In 1993, Billy Idol released a concept album called Cyberpunk,
which shipped to rock critics with a floppy disk of interactive
artwork. We can’t recall a single track from the album, but we do
remember being sure that this was the future of music. iTunes LP
reminds us of that--and of years spent pouring over liner notes before
there was Google search.
An iPod speaker is a great investment if you want to rock out with
friends--unless you and your friends prefer to dance around with
headphones on, like those silhouetted party people in Apple’s print
ads. iLuv’s iSP100 is portable, compact, and takes regular AAA
batteries, so there’s no need to tote along an AC adapter or charger.
But the anemic sound it produces might have you reconsidering that
“let’s all just put our headphones on and dance around” idea.
Initially we all had just one Mac and one iPod. We’d dutifully sync our iPod with our Mac, and life was grand.
Then we got a MacBook, another iPod, and finally, an iPhone. Soon it
was apparent that our music library was scattered across multiple
machines and the idea of trying to figure out which machine had which
songs became an onerous task. So we just threw them all together,
resulting in tons of unwanted duplicate tracks.
Giant TV. Check. Super-rad universal remote. Check. Speakers
strategically placed around the room so that when stuff blows up
onscreen you actually feel it in your belly. Check. A/V receiver that
supports up to 7.1 surround sound and the iPhone. Surprise--check!
While the iPhone has taken over your pocket and possibly your car, home
theater rigs have been noticeably late to the iPhone party.
Fortunately, the folks at Pioneer have taken notice of the iPhone and
its league of faithful users with the release of the VSX-819H home
receiver. Instead of relying on 1/8-inch cables, the system includes a
USB port with a USB-to-dock cable.
For several years now, the music industry has had quite a scam going.
No, we’re not talking about the insane price of physical CDs. And no,
we’re not talking about the fact that major label artists--the folks
who actually did the work--make pennies on the dollar for the sale of
those CDs. We’re talking about ringtones. iPhone users are luckier than
most--iTunes will let you buy a ringtone for a mere 99 cents. Other
cell carriers and plans can charge up to several dollars more. If
you’re big into custom tones, that can add up fast. Ringer can help you
quickly create your own iPhone ringtones from your existing media. No
longer are you subject to iTunes’ sometimes spotty ringtone