Posts Tagged ‘Music’

IPOD, IPhone Hack & The Sony Walkman – A Case Of Isolation?

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Slow down with that IPhone Hack your wanting to try out for just a second and let’s look at some history!

With the invention of the Stereobelt in 1972 being the first portable music player it wasn’t until 1979 when Sony brought to the world market the well known “Walkman” line of portable audio products. The price for portable audio is well below the original Sony Walkman price of $1000 putting personal audio in the hands of just about everyone. You can find mp3 players from $10 up to a few hundred dollars. A 8GB Ipod Nano will run you around $180.00 and is a large capacity player including full motion video for most music listeners. This low pricing combined with the excellent mass marketing campaigns of the Ipod from Apple has resulted in a second portable audio revolution. Only now just about everyone has access to a portable audio player.

In the 1980′s I remember maybe 3 or 4 kids in our entire school with Walkmans. The Sony Walkman was considered a rich kids toys and due to the few people that had access to such luxury they were often looked on as inferior and out of place compared to the transistor radios and boom boxes that were popular among group listening. It wasn’t out of the ordinary to be walking down the street and seeing a couple people grooving to a band you loved for you to stop and listen and strike up a conversation around the music you were listening to. Many friendships were sparked up in just this way.

With so many Ipods, Zune’s and other mp3 players in the hands of so many it seems we have dug ourselves into an ear-bud hole so to speak. Every morning I’ll get aboard a bus for work and there will be many people with ear-buds jamming away. Only thing is, I don’t know what they are listening to, and with that lack of knowledge I am unable to enjoy the music with them or, even comment on what they are listening to. Of course some may see such a gesture as butting into someone Else’s business. I see it as self-imposed isolation by the mass public. Yes it’s a great and amazing thing to be able to carry your entire music library with you in your pocket however at what cost?

The rapid evolution of technology in the past 20 years has changed the core fundamentals of how we interact with each other in our daily lives. Once we gathered around street corners on a given Saturday night. Today we order pizza online for home delivery so we can be well nourished while taking our maximum allotted 15 minute break from Word Of Warcraft. Our dependence on high technology for our communication needs is increasing more rapidly than ever. There is an ever growing demand for products which allow us to do more in a given time period. Gone are the days where you just checked your mailbox and answering machines.

There however is a great light at the end of the tunnel! Rapidly evolving social networking technologies are changing the entire landscape of the global Internet. This is best represented by mainstream innovations such as Myspace and Facebook. Socialization is the hottest online trend going. By socializing online actions you can naturally let those that you know what you’ve been up to with no interaction on your part whatsoever. Post a article to your blog, update it to twitter, then facebook, then myspace, then on and on and on. Socialization is viral and we can expect great innovations that will focus on elevating our social isolation out of the darkness and into the world again.

You are free to resume your Iphone Hack in progress!

Is an iPod the Best Mp3 Player Choice?

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Apple is incredibly dominant in the mp3 player market – it has over 80% of the US market for example. Why is this?

Firstly because iPod’s still lead the way for music playing capabilities – most independent reviews say they just sound great. Secondly, the iTunes is the best music management software. On top of that, the iTunes music store is the easiest to use and has the greatest choice.

And last but certainly not least iPod’s are just such amazingly sexy devices!

The iPod model range changes regularly.

iPod touch

The latest iPod is the iPod Touch. The iPod touch has the incredible touch screen user interface, plus it feels sexy in your hand, thanks to its amazingly thin, contoured enclosure made of polished stainless steel. The iPod touch provides up to 36 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback (which is enough to watch three or four movies between charges).

It also has a built-in speaker so you can listen to the music, dialogue, and action without headphones, perfect for casual listening.

iPod Classic

The iPod classic comes with 120GB of internal disk storage, which equates to 30,000 songs, 150 hours of video, or 25,000 photos. It is available in silver or striking new black and now has an upgraded all-metal enclosure composed of anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel.

