Last time we checked, Europe was going through some pretty tough economical times. But that’s not stopping Volkswagen from reporting its best sales quarter in its history! In the first quarter of this year the company sold 1.36 million cars, with 536,600 cars alone in March.
However, much of VW's success isn’t because of Europe, even though they managed to gain 5% marketshare tgere. Volkswagen’s greatest markets come from Russia, China, South America, and America. Ever since the redesign of the Passat and Jetta, Volkswagen’s numbers have been climbing up the charts. You can read the full press release after the jump.
The guys over at Hennessey have always had a knack for speed, power, and record breaking. So it doesn’t come to us as surprise that they broke the standing mile record down in Texas. The trio used their Ford GT to reach the record setting speeds at 257.7 mph.
Beneath the wildly wrapped GT lies the beast that powered it all: a twin-turbo charged motor. Their previous setup included a supercharger as well, but that was scrapped and swapped with a more efficient twin turbo setup. What the video above to see the record setting run from the cockpit.
Here is a possible solution to turning your vinyl into MP3 files. With the Denon DP-200USB Turntable, you place a thumb drive into the front USB port, press “record,” and it operates automatically with no PC. There is also an option to transfer directly to MP3 player. Afterwords, the Trans Music Manager software allows split tracking and Gracenote access to retrieve album information. Manual operation is an option and of course the device can be used as a turntable. The DP-200USB is priced at $249.99 with free shipping.
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Still rocking the vinyls? Is your iPod lacking in content because of it? Denon has the hookup for you. The DP-200USB turntable doesn’t just spin your records, but also rips them to the integrated USB drive. The accompanying software (this one is XP/Vista only for now, unfortunately) features Auto Track Divide, which recognizes silence between songs and will insert a new track tab for each track, and Audio Waveform Recognition, which will analyze a track’s first 15 seconds and search Gracenote for you. Stylistically, this unit looks like something straight out of my own rec room at my parents’ house. It’s available for $250.
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Apple Corps and EMI have finally decided to release sonically upgraded reissues of 12 Beatles albums from the period between 1963 and 1970 in both stereo and mono. They will debut on Sept. 9, the same day the Beatles’ Rock Band video game is to come out. The collection will be on a total of 16 CDs and include “Rubber Soul” and “Magical Mystery Tour.” Downloadable versions have yet to have a release date but the matter may also be settled by the September deadline.
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Serious gamers, Guinness is about to publish their second annual Gamer’s Edition of their “Book of World Records.” Available February 4 for $21.95, it should feature reviews, spreads, interviews, tips and cheats. Last year’s included odd records, gaming trivia and such tidbits as
“The largest voice cast for a video game was 339 actors for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”
Get one to impress your friends before they do.
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ION’s LP Dock allows you to transfer your old records directly to your iPod. With a standard USB connection, turn your music into MP3s and send them to your player, burn them to CDs or listen on your computer. It also features a line-level input to connect other music sources such as a cassette deck. The LP Dock works with both PC and Mac, and EZ Vinyl Converter with Gracenote MusicID can be downloaded to edit and clean up your tunes. The dock is available for $249.00.
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Still have some old records and cassettes lying around? Turn them into CDs with the uRecord Vinyl and Cassette Ripper. Connect the device to your PC by USB then use the RCA inputs to attach to tape deck, turntable or other musical device. The built-in preamp eliminates having to use a stereo system. The EZ Vinyl Converter (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software automatically places your tracks in your iTunes library. Say goodbye to the pops, clicks and hiss for $49.99.
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SanDisk has announced that they are releasing SlotMusic, apparently in an effort to boost sagging CD sales. Teaming up with Sony BMG, Universal, Warner, and EMI, the company will be selling their microSDs to the record labels who will then create the 1GB cards. Each is only 0.6 x 0.4-inches and can hold 320kbps MP3, DRM-free music. Best Buy and Wally World plan on selling the cards, if they can find them in their stockrooms.
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When an employee tried to order a special CD-DVD of REM’s “Accelerate” for the Fred Meyer’s retail chain, he(she) mistakenly entered “LP.” Sure enough, vinyl records showed up at many of the stores. While some sent them back, others kept the 20 records and sold out the next day. Because of the good results, the chain, owned by the Kroger Co., are now selling them at 60 of its stores in the Alaska, Oregon, California, and Washington. Abbey Road tops their best-seller list. We think that is a fine idea, since we miss the sound of music on vinyl, and hope they give that employee a raise.
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