Apple pushes iMovie update, GarageBand for iPad to the App Store

By on March 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM.

Apple pushes iMovie update, GarageBand for iPad to the App Store

During last week’s iPad 2 media event, Apple announced an update to the iOS version of its iMovie video editing application and introduced a new version of its GarageBand audio application for the iPad. Like the iPad 2, GarageBand and the updated iMovie were given a March 11th release date, but like iOS 4.3 the applications have made themselves available a little early. Both apps extend the multimedia capabilities of the iPad, with on-device video and audio viewing, editing, and sharing — the iPhone will not have access to GarageBand 1.0. Both applications are priced at $4.99 and available immediately in the App Store.  More →

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Apple angling for unlimited downloads of purchased music?

By on March 4, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Apple angling for unlimited downloads of purchased music?

According to a report filed by Bloomberg, Apple is working with record labels to make music tracks purchased via its iTunes Music Store more accessible. The report, which cites multiple anonymous sources, claims that the digital store creator wants to provide music purchasers with the ability to re-download tracks they’ve bought an unlimited number of times. The functionality would provide users with a permanent backup of purchased audio tracks and make getting that content onto multiple devices even easier. Purportedly, Apple is in talks with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Group. The report did not, unfortunately, specify a timeline as to when the deal could be completed.  More →

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Mini Review: EarSonics SM3 in-ear headphones, high-end buds for the audiophile in you

By on October 22, 2010 at 5:11 PM.

Mini Review: EarSonics SM3 in-ear headphones, high-end buds for the audiophile in you

Let’s just go ahead and just throw this out there: EarSonics’ SM3 in-ear headphones are not a “stocking stuffer” item. Furthermore, they are — in all likelihood — not going to interest the majority of you. So what are they? They are $379.00 worth of skull-thumping, head-bobbing, eardrum-titillating, in-ear bliss. If you’re an audiophile, and take sound very seriously, you should definitely take a look at the SM3s.

Designed by French audio firm EarSonics — a company that specifically caters to musicians, sound engineers, and audiophiles — the SM3s are a serious piece of technology. Built with three drivers — 1 low, 1 mid, and 1 high, all with three-way passive crossover — the buds can respond to frequencies between 20Hz and 18kHz. The SM3s also have a sensitivity rating of 122dB/mW (if that doesn’t get your head bobbing, nothing will).

In all seriousness, the sound emanating from the SM3s is so crisp it is hard to explain. They make our new Bose in-ear headphones feel like they were purchased at Family Dollar. We could only crank the volume on our computer and iPod up to about 75% before the sound got so loud, and so clear, we couldn’t stand it.

The cords running from the 3.5mm jack to the buds of the SM3s are twisted, making the cord extremely hard to tangle and get into knots — even if you manage to get a snag, a quick pull on one end will usually take care of it. The 3.5mm jack is “L” shaped which we like; we find that headphones that have a vertical 3.5mm jack, like the stock iPod earbuds, often bend when put in a pocket or bag (eventually leading to wire breaks). Our two criticisms of the SM3s were:

  • Jamming three drivers into in-ear buds requires space, for that reason there is a little extra hardware that is hanging out of your ear. In our opinion, for the sound quality you get, it’s well worth it, but you will have to get used to it.
  • At times, we wish the “low” driver was pumping out just a tad more bass; you really notice it when listening to hip hop but don’t miss it when listening to classical music.

The buds come with a carrying case and four sets of foam/rubber buds to make sure you get the fit you want. Hit the read link to read more. More →

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Sonos Controller app for Apple iPad now available

By on September 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM.

Sonos Controller app for Apple iPad now available

We checked out Sonos’ Controller app for the iPad a little while ago before it was in final form, but last night, dear music lovers, the highly-thought out remote went live in Apple’s App Store. Pricing is set to free in typical Sonos fashion. Well, what do we think about the app? It is an incredibly rich remote experience that in some ways even performs better than the regular desktop application. The larger screen of the iPad means more information, more control, and makes using the music player and service incredibly easy and rewarding. Video of the app after the break! More →

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Roku and MP3tunes ink deal to stream iTunes library to your TV

By on July 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM.

Roku and MP3tunes ink deal to stream iTunes library to your TV

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Today, Roku and MP3tunes announced a partnership that will bring your iTunes music library to your television. MP3tunes, for those not familiar, is a company that provides “secure online music space” and features “unlimited listening.” The company’s website boasts, “With just a couple clicks, Locker users can sync their personal digital music and video up to ‘the cloud’ for enjoying from any web browser and a wide variety of mobile and home entertainment devices.” And starting today, you can add the Roku to that list. MP3 offers 10GB of storage for free — ad supported of course — with paid options all the way up to 200 GB. Hit the jump for the full press release.  More →

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Throwback Thursday: Winamp

By on July 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Winamp

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Remember when you could download all of the MP3s you wanted from peer-to-peer site Napster and not get sued by the RIAA? Remember trying to find an audio player that would play all of those pesky MP3s? Remember Winamp?!? Initially monikered WinAMP, the audio player was first released on April 21, 1997. Winamp gained popularity among audiophiles for being feature-rich, small, free, and compatible. Winamp also won fans over with its skinable interface, allowing you to inflict your personal steez on your media player. Winamp was developed by Nullsoft, a company who was known for their llama logo and humorous opening sound clip: “Winamp, it really whips the llama’s ass!” Winamp is still very much alive, and very much available; although it is now owned by AOL. Hit up their website and take a trip down memory lane.

