Zune 2 Near You

Walt Mossberg and the New Zune:
My take on Zune 2? A lot of positive reports coming in about the 2nd generation Zunes, of course no one is saying they are on par with an iPod . . . yet. Personally, I think by 3rd and 4th generation Zune will have com along way. Look back at 1st and 2nd generation iPod’s, nothing like today’s and neither will today’s Zune’s be anythin like a Zune 5 years from now. At least the Zune now has podcast support.


Gadget of the Day 09

Available from Hammacher. “belt-driven turntable that converts and saves your prized vinyl LPs to MP3 format directly to a 5th Generation iPod┬« or 2nd Generation Nano┬