digital music

  • This Just In: iTunes is a popular music store

    Apple has now sold over five billion songs from its iTunes music store. The program has been around since early 2001. Earlier this year, iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart as the most popular place to buy music. Apple still hasn’t figured out how to sell Drakkar Noir for under $40 through its store but, still, five billion songs is impressive. It’ll be interesting to see how long iTunes will… Read More

  • Geeks.com selling $70 iPod Touch knockoff

    I just received an e-mail from Geeks.com inviting me to “Touch the Future of Portable Entertainment” with this $70 device that looks an awful lot like my much more expensive iPod Touch, which I foolishly assumed was already the future of portable entertainment. So how does this thing stack up, spec-wise, to the iPod Touch? Read More

  • Bluetooth MP3 watch for when you just can't stand to not have something that plays music strapped to you

    Ah, the return of the MP3-playing watch. This time, without the ridiculous headphone cord running up your arm. The GoldLantern Bluex Bluetooth MP3 Watch comes with 1GB of storage and a pair of Bluetooth 2.0 headphones.   The watch is good for 12 hours per charge of its lithium-ion battery and will play either MP3 or WMA files. I’m not much of a watch man myself, so I asked… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 2GB Toshiba Gigabeat for $60, shipped

    Office Depot has the 2GB Toshiba Gigabeat MEU202 with 1.1-inch OLED display and FM tuner for $59.99 with free shipping. Battery life lasts up to 20 hours and can be charged via mini USB cable. The device plays MP3, WMA, and WAV files and can display photos on the tiny screen. The FM tuner can handle 10 station presets if you still listen to FM radio for some reason. Toshiba Gigabeat®… Read More

  • Music industry finds new trophy wife in Amazon.com

    The music industry looks to be shifting its eggs, many or all, into the Amazon.com/Justin Timberlake basket. During the Super Bowl four years ago, Pepsi and iTunes teamed up to give away 100 million songs fueled by Green Day’s rendition of “I Fought The Law.” For this year’s Super Bowl, Pepsi and Amazon.com will be giving away one billion songs, fueled by whatever… Read More

  • New Zune firmware scrolls more than twice as fast

    It’s all here; Chariots of Fire and cheering baby Zunes. What more could you ask for? Not to spoil the suspense for you but the Zune 2.2 firmware annihilates version 1.4, scrolling through 2,700 songs in less than half the time.  Speed test: old Zune 30 vs. new Zune 30 [Zunerama] Read More

  • BusinessWeek: 'The iPod Touch Fails to Wow'

    Yikes, remind me not to ask BusinessWeek’s Cliff Edwards to the Bloggers Prom. For starters, I’m not a guy who likes guys and secondly, he’d probably complain the whole night even though I had my mom iron my suit and borrowed some money from my dad so’s I could pony up for a limo. Oh and thirdly, he downloaded a Jennifer Lopez song and I just can’t get on board… Read More

  • Digital radios equipped with 'Buy Now' buttons

    Currently being tested in Britain with a full-on rollout scheduled for December, digital radios that allow you to download a song you like for keeps should be landing elsewhere in the near future. Australia, for instance, is supposedly getting these new radios in about a year and a half. Aside from being able to download songs directly, the units will also be able to display track, album… Read More

  • DRM-free music for 29 cents per track, 12 hours only

    Hot damn. Grooveshark, the up-and-coming digital music service reported on CrunchGear here, TechCrunch here, and done up as a screencast here, is going to be selling DRM-free music tracks for 29 cents a pop today from 12PM to 12AM, EST. That’s insanity. Virtual insanity. Hey, I bet you could download that song for 29 cents! You’ll need a beta invite to get an account so if you… Read More

  • Apples and Amazons: Fun Facts And Pretentious Bands


    Would you rather see boring company logos, or literal nonsense? AmazonMP3 has the potential to not suck, which, knowing all the non-iTunes pay-to-download services, could be a first. It works on any OS, all MP3s are DRM-free (and encoded at a decent 256kbps) and music is available from artists you’d actually hear on the radio—actually, that may be a negative. Support a few… Read More