Into signing up for its music service again, that is. Because--of course--any attempts to lure me into ratcheting up the eMusic review score would be systematically rejected--not that the service needs much help in that regard anyway. However, I did receive an offer today (actually, at 4:10 a.m. Saturday morning...gotta love e-mail bots) for 50 free music downloads--and all I need to do is "rejoin eMusic NOW!" Well, I do love free music, so perhaps I'll take them up on that. If you got a similar offer, will you? Leave me a comment … Read more
It still sends chills up our spine, literally and figuratively, but the skull-as-speaker concept continues to make inroads in audio technology. And not content to take over our bodies on land, companies have been refining their products under water as well.
Two years after Finis' "SwiMP3" seized the aquatic world by the cheekbones, the company has updated its swimmers' headphones with a new pair dubbed simply the "v2." Aside from a slightly different design, however, Electronista says the most significant difference is more storage capacity (256MB vs. 128MB), as well as adding support for the WMA … Read more
A congressional push to overturn controversial increases in fees for Internet radio operators came under attack on Friday by SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalty payments on behalf of musicians.
SoundExchange has been among the chief forces that successfully persuaded the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to elevate the fees required of Webcasters over the next few years by anywhere from 300 to 1200 percent, according to the rules' opponents. The CRB this month has already declined to reconsider most of its March 2 decision after reviewing petitions submitted by National Public Radio, Clear Channel Communications, groups representing smaller commercial … Read more
Amazon.com looks like it will become the latest company to try to take on Apple in the digital music marketplace.
A report in the Times Online says Amazon plans to open an online music store next month and has been negotiating with the major record labels.
Given the lack of success other ventures have had against the iTunes juggernaut, this may not seem like a big deal. But the Amazon store may offer a new twist: no digital rights management software. The report in the U.K.-based Times says that Amazon wants to sell unprotected MP3s online.
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The Nokia N95 is here! Check out Bonnie Cha's First Look video on CNET TV. I took the phone home for a few days last weekend and played around with the video camera, taking shots of my dog and shooting a short description of my friends impression of the new Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature, Grindhouse. Great-looking camera and a cool phone with cool features, but as my CNET TV colleagues will tell you I am a Treo addict, so no QWERTY keyboard is a real drag for me.
Another favorite video from this week is the music show featuring … Read more
As the evolutionary convergence of the mobile phone and media player forges ahead, so too do accessories that play to both camps. The "B-Tube" from Linx, for example, is a portable stereo that can be used as a sound system or a speakerphone.
Using Bluetooth 2.0 connections, the aluminum cylinder can transfer MP3 music wirelessly from a phone or computer or allow hands-free conversations with its built-in microphone. TechShout says it's also small enough to be stored "just about anywhere." Just be careful not to mistake it for a cigar tube.
We've been touting the virtues of digital radio for some time now, but a prohibitive factor (to cheapskates like us, anyway) has always been price--usually somewhere around $300. An outfit called Radiosophy, however, is aiming to change that in a hurry by offering its "HD100" for $120.
The high-definition radio is intentionally stripped-down but still includes such information as song and traffic data, as well as an alarm clock and connections for MP3 players, according to Electronista. And as if the price weren't low enough already, Radiosophy is running a promotional $100 tag for customers that … Read more
Another week has passed and it's time for more new music. Download.com Music and CNET TV combined forces to bring you a brand-new video report highlighting the best new songs and albums posted recently on Download Music. This week's featured artists include Dinosaur Jr., getting a head start on their upcoming reunion album (Beyond) with a fuzzy-loud new song "Almost Ready"; New York group Battles, showcasing their metal-meets-electronic beatcore style; and rising hip-hop star MIMS, who mixes g-funk and hyphy to show just exactly why he's hot. Watch, listen, and see if you don'… Read more