BGR Throwback Thursday is a weekly series covering our (and your) favorite gadgets — and in this case software — of yesterday and yesteryea

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Rumor: Licensing is holding up cloud-based iTunes

By on July 2, 2010 at 8:23 PM.

Rumor: Licensing is holding up cloud-based iTunes

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According to tips sent in to Electronista, the reason that Apple’s planned iTunes streaming service yet to be released is due to the fact that the Cupertino-based company has yet to finalize licensing deals with major record labels. Apple currently has licensing deals which allow customers to stream music from their own computers to their devices, but streaming music directly from Apple’s servers — one of the features we mentioned in our exclusive on the service — would require a new deal be inked. Although Apple would like to get the deal finalized as soon as possible, allegations that many  record label executives have not have the service detailed to them indicates we may still have a ways to go. More →

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HDBaseT- new cable technology to replace your power, ethernet, and HDMI cable

By on July 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM.

HDBaseT- new cable technology to replace your power, ethernet, and HDMI cable

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New cable technology on the horizon may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of cabling; by offering a single cable replacement for your power cable, ethernet cable and HDMI cable. Dubbed HDBaseT, the new technology was co-developed over the past six months by LG, Samsung, Sony Pictures, and Valens Semiconductor. HDBaseT uses a single RJ45 cable to carry audio, HD video, ethernet, and even a 100 watts of power to a device. Unlike its HDMI counterpart, which is limited to approximately 15 meters in length, HDBaseT supports cables up to 100 meters long. If the technology catches on, we could see devices with HDBaseT support by the end of the year and wide-scale adoption in 2011. More →

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Do you want us to do a weekly podcast?

By on June 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM.

Do you want us to do a weekly podcast?

We’ve sort of done some light podcasting, a couple radio-themed segments, and all, but we’re interested to know if you want a weekly no bull news recap / opinion-influenced podcast with the BGR staff. If you do, we’ll do it. See how much power you have right there with that computer mouse?

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Amazon adds audio and video support to iOS Kindle app

By on June 28, 2010 at 4:10 AM.

Amazon adds audio and video support to iOS Kindle app

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We’re sure that some will say this is basically Amazon admitting its own eBook hardware doesn’t have what it takes to stay competitive halfway into 2010, but for everyone else, the announcement that the Kindle app for iOS has been updated to support audio and video files is great news. So far we can only find nine titles that take advantage of the new A/V capabilities, but if you’ve been dying for instructional videos go to along with titles like Knitting for Dummies and Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, prepare yourself for obscene levels of excitement. More →

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Sonos Controller gets iPad upgrade

By on June 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM.

Sonos Controller gets iPad upgrade

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The good folks at Sonos just stopped by our office to give us a preview of their brand new Controller application for the Apple iPad, and boy is it sexy. If you’re a Sonos fan (you know we are) and you have an iPad, this will be a no-brainer when it’s released within the next two months in the App Store for free. For starters, just by taking advantage of the extra screen real estate, the software guys at Sonos have masterfully developed a three column view that just looks incredibly slick and functions even better. We’re talking a completely new spin on the Sonos remote control experience, and we can easily see these things taking over living rooms, kitchen tables, and practically anywhere else music is listened to. More →

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Sonos Multi-room Music System Review: S5, ZoneBridge, Controller 200

By on February 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM.

Sonos Multi-room Music System Review: S5, ZoneBridge, Controller 200

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It’s pretty incomprehensible that until about two weeks ago, I had never used a piece of Sonos equipment. Heard about it, and read about it? Sure, but never used it. What MP3s did for personal audio enjoyment 5 years ago, Sonos does for your home, office, or wherever you want today, ingeniously creating a seamless and practically unlimited expandable system. Sonos is literally one of the coolest things I’ve seen in years; not because they reinvented the wheel (even though they kind of did in some places), but because it works. More →

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Zune HD pre-order page appears on Amazon.com; 16GB priced at $220, 32GB at $290

By on August 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM.

Zune HD pre-order page appears on Amazon.com; 16GB priced at $220, 32GB at $290

We wouldn’t go as far as to call Microsoft’s upcoming Zune refresh a PMP hail mary, but it’s pretty clear that a lot is riding on Redmond’s upcoming players. So far we really like what we’ve seen of the Zune HD — and that statement is now expanded to include pricing. Last night some Best Buy inventory screen caps revealed the Zune HD’s price points and as of this morning we can consider them confirmed thanks to Amazon. App Store aside, we’re looking at a device far more capable and exciting compared to Apple’s iPod touch, and according to Amazon’s pre-order page, the 16GB will launch at $219.99 (compared to $299 for the 16GB iPod touch) and the 32GB model will hit the streets at $289.99 (compared to $399 for the 32GB iPod touch). Yeah, that’s no typo — you’ll be able to get a 32GB Zune HD for $9.01 less than a 16GB iPod touch. The Best Buy screenshots also add weight to the previously rumored September 8th launch date so it looks like we’ve got less than a month until lift off. The only question is whether or not Apple’s impending iPod touch refresh will tout enough bells and whistles at launch to overshadow Microsoft’s new gem. Hit the jump for the Best Buy images.

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