Music System

A guitar that plays music by itself

A guitar that plays music by itself

Despite my Guitar Hero abilities, I can't play a real guitar to save my life. I've tried, I really have, my dad and brother both play. I guess I got the short end of the stick on real musical abilities. Thats why I stick to my plastic guitar. However, if you want to make real music from a guitar, this might be an easy way.

The Pink Zune is out now!

The Pink Zune is out now!

There has been a lot of buzz about the Pink Zune and when it will come out. It was originally not supposed to come out until May, however, it would seem that it is out now and currently listed at Amazon.

Another clone from Meizu?

Another clone from Meizu?

We all know Meizu for their phone that they admit was greatly influenced by the iPhone. They've got another product coming out that bears a strong resemblance to an Apple product. Look familiar?

The M3 Music Card looks an awful lot like the 1st generation iPod nano. The main difference in looks is the touchstrip in place of the scrollwheel.

Reportedly it will support a wider variety of formats than the nano. Some of these include FLAC, OGG and XviD AVI files. Expect to see these for approximately $65 in China around the 20th of this Month.

iPod Nano clone confirmed [via looprumors]

A steaming cup of iPod, please

A steaming cup of iPod, please

A well-designed dock can make the difference between your DAP having a fulsome life at home pumping out jaunty entertainment or sitting by the front door waiting for you to go jogging again.  Some companies go the high-tech route, packing in tube-amps, displays or, um, toilet-roll holders, while others rely on quirky design to catch your attention (and your credit card).

I.D.E.A. have obviously taken the second route.  I can't imagine the single speaker at the base of this ceramic MusicMug qualifies as "high fidelity" but I suppose if you're going to leave your mp3 player somewhere you might as well sit it in a cup.

Available now for $40

I.D.E.A. [via technabob]

Laser Turntable drops sub-$10k; any takers?

Laser Turntable drops sub-$10k; any takers?

Seriously, I remember this slab of tech from, like, twenty years ago on Tomorrow's World.  It's a laser turntable for your vinyl, you sexy bearded classic audiophile - don't put up with wretched scratching on your favourite Val Doonican LP, allow the five carefully focused lasers to caress the grooves and extract every last sod of music.

Careful tracking means the music isn't affected by twists or warps, and since it apparently reads at a tiny 10 microns from the top of each groove it's actually aimed at areas of vinyl untouched by needle.

Review: TerraTec NOXON iRadio

Review: TerraTec NOXON iRadio

I confess, I'm preaching the dream but up until a month ago I wasn't living it. The dream is, of course, distributed audio: I'm a huge fan of keeping all your music digitally on some server in your house, and streaming it wirelessly to whichever room you're sitting in, but I've never had the money or time to set up such a system myself. Of course, for many DIY installers the flagship is Sonos' incredible Digital Music System (reviewed by SlashGear last November), but there are other - cheaper - ways to enjoy your favourite albums while cooking, ironing or pooping.

TerraTec's NOXON iRadio is one such way. A compact, 215x120x110mm box weighing just 1kg, it not only streams your digital music collection but can access thousands of internet radio stations, all played through the built-in speaker. An 802.11g WiFi adaptor takes care of wireless connectivity, as well as a standard ethernet port for network traditionalists, with control managed either by front-panel buttons or IR remote.

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