Gizmag: The smartphone has quickly become an essential part of modern living. It’s a powerful portable computer, a high resolution camera, and a mobile communications center. However, if you’re of the school who thinks that just because such a device can also play music, there’s no need to spend good money on a separate audio player – the Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4 pro may well be the dedicated music player to change your mind. (more…)
Anythingbutipod: Those that know me know that my MP3 player has more podcasts and audiobooks on it than music. I’m out and about a few hours a day and have a job on the side of the studies which is more or less a muscle memory job. Listening to the same music over and over would drive me crazy, so some years ago I started using podcasts and audiobooks to keep myself entertained instead.
When it comes to getting audiobooks, you have several options, from libraries to audiobook services online. Then you have to select a player – if you want Audible support, you need a player that can support it and so on. Then there are players which have special audiobook sections that give you extra options regardless of what format the book is in, while others treat audiobooks as music. Read on for a guide on how to get started with audiobooks.
Tech Digest: Leaving your iPod sitting there in the ashtray while you are out shopping is a definite no-no – so keep it safely hidden from view by ramming it right down into the stomach of the Fusion Electronics CA-IP500 music player.
The deep unit swallows an entire iPod, just like an old cassette-based car player, leaving it hidden from the view of opportunist thieves who want your iPod player for its potential eBay resale value and not your artistic tastes in music.
Although saying “IPOD” in blue LEDs perhaps isn’t the best way of keeping it hidden…
Crave: As mobile phones grapple with their identity crisis as MP3 players, handset makers have worked themselves into contortions trying to provide decent sound quality–creating some ugly accessories in the process.The Chinese-made “Super Audio Phone” aims to change all that by building in a speaker that’s much larger than today’s standard sizes in the back of the handset, where a second, smaller LCD screen that provides song titles and other audio information, according to Slashphone. The front looks like a regular phone, with a larger display and buttons.
We have no idea how its music actually sounds, but the idea seems to make a lot of sense, especially considering some of the alternatives.
Microsoft’s Zune music player has gone on sale in the US, hoping to make a dent in the success of Apple’s iPod.
The modest launch of the player is Microsoft’s first direct attempt to topple the iPod, which dominates the MP3 player market around the world. The Zune is only available in the US and there is just one 30GB model – in three colours – for $250 (£131). (…)
- - 30GB model – $249
- - 3-inch screen (320*240 pixels)
- - FM radio
- - Songs cost 99 cents or unlimited subscription for $15 a month
- - Two million songs on offer
- - Wirelessly share songs with other Zune users
- - Registered guests can swap songs via a PC
Microsoft has all but abandoned plans to try to topple the iPod by working with third-party MP3 player manufacturers.
The firm licenses software called Plays For Sure, which guarantees that digital music bought from a range of download stores works on players that have signed up to the system.
But Microsoft’s Zune is not part of the Plays For Sure initiative – so songs bought from Napster, Rhapsody, AOL or Urge, for example, will not work with the player. Songs bought from Microsoft’s own MSN music store – which is being closed down – will also not work on a Zune player.
Instead Zune users must buy and download music from a dedicated Zune music store – or rip their own CDs and copy them on to the player.
Zune owners can buy individual tracks using a points system – 79 Zune points equals 99 cents which buys a single – or subscribe to the service monthly, giving users access to two million tracks.
The first reviews of the player have been mixed – praising some features, and criticising others.
eBay as a catchall for your rubbish? Consider those times gone. LG set up an auction for a limited edition of the Fusic, their “new sleek, trendsetting mobile device.”
Phone meets music player. Sounds a bit like the Nokia N91. Although the latter device wasn’t pimped by Jermaine Dupri, the famous producer. This particular Fusic sports all the bling bling one might expect from a rapper. Important to know: the entire proceeds go to charity. Going once… going twice…
(source: LG Electronics)