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MP3 Players & Digital Audio

The Cube Gets Even Cooler: mobiLBU Goes 2 GB!

March 28, 2006

Loved the mobiBLU DAH-1500i Cube MP3 Player when I wrote about it last year. Now. there's a new 2 Gigabyte version, adding to the existing 512MB and 1GB versions.

With its unique cube form factor at less than one-inch on all dimensions, the Cube MP3 Player is the world’s smallest, full featured MP3 player -- and it weighs only 18 grams!

The 2GB Cube is identical to the original players and has the following key features:

  • 2GB Flash Memory Storage – Holds up to 500 songs in MP3 (@ 128kbps bitrate) to 1000 songs in WMA (@ 64kbps bitrate)
  • Sports an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode Display) that provides easy to read, ultra crisp graphics and text on the display screen
  • Supports MP3, WMA, and Protected WMA (Digital Rights Management)
  • Plug-and-Play -- A Universal Mass Storage Device, The Cube shows up as a removable drive when attached to a PC so files can be easily transferred to the player by simple drag-and-drop; non-music files, too
  • Compatible with and synchronizes with Windows Media Player (required for protected WMA files)
  • Outstanding audio quality and features SRS WOW audio enhancement
  • Integrated FM Tuner and FM recording (record FM broadcasts on-the-fly)
  • Voice Recorder (using the Cube’s internal microphone)
  • Clock Function – displays date and time
  • Unique single multifunction connector that handles USB 2.0 connectivity, charging and headphones
  • Comes with a necklace style earbud set that allows the user to hang The Cube around the neck while and listen to music
  • Colors -- Choice of four: Black, Blue, Silver and Pin
  • Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems

Price: $159.99

iTunes 'Free Download of the Week': What a Good Idea!

March 24, 2006

How To Prevent Hearing Loss

March 21, 2006

If You Think CDs Are Expensive Here ...

March 20, 2006

Music Sites: Price Fixing?

March 16, 2006

So it's not just me that thinks that it's more than coincidence that so many music download sites charge 99 cents for a song.

Apparently both the U.S. Department of Justice and New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer think so, too. Both are investigating potential price-fixing by online music sites -- at the core of it is whether the major record labels, such as Sony BMG Music, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and EMI Group, colluded to determine and set the price of music song downloads. (Napster anyone?)

iPod Blues: Where Have All the Colors Gone?

March 13, 2006

iPod nanoTune launches

March 8, 2006

Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), today introduced the DLO nanoTune for iPod nano. It combines an FM Transmitter, FM Radio and Headphone Amplifier into one unit. The nanoTune’s FM Transmitter allows owners to play their iPod nano’s music in the car, at home, anywhere there’s a stereo. It also adds an FM radio to the iPod nano for on-the-go news, sports and weather updates.Other unique features include a headphone amplifier, an integrated protective case that doubles as a desktop stand, and a 30-pin iPod connector for use with all existing iPod car chargers and most iPod docks.

Apple's iPod Hi-Fi: Why?

March 7, 2006

Apple launches VoIP iPod?

February 28, 2006

Red Herring is creating their own little "herring" by speculating that Apple plans on launching an Apple iPod with VoIP capabilities. Red Herring writes:

When Apple talks, people listen-and chat among themselves—and the computer company’s announcement about products to be unveiled Tuesday had watchers speculating about a VoIP-enabled iPod. <snip...> Talk of Wi-Fi on personal media devices like iPods has generated speculation that the company might roll out VoIP-enabled media players.

My reply? I don't think so. Not yet anyway.

Newer Technology: Solving the iPod Battery Problem

February 27, 2006

The iPod is certainly a lot of fun, but not when the battery dies (come think of it, what product is?). However, battery replacement for the iPod has a shrouded-in-mystery feeling when you have to send or take it somewhere special to have the battery replaced.

Now, Newer Technology has solved that problem with its super-duper, handy-dandy, ultra-awesome NuPower High-Capacity iPod Replacement Battery. Oh, by the way, the NuPower actually increases capacity as compared to the original Apple battery; the iPod mini, for example, gets a 50% boost.

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