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Amazon beginning to "Auto Rip" digital files when you purchase music CDs

Today Amazon announced that it will begin giving free digital music files when customers purchase physical CD versions. The AutoRip program is basically Amazon's plan to get the older generation to begin migrating from CD players to MP3 players.

 

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The program gives CD customers a digital version of their purchase at the exact time of purchase when buying CD based music. As an added incentive, any music purchased since 1998 on Amazon is also available to be downloaded in MP3 form.

 

Not all music will be available for AutoRip though, not all albums and even some songs on specific albums will be omitted from the program as Amazon is still working out deals with music labels. We are sure that Amazon will eventually sort things out though, so that we can all enjoy both our CD's and digital files at the same time.

RockDoc and Pitbull launch new portable speaker line through VisionTek

RockDoc have teamed up with quite the international music superstar, Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull - you know, Mr Worldwide. They've both teamed up to develop a "revolutionary portable speaker line" which is based on their Proprietary Weave Technology.

 

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VisionTek have stepped in to bring the line-up of RockDoc-branded products to the North American market this holiday season. RockDoc's series of Pitbull speakers will "change the way you listen to music, at a price that will not slow you down". RockDoc and VisionTek will make the new line of products available through GameStop, BestBuy, Fry's Electronics, CDW, Dell, Costco and other retailers and partners.

 

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The new products from include the RockDoc POWER which sports 4GB of on-board memory, 1-reflex floating portable speaker that features two Pitbull songs and comes with an MSRP of $39.99. The RockDoc BOOM also sports 4GB of internal memory, a 2-way portable speaker and includes two Pitbull songs and an MSRP of $49.99. Lastly, there's the RockDoc Bluetooth 2-way portable speaker with an MSRP of $59.99.

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Monster introduces three new models of Diesel headphones, talks Diamond Tears, updates Inspiration

CES 2013 - Monster went on stage today and introduced three new models of Diesel headphones, as you can see in the picture below:

 

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These headsets have been seen in Milan, Italy fashion shows, magazines, and elsewhere, and exemplify the fashion aspect of Monster's 2013 marketing plan.

 

Diamond Tears, a flashy set of headphones introduced last year have been selling well. Retailers report that it is one of the most sold units. Monster has introduced a new color of Diamond Tears today.

 

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The Inspiration line of headphones features interchangeable headbands to match your style and now Monster is debuting the Inspiration Lite, which is lighter and thinner, though not noise canceling. It still features the same interchangeable headbands.

 

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Now, Monster is introducing the N Credible line. As part of the line, they're adding new products to the N Credible line. There are the N-Pulse, N-Tune, and N-ERGY. The N-Pulse is capable of being used as studio headphones, while the N-ERGY are in-ear models.

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Monster CES 2013 Press Conference live coverage

CES 2013 - "Always lead, never follow." - Monster's mantra

 

Monster is showing off 3 active HDMI cables, called the M Series. Used to carry HD content long distances. Debuting new mobile power components and chargers for mobile devices.

 

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beats by dr. dre were built by Monster. Monster wants to keep the market leadership they've gotten with that.

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3D-printed records are still in the future, listen to what one sounds like currently

Vinyl records are making a comeback, so one Instructables editor decided to try and print his own at home using a 3D printer. Using Processing, he wrote a program to convert digital audio into 3D models. The 3D model was then printed using a high-resolution 3D printer with plastic material.

 

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The 12-inch record is playable on a standard record player, but it won't sound very good. The issue is that the current 3D printers don't have a high enough resolution to capture the nuances contained in even decent sounding MP3s. The printers also leave a grainy residue or texture on the surface, which interferes with the needle.

 

It's impressive, from a technical standpoint, what Instructables editor Ghassaei was able to do. Just don't be expecting to pirate vinyl records quite yet.

 

You can check out the audio in the video embedded in the original source, linked below.

Liquid metal headphone cables stretch without losing the beat

We all have had our favorite pair of headphones rendered useless by the cable stretching or getting pinched, researchers at North Carolina University have solved those issues for ever.

 

 

The team at UNC have developed a conductive wire that can be stretched up to eight times it's original length with out impeding functionality. The stretch-ability was achieved by filling the hollow elastic core of the wire with a liquid metal consisting of gallium and indium.

