Why do we want to be able to play music from everything? From pillows and pants to personal massagers, we seem to have just about everything. But what would all these devices be without a MP3 playing belt buckle? After all cowboys don’t have much to play with in terms of listening to music.
Samsung is showing off its new touchscreen media player, the P3. From the looks of it, the P3 seems to be positioning itself as a challenger to the iPod Touch. Of course, offering the same features won't be enough to knock Apple down from the top - they need something unique, and they just might have it. We'll have more for you after the jump.
Techno-guitarmaker Ovation has just announced another breakthrough in the music world. The Ovation iDea is the first ever acoustic guitar to be equipped with a built-in MP3 recorder for laying down tracks at the touch of a button. Not only can the iDea record tracks, but it can also replay the song so you can play along.
eMusic has been around since 2003 and they have just surpassed the 250 million downloads mark today, showing that there are other music providers out there besides iTunes that have made a significant impact.
eMusic is an online subscription-based music store. It offers up MP3s that are unprotected and will work with both Apple and Microsoft players. The difference from other services here is that they use a subscription model. This means you are guaranteed a given number of songs per month at a particular rate. This actually works out to be cheaper than the $.99/song over at iTunes.
Independent labels are represented more than major ones and their catalog is small with just 4.5 million song offerings. Good for eMusic for hitting this milestone!
Microsoft have tweaked their Zune Pass subscription service to include a number of free-to-keep tracks every month, which users can continue to play even if their subscription lapses. From today, Zune Pass users will be able to select up to ten tracks each month to be kept in DRM-free MP3 format; the music can come from studios including EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Warner Music Group.
It seems the Entertainment Retailers Association have come up with a new logo and campaign to make it easier for consumers to recognize cross-platform DRM-free MP3 offerings. This logo will bear the words "MP3 Compatible" and will let you know what digital downloads lack harsh digital rights.
If you’re just dying to get your hands on anything and everything having to do with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, perhaps a MP3 player will whet your appetite. At least, that’s what the makers behind the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium “Bird’s Nest” Style Design MP3 Player are hoping for.
Hercules have introduced the refreshed MK2 version of their DJ Console, intended to make editing and mixing digital music straightforward to even most amateur DJ. Bristling with controls, it features dual jog-wheel decks, independent volume and pitch control, a cross fader and 2x3 equalization buttons.
If you can’t fight them, join them! Rhapsody finally decided streaming model might not be making as much money as they think and were unable to compete with iPod, so they decided to adopt the download model. Rhapsody seems to understand that consumer hates DRM and made their service DRM-Free in MP3 format.