Volkswagen has decided that rather than making all their cars iPod-friendly as they did with the iGolf, they would make a few extra bucks for themselves and create their own PMP player, the LG FM37. Available in 3 shades of their cars, it features the VW logo and a 2.4-inch touch screen LCD. The FM37 can play MP3s, MPEG-4s, Windows Media Video 9, WMA and Ogg formats. Its battery should last up to 20 hours on a good day. Unfortunately, there is no launch date or price available, but perhaps at some point they will just include it as an accessory for those of us who want a new Beetle and don’t yet have an iPod.
At the Korea IT Show 2007, LG revealed its new PRADA ‘LG-SB310/LB3100.’ The phones support a 3-inch touch screen keypad as well as stylus pens. Change screen ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 for DMBs. One feature we really like is a clock that actually looks like one. Don’t worry. If you have only learned digital, you still have that option at the top of the screen. At the very least, we suggest you check out their mega-riche website and sample the surreal ringtones of their original LG-KE850.
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In an effort to increase sales to its recently released Upstage II, Sprint is offering tons of perks. The bluetooth capable phone/music player is only for $99.99 after $50.00 rebate. There is a $50.00 service credit extending until 5/14/07, and free activation and shipping if you purchase online. You can also download about 1.5 million tunes from the Sprint store for 99 cents apiece.
The phone features 1.3 megapixel camera and talk time up to 6.3 hours. Note: Sprint is also working with CBS Mobile to get you to download music that contestants in “The Amazing Race All Stars” listen to when they are on the fly or perhaps even the ringtone from Charla that orders you to “answer your freaking phone.”
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Fender and Roland “toneologists” have teamed up to discover what they refer to as “guitar DNA” and successfully transplanted it into their American series VG Stratocaster guitar. We understand that it is similar to the Variax, but simpler to use. It is capable of 37 different Stratocaster, Telecaster, humbucking, 12-string and acoustic sounds, and five alternate tunings with the turn of a knob. Available in Black or Sunburst, it carries an MSRP of $2428.56 and $2478.56 respectively.
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The Juke Tower is Japan’s answer to music in your shower without electrocution. The waterproof gadget features a downward-facing 360º speaker, can hold up to 2 GB of your MP3s for playback, and supports 8 to 320kbps. At a size of 78 x 183 mm and a weight of 300 g, the Tower uses 3 AA batteries that will hold their charge for up to 12 hours. It will be available at the end of the month for 10,500 Yen (~$88.00.) We can now sing to our hearts content while showering, but it is still going to sound like a limp karaoke performance.
UK based Virgin Radio has launched on PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii with a customized player. The system will offer videos, session recordings, CDs and tracks, and concert tickets to its subscribers. Virgin claims that it is the first British station to accomplish this and that it is trying to appeal to a younger crowd. Also included in the deal is Virgin’s Radio Xtreme, Classic Rock, and Radio Groove networks. Contact Virgin if you would like more details or rate information.
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Spring is here, summer is coming, which means we’ll be spending way more time
away from our computers
outdoors. What better way to enjoy picnics, strolls through the park, or a day at the beach than with your favorite MP3s? Instead of lugging portable speakers, consider Dreamgear’s i.Sound Audio Vault, an ingenious iPod case that doubles as a speaker. If used to house a 5G iPod, the other side of the case allows you to watch videos and access the controls—all without opening the case. The i.Sound is made of strong nylon material, has bass boost and even an alarm function. Requires 4 AA batteries. Dreamgear states the Audio Vault is compatible with all iPods, but frankly, we think it’s way too big for an iPod Shuffle or Nano. The Audio Vault is unavailable for purchase on Dreamgear’s website, however you can grab it for $27 USD at Target.
Back in January, we told you all about Joost, free Internet TV geared to the masses. Now in Beta testing, Braindead, Alliance Atlantis Sci-Fi, Gamestar TV, Bridezillas, Warner Bros. Records, and World Poker Tour are all accessible on Joost, with more channels being added every day. There is also chat, IM, and searching capabilities. Imagine our excitement when we received this e-mail:
“The waiting’s over! Since we received your application to join the Joost beta test program, we’ve been very busy fine-tuning it for you. So here’s some good news: we’re now ready to expand our beta test program, and we’re delighted to invite you to join us.”
Now imagine our dismay when we realized that some of our computers are just too ancient to handle the technology. (We can’t all have Pentium 4 or Mac OS X 10.4.) We tried anyway, but our feeble device only gave us a white screen. We swear we heard a slight moan of defeat coming out of it. Check with Joost if you would like to join in on their action.
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Carvin, in cooperation with Graph Tech, recently released its Nylon String guitar which gives you the option of MIDI synth access. The NS1 features the usual classic sound and design of their other acoustic guitars, but if you plug in a cable you can play through any PA or Amp. Utilizing a 13 pin cable, its Graph Tech Hexiphone pickup sends a signal through not only the entire instrument but each string as well, providing both acoustical and synthetic sound.
Also featured on the Carvin guitar are stacked volume controls, treble and bass cut/boost knobs, mid cut/boost and mid-sweep controls, and a mini-toggle switch for scrolling MIDI synth patches. The NS1 has a body thickness of only 1.95-inches, a width of 14-inches, and weighs 6.75 lbs. Contact Carvin if you want in on the musical action for $1299.00, but expect a waiting period of 8 to 12 weeks before delivery.
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In a very brave move, EMI yesterday decided to sell its music on iTunes without copy protection. The over 150,000 tunes can be then played on many musical devices and/or burned to CD. Beginning this May, the tracks, from such artists as Coldplay and Nora Jones, will be available for $1.29, as opposed to the $.99 price for regular iTunes. Purchase an entire downloaded album for the same price as a standard one.
After the Napster hullabaloo, most songs sold online now contain copy protection software. Apple’s Steve Jobs is hoping that other record labels will follow this lead and is counting on 2.5 million total tunes by the end of this year.
Read More | USA Today
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