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Archive for the ‘Portable Devices – MP3’ Category

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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Creative Zen Vision:M Firmware Disables FM Recording

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 13, 2006

The latest firmware for the Creative Zen Vision:M does something you might want to know about.  It disables the your ability you once had to record FM radio.  In the release notes for firmware update 1.50.02 it states it will disable the FM recording capabilities.  Well it seems from the user forums on Creatives website many owners are a little upset by this.

I don’t understand why companies feel that it is right to disable features in firmware updates.  I assume Creative disabled the FM recording feature because of pressure from the RIAA.  I have not been able to locate an official release from Creative on why they did this.  If anyone has information on this please let us know.

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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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Does Your MP3 Player Give You A Massage?

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 12, 2006

The OSIM iGoGo is taking the mp3 player to a new level.  The iGoGo turns your music into a music-synchronized massage.  The player comes with two wireless massagers.  They use RF wireless technology and attach using the Hydro Gel pads onto any part of your body.  There are 7 massage programmes to choose from: Morning Massage, Night Massage, Trim Massage, Relax Massage, Cellulite Massage, Back Massage,  and Shoulder Massage.  The iGoGo player comes with 128MB built-in with an external slot for MMC card of up to 512MB.  Works with PC or Mac.

This player does not come cheap.  The list price is $826.00.  I better feel really good after using the iGoGo at that price.

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Sony’s Latest Flash Music Player

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 2, 2006

Sony’s about the launch a new flash MP3 player.  I know try to stay calm.  Sony continues to try to create new and innovative mp3 players.  I have never been that impressed with Sony’s attempt at doing this.

The NW-S706 will have noise canceling technology and a battery life of 50 hours.  That is right 50 hours of battery life.  Will have a color OLED screen, with built-in FM tuner and will be available in black, pink, and purple.  Almost forgot it has 4GB of storage.

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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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The StormBlue A9+ with Bluetooth

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 25, 2006

First of all I am not digging the name of this media player. The StormBlue A9+ really does have some impressive features. The Bluetooth capabilities allows you to use Bluetooth headphones. Another option is the Bluetooth allows you to link with your mobile phone. This will allow you hands-free operations via the player. This is certainly a cool feature.

The storm blue A9+ has a 2 inch 260K Full Color screen. It comes with video conversion software to convert MPG, ASF, AVI, DAT and WMV files into MPEG4 files. If you want to listen to music instead of watching videos. The player support MP3, WMA, WMA DRM and Ogg Vorbis. You get 39 hours of battery life during audio playback and up to 11 hours when watching videos.

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Water Resistant Hydra MP3 Player

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 24, 2006

For those that need a mp3 player that it water-resistant you are in luck. Check out the Hydra MP3 player. It is priced just right at $39.99 for the 1GB and $69.99 for the 2GB model.

Get more information after the click.

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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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