If you were to believe the hype, China is a hotbed of counterfeit software and fake products, and now Nokia are throwing Comes With Music into the mixture. The Finns have announced that their Comes With Music service is launching - as Yue Sui Xiang - in China, with no DRM on downloaded tracks; subscriptions range from twelve months to two years, and once that period is up you can keep any songs you've downloaded from them. Of course, thanks to the absence of DRM this time around, you're also free to load up the tracks on other media playing devices.
Having told you about the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone just the other day, you might be wondering exactly where to find it in the App Store. Unfortunately, v0.4 has actually been yanked - not at Apple's behest, but by Spotify themselves. Turns out, the new version's iPod integration - which could use locally stored tracks rather than downloading them anew - was causing some issues for certain devices, resulting in crashes. Spotify have sent a new version, v0.4.1, through to Apple, but they're still waiting for it to be approved.
We weren't entirely convinced by the O2 Joggler - a 7-inch touchscreen home tablet intended to pull together a family's calendar together with offering internet radio and other functionality - when it launched for £149.99 ($228), and even after a price cut to £99.99($152) it still seemed on the expensive side. Now, though, O2 have slashed the price in half, which means you can pick up the hackable slate for £49.99 ($76).
Remember the Zune HD 64 spotted on the Microsoft's site earlier this week? The company has just been in touch to let us know that it is indeed launching a 64GB version of the OLED touchscreen PMP, together with reducing the price of the existing 16GB and 32GB models. The new Zune HD 64 will arrive April 12th for $349.99.
After news that Spotify are looking to launch their streaming music service in the US come Q3 2010, we'd wager there are a few more people interested in the company's freshly updated - and Apple approved - iPhone application. Announced a couple of weeks back, the new Spotify v0.4 - which adds Last.fm scrobbling, easier "starred" favorites and several other features - has now found its way into the App Store.
Cowon's reputation for strong audio performance and well-constructed PMPs has left us eagerly anticipating the company's new J3 mediaplayer, and while we've still to listen to the end result, from a style point of view the J3 certainly packs a punch. Fresh to Cowon's site, the J3 has a 3.3-inch 16m color AMOLED touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP support), T-DMB and a TV-out connection, together with a microSD card slot and their own JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ DSP.
Spotify's streaming music service has plenty of fans, even without a US release as yet, and the company have just announced that an update to their iPhone client is just around the corner. The app - first released back in September last year - gains Last.fm scrobbling together with support for easier control of track and album favorites using a new star button system (which is also tipped for the Spotify desktop client soon).
Meanwhile low-speed connections needn't mean an end to your music, as the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone now supports a lower, 96kb/s bitrate. That means some sacrifice of audio quality, but at least you'll be able to keep listening. Similarly efficient is the app's ability to use tracks already locally cached on the iPhone in different playlists, rather than re-downloading them.
Just how big does an HD-capable networked media player have to be? If you're Nationite, then the answer is "about as big as a chunky drinks coaster": their HDVP-2 networked streamer is a compact box but still manages to output 1080p Full HD from either local storage or streamed across your network.
To Hillcrest Labs, it must have all seemed so straightforward: take the core Mozilla browser engine, develop a custom UI that can be clearly seen at a distance, and optimize websites so that those people surfing the net via a PC or Mac hooked up to their TV will have a better browsing experience. The app in question, Kylo, in turn helps them push their Loop Pointer. Problem is, just like Boxee have discovered, content providers can get a bit sniffy when you're making it easier to put their web-based media onto HDTVs. All of a sudden, Hillcrest are finding that Kylo has lost access to Hulu.