You can also use the new Apple Remote with an optional iPod Universal Dock to control your music, videos and slideshows. There is of course a huge range of third party accessories with similar capabilities to the Apple ones – sometimes even better than Apple’s and often at lower prices.

iPod nano

Apple’s tagline for the nano is “impossibly small” and it certainly is incredibly small and light. It is currently available in 8GB and 16GB sizes, which hold about 2,000 and 4,000 songs respectively.

The nano has a colour display, so you can view album art as you play your music. The sexy feature taken from the iPod touch – give your iPod nano a shake and it shuffles to another song in your library – thanks to the built-in accelerometer.

Because it is so small and light, Apple emphasises the nano’s wearability. You can easily wear it around your neck or keep it on an armband.

iPod shuffle

The shuffle is the entry level iPod model and is even smaller than the iPod nano – about the size of a pack of gum and weighs less than a car key.

The shuffle doesn’t have a display so its playlist control is fairly basic – play, pause, skip, repeat, hold and shuffle (random).

Like other iPod models the shuffle has been upgraded to use anodized aluminum and is available in blue, green, pink, red, and original silver

It is easy to hook up to a computer – just plug it directly into a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port, or use an optional Dock. You can sync a specific iTunes Playlist, or drag and drop individual songs or albums from iTunes into the iPod shuffle. The shuffle also automatically charges during syncing.

Summary

Apple still holds a clear lead over other mp3 music player vendors. The iPods sets the pace in most aspects – storage, packaging, sex appeal and now even price. There is a huge 3rd party add on market that gives the iPod owner a wide choice of accessories.

Really, from the position it now has, Apple has to make big mistakes or just get complacent to lose its #1 market position.

The author is a home theater enthusiast who likes to take his music with him wherever he goes. Get the facts about the LCD TVs for your home from http://www.lcdtvcenter.com

Transferring Music From IPod to PC

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Did your computer crash and all your music is only on your iPod? Do you want to transfer all of your MP3′s from your iPod to a new PC, or use your iPod to transfer some songs to your work computer? You don’t need to purchase special software as some people will lead you to believe. If you have Microsoft Windows, iTunes, and an iPod (set to show up as a removable drive); That’s all you need! I’m going to walk you through the steps needed to do this.

Set Windows to show hidden files

Right click on your [START] button and select “explore”. Click on [Tools] at the top, then “Folder Options…”. This will bring you to a windows with customizable folder options. At the top, click the “View” Tab then scroll down halfway. Click on “Show hidden files and folders” and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Find songs hidden on your iPod

Plug your iPod into your PC via the USB cable. The iPod should show up as a removable drive (for example purposes, we’ll call it the E: drive). Go to “My Computer” and then press your F3 key to pull up a search sub-window. Choose “All files and folders” if a little dog asks you any questions. Then, fill out the form as shown in Figure3 and click “Search”… This will show you all the MP3′s that are on your iPod. Yes, they have weird names, but the song tags (Title, Artist, Genre, etc) are all still there. iTunes will rename them with their tag information when you import them.

When it is done searching, select them all by pressing “CTRL %2B A” and copy them (right click -> copy) all into a new folder on your desktop (right click on your desktop and select New -> Folder). Copying may take a while depending on how many songs you are moving around. Once they are done copying, go to the next step.

Import the songs using iTunes

Install the latest iTunes if you don’t already have it (refer to the apple documentation), then open iTunes. Immediately, click on [Edit] at the top, then click on Preferences. Once the window pops up, click on the Advanced tab and make sure “Keep iTunes Music folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library” are selected (VERY IMPORTANT). Then click Ok.

Now you will import all the music you copied. Click on [File] at the top and select “Add Folder to Library”. It will ask you which folder to add. Navigate to your desktop and select the New Folder you created that contains all your music, then click OK.

Relax and let iTunes work

Thats it! As it imports, iTunes will use the tags to rename the songs to the correct information. Don’t forget to delete the New Folder on your desktop when you are done. You no longer need these because iTunes copied them all to its own internal folder in your My Documents -> My Music folder.

