Another week has passed and it's time for more new music. Download.com Music and CNET TV combined forces to bring you a brand-new video report highlighting the best new songs and albums posted recently on Download Music. This week's featured artists include Dinosaur Jr., getting a head start on their upcoming reunion album (Beyond) with a fuzzy-loud new song "Almost Ready"; New York group Battles, showcasing their metal-meets-electronic beatcore style; and rising hip-hop star MIMS, who mixes g-funk and hyphy to show just exactly why he's hot. Watch, listen, and see if you don'… Read more
Quick! Buy it now! Engadget is reporting that despite rumors of a May launch, the pink version of Microsoft's Zune media player is now available on Amazon in a limited run of 100,000 (for now). Look for it in Paris Hilton's possession soon.
Me? I'm holding out for the Hello Kitty Edition. It can't be far off.
We're so over the whole wireless audio thing. Even though we were frothing at the mouth over the issue only a few months ago, it seems like ancient history now. The hot new audio technology? The human body, of course.
Teac is the latest to prove that point with a new pair of headphones that uses "BCT," or "Bone-Conduction Technology," according to Akihabara News. Like other products of its kind, the Filtun/HP-F100 relies on the skull as its major conduit for soundwaves.
We have no idea how well the Teac headset works, but does … Read more
Turntable manufacturer Stanton recently announced its new T.90 high-torque turntable with built-in USB and S/PDIF digital outputs. Even if you're not an aspiring DJ scratch battle champion, the ability to record your vinyl collection directly into a computer is big convenience. While USB-capable turntables such as the Numark TTUSB have been around for a while, the Stanton T.90 is the first to include features that today's DJ really want, namely digital key locking (the ability to change a song's tempo without changing pitch) and a high-torque direct drive motor that puts an unholy amount … Read more
You know, I was pretty comfortable with the latest iteration of the iRiver Clix being called the "Clix2"--it's simple, short, and quite to the point. Wouldn't you agree? Sadly, we're going to be relegated to yet another generational product, with the new Clix being the "next generation of the iRiver Clix," or "iRiver Clix (second generation)" for short (or rather, for long). Sigh. What will logically follow is the fazing out of the old Clix, so start looking for killer deals on that product and even--hint, hint, hint--product giveaways. But … Read more
According to one music industry executive, Apple is considering launching a subscription version of the iTunes Music Store this year.
CNN's Media Biz blog quoted Les Ottolenghi, the head of Intent Mediaworks, as saying he's talked to Apple people about a subscription service. "I think Apple is seriously considering a subscription offering right now even though they will probably tell you otherwise," he said in the report.
Major record label EMI announced today that they have settled an ongoing copyright dispute with the Beatles that had prevented the label from licensing their music for distribution. In light of EMI's recent deal to release its catalog on iTunes, it appears that there is little left to prevent the Fab Four's back catalog from finally being released online.
Legal issues aside, the band has historically declined offers to sell downloads of its music. Still, with Steve Jobs using the Beatles' music as part of his Macworld demonstration for the iPhone, it's fair to say Apple is … Read more
Listen up, hoodies: if your nearest and dearest are on the verge of murdering you because of your penchant for listening to music through your mobile phone's tinny, squealing-cat speaker, here's a way to sort your mobile music life out.
Behold the Bluetooth beast that is the Parrot Boombox, an iPod Hi-Fi-like speaker system that blasts out tunes from your mobile, MP3 player, computer and any other device via Bluetooth or a standard headphone jack. Of course, it's not portable, but it offers a handy living-room audio solution for listening to digital music from multiple sources.… Read more
We're convinced that someone high up at Volkswagen is a wannabe rock star. First, the carmaker offers a complimentary "GarageMaster" guitar with many of its new models. Now, it's come out with VW media player co-branded with LG.
This is no ordinary sticker job either. "The player will have an aluminum body and come in three of the same colors the cars offers; Salsa Red, Shadow Blue and Sunflower Yellow," according to Everything USB, as well as featuring a 2.4-inch LCD for video and a battery that allows up to 20 hours of … Read more
Now this is what we like--truth in advertising. Or truth in blogging, at least.
Apparently as weary of iPod docks as we are, Uber-Review is spot-on in its assessment of this accessory in saying it does "absolutely nothing." OK, it does let your iPod rest in a little red hammock while it recharges. But that's about it.
Even its German manufacturer seems to acknowledge its limited existence, having given it a suitably superficial name: the "Load Thing." Still, if there's one thing we appreciate as much as honesty, it's a low price. So … Read more