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LG MP3 Player the UP3 Stone Sports USB

Looking for an edge in the marketplace, LG is launching a “jewelry concept” line of MP3 players. The Stone has been around, but the newer version has brushed metal body, USB connector and full color 65,000 OLED display.
lg stone UP3 S2
The Shining Stone UPS S2 comes in 1, 2 & 4GB sizes with jewelry like style names such as black diamond, crystal silver, ruby red, pink topaz and sapphire blue. Still a tough sell for the MP3 connoisseur, unless LG includes the model with the player. THEN we’re onto something. Source: Aving News Continue Reading

Review: iGroove HG iPod Speaker System from Klipsch

It would be nice to have $250,000 and about 5 years to review every iPod speaker system available in the market. Since that’s not going to happen we did have the chance to review one of the top models, the Klipsch iGroove HG.
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The original model was released in late 2004 with an updated version, the iGroove HG (black) released in 2006. The look, feel and design of the HG model is fantastic. It’s black lacquer shinny look, solid weight and well built speaker system make it a top choice for anyone in the market looking for an iPod speaker system. Most iPod speaker systems are more into jumping onto the band-wagon of “iPod” than producing a quality product. The iGroove HG does not fall into this category. First off, the iGroove HG comes with a real Continue Reading

HD Like Hand Held Audio Recorder

Zoom created the H2 hand held recorder which housed four internal mics for exceptionally great recording quality.
zoom h2 recorder
The Zoom H2 uses a dual X/Y configuration for superior stereo image. What makes this product so unique are the two front mics which can record a 90° arch in the front and a 120° in the rear. Better yet, the built-in 3D panning function gives you complete control over the front, rear, left and right balance.
zoom h2 mic
This type of recorder is ideal for jam sessions with the band, group discussions and conferences.
The H2 gives you amazing versatility with its wide variety of recording formats. Choose 24bit/96kHz linear PCM (WAV files) format for the highest audio quality that surpasses CDs. Or record in MP3 format in an almost any bit rate when long recording capability and smaller file sizes are your goals. Even 4-channel, 360° recordings can be made in 24bit/48kHz format.
In addition, the H2 uses an automated recording function which turns off the recorder if silence is detected. This increases battery life and reduces recording time. The Zoom H2 supports Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) which is the standard used for broadcasting for time and date stamp information along with cue points or markers for starting and stopping. And if that isn’t enough, the H2 connects via USB whereby the digital recorder turns into the perfect USB podcasting microphone. Priced at $199. Continue Reading

MuVo T100 Looks Like USB Drive, But Does Oh So Much More

Creative released their stone like MuVo T100 MP3 player earlier this week in Singapore. It’s a screen less MP3 player that looks and feels like a flash drive. The nav is identical to the Creative Zen Stone, but the MuVo T100 now includes a USB port!
muvo t100 mp3 player
The MuVo handles your standard MP3 and WMA audio file formats and some select Audible audio book formats as well. Expect about 10 hours of play time from your 2 or 4 GB versions which cost between 60/100 + shipping [from Singapore]. No disclosed information From Creative on when the MuVo will hit the US market, but it’ll sure be in time for the Christmas gadget buying rush. Source: Anything But iPod Continue Reading

Slim Jim Credit Card MP3 Player

We don’t know “Slim Jim” but if he’s out there Jim would digg the MP3 credit card sized player.
credit card mp3 player
It’s basically a credit card USB drive, but with additional earphone jack for MP3 listening, and the Brando flash card also appears as Mass Storage Device for data and video storage. If you’re half-baked we’re not talking about the iPod. At $42 plus $3 shipping the Credit Card MP3 player is a decent stop-gap for portable digital audio.  Product page. Continue Reading

Blaupunkt Purposely Forgets CD Player in Car Stereo

I’ve been saying forget CDs for years and Blaupunkt agrees as with their latest car stereo model, the SD27, they gave CDs the finger.
usb car stereo
This CD-less car stereo supports flash memory as the primary music input. The MP3 and WMA player supports MMC and SD cards with a well displayed LED for ID3 tags. The Blaupunkt SD27 car stereo also supports USB connectivity with optional direct-connect to iPod and Bluetooth interfaces. At $160 even the stone-aged audio cassette junkie could make the migration to digital music. Source & picture: Giz Continue Reading

iTunes Dream Machine

SANS Digital is pushing this steller two bay network storage enclosure with iTunes server support. Although you can home-brew your own USB drive with iTunes support and give public access to your home network, the SANS Digital MobileNAS MN2L will also do the trick.
itunes server
For the “out of the box” type the MN2L has FTP support for easy access through the internet – something our home-brew version does not – along with RAID 1 or 0 settings for protection against hard drive failures. Another feather in the cap is cross platform support for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you’re feeling spendy, this will set you back $299. SANS Digital MobileNAS MN2L product page. Continue Reading

