Portable Media

Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

The iPod, and generally most MP3 players, has revolutionized to some extent the way we enjoy and consume music, but has also somewhat lowered the taste for high-quality audio, a problem that musician Neil Young is seeking to solve with his new Pono portable music player and online store. And, if his optimism gets translated to reality, we might be seeing the products really soon.

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Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. studios along with storage device makers SanDisk and Western Digital have teamed up to announce a new "Project Phenix" (intentionally mispelled) initiative that's aimed at making high-definition digital movie content available across multiple devices. The new digital rights management (DRM) standard is the brainchild of the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) and is being developed to be compatible with UltraViolet so that users can download movie content from the cloud as well as transfer it via compliant storage devices to be played on approved TVs, tablets or other media players.

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Spotify Mobile App for iPhone submitted for Apple approval [Updated]

Spotify Mobile App for iPhone submitted for Apple approval [Updated]

Streaming music service Spotify have submitted a mobile version of their desktop internal radio software to Apple's App Store, which - if approved - would allow users to stream their choice of individual tracks, albums and playlists to their iPhone and iPod touch handsets. 

While pricing for the app is likely to be free, it's been suggested in the past that users would be required to sign up for Spotify's premium service.  While the company offers an ad-supported free desktop version, interspersing tracks with occasional adverts, the premium £9.99 per month ($16) package removes the adverts and increases audio quality.

Updated: Spotify have confirmed that it will be only accessible to Premium subscribers; check out their demo video after the cut

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iLuv i1155 8.4 Inch Portable Multimedia Player for your iPod and DVDs Review

iLuv i1155 8.4 Inch Portable Multimedia Player for your iPod and DVDs Review

Video capable iPods have made portable media all the more accessible. Attempt to watch anything more than a short clip on one, though, and you'll be wishing for glasses or, preferably, a larger screen. That's where the iLuv i1155 Portable Multimedia Player comes in, offering not only a big display for iPod video playback but a DVD for all the legacy discs that copyright laws won't let you rip. It even manages to look attractive; is the experience as good as the promise, though?

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