U.S. Court Says No Garage Sales for Digital Content

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U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan delivered a ruling that favored Capitol Records in a case against MP3 digital music re-seller ReDigi. The case may be used as precedent in the future for other digital contents, including e-books, digital magazines, digital movies, digital TV shows, and apps. In his ruling Judge Sullivan says that it […]

Sony Walkman Z1000 Android PMP Headed to U.S.

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After announcing that it would absorb Ericsson’s interest in Sony Ericsson and bring smartphones in-house, Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that its portable media player, the Walkman Z1000, will be headed to the U.S. market. Essentially, the PMP is a connected media player that runs Android Gingerbread and […]

Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 iPod Touch Competitor Spotted at FCC

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Sony is prepping a new portable music player with the Walkman branding and large touchscreen that will utilize the Android operating system in the form of the NW-Z1000, which was recently spotted at the FCC for U.S. regulatory approval. The device would be positioned as not just an iPod Touch competitor, but Sony’s latest Walkman […]

Next Gen iPod Touch Only Getting Small Upgrade: This Is Not A Tragedy

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By all accounts, the iPhone 5 that’s due to be officially announced in October will have plenty of new features and design elements to entice current owners and draw even more consumers into the Apple fold. The same might not be true for the iPod Touch. According to sources for MacRumors and TechCrunch, the iPod […]

iOS 5 Ushers in the End of the iPod Era

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On October 23, 2001, Apple had asked the world to say ‘goodbye to your hardrive’ with the debut of the first iPod, a consumer device that propelled the digital music revolution and made Apple a household name. Almost a full decade later, Apple continues to ask the world to bid adieu to their hardrives, but […]

HTC Listen on HTC Sensation 4G Picks Up Where Google Music Leaves Off

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The newly launched Google Music cloud streaming service is a good step in the right direction for Google as the company tries to compete with Apple’s iTunes in the content delivery space on mobile devices, but it still lacks a true MP3 download store. That void is being filled by HTC Listen, the second content […]

Will Apple Announce Cloud-Based iTunes Music at WWDC?

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Apple is getting ready to complete deals with most major music labels to bring music to the cloud to rival recent offerings by Google and Amazon. The company had already signed a deal with Warner Music Group last month, according to CNET, and now is getting ready to ink its deal with Universal Music Group […]

Android 3.1 Now Supports Lossless FLAC Audio Format

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In addition to some of the more publicized features of the Android 3.1 OS update announced by Google at I/O and the OS’s support for hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash 10.2 videos, the new version of Honeycomb will also bear support for FLAC. FLAC, which stands for free Lossless Audio Codec, is an audio file format, similar […]

iPhone to Android Switch Part Two – Playing Media

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When I bought an Android phone my first thought was how good it would be for playing music. I’ve been using iPods for years and my foray into iOS began with the iPod Touch the spring before the iPhone 3GS was released. I assumed that Android would not be as good as iOS for playing […]

Philips Releases GoGear Android ‘Touch’ PMP

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Philips is launching its GoGear music player as a direct competitor to the market-leading Apple iPod Touch, except that the GoGear runs the Android OS instead of Apple’s iOS software. The GoGear will run Google’s current latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS for smartphones, except the GoGear will eschew the phone and mobile broadband wireless radio […]

Android-Based Creative Zen Touch 2 Awaits FCC to Challenge iPod Touch

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It looks like there is renewed interest in the touchscreen portable music player market that’s being dominated by Apple’s iPod Touch. Creative is the latest challenger in the market, and the company is hoping that the FCC will approve its Zen Touch 2 as the next iPod Touch-killer. Other notable phone-less music players powered by […]

Android Cowon D3 Plenue PMP to Challenge Galaxy Player, iPod Touch

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The Cowon D3 Plenue is an Android 2.1-powered music player that looks like a phone, but eschews the phone radio to be a portable music player. With a touchscreen, smartphone OS, and a number of high-end features, the device will compete in the same market as Apple’s iPod Touch and Samsung’s Galaxy Player. The device […]

Amazon, Walmart and Others Up Digital Music Prices

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You kind of knew it wasn’t going to last and that this would happen. The day after iTunes put its price increase into effect (some songs for as high as $1.29, some as low as $.69), the other big online music retailers followed suit. Amazon, Wal-Mart, Lala, and Rhapsody,   have now raised their prices […]

iTunes Drops DRM Adds Variable Pricing

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As expected and talked about previously, Apple’s iTunes has dropped the dreaded Digital Rights Managment (DRM) and added variable pricing to the iTunes store. There are now a range of prices ranging from $.69 a song   up to $1.29. Of course the $1.29 price tag is for songs deemed hot and in demand, while […]

8 Tech Items to Regift

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‘Tis the season to give gifts. Finding a few items to regift has come in handy a few times that I’ve been in a pinch. Regifting involves the redirecting of a gift that you’ve received, giving your gift to someone else. Regifted items are usually selected because they’re relatively inexpensive or a surplus has already […]

GBM Shortcut: The Ford Escape Hybrid Arrives

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Ford just delivered the Escape Hybrid for me to review, and my girls are already planning everything they want me to do with it.   Here is a quick 4-minute look at the car and technology I’ll be testing out for the next week.