video of our 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2-inch buddy awake after the jump.
(Thanks, Crispin and Mike)
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Mars Volta’s latest album, “The Bedlam in Goliath,” was released last month in a USB drive that included extras for $29.98. They have already sold out. We have mentioned the practice before and it seems to be spreading in popularity. Barenaked Ladies released Barenaked on a Stick in 2005 and since then other artists, such as JLo, have followed suit.
All Access, which put out drives by Ringo Starr and Matchbox Twenty, has gotten together with EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal Music to make USB bracelets. These have previously been sold at concerts from such musicians as Willie Nelson and the Black Crowes. If you saw the last Grammys, you might have noticed that Ringo wore one of his own. We call that free advertising at its finest.
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Protect your iPod from the ocean, bathtub, or kitchen sink with the Hercules i-XPS SoundBox that doubles as a speaker. With NXT tech, the case is compatible with all iPods and MP3 players that utilize a 3.5mm headphone connector. It features a transparent window for menu access, runs on two AAA batteries, and also keeps your tunes safe against sand and dust. The SoundBox is available in Stone, Spray, and Splash (how fitting) for £17.99 (~$35.00) on Amazon UK.
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Trevor Baylis has long been into environmental products having created the first wind-up radio. He is now featuring the Eco Media Player for music, movies, and FM Radio. With a 1.8-inch display, it also stores data, allows you to view images, and charges your cell phone. Wind it up for 40 minutes of play or recording or use it for reading e-books. The Player comes with a USB cable for attaching to your PC for download (or recharging if your arm gets tired) and carries an online MSRP of £149.95 (~$290.00.)
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While we know that most people are into the MP3 experience, many of the
“earlier” generation still use cassettes for recording and duplication. Besides, if you head into any bargain aisle, you can get some decent prices on tapes. Sony has issued the CDF-W77, a dual dubbing tape recorder with AM/FM tuner. In case you have some of both or want to take the plunge in digital music, there is a CD player included. The CDF is available for €100 (~$146.00,) at this point only in Japan.
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Now you can be an iPod guitar hero(ine.) Feed the iGTR 4 AAA batteries (included,) then plug in your guitar and earbuds. Tweak it with reverb, add some ambiance, and dial up your amp and speed. Attach it to your pocket it or belt and let the tunes flow. With its aux input, you can also plug in your iPod and become a pseudo-solo rocker or hook up with someone else who has one and form your own duo. The iGTR comes with a belt clip for a MSRP of $100.00.
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