Although the Apple iPod is the leader in the world of portable MP3 music players, rivals are continuously trying to provide better performance with additional features. Now keeping the trend alive, Apple has popped pint-sized iPod shuffle that’s really very fine technology. Holding 1.07×1.62×0.41″ dimensions, aluminum coat and a pretty good battery backup, the fine thing comes with 1GB storage capacity that lets you captivate around 240 melodies to listen anywhere while dangling to your shirt or belt. The nano-technology will appear at the kiosks in October with an exclusive price of $79.
Can anyone beat Apple in the iPod industry? This year sees number of iPods coming to the market and in a few years time we can see the market hold of Apple shrinking in the digital portable music industry but it looks impossible that some other company will take the lead from Apple iPod. Here are some of the leading iPods available in the market which has only one mission to kill iPods and take a bite in the Apples market share. But seriously, is there really a player out there to challenge the iPod? Lets see a few of them The first on the list is Creative Zen V Plus 8GB: The Zen v has a 1.5 inch display and one of the largest capacity flash players. It has a standard FM tuner , voice recorder, in-line connection and supports playforsure. Its the oldest surviving brand and the new Zen will be available in the market late fall at a price of $279 slightly more than iPod and Zune. Second we have to go for Microsoft’s Zune: The most interesting thing about Zune is the commitment of Microsoft to spend tons of its money on its advertisement. Zune has got nothing special in it in terms of features and all its features are already in the market on other Dap players. Well Zune has Wi-Fi, an FM tuner support for a number of codes including H.264, MP3, WMA, WMV, MPEG4, .JPG and AAC. The feature which will stand out in all this file jargon is Zune-to-Zune that will allow users to use Wi-Fi to share audio and photo images (no video) with other owners. Will it be enough only time will tell and this player will hit the markets on November 17th . The third player that I am going to discuss is SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB: The Sansa e280 is the first 8GB flash unit and even though Apple matched it recently with the 8GB nano, you will see more from SanDisk in the coming months. The major advantage of the e280 is the cutting of the middleman which means relatively low price than the Apple. The e280 is already about $30 less than the nano. NPD Group claims that SanDisk already has 10% of the market, but NPD’s research is suspect. Still, SanDisk is one of the leaders in the market and a player to watch. The fourth player to watch out for is Creative Zen Neeon 2: The Zen Neeon 2 comes in 1GB ($125), 2GB ($170), and 4GB ($190) flavors, a small color display and a footprint roughly the same as the iPod nano. The Neeon 2 also offers the FM Tuner, audio-in record and voice recorder most iPod competitors offer. As is the case, Creative usually excellent players are often the better buy over the iPod line unless you have been building that collection of iTunes tracks. The fifth player that I am going to discuss is LG MFFM20: Not for its over the top features but more for the visual appeal and for the efforts of LG to create some different shape from the market trend. Outside of its shape the LG MFFM20 is a fairly basic player. The unit comes in 1GB and 512MB capacities so figure a sub $125 unit. The player offers an FM tuner and PlaysforSure DRM support, the latter which may eventually become the stepchild of Microsoft’s upcoming Zune rights management scheme. There is an OLED screen and a promise of 20 hours battery life.
Streaming networks today announced the availability of iRecord a one step device with which the users can record video and audio directly onto Apple iPod, Sony PSP or any other USB device. “Until iRecord there was no simple and easy way for portable media player owners to put their personal video and audio contents onto their players.Now, in one touch, consumers can move their favorite movies, TV shows, home videos and audio tracks to their iPod or PSP portable players using iRecord. It’s just that simple!” said Ayub Khan, CEO and President of Streaming Networks. iRecord eliminates the multi-step procedure and makes recording from and to the portable audio/video devices simple. A consumer simply plugs the iRecord into his TV or DVD player and hits iRecord’s record button. The iRecord then records what is being played on the TV directly onto the iPod in real-time. After the program is over, simply unplug your iPod and the movie or TV show can immediately be enjoyed on your portable device. iRecord can encodes hi-quality H.264 video in real-time at the standard iPod and PSP resolution of 320×240. iRecord comes with a power adapter, audio/video cables and user manual for price of US $199.99.
This is a big news, which will surely raise the popularity and purchase of Microsoft’s new product Zune portable audio player. According to the deal, Microsoft has promised a share for all UMG’s artists that are specially formatted to work with Microsoft. I cannot understand this policy as this sounds impractical that they have not disclosed any proper formulation of the process that how the share will be rewarded. I see this policy only a marketing strategy by the company to compete its rival in the field that is Apple iPod. But how is Microsoft going to make profit with such a policy when it has to sell its product at a small profit margin of 40 to 45% and still extract a good amount to pay to all those artists. I also doubt about the fact that if they pay a small amount, keeping in mind their profit to those artists, how will this small amount when distributed amongst thousands of artists benefit them. Well the only good thing I must suggest you for which you can buy Microsoft’s Zune is that unlike iTunes, with its draconian non-redownload policy, Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace will let you re-download purchased songs up to five times (plus even more if you call up tech support). Still you can think other way that Microsoft will at least help you to benefit artists to some extent.
jWin Electronics offers a perfect portable video solution for your Apple iPod. The ‘i1055′ is a table style 7-inch display that offers you to watch a movie stored on your iPod with 7″ widescreen active-matrix LCD and also charges iPod while viewing a movie or listening to music. It has many more features incorporated that make it compatible for DVD playback. The player comes colored in black or white for just $179.78
Apple computers the manufacturers of the renowned Apple iPod hope that they will be able to release three new models of the product in 2007 Calendar Year. According to sources Apple has three new models on the list of 2007 and hope to launch them at various intervals in 2007. The initial step of the company will be to replace or supplement the aging fifth generation iPod with some video model of iPod and no other details about the other two models were available. The much hyped discussion on a true video iPod to debut is also on the cards and can be one of the two models to debut next year. Till now Apple has not committed to any marketing and other resources necessary to bring the device to the market. For the present holiday season Apple commented that its new iPod Shuffle has completed the line up for this time but he did not comment on any other models of iPod.
Linux has been running on Apple iPods in full functionality. But the question arises that can we make the OS run on Zune as well…? According to ‘Mys Videl’ a fearless individual it does. The individual claims to have successfully loaded the OS on his Zune and has posted the story on ZuneBoards. We all know that the processor of the multimedia player, Freescale iMX31L can run the OS. Videl has not yet posted any details on how to change the OS of the player. But he has confirmed that the player was able to boot while synced and had limited capabilities. He has also commented that he will release the full details as open source once the procedure is fully functional.
Scandyna, developers of some of the most interesting-looking speakers you’ve ever seen, adds Apple iPod accessories to its growing resume of audio products with The Dock . Combining looks with diversified features, this tiny looking unit docks, plays, amplifies and recharges an iPod, and is available in Apple gold ,white or black. Believe me gold seems to catch up with the season. The tiny chassis has a 2-by-15W RMS amplification under the hood, along with a sub-output onboard for powering a subwoofer attachment. The Dock features overload and overheating protection for your iPOD and a universal power supply (115 V, 230 V). It outputs the nerve cracking sounds to the extremes of the frequency spectrum with a range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and boasts of a distortion rating of less than 0.1 percent per watt, whew, does this imply that we are looking at an iPod docking arrangement of the new era? Its dimensions are 1.6 by 4.7 by 4.8 inches, and it weighs a mere 0.77 lb. For all of the sofa-bound couch potatoes out there, Scandyna has come up with an innovation for you people too, the DOCK also includes a remote control. You may consider it a revolution but I consider it to be ‘just the beginning’… Via: Scandyna