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New iPod Lineup; 4G Nano and improved Touch

Posted on 09 September 2008 by Staff

iTunes 8, plus new iPod Nano and updates to the Touch and Classic with more storage starting at $149!

At today’s special Let’s Rock event, Apple Inc. refreshed it’s iPod lineup with a new longer shaped 4th generation iPod Nano and updates to the Touch and Classic iPod. The new iPod Nano has a curved aluminum design. Apple says it is the thinnest Nano yet. The Nano gets a new user interface (UI) and the Accelerometer from iPhone. Shake the iPod Nano and it shuffles your songs! The Nano now comes in eight new colors: silver, purple, bue, green, yellow, orange, red and pink. Apple also lowered the price on the Nano; 8 GB model is $149 with a 16 GB for $199.

The iPod Touch is now even thinner than before. The Touch now borrows its shape from the IPhone 3G but with a polished steel back. Improved UI, Genius creation on the fly like the Nano, a speaker and Nike + iPod software built in. The Touch comes in three models; 8GB for $229, 16GB $299 and 32GB model for $399. The Touch comes with the new 2.1 software update. iPhone users will get the update beginning Friday. The iPod Classic now becomes one 120 GB model for $249, while the Shuffle appears to be unchanged.

iTunes 8 adds some new features such as HD TV shows and a new “grid” mode that lets you pick albums, artists, genres, similar to Apple’s iPhoto application. iTunes 8 also introduces a new type of smart playlist called “Genius.” Genius auto creates playlists from songs in your library that go good together, with just one click. After selecting a song you press the Genius button in bottom right corner to create a new genius list. A Genius sidebar can also recommend items to purchase from the iTunes Store. iTunes sends the information anonymously, so there is no big brother at work here.

Apple also announce today that NBC will be binging back TV shows like The Office, Heroes, Monk, Battlestar Galactica and 30 Rock to iTunes.

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Portable Speaker Backpack

Posted on 07 May 2008 by djadmin

Design student Joonas Saaranen has created a backpack that is actually a speaker system. The hardshell pack contains both speakers and an amplifier for on the road use. (And I’m assuming a metric ton of batteries as well?). Pretty cool concept though I’m not sure I’d walk my streets rocking one. But bonus points for designing it to look like it came right off the back of a Stormtrooper. Just wonder, is there storage built in for an iPod? Or a six pack?

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CES Gadget Roundup: Jook iPod Sharing

Posted on 10 January 2008 by Staff


January 7, 2008 – Las Vegas, NV – The world premiere of Jook™, a revolutionary music technology standard with social networking capabilities, launches at CES, January 7 – 10, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in North Hall, Booth 5733MP.

“Music has always been one of the most fundamental conduits for people to socialize and Jook is the natural progression to elevate music into the 21st century,” said Min-Liang Tan, president and chief executive officer, Jook Inc. “Jook Inc. and its partners all aim to make music a social experience again rather than have it confined to a personal music player. The interconnectivity and social aspects of Jook are limitless and will have a tremendous impact on music and personal audio devices in the future.”

Jook, developed by Jook Inc. – a subsidiary of Razer – is a technology standard that allows any portable music player to act like a personal radio station enabling everyone, regardless of their music player, to wirelessly transmit songs to people around them. For example, someone with an iPod™ can become a DJ and play music for someone sitting across from them on the subway listening to a Zune™. Friends jogging together can all tune into one person’s music player and listen to the same songs at the same time – regardless of the type of portable music players being used.

Jook is further designed to be a social networking tool that lets listeners later connect and talk about music they had previously heard. Users can create a profile, store it on their Jook enabled device, and share it with their listeners or broadcasters. These profiles provide more information about members, which can include anything from a personal web page to their contact information, as well as their music preferences. Further, music fans can rate fellow Jook users’ songs as well as the overall playlist the broadcaster chose to create and share.

How it works:
Jook consists of three modes that users can flip between with the push of a button:
Me Mode: Like today’s standard personal music players, users will listen to their own music in this mode.
Us Mode: Lets Jook broadcast its owner’s music to other nearby Jook enabled devices. Users will listen to their own selections and others with a Jook-enabled device can now tune in as well. A red ambient light alerts others nearby that there’s music available to tune in to.
U Mode: Jook allows a listener to connect to another Jook-enabled play list. A green ambient light indicates to broadcasters have listeners.
The Jook standard will be available to all manufacturers and developers of portable music players and audio accessories such as earbuds, headphones and other similar products. Each Jook device will be designed to plug directly into a music player, drawing a minimal amount of power from the music player.

Jook is poised to be a universal technology standard that connects users with different devices that would normally have a “closed” listening environment. A user with an iPod can broadcast their music to a user with a Zune, who also can broadcast their music to a user with a Zen™.

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