One of my main uses for the second-generation iPod Touch was to connect it to a pair of docking speakers at home and then stream music using Pandora, Slacker, or Rhapsody. Not only am I sick to death of my own music collection, but using these services means I don't have to exert time and energy on making playlists. Of course, there was a major drawback: when a less-than-spectacular song came on, I couldn't use the speaker's remote to skip it from across the room, whilst I relaxed in the considerable comfort of my couch. It seems … Read more
In its rather successful attempts to keep up with the video-hungry masses, RealNetworks started adding some attention-grabbing improvements to its RealPlayer multimedia app last year. First, the software slapped on the ability to quickly and easily download videos from the Web and transcode them to various devices.Then, earlier this year, the company threw in a user-friendly video editing and sharing tool.
Today, RealNetworks announced another update to the software aimed at making it even simpler to manage, share, and transfer your media. Details in the release are scarce as to the actual changes that accomplish this, but company Vice … Read more
There are plenty of options--from iTunes to DoubleTwist to Windows Media Player--that will keep the average consumer satisfied in terms of basic multimedia organization and playback. However, if you count yourself among those creative or persnickety enough to delve into the realm of audio and video editing, you may want to consider some more fully featured media tools.
That's where Nero's latest products come into play. Today, the company announced Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD and Video Premium HD, two solutions for "creative enthusiasts" that will be available October 15 for $129.99 and $… Read more
The past 10 years have witnessed a long, steady decline in CD sales, with current numbers low enough to convince brick-and-mortar retailers to reduce CD inventory (and get creative about how to use the resulting space). Luckily, just about any tune that strikes your fancy can be found online.
The Internet is a veritable smorgasbord of music, and it's oh so easy to partake. Better yet, many of the options are completely free. So if you haven't already jumped on the digital-audio bandwagon, now is as good a time as any. The following tips should help you enjoy the vast array of gratis listening experiences available on the Web, whether you don't know where to begin or you're just looking for new sources for your online rotation.
First, let's get this out of the way: DON'T steal music. People have many "shades of gray" arguments on this matter, but for our purposes I'm going cut and dry here. Unless songs have been offered up for free directly by the artist, it's just not right to download tracks you haven't paid for. There are plenty of legal ways to listen to music online for free to decide if you want to shell out for a copy for your hard drive.
As for streaming, options abound, but you have to decide what kind of experience you're after. If you want to stream a particular song right now, DO search for it on Grooveshark. This rather unique music service lets you listen to songs on demand, create playlists, and see what's popular with other users. It manages to be completely free and legal by serving fairly unobtrusive ads, which ensure licensees get paid--or so the company states. Grooveshark has been the subject of legal battles in the past; however, it has managed to stay up-and-running so far.… Read more
This week on Crave, it's a "things Donald loves" episode: vinyl, action cams, and beerbots. First up, the ultraportable turntable is making a comeback in the form of the Crosley Revolution Sound Burger, and Donald's sporting the shirt to prove he's a true audio geek. Next, we take a look at some compact camcorders that attach to ears or helmets. Also, Eric isn't exactly champing at the bit to get this week's bit of "Star Wars" paraphernalia: an oddly phallic Boba Fett backpack. But things take a turn for the better when we check out a robot that can pour drinks (read: beer). Finally, Jasmine hates the Nano, but does she hate all other electronics as well? Watch on for the answer.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
Slacker Radio first launched in 2007 as an intuitive online music player that let you stream a variety of preprogrammed and custom-made radio stations based on your favorite artists and songs. Since then, the service has added a continuous array of new features, from its own short-lived devices to apps for your Blackberry and iPhone to Twitter feed functionality. Tonight at an event in New York, Slacker, Inc. will show off its latest offering: Premium Radio.
Slacker Premium Radio will offer all the features of Radio Plus--no ads, no skip limits, mobile station caching--with the added benefit of on-demand functionality. … Read more
At the beginning of the year, we saw the first stirrings of an update to Shure's sound-isolating earphone line with new high-end models, the SE425 and SE535. Although those made an appearance at CES back in January, they didn't make it to retail until recently. Now, the company is wasting no time adding a new midrange offering to the lineup. Today, Shure unveiled the SE315, a $199 pair that uses a single high-def MicroDriver promising to offer balanced sound with an optimized low-end response.
Like the other earphones in the line, the SE315s come in a choice of … Read more
After a brief hiatus, the Cravers are back on task and in full form. We couldn't resist starting off the episode with a little love for the MP3 Insider of yesteryear; new iPods are the hot topic this time around, and Jasmine has some very strong feelings about one of them. Also this week, military backpacks are looking heavier and heavier these days, an HDR video demonstration freaks us out, and a telepresence robot is a bit too douchey for Eric's liking. Plus, it turns out that manta rays have kleptomaniac tendencies and Mario's pretty pissed about turning 25. And it wouldn't be a show without some man-meat to cap it all off.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
In a rather unexpected move, Apple announced last week that it would relax its restrictions on the tools used by developers. In particular, the company reversed a ban that blocked Flash-derived apps, which garnered a predictable "cautiously optimistic" reaction from Adobe. (Shareholders seem to be slightly more confident.)
It's no surprise that the parent of Flash is happy, but what about the companies doing the iOS app developing? Appnation, a brand-new conference designed to showcase mobile apps, seemed like the perfect place to find out. Yesterday, I hit up Moscone North conference center here in San Francisco … Read more
You may have noticed that this column enjoyed a hiatus last week. You may have also taken note of a little announcement from Apple about some new iPods. That was no coincidence; I spent the first several days of September up to my neck in the related iTunes 10 news.
Still, the new MP3 players didn't escape my attention, mainly because I'm eager to replace my essentially ruined second-gen iPod Touch. But more importantly, should you upgrade to one of the new iPods? To answer just that question, I spent some time with all three players.
The first … Read more