Entries tagged with: iPod
Looking for a gift for the expectant mother in your life? How about the Babypod prenatal speaker system which is a "small intravaginal device that stimulates neural development in unborn babies through music"? Some scientists and doctors say music helps stimulate the brains of babies and Babypod brings that music, um, closer than ever before. It also comes with branching headphones so you can listen along with your baby. The makers, based in Spain, claim Babypod is "the only product of its kind scientifically guaranteed. It has been tested and approved by Institut Marquès, an international centre of reference in Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Assisted Reproduction." Babypod retails for about $100 and you can read more about it here.
Would you like to know more? You can watch a tasteful, but still strange, two-minute commercial for Babypod below...
After today's Apple keynote in Cupertino, CA where they announced the new iPhone 6, Apple Watch and the new U2 album, the online store was immediately updated. One long-running Apple product is no longer there: the clickwheel iPod Classic, which has been discontinued, reports Engadget.
The iPod debuted on October 23, 2001 with a then-enormous 5-gig hard drive. By 2007, its storage grew to up to 160 gigs, and also saw the release of the smaller Nano and the super-tiny Shuffle. By that time, the iPhone had been released and people started to realize maybe they didn't need a separate device for their music. The shuffle remains available, but the iPods that Apple sells now are basically iPhones without cell service.
iPod Classic, rest well in clickwheel heaven. Check out the very first iPod commercial, and some of the 'Silhouette" series, below...
USA Today is liveblogging it:
1:15 p.m. It is official: Apple announces iPhone 5.Stay tuned for more. UPDATE: Check out Wired for tons more detail.
Apple exec Phill Schiller is on the stage for the iPhone presentation. It's made entirely of glass and aluminum. Thinnest lightest... 7.6 mm thick 20% lighter than 4S.
It is the same width but taller screen, 4" diagonally. "It should be easy ... More apps on every screen"
1:24 p.m. ET:
Specs: GPRS, EDGE, Ev-DO, HSPA, HPSA+, DC-HSDPA, LTE: single chip, single radi, dynamic antenna.
The world's most advanced display, says Shiller.
He shows OpenTable and how it looks better. Of course, movies take advantage of that new display... has 40% more color saturation.
New 4" inch retina display allows developers to do more, says Shiller. It makes a "better application."
1:25 p.m. ET: Here's the carriers: Sprint, AT&T, verizon in U.S.
There is a brand new A6 chip that's two times faster at CPU and chip graphics, as well as 22% smaller.
There's up to 150Mbps on Wi-Fi.
1:26 p.m. ET: "It actually makes the game easier to play," says Murray showing off car racing game using new graphics. "Now this is something we have never seen before. ... On a powerful new iPhone" ... leaves stage. Schiller back.
1:30 p.m. ET: Schiller: 8 hours of 3G talk time. 40 hours of music playback. iSight. 8 megapixel sensor. f/2.4 aperature. Dynamic low light mode ... "you really see the difference in those low light images."...
Let us know what your favorite music apps are in the comments.
There won't be a live stream, but Engadget will be live blogging the Apple event today at 1pm EST (10am Pacific)...
"...this isn't just any Apple event. Not only is it the long-rumored and much delayed unveiling of the iPhone 5, it will also mark the first Apple event with new CEO Tim Cook at the helm since Steve Jobs resigned in August. All eyes are on Cupertino to see what Apple's got in store, and how it will all play out. Here's what to expect....MadeMan.com lists the "10 Best iPhone Apps For Hipsters". They have Daytrotter on there. Hype Machine also now has an app.
...The iPhone 5, after all, is coming months after it was originally expected, and it's Apple's flagship product. While rumors have predicted everything from a complete redesign to a WiMax 4G model over the past year, a consensus has emerged on what will probably be unveiled in Cupertino today.
The next iPhone will look a lot like the last one. It'll be an incremental upgrade, design-wise, and won't be called the iPhone 5 ("iPhone 4S" appears to be the leading candidate for the name). The processor will be the Apple A5, the same chip found in the iPad 2, and it'll sport an 8-megapixel camera. There's virtually no chance it'll have LTE connectivity or an NFC chip, but the AT&T version will support HSPA+ 21 networks.
If the name of the event is any indication, voice recognition will factor highly as a new feature. Last year Apple acquired Siri, a company that makes voice-to-text software, and some blogs have reported that the next iPhone will have much more extensive voice control than previous models, essentially bestowing the user with a "personal assistant."
Changing the game even more will be the addition of Sprint to the U.S. carriers that offer the phone. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Sprint is paying billions to get the iPhone in order to keep its customers from defecting. (Of course, there's always the crazy, out-of-left-field rumor that Sprint will exclusively get the iPhone 5 while AT&T and Verizon get the iPhone 4S, for whatever that's worth.) When will it be on store shelves? Best guess: Oct. 21. iPhone launches are always on Fridays, typically two to three weeks after the unveiling. Happy Halloween. [PC Mag]
"With accidents stemming from pedestrian distraction on the rise throughout the nation, Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) has re-introduced legislation making it illegal to use an iPod, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street.... Under Sen. Kruger's bill (S. 1945), anyone caught crossing the street while using an electronic device would be issued a criminal court summons with a penalty of $100." [NYSenate.gov]The above picture comes from an actual campaign in Australia to stop the same thing.
by Andrew Frisicano
Spacey and adventurous, Copenhagen's The Asteroids Galaxy Tour experiments with funk, folk, soul and '60s psychedelia. The collaboration between Mette Lindberg and Lars Iversen formed recently with the exchange of demos, ideas and quirky vocals. Adding soulful horns and guitar to basic pop rhythms, the duo embodies the sound of multiple decades. The pair's vibrant sound is amplified during live performances, when The Asteroids Galaxy Tour becomes a six-piece band.The duo, who visited David Dye and the World Cafe in February, has been at SXSW all week.