 

Keeping the metal materials separate is key to making a much more stretchable wire while keeping electrical conductivity high.The new type of wire is perfect for high stress environment cables such as those used on headphones, cell phone chargers, and USB cables.

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RumorTT: Xbox Music streaming service to arrive Oct 26 alongside Windows 8

Xbox Music was announced at E3 this year. The service is billed as Microsoft's "definitive music service" and rumors now place the launch date as October 26, coinciding with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, and Microsoft's pop-up holiday stores. It seems as though Microsoft will have a busy October.

 

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Xbox Music is a natural evolution of the Zune streaming service that Microsoft had previously tried. Now with Spotify, Pandora, and others being so successful in this market, Microsoft has decided to give it another try. The service will span Windows 8, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 8, something the other services don't currently do.

 

The spanning appears to go so far as to allow playlists to be shared across the drive, as hinted to by the "Save to Playlist" option that is visible in the leaked pictures online. Pricing seems reasonable and there is a rumor that there will be a free, ad-supported version for the cheap people among us, something I would appreciate very much.

Creative announces Sound BlasterAxx range of products

Creative have just taken the veil off of their latest creation, the Sound BlasterAxx range of products. Creative dub this "a whole new generation of Sound Blaster" which is set to "dazzle the new mobile networked generation". In reality, just a handful of cool, new Sound Blaster-based products.

 

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First up we have the Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20, which supports both PC and Mac, as well as iOS- and Android-based devices. SBX 20 sports Bluetooth connectivity, making it that much easier to hook these devices together and get your audio goodness on. Because we live in a world of network-connected devices, Creative Chairman and CEO, also the creator of the Sound Blaster, Sim Wong Hoo, had to really go back to the drawing board when envisioning the new Sound BlasterAxx range of products.

 

Creative's Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 is Bluetooth-enabled, features a unique patent-pending "stacked stereo" speaker design that can fill a room with sound, a high-quality, dual-microphone for great voice chat and conversation, hardware-accelerated SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice technologies, as well as featuring aux-in for wired connection from other audio-connected devices. The package arrives in a 410x91mm form factor.

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Possible redesigned Apple earbuds to be included with the new iPhone

It looks like there might be some new, redesigned earbuds in those new iPhone boxes. MacRumors has posted some news, along with a photo and video regarding the redesigned earbuds.

 

 

The video shows off the new earbuds, comparing them to the old ones that were included with the current-gen iPhone 4S:

 

In my hands are the new earphones for the iPhone 5 that is about to come out - Apple's next generation of iPod [sic]. These will replace the current earphones that are on the market. These are manufactured at Phax Co factory in Vietnam. They have the appearance of a horse's head, not like earbuds. When they are worn, they have a much smaller profile. They have the appearance of a fully integrated, single unit - there's no part that looks like it would come apart - not like earbuds; the integrated design is characteristic of Apple products. Here I have the old earphones for comparison. The new ones are much smaller; when they are worn, they do not hurt the way earbuds do. You can see on the old ones the surface is a separate part that looks like it can be detached - not like the small surface of the new one. The old earphones were mostly made in China, with some in Vietnam. But the new ones are clearly made in Vietnam. (Reading from the wires): "Designed by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam."

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Denon and Marantz blow away last day of winter with new professional audio products

At their first event in Australia, professional audio brand Denon and Marantz late this week announced their new range of lifestyle gear including headphones and dock speakers for personal mobile devices.

 

Differentiating between key types of users and their music needs and tastes was what Denon did in their new range. With 8 new on-ear and in-ear models across four different lifestyles: Music Maniac, Globe Cruiser, Urban Raver and Exercise Freak - there should be a product that will fit your lifestyle.

 

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High-end audiophile gear can be found in the Music Maniac range, with two on-ear (AH-D7100, AH-D600) and 1 in-ear (AH-C400) models. We were able to play around with these headphones that were connected to an amplifier.

 

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Coming from an Audio Technica AD900 user connected to the ASUS Xonar ST, the D7100 and the D600 both had a nice representation of bass, (something that the AD900 lacked being open-back designed), but the bass wasn't muffled so each word from the song was crisp and clear, including the instruments used in the track. Both headphones feature a 50mm driver to deliver the sound...

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