Sincerely,
Chris Tolson
CTOLSON1978@tGMAIL.COM

Review: iPod Classic 120 GB Black

Friday, January 30th, 2009
Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black

Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black

The only reason I give it 4 stars is because of the iTunes software, which doesn’t get the album cover from music you already had saved on your PC, which is basically the case for most users who buy an mp3 player, so if you have a zillion mp3 files already saved, be prepared to spend some time saving all the covers to all your files (painful, believe me). Nevertheless, the result is worth it: this little device has a software upgrade that allows it to show cover flow (like the newer touch devices), and once you select a song, it displays the cover in perspective with a nice mirrorlike surface under it, instead of square and frontally, which looks really cool.

Overlooking the album artwork flaw, I have to say this device is perfect for you if, like me, you are looking for a device which allows you to put all your music in it. I can see people having a lot of video content having something to say about its size (120GB) but I’m guessing people who fill up this device would fill up any drive given to them (even the ones ranging into the terabyte sizes, LOL) So, if you’re the regular guy who has a lot of music and even a bunch of audiobooks, for whom the biggest iPod touch is still too small (32 GB) and still too pricey to be worth it, then this is the perfect device for you. It’s compact, gorgeous, and you can easily connect it to pretty much almost anything with speakers without spending too much money other than a couple of bucks on adapter cables, so you can listen to it in your car, take it to a party, to every trip you make, and at home you can connect it easily to your PC speakers or to your home stereo.

Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black (6th Generation)

Technical Details

  • 120 GB capacity for 30,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 150 hours of video
  • Up to 36 hours of music playback or 6 hours of video playback when fully charged
  • 2.5-inch color LCD with LED backlight and 320-by-240-pixel resolution
  • Supported audio formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • Supported video formats: H.264, MPEG-4; Supported image file types: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG

– Cesar Garcia

Transfer IPod Files to Mac and ITunes

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Need to transfer iPod files from iPod playlist such as photo, movie, music to Mac? Or need to get your iPod files back to your iTunes library? I am afraid you will be frustrated if you don’t have a third party application to help you to do this job. We all know that Apple iPod user can put everthing compatible with iPod on iPod with iTunes, but iTunes lacks of the ability to copy the iPod media files back to iTunes, PC and Mac computer.

What’s worse, we just imagine that one day your computer crashed and all of your songs and media files are wiped out. You didn’t back up your files on another computer but your iPod. How could you get your iPod files back to your re-install computer?

Since iTunes will block users to iPod-to-Mac computer song, movie, photo transfer, why not give up iTunes and find out another way to build a bridge between iPod and Mac computer? Maybe, a third party application can copy everything off iPod and put them on your hard driver again without the help of iTunes.

There are a number of iPod to PC applications available for download on the internet. But most of them only work for your Windows PC, merely for Mac OS. 4Media iPod to Mac Transfer is a necessity for Mac iPod user who do not use iTunes to transfer files. To choose a good iPod to Mac transfer, I think there are several key points are very important.

The first thing is compatibility. You must make sure that the application can be well compatible with your iPod and Mac.

Secondly, The transfer must be very easy to use.

Thirdly, transfer speed. Just imagine that if you have a large collection of photo, movie, music on your iPod, how could bear speeding a whole day to transfer the files to Mac or iTunes. The most important thing is that the money refund policy.

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider is whether or not the iPod to Mac transfer program is backed by a 100% money back guarantee! I think this is not only the money back, but also the guarantee of the product’s quality.

Overall, if you want to put things back to Mac computer from iPod, I think a thirty application such as iPod to Mac transfer is a good choice.

http://www.downloadatoz.com/ipod-to-mac-transfer
– Lee Davids

A Ton of Tunes on iPhone

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Before, to be able to listen to your favorite music while you are on the road, you would need to carry around a CD player with you. Remember the time when you used to carry your bulky CD player? And yes of course, do you also remember how much time it took for you to choose the CD’s that you’d be playing while on the go? Such a hassle right?

But that was like several years ago when an Apple iPod or iPhone was not yet available in the market. And yes, those days are gone now… with the Apple iPhone around, you will have all of your favorite music right there at your fingertips.

