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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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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.  

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Podcasting Software

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 10, 2006

Podcast Station allows you to record, edit, mix and publish your podcasts.  Works on Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.  The list of features is amazing. 

It recently was awarded “Best All Inclusive Podcasting Software” at the 2006 Podcast and Portable Media Expo.

For more information click Podcast Station.

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Make Sure You Edit Your Podcast…..Right CNET?

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 6, 2006

For those of you who listen to Buzz Out Loud Podcast, CNET’s “podcast of indeterminate length” got a little surprise this week on Wednesday October 4, 2006. In my drive home from work I was listening to the podcast and on this day the topics and the way they were talking seemed different. The podcast features Tom, Molly, and producer Veronica. This daily Podcast discusses the latest technology news. As I listened to the podcast the topics didn’t seem really technology related and some of the things seemed inappropriate for certain listeners to hear. I was surprised at what I heard and even the “F” word was dropped. Glad my four year old son was not in the car. This went on for a little over five minutes and then they started the show like they always do, with an introduction from Tom, Molly, and Veronica.

So what happened? Well it appears that Veronica forgot to edit that part out of the podcast before uploading it up to be downloaded. On the next podcast for October 5, 2006 Veronica apologized and felt really bad about what had happened. I am not writing this to come down on CNET’s Buzz Out Loud Podcast; it is a great daily podcast. We all make mistakes. I think it is important to note as podcasts become more main stream and companies continue to invest there advertising dollars into podcasts. You must be careful in editing your podcasts before allowing it to be downloaded. One slip up could have you loosing your advertising dollars.

This is certainly a lesson for anyone who podcasts or is thinking about podcasting. Be sure to edit and make sure you know what you are uploading before your listeners download your podcast.

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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.

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Free Daily Jazz MP3’s

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 2, 2006

For those of you who love jazz music or just want to try out some new music. The website All About Jazz gives you access to the latest jazz music. Each day a new track is released on the AAJ daily download page. The tracks are selected from new releases, sometimes from older releases or unreleased material.

All About Jazz

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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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