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Articles tagged with: Audio

SiriusXM Revamps Entire System To Stay Competitive

SiriusXM satellite radio will soon offer personal radio channels, kinda like what Pandora has got going on for them. I guess SiriusXM thought it was time to change the way they operate if they plan on remaining a player in the audio space.

SiriusXM’s new radio channels will be able to replay, skip, and ban songs, as well as some on-demand features. You’ll also be able to use it on your TiVo which might make the hefty monthly packages a bit more reasonable.

Pandora’s New Layout Came When It Was Supposed To

Pandora’s new layout is a welcome change for me, primarily because it is based on HTML5. With the previous version of Pandora, my 32-bit Firefox browser would often crash on my 64-bit operating system due to the flash player.

Since, I no longer use Firefox, it hasn’t been a problem with good ol’ trusty Chrome, but it’s still nice to know that Firefox will be safe.

Sony Brings Qriocity Video Service To Smartphones

Sony recently introduced an app for Android devices called “Music Unlimited” which allowed Android users to listen to their favorite tracks on Qriocity powered cloud based music service.

Following the same tracks, Sony is planning to bring the Qriocity video service to Sony Ericsson smartphones. However, this service would be initially available on only a number of selected handsets. Currently, Sony plans to launch it only on its Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones.

Itunes Extends Song Preview To 90 Seconds

Apple’s iTunes store is the one of the biggest providers of music content for PCs and i-Devices. To facilitate the consumer, Apple has upgraded their system of song preview.

iTunes previously allowed a user to preview the tune for about 30 seconds before the user actually bought that tune. Other such service providers such as Amazon also allowed a preview of 30 seconds but looks like Apple has decided to go a step ahead of Amazon.

BMW-Inspired Headphones? Now That’ll Cost Ya

Have you ever wondered what military-grade headphones are like? Well, we’ve got something a little more stylish than your typical army cans. Audio expert, Sennheiser has teamed up with BMW Designworks USA to bring their S1 Digital general aviation headset.

As it sounds, these headphones were made for pilots to protect their ears during takeoff, and the tech ‘examines’ the cockpit’s recent noise levels to ‘better understand’ how much to eliminate during all phases of flight.

The cans themselves are absolutely gorgeous, and they look so comfortable, you’d wonder if a celebrity would slam down the dough for a pair of these. I’d have to admit though, it’d be funny to see a music producer rocking these.

Libratone’s Airplay Is Now Compatible W/ iOS

Libratone an audio company released its ultra-sleek and eye catching wireless speakers for Home. The product might be a little expensive starting from $600 for the tower and around $1100 for the Lounge soundbar.

Is spending that many greens worth it? Last year the company produced rather disappointing results which lacked compatibility with most of our operating systems.

Upgrade Your Entertainment System For $200

AMEX Digital has just introduced an awesome new HD media player that runs the Android operating system and ships with a clean 500GB hard drive. Named the MP-G7, it runs on a dual core ARM Cortex processor and has Full HD accelerator graphics.

If you’ve been looking to upgrade your home entertainment system that you purchased new in the 90s, this may be your opportunity to do so! The device lets you browse the web, play basic games, and gives you the option to enjoy your apps right by your big screen TV.

All-In-One Wireless HiFi System By Sonos!

Sonos adds one more impressive and reasonably priced model known as ‘Play: 3’ to its array of wireless audio systems.

You can easily set up the multi-room system with access to vast collection of streaming music services. The product is priced at $300.

Leak: Sony Going Deep With Virtual Reality

Hopefully the days of a silly console controller are over. I’ve said it before, but I am getting tired of playing console games with the dual joy-stick. Sure, it was awesome in 2002, but times are changing and we are living in a world where we want to interact more with our media.

Think about how Google+ has their hangouts, a rich way to communicate with one another via videochat, and how about the new Wii U and the touch-screen controller? The Xbox Kinect? The more you think about it, the clearer it becomes- the concept of fun is being defined by how much we can do with our gadgets, and Sony might be catching on.

Hassle-Free Bluetooth Speaker From Jabra

Jabra, a bluetooth cellphone accessory maker has just announced a Bluetooth speakerphone that allows for a plug n’ play experience, without the fuss of an installation.

The system is called Drive and it connects up to devices (e.g. a phone and a GPS unit), and without any setup, it allows the two gadgets to be paired and ‘talk’ to one another.

If you’re just looking to use it as a speakerphone, you can do that too, and users will enjoy 20 hours of talk time and 30 days of standby time on a single charge.