Cloud streaming of personal music coming to Microsoft SkyDrive, Xbox Music?

Gerald Lynch Digital Music, Microsoft, Software, Tech Digest news 2 Comments

Newly uncovered code in SkyDrive suggests that, as teased by the Redmond company, Microsoft will be adding cloud streaming of personal tunes to their online storage system. An internal testing version of SkyDrive reveals new media player controls and references…

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Concept music phone transforms into a small box

Duncan Geere Mobile phones, MP3 players, Weirdness Leave a Comment

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I’s weird seeing crazy concept products – there’s a “whoa! how awesome is that?” rush, followed by a quick “oh. It’s just a concept.” realization. This phone – the “Box To Play” from Japan’s KDDI AU Design Project – looks amazing but will likely never see life outside a laboratory…

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SanDisk announces Sansa View flagship video MP3 player

Andy Merrett MP3 players

sandisk_sansa_view_front_shot.jpgSanDisk has announced its new Sansa View video MP3 player, offering a number of cool features but without costing the earth.

The two new models, expected to arrive in October, are a step up from the Sansa e200 series, offering either 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage, plus up to 8GB of additional storage via optional microSD/microSDHC cards.

The players natively supporting major audio and video formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, H.264, WMV, and MPEG4, plus the ability to convert other formats, including DivX, via the Sansa Media Converter software. It also supports many music download and subscription services including Rhapsody To Go, Napster, and eMusic.

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Shearer V2000 PMP: iPhone in disguise?

Andy Merrett MP3 players

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OK, so the Shearer V2000 portable music player isn’t really much like the iPhone except in initial looks. It’s not a phone, for a start, though it does sport a 3-inch 16-million colour polysilicon screen encased in a brushed metal exterior. It’s not touch sensitive, so there are extra buttons at the base of the unit for controlling it.

For the acronym-happy, it supports RM/RMV8, AVI, and MPEG video support, plus MP3, WMA, APE, and FLAC audio files, plus JPEG, bitmap, and GIF image formats. It also has an FM radio tuner, LRC lyrics, and text to speech capability, plus built-in BBE and SRS sound enhancement.

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Samsung launch YP-U3 flash MP3 player

Andy Merrett MP3 players

samsung_yp_u3_mp3_player.jpgSamsung has announced its YP-U3 flash-based MP3 music player – a successor to its U2 player that we looked at last year. We’ve known about it for a month or so now, but it’s hitting shelves around about now.

Adding itself to the mini-player market made popular by the iPod Shuffe, it measures just 25.4mm high and weighs 22.8g. It comes in five colours: black, white, pink, green and blue and with blue LED lights, and features touch sensitive controls, a matching colour earphone reel and buds, and an inbuilt retractable USB plug.

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