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Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

NBC offers podcasts of news shows

Posted by michaelshawnlane on November 14, 2006

NBC News will offer “NBC Nightly News” and “Meet the Press” free on iTunes.

NBC has been streaming video on MSNBC.com.  Now you will have the opportunity to download these two videos.

This is certainly a step in the right direction.  More and more people want the ability to watch a show either on there computer or some type of portable device.  This will give you that opportunity. 

Posted in Apple, Audio, Blogroll, Free MP3 Downloads, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, portable audio, Portable Media, Quicktime, Technology | 3 Comments »

iTunes releases another update

Posted by michaelshawnlane on November 3, 2006

iPod Shuffle Second Generation 

For those of you who are using iTune 7 Apple earlier this week release an update.  The release is iTunes 7.0.2 which adds support for the Second Generation iPod shuffle and fixes a variety of stability and other issues found in iTunes 7 and 7.0.1. 

Many users have complained about iTunes 7 and 7.0.1.  If you haven’t upgraded to iTunes 7 this is probably a good time to do it.

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Convert That Blog/RSS Feed Into An MP3

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 24, 2006

For those of you who are tired of reading your favorite blog or RSS feed now using Odiogo software it will turn that feed into an MP3.  Odiogo downloads your favorite blog feeds or RSS news and converts the text into an MP3 file that you can listen via an MP3 player.

In three easy steps it will convert your favorite blog feeds or RSS news.  First you select the feed.  Then you click refresh to download the feeds and then Odiogo converts them into an MP3 file.  The last step you drop the file onto your MP3 player.

The cost of the software is $29.99, with a 15 day money back guarantee.  The software works on Windows XP or Windows 2000, sorry Mac users.

I listened to the samples on there website.  The software does a really good job of converting the text to speech.  The voice quality is relatively good.  It does sound robotic at times.  Over-all if you are looking for a software package to convert your favorite blog feeds or RSS news so that you can listen to them.  Odiogo might be what you need.

Odiogo

Posted in Apple, Blogroll, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, Portable Media, Technology | 3 Comments »

The Red iPod For Charity

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 13, 2006

ipod-red.jpgThe special edition Red iPod Nano is officially for sale at $199.  Apple is donating $10 from each sale to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The specifications is the same as other 4 GB Nanos, with a 1.5-inch screen and up to 24 hours of battery life.  It can store 1,000 songs, and 25,000 photos.

Click here to purchase one.  Go ahead it is for a good cause.  You can also visit Global Fund to get more information on other companies that donate to this cause.

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iTunes Store Now Has PBS Programs

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 11, 2006

PBS

You can now download from iTunes Store PBS shows for $1.99 each.  Here are the shows you can get immediately: Antiques Roadshow; Nova; Now; Scientific American Frontiers; Arthur; Cyberchase; and Fetch!.

PBS is a non-profit media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial television stations.  This should be good for PBS.  This is another outlet for them to raise money by selling there shows on iTunes.  

Posted in Apple, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, portable audio, Portable Media, Quicktime, Technology | 1 Comment »

Quicktime Can Now Play Almost Any Media Type

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 4, 2006

For those who use Quicktime in OS X.  You now will be able to play these additional media types: Divx, XviD, FLV, AVI, MS-MPEG4 V1, V2 & V3, DivX 3.11, alpha, 3ivX, Sorenson H. 263 and many more.  This is a free plugin by the name of Perian.

To get the plugin click here to download.

Posted in Apple, portable audio, Portable Media, Quicktime, Technology | 1 Comment »

Software Update for iTunes 7

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 28, 2006

Since the initial release of iTunes 7 software.  There has been numerous reports of problems with the software.  The iTunes support forum on Apple’s web site is filled full of unhappy users of iTunes 7 software.  Some experienced playback problems, performance issues, iPod syncing and other problems.  This update is certainly needed to correct the issues that users are having.

Click on over to Apple’s website and download iTunes 7.0.1

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Microsoft Zune Is The Price Right?

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 27, 2006

We know that the Microsoft Zune will sell for $249.99. That is a good price point for the device. But will the Zune be able to cut into the Apple iPod market share. There is a possibility that it just might do that. With the ability to send songs via wife to another Zune user I can see this really taking off in the younger demographic. Especially in schools and colleges. Also the ability to connect it to the Xbox 360 or TV.

The Zune on paper certainly sounds like a promising portable media device. Until the Zune is out and people are actually able to use one. We don’t really know how good the device will really be. The Zune’s release date has not been announced. It certainly will be release in time for the holiday shopping season.

So let me know your thoughts on this. Do you think the Zune over time will cut into the Apple iPod market share? I would love to know your thoughts on this.

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Disney Max Mix

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 21, 2006

Those of you who can’t get enough Disney items with those cute little Mickey Mouse ear logo on them. Well you are in luck. Disney is launching there first digital media player next month.

The cost of the player will be $99.99. Before you get to excited about that price and quit reading here is what the Max Mix can do. It allows playback of video, music, and photo files. It comes with 512 megs of storage and can be expanded some with SD memory cards.

Disney will also offer full-length films on memory cards called Max Clips. These films are obviously aimed at the younger market. Films like High School Musical, Confessions or a Teenage Drama Queen and Ella to name a few.

Disney is not trying to compete against the Apple iPod. They are going for a younger market. I believe they will have a lot of success with this. Especially with the holiday season quickly approaching.

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Apple iTV

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 12, 2006

Today Apple released information about the iTV device that will be available in the first quarter of 2007. It has built in 802.11, wired networking, USB, HDMI connector, component video, analog audio and optical audio. It will come with an Apple remote and connects directly to a TV or home theater system.

You will now be able to watch your movies and TV shows that you downloaded to your computer right on your TV in another room. It will sell for $299 and works with PC and Macs.

This device is such a smart move for Apple. This will certainly bring in more customers who will use iTunes and download TV and movies. I think this device will certainly shut the box on Amazon Unbox.

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