Apple made it easy for you to find and add tons of tunes on your iPhone. With a single tap, you can quickly browse through your playlists, albums, artists, or songs. If you are also an Apple iPod user, then downloading tunes on your iPhone is much easier. To download music onto your iPhone from the internet, you will need to be connected to the Internet. It would be a great help if you have a really good broadband connection but dial up will certainly do. Music downloads are much smaller than movies, and once you have downloaded a track one time, it’s yours to keep. You may listen to it as many times as you like without downloading it again.

If you want to play a song but you can’t remember its title, you could think of the album name and find it on your iPhone through an iPhone feature called Cover Flow. The Cover Flow is a feature of iTunes that lets you browse through your iTunes library and looking at album covers, rather than text. And yes, this feature is also available on your iPhone.

Singing along with your favorite music is great especially if you are completely sure of the right lyrics. If you have added the songs with iTunes, you can have the lyrics displayed right there on the screen. But there’s a cool iPhone application called TuneWiki that provides music lyrics direct to your iphone, for free. TuneWiki is a self service lyrics-to-music playback synchronizing utility and related services. It opens your own music file, goes to the Internet to try to find lyrics via a simple search. When you listen to the music it shows the lyrics in step with the music. Almost like having a karaoke machine right there in front of you all the time.

There are a lot of places for the iPhone users to download music. But make sure to download from websites that are free of viruses and spyware, especially when you are downloading the music for free. If you own an Apple iPhone, you don’t have to bring that bulky CD player anymore. All you have to do is to tap on your iPhone. With your iPhone… your music is ready to play as you are ready to listen.

iPhone: Music On The Go

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Some people say that variety is the spice of life. This is very true. It is also true for music. In addition, if you have an Apple iPhone, there is no better way to have your music on the go. Think iPod with the ability to make phone calls, text, surf the web, and more. It does not matter where you are heading off to; everyone wants music in their life. Taking it with you is definitely the way to go. Having your music with you is almost a requirement these days. Once upon a time you would need to schlep around a CD player with you. Remember the Sony Walkman? Now, with the iPhone, your music is always close at hand. Today you can have iPhone music on the go.

The portable CD player is now a thing of the past. Digital music is available as MP3’s. These files are easily carried with you be it in a MP3 player or an iPhone. As an Apple iPhone owner, you can bring all of your favorite music with you, and it is right there at your fingertips. Those of you who have the Apple iPhone do not have to fret about having to bring along a separate MP3 player to listen to your music. All of the tunes you love to listen to are right there on their cell phone. The music is available to play whenever and where ever you are ready to listen to it. When it’s time to rock out, you are ready to roll.

The Apple iPhone makes retrieving your favorite tunes a snap. Just a touch of a finger and you can quickly browse through all of your music. You can sort and retrieve it by play lists, albums, artists, or songs. How you organize it is up to you. What if you cannot think of the album name? If you remember what the album looks like you can use program such as Cover Flow to make it easy for you to locate your favorite albums based on the graphics presented on the album cover. It’s more than just music on the go with the Apple iPhone; it’s an entire music library.

Do you like karaoke? If you love to sing along with your favorite song but the words elude you, no worries, as long as you downloaded the music from iTunes, you can have the words appear right there on the screen. It’s not a phone; it’s a personal karaoke machine, compliments of your iPhone. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

Wait a minute, you don’t have an iPhone? Where can you get one? Go to any AT&T store, they will have them. On the other hand, you can get them online. These phones may be smart, but they are quite expensive. Be sure to check for bargains no matter where you shop. In addition, take the time to get insurance on them. If they break you want AT&T to foot the bill, not you. If you are not an AT&T customer, see if they will give you a good deal on an iPhone if you switch over to their service. The cell phone business is extremely competitive, so be sure to bargain and haggle with them. You will be surprised at what might happen. If you want your music on the go with the Apple iPhone, then you are going to need and iPhone to be on the go with. Buy one, enjoy it and listen to all the music you can possibly fit onto a single phone.


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