As this item comes from our cousins across the pond, we're tempted to make a snide remark about prim-and-proper Brits--but then they'd retaliate, and we'd lose. So we'll just note blandly that Crave UK has found an privacy screen (pronounced with a short "i") from iStyles for the iPod, which shields the display against prying eyes while riding the tube or in other congested venues.
As noted in this space the other day, pink gadgetry is still very much in, to the dismay of some detractors (perhaps even among fellow Cravers). But in case any doubting Thomases remain, we point to the ultimate example: the iPod.
Proving its staying power, the pink iPod is in its fifth generation, according to Gizmodiva, the latest line being a "Romance Pink" limited edition from Colorware featuring a choice of four accents: rose, hearts, cherries and butterfly. Aside from these somewhat cheesy designs (can you say Hallmark?) the rest of the player is the same, with 30GB … Read more
Could a teenage girl undo what Microsoft hoped would be the Zune's iPod-killing feature?
Microsoft has long hoped that its MP3 player's wireless music-sharing abilities would help it gain precious ground on Apple's market leader, though that notion has hardly yielded any magic bullets. And now Kristyn Heath, a 16-year-old from the San Francisco Bay Area, has reportedly come up with the concept behind a device called "SnoopTunes" that lets iPods beam their music as well.
Moreover, unlike the Zune, "this one doesn't limit you to three days or three plays," according … Read more
This is one piece of sound equipment that will make a huge statement without ever being turned on.
The "iTower Omega" iPod system stands nearly 4 feet tall, housing four stereo speakers in its black vertical case. The monolithic design dwarfs the iPod itself, which sits atop in its dock like a bird perched on the tip of a giant redwood.
The height is practical for another reason. As Gadget Review points out, the system lacks a remote--so the iPod will be relatively close to eye level when you need to walk over and fiddle with the … Read more
Mickey Mouse isn't just for kids, as any trip to eBay will show. (We once sold an old Mickey shirt to Buffalo Exchange for $50, only to see it on display for $125 a day later.)
That "Disneyana" obsession would explain the design of the newly released "MixStick" Mickey MP3 player, which looks distinctly more adult than previous Disney music devices made by Japan's Run-At. Akihabara News says it does come in three other colors, but the silver version pictured here could easily pass for a grown-up player, with or without the ears.
Although … Read more
Given the countless ways that have been devised to encase the iPod, we're surprised that it's taken so long for the latest trend to reach the ubiquitous music player: lumber.
As wood has become popular for everything from computers and laptop cases to TVs and cameras, it seems no-brainer to apply sylvan designs to iPods and MP3 players, as Tokyomango notes that Japanese toy maker Asuka Kobo has done. Then again, maybe it has something to do with the way they look. Somehow, wood just doesn't seem appropriate for the sleek design of the media player, no … Read more
Who would have thought that the latest design trend for iPod docks would be tubes? And no, we don't mean the Internet(s).
The Roth version doesn't have speakers but does sport the same mad-scientist-lab look of the Japanese version and promises superior quality at its price of 400 pounds, or about $768 (which is a bit … Read more
Is it some kind of sign that we're seeing portable gadgets for our portable gadgets? Probably, but we doubt it'll stop companies from finding ways to make and market them.
In this case, we actually think there's a justifiable use (sort of) for the Philips DCP850. It's a DVD player with a twist: It can also play video and audio directly from an iPod on its 8.5-inch screen, according to Technabob. What makes this idea even more appealing to us is its design, which includes a place where the media player can actually be popped … Read more
Bridging the gap between podcasting and music discovery is SpotDJ, a Web service and iTunes plug-in (download SpotDJ for Windows or Mac) that lets listeners record audio clips, or "spots," about their favorite songs or musical artists.
The site has the grassroots appeal of letting amateur DJs like Greg expound upon the libertarianism of Oingo Boingo while also providing inside information from artists themselves, from The Donnas to Taylor Hicks. I recently was lucky enough to be given a tour of the service by CEO and co-founder Kevin Barenblat.
Essentially, SpotDJ analyzes your iTunes or iPod playlists and … Read more
Given all the publicity, we assumed that the initiative would have brought in truckloads of money for its stated purpose of helping fight AIDS in Africa. But according to marketing firm PSFK, the charity reported raising only $11.3 million as of the end of December, "a tiny fraction of the $6.6 billion funds the Global Fund has committed to 460 programs in 136 countries."
The campaign is still less than five months old, so it'… Read more