iPod nano with Multitouch Hands-On



Look at the redesigned iPod nano. The new iPod nano (8GB), which boasts a small but sweet capacitive display, starts at $149, compared to just $49 for the new Shuffle (2GB).
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How to Mount a Mp3 Player to a Car



To use a mp3 palyer in your car or other vehicle, use a vehicle mount. They are easy to install and provide quick access to your player.

Clean the area of your window where you will install the mount. Spray the windshield with a window or glass cleaner and wipe with a paper towel.

Place the suction cup on the windshield, making sure it does not create a blind spot. Press down to produce suction.
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How to Use UPS Battery Backup



For businesses that deal in telecommunications or other industries having a high quality UPS battery backup is essential. Every business should have at least one ups battery tester that can make sure that the system is running on full power and is ready to go at anytime you may need it. Businesses can choose from one of three different kinds of backup supplies. It doesn’t matter what type of system a business chooses as long as it fits the application they need it for.
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Speakers integrate iPod dock

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Speakers integrate iPod dock

iHome’s announced its new iH69 and iH70i speakers. The new speakers are designed to allowing users to dock, charge, play and sync iPods directly to their computer.

The “all-in-one” speakers feature high-fidelity Reson8?? speaker chambers and a sync switch, with the iH70 model boasting higher wattage and a full function remote control.

The iHome iH69 and iH70 cost $99.99 and $129.99 respectively.

GameStop Stop Zune

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Microsoft Zune

Video-game retailer GameStop has decided to stop selling Microsoft’s Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.

“We have decided to exit the Zune category because it just did not have the appeal we had anticipated,” said a GameStop spokesperson. “It (also) did not fit with our product mix.” GameStop made the decision about a month ago. GameStop said it will sell Zune players online until it clears out its inventory.

GameStop has hundreds of stores across the country and losing that distribution channel could hurt Zune sales. Many of GameStop’s customers are avid users of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console and could have presented a cross-selling opportunity for Microsoft.

Microsoft said that the Zune player continues to be carried by other retailers. “We have a set of great partnerships that give Zune a strong presence at retail including Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and others,” said Adam Sohn, director of marketing for Zune, in a statement. “We will continue to invest in retail partnerships and have seen good momentum online and at retail over the last few months.”

The decision to stop selling Zunes took a toll on the company’s margins in the first quarter. Gross margins for the quarter were 26.1%, down from 27.2% the same quarter year before, reported GameStop on Thursday.

Oppo S11 portable media player

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Oppo offers up sleek S11 portable media player

Oppo offer its new portable media player. S11 is the current top player of the OPPO mp3 player line featuring a 3” touchscreen, g-sensor and tv-out. The Oppo S11 has a file manager allowing id3 tag browsing and file search.
Among its features there is the video preview, a small thumbnail showing a screen of the video file. It does allow bookmarking of music, video and ebook position to let you return to where you left in any case.
The built in photo viewer comes with a nice thumbnail feature to quickly browse the pictures.
There are various built in games, making use of the g-sensor.

On the video front, it’ll play nice with AVI, DivX, XviD, RM, RMVB and FLV formats. If the 4GB of internal memory just isn’t enough, there’s also a microSD slot for loading in additional media. Price – $163.99.

iPod shuffle Now Just $49



iPod shuffle Now Just $49

Apple announced that its iPod shuffle is now even more affordably priced at $49 and that it is introducing a new 2GB model of the iPod shuffle for $69.

???At just $49, the iPod shuffle is the most affordable iPod ever,??? said Greg Joswiak, Apple??s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. ???The new 2GB model lets music lovers bring even more songs everywhere they go in the impossibly small iPod shuffle.???

The new 1GB iPod shuffle is available immediately for a suggested retail price of $49 through the Apple Store, Apple??s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 2GB iPod shuffle will be available later this month for a suggested retail price of $69 . iPod shuffle requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and iTunes 7.4; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) or later and iTunes 7.4 or later.

Kenwood AS-IP300 iPod dock station

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Kenwood AS-IP300 iPod dock station

Look on this AS-IP300 iPod dock station from Kenwood. Dimensions are a good, 380x157x221mm at 1 kg (1.2) for this iPod dock equipped with a couple 1.9W speakers. The price is set at 95?.

New codec for iPods




Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS say the new HD-AAC codec delivers better-than-CD-quality sound in file sizes that are small enough to be offered online – like on Apple’s iTunes Store, for example.

The codec is based on MPEG-4 SLS – a scalable lossless format. HD-AAC enables you to enjoy high quality 24-bit / 96KHz files on a home media server, for example, and then use the base version (called the AAC-LC layer) of the same file to play back on an iPod or other AAC player. There’s no need for you to rip different versions of your music at different codecs for different devices.

The Fraunhofer Institute says that future devices – like iPods – may also be able to play back the full lossless audio files once they’re equipped with suitable decoders. It even says that because HD-AAC is scalable you can use it to fire files over a network, with the file size scaled depending on the amount of available bandwidth. Handy for wireless multi-room audio streams, for example.

The arrival of HD-AAC could also spell good news for Apple’s rivals – Sony, Creative and others also offer AAC playback on their portable audio players.

USB Flash Card MP3 Player

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USB Flash Card MP3 Player

Meet a USB Flash Card MP3 Player, credit card style MP3 Player. It is not only a MP3 Player, but also a Mass Storage Device.

Features: support MP3 and WMA playback, LED indicator, build-in rechargeable battery.
Size: 85.5 x 54 x 4.5 mm, weight: 20g. Price – $42.