What a kewl holiday gift for your fave music lover (or treat yourself.) Datz Music Lounge is offering a year’s subscription to its service for £99 (~$154.00.) Select an unlimited amount of DRM free tunes in MP3 format from their catalog. Choose from classics, current music, or new artists. Best of all, you can sync them to your PMP, cell phone or iPod and keep them forever. Check with their “Who’s Playing” page to check out their latest musical additions.
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The jocks at Slacker have created a new Halloween Radio Station with classics, film scores and effects that they feel will put you in the holiday mood. There are over 120 artists including, Black Sabbath, MIA, Neil Young, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and, of course, Ozzie Osbourne. Download their free Slacker G2 Player or send to your PMP and enjoy their various genres with CD quality. Slacker is offering a free
7-day trial of their Premium Package which allows you to request tunes, save them, and get unlimited skips with no ads. If you like what you hear, subscription is only $7.50 a month. If you happen to pick up a Slacker G2 portable unit, you get 30 days to decide if you like it. If not, you can send it back to them for a full refund.
As a side note, we’ve played with Slacker, and we think it’s fantastic.
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The Japanese company Dreams has unveiled their new portable speaker. The Sound Ball is designed for your PMP and small enough to be kept on a key chain. Available in purple, pink, or green, the gadget features a built-in rechargeable battery and an on/off button. Hook it to your cell phone, backpack, or laptop when not in use. The Sound Ball comes with a USB charge cord and stereo mini-cable. It carries a price of $39.99.
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For all you Zune fans out there, you will be pleased to know that the Zune 3.0 software went live this morning, and is ready for your consumption. The update brings a slew of new features to the table, with a lot of them being firsts in the industry (we’re looking at you, iTunes). What you’ve got is the desktop software update, alongside a firmware update for the actual Zune devices as well. And just like last year, the updates work on all previous generation Zunes as well - at no cost to you (we’re looking at you iPod touch!).
We cannot believe the plethora of PMPs of late, including abigs DVP-260X from Korea. With a 2.5-inch display, the 1080p HD multi-media player supports H.264, MKV, HDMI, AAC, WAV, AC3, MP3, OGG, and WMA. Available in black or white, it also features 5.1-channel digital audio, an FM tuner, an e-book reader, remote, and photo slide function. At a size 135 X 80.3 X 23.5mm, choose between the 160GB model for KRW 280,000 (~$268.00) or the 320GB player for KRW 330,000 (~$315.00.)
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We dig that PMPs are finally becoming smaller and more affordable. iRiver has finally released their Spinn with its 3.3-inch AMOLED screen. It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and ASF audio, MPEG4, WM9, and WMA video, DMB, radio, and flash. The Spinn weighs a mere 70g and is available in both a 4GB model for 259000 (~$255.00) and an 8GB version for KRW 299000 (~$294.00.) Contact iRiver for availabilty in your area.
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Nextar doesn’t just say GPS these days. They have released the T30, a multi-media machine with a 3.5-inch TFT color display, a built-in 4GB memory, and an SDcard slot that supports up to 2GB. Play your tunes and movies, view photos, listen to FM, or record your own voice. At a size of 4.1 x 2.9 x 0.5-inches, the versatile PMP has a built-in Li-ion battery and comes with a price of ~$99.99 at most retailers.
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Creative has launched their new ZEN Mozaic. Features include a 1.8-inch TFT LCD display, a built-in speaker, FM tuner with 32 preset stations, and microphone. The 79.5 x 40 x 12.8 player weighs 43g supports MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM 10 and Audible (Format 4) and JPEG. Each one is has their Creative Centrale application for media management. Choose between several colors and sizes of 2GB for $99.00, 4GB for $129.00, and 8GB $169.00. As usual, the company also has available various accessories to go with the PMP.
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For those who have an aging car with only a cassette player, Flexii’s MP3 Player can be put into it and play your tunes. It can also be used as a standalone player and a PC card reader. The device runs on built-in rechargeables, has a repeat playback mode, and is compatible with SD/MMC cards (max. 2GB.) The player supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista, comes with an earphone, car and AC chargers, and USB cable with a $34.99 price.
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If you are the type that likes to study while listening to music, iriver has come out with a very kewl portable media player that doubles as an e-book reader with PDF, Excel, and Word support. The P10 has a 4.3-inch LCD with 800 x 480 resolution, 33GB internal memory, and can play WMVs and Mpeg video. The device also has several dictionaries that include Chinese, Japanese, and English. The P10 will be coming out in Korea with a basic model for €200 (~$320.00) and a Pro version with DMB for €250 (~$387.00.)
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