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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

LifeHacker Shows You How To Stream Your Music

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5198016/roll-...r-with-subsonic

"Subsonic can be installed on everything from a Windows-based computer to a home server running FreeNAS. Once installed, you can tune into your media collection from anywhere you access the web or use your mobile phone. Subsonic is a complete web-based front end for your collection."

LifeHacker has a quick article about using SubSonic to stream music around the house and to anywhere with an Internet connection. Many of us should have quite a sizable music collection, however, carting around an MP3 player around the house or everywhere you go might not always work. And as capacious as they might be, they might not fit your entire collection. Streaming is the next best solution, and with a web interface, it allows for more control over what you play. I can't say I've used Subsonic before, but I have tried various other solutions, such as Jinzora, Orb, MPD and even good old Winamp with a web interface plugin. The interface for Subsonic looks pretty good and I'll probably investigate it in a few months, but right now, I've settled on a combination between Winamp for home use and Orb for remote streaming. I use Winamp because instead of streaming, I use old school FM transmitters to broadcast my music so I don't need more complex devices to listen to music around the house. Orb is my remote solution because it also handles video and is really easy to use. What about everyone else? Do you just carry your MP3 player around, or have you set up your own mini-broadcasting station?


Saturday, March 28, 2009

iTunes to Vary Pricing And Go DRM Free

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 AM

http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-...o-debut-april-7

"Under the new pricing scheme, most music tracks will still cost $0.99, but labels will be able to charge $1.29 for selected tracks—mostly hot new releases—and offer discounts of $0.69 on older library tracks."

iTunes is going to go through two significant changes in the coming months. Pricing is no longer going to be a $0.99 a song setup, with prices ranging from $0.69 to $1.29. I really hope that the record labels won't do what I would expect them to do, which is noting any song that's selling and put it in the $1.29 tier. Overall, I'm not sure whether this will be good for the consumer or not, but I can't think that the labels would push for variable pricing so much if they didn't see more profit in it for themselves. What is more notable to me is that by the end of the quarter, it is expected that iTunes music will go DRM free! While it seems the vast majority don't mind being locked down to specific devices, I think it'll just drive more traffic to the iTunes store with everyone now able to listen to their library on any device they want.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Samsung's Satisfying Multi-format Player

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.everythingusb.com/samsun...p-p3-16329.html

"The Samsung YP-P3 is actually a knockout of a portable media player. True, it may not have the WiFi or custom application support going for it, but the native video codec support and numerous music playback abilities knock the socks off of an iFruit. What's more, the 3rd iteration of the Digital Natural Sound Engine (DNSe) sounds absolutely incredible! The integrated Bluetooth has great potential, but for now is limited by an inadequate bitrate for stereo playback and lack of certian handsfree abilities like voice dialing. I'd also like to see better support for FLAC and AAC when it comes to reading ID3 tags, but at least the codecs are there. Highly recommended for music and movie afficionados alike."

The broad format support is a definite plus for Samsung's offering. I really hate having to convert my videos to different formats for different portable devices. I'm also intrigued by the haptic feedback offering which I hope to see on more touchscreen offerings in the future.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Slacker Is Anything But

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.applethoughts.com/news/s...adio-rocks.html

"Slacker is an Internet streaming radio service (US only). User can access Slacker in a variety of ways, including browser based web streaming, via wi-fi on the Slacker Portable Radio Player, and via wi-fi over the Slacker application for iPhone/iPod Touch, the subject of this review."

I just finished a review of Slacker over at Apple Thoughts. Although the review is specific to the Slacker application for iPhone/iPod Touch, the service itself is cross-platform, so I thought a number of you here might also be interested.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Thoughts on the New iPod Shuffle

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:00 AM

I weighed in on the discussion of the new Shuffle over at Apple Thoughts, and I thought my response was worth sharing on this site.

I'm all for MP3 players breaking into new ground, and thought the original Shuffle was pretty damn brilliant - a screen isn't as mandatory as everyone thinks it is for some scenarios like working out in a gym - but this new Shuffle missed the mark in a few ways.

First, the fact that you have to use Apple's headphones in order to control the device in any way at all is a big problem. From a quality standpoint, the $3 headphones that Apple includes can't measure up - ever - to the quality of stand-alone headphones that cost $99+. And even if they're "not bad" as far as headphones go, not everyone's ears can fit them - my wife for instance couldn't use the headphones on her Shuffle because her ear canals are quite small. We always have to buy her extra-small headphones. By moving the controls onto the headphones, Apple is shutting out 100% of people who:

a) Want (or already own) better quality headphones

b) Can't fit/don't like the included headphones Read more...


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cowon D2+ Pleases, But Could Use an Update

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players...91.html?tag=box

"Cowon's original D2 MP3 player from 2007 quickly earned a reputation for outstanding sound quality, a long-lasting battery, and cutting-edge touch-screen technology. Two years later, the Cowon D2+ refines the audio quality and touch-screen interface that made the original model so compelling, and includes a reasonable price tag of $139 (8GB) and $179 (16GB)."

The 16 GB model is at about the same price point as 16 GB Zune's or iPod's, but as usual, there are trade-offs. Specifically, this device has a larger screen, expandable memory, and more features than the Zune or iPod, but it is significantly thicker and lacks some of the fancy interface touches. Probably the most important reason to consider the Cowon is its great sound quality.

Tags: mp3 player, cowon

Monday, March 9, 2009

Steal of a Deal - Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-10189248-58.html

"Tired of running out of juice when you're on the run? The Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800 is a rechargeable portable battery pack that supplies power to phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, and other mobile devices. The charger comes with seven adapter tips for use with most kinds of mobile phones, but you can also use the USB cable that came with your iPod, Zune, or other device. In other words, it's almost universally compatible, provided that your gizmo can be charged via USB."

I think I'm going to order one of these as is should cover my iPod, Zune, and phone. The normal price is $44.95, but right now Amazon has them for $28.99 $39.27 (they hiked the price!). [Affiliate] Unfortunately there is a couple of week backlog on their supply, so it will be a bit before I can share my thoughts. Anyone out there already have one of these?


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