M-Audio USB Mic Makes Any Session Sound Better

Bundle in a USB port for M-Audio’s Session Music Producer and you get the Producer USB microphone. As Podcasting gets more popular for content distribution the tools to create and mix a professional Podcast is getting easier. The USB Producer takes conversion of audio to digital into one simple step: plug in the mic. M-Audio consolidated the audio card into the USB mic to make one idiot proof device even the most stoned musician could operate. Do you see the headphone jack built in? This allows for direct audio monitoring without computer latency. The impressive USB Producer mic comes with stand and cloth carry bag.
usb producer podcast
At $99 any Podcasting enthusiast could pocket this, but if you’re looking for options, check our GetUSBinfo’s other Podcast articles. Continue Reading

Tin Can Like iPod IXOS Speaker Stand

ixos ipod speaker

Tin Man didn’t make the IXOS Speaker System but he would appreciate it. With 1 inch speakers driving 2W of power the end cap speakers perform surprising well, according to Crave UK.

These sort of speakers often boast convenient size over quality of performance, but the IXOS worked surprisingly well, and live material sounded particularly good. There’s a fair amount of definition in the mids and highs, and although not bursting with power, the lows were clear and well pronounced.

The only gripe we have is the slightly disappointing silver finish of the speakers’ stand and iPod docking mount–it adds a look of cheapness that the system doesn’t deserve.

Run the IXOS iPod Speakers from four AAA batteries, from a USB cable or included AC adapter. Unfortunately the USB cable is for power only and provides no sync ability with the iPod. A line-in connection is available for none iPod folks and supports all the new models as well.

Sale price is about $55

Source: Crave

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iPod Nano Commercial

If you were watching any of the American football games this past Sunday, then you probably saw the new 3rd generation iPod Nano commercial. The ad features the upbeat and catchy song “1234” by Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist. Here are the lyrics to “1234” used in the iPod Nano ad:
One Two Three Four Tell me that you love me more Sleepless long nights That is what my youth was for Old teenage hopes are alive at your door Left you with nothing but they want some more Oh, you’re changing your heart Oh, You know who you are
You can watch Feist’s full video for “1234” here [link] on YouTube or check out her new album “The Reminder” on iTunes. The commercial is no doubt doing wonders for Leslie Feist’s name recognition. Everyone is talking about it online (like me). BeSocial: rss | methodshop Continue Reading

New Version Guitar Hero Sports 4 Port USB Hub

Talk about awkward. The first time I played Guitar Hero I felt like a fool – well, for about 15 seconds, then I feel in love. If you haven’t tried it – play it – and oh how Guitar Hero has grown. One of the most popular video games on the market the Guitar Hero franchise is now stretching out to Rock Band. And if you haven’t heard of Rock Band, this will explain the Guitar Hero sporting a 4 port USB hub.
guitar hero
Rock Band is an unreleased music video game being developed by Harmonix Music, the creators of Guitar Hero. The idea is expanding the air guitar concept of Guitar Hero to a full rock band. Rock Band will offer players the ability to function in a virtual band by providing up to four players with the ability to utilize four different instruments (guitar, bass guitar, drum set and microphone). The 4 port USB hub gives the ability for these players to sync together in the off-line, or same room, player setting. Although Rock Band will include an on-line sync capability. The Guitar Hero controller sports the USB ready version for both PS3 and Xbox 360. The product isn’t available yet, but is due out in late October. Source: Kotaku Continue Reading

Kill The Silence With AudioHub from Logitech

What do you get with a three chamber speaker system, three USB ports and small design? That’s right, an AudioHub from Logitech.
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In the never ending quest of keeping a tidy workspace, Logitech now combines a speaker system with USB connectivity. Aimed at laptop users the AudioHub does make sense, although it would be nice to see a seven port hub rather than three for the AudioHub…after all, I’ve already got four on my laptop. Logitech’s AudioHub offers Premium 2.1 digital audio with three chamber design and integrated sub-woofer. With a single connection send juice to the speakers and three USB devices via a single USB cable. Click the mute button to shut off the sound while keeping your USB gadgets powered. Telescoping speakers to accommodate any sized laptop and workspace. At just $99 is this right for you? The Logitech AudioHub is available October of 2007. Continue Reading

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