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour's demo tapes quickly caught the attention of record labels, and soon enough, it was playing with big-name acts such as Amy Winehouse. Though the duo's debut album Fruit won't be released until April, it's already spawned the popular song "Around the Bend," which was featured on an iPod Touch commercial [below]. -[NPR's World Cafe]
"We caught the Asteroids Galaxy Tour, a Danish band comprised of a female singer with a horn section singing what could have been lounge music if not for the funky atmosphere of the horns." [Magnet]Tonight (March 22nd), the Asteroids Galaxy Tour comes to NYC for a Le Poisson Rouge show with Heloise & the Savoir Faire. Tickets are on sale.
Heloise & the Savoir Faire also played Highline Ballroom with Deep Red on Friday.
All tour dates, and music video and iPod Touch commercial for single "Around the Bend," below...
by Ryan Barkan
Duffy @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The cola war has been heating up globally in the last couple of months with music as the weapon of choice.
Pepsi's image rebranding campaign, including a new smile-esque logo, launched right after Christmas with a tv commercial featuring The Apples in Stereo song, "Energy". They then went deep during the Super Bowl, dropping a spot featuring Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am singing "Forever Young" as the beverage's new anthem.
Coke counters with a European spot for Diet Coke that features a playful Duffy doing things on her time during an encore break at a concert. In the commercial, she sings a cover of Sammy Davis Jr's "I Gotta Be Me."
When Sara Tate, a senior planner at the London advertising agency Mother, was asked to find a new face for Diet Coke, she knew what she didn't want. "Definitely no rent-a-face," says Tate, whose ad with Duffy will launch on British television, before rolling out across Europe. "We steered clear of yet another glamorous star with a six-figure fee who will promote anything if the price is right. The public is getting smart to that. We wanted someone who is well known, but not hugely famous. Someone who is on the rise, for whom fame is recent enough that they remember what it is like to have a regular life. Duffy was a perfect fit because, although she is extremely successful, she's still incredibly down to earth." [Via Times Online]Duffy has since cleaned up at the Grammys, at the British version of the Grammys, and - per Paul McCartney's request, recorded a cover of his song "Live And Let Die" for the new War Child Heroes comp that is released in the US this week. You may have heard the Beck/Dylan track from the same album, when it was played during the credits of last night's Oscars (more on the Oscars in a second...).
Coke's second attack is from Justice - Coke enlisted the duo along with Ed Banger Records' So_Me to design a glow-in-the-dark bottle and provide the soundtrack, their massive jam "D.A.N.C.E.", to a commercial. The bottle will be available in clubs throughout Europe. See the bottle in the commercial below.
The third assault from the Coke comes in their Full Throttle NHRA spots; three of the five have licensed songs: The Faces has "Blue Moon" by the Mavericks, The Machine kicks it country with Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues", and Left Behind features Operator Please's "Zero Zero."
The final wave occurred as I was writing this article. A one-two punch during the Oscars with both The Boy Least Likely To's "Be Gentle With Me" and Sea Ray's "Revelry" showing up in Coke spots during the telecast on ABC (no video available yet). For those not familiar with the band, Sea Ray broke up in 2005.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Hot Chip on the Daily News (thx Brian)
Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.
Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services."
"We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Chairlift - Evident Utensil (MP3)
The band (friends of MGMT) will then take off with Yeasayer (who previously toured with MGMT) for a bunch of October dates before taking off on their own to Europe. In December they rejoin Yeasayer in DC and then open the first of two shows Yeasayer are playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The date of the Brooklyn show is December 5th. Tickets are still on sale. Tickets are also on sale for the December 6th Yeasayer show. No openers are listed for that one yet
Grab and an MP3 above, and check out Chairlift's song "Bruises," off their new Kanine Records album Does You Inspire You, in an iPod commercial (btw if you haven't heard of these yet, what a fantastic, fantastic product).
All tour dates below...
Apple Inc. cut the price of its best-selling iPhone in half Monday - to $199 - making the all-in-one smart phone, media player and Internet device more accessible than before.
Apple also said it had increased the speed for the iPhone so that it runs on the latest 3G technology, shortening the time it takes to download a Web page and access the Internet. And for the first time, it will also incorporate GPS technology so that users can track where they are as they're traveling. [SF Gate]
Feist begins her 2-night run at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC tonight. She (Feist, Ms Feist, Leslie or whatever you want to call her) also has upcoming shows at Carnegie Hall and in Prospect Park. Last night she was the guest of Stephen Colbert on TV. Videos from that below....
What are the best ways/places to download music videos?
Check out the iPod touch ad featuring the CSS song (those traitors!) "Music is My Hot Hot Sex", and other videos, below...
I present to you two lame videos by confused "artists" - both using lame stereotypes. The first song is supposed to be about "emo bitches", and the second one was.... performed by some....
actual dudes (not actors) w/ iPhone & new Zunes (CRED)
Mad TV dressed up like the iPod commercial too!....
Speaking of sell-outs (JUST KIDDING!), Thurston Moore is opening for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall, and playing an in-store performance at the Apple Store in SOHO on October 17th. There's no mention of it on Apple's site yet, but they do have a listing for an appearance by Stephen Colbert one day earlier. All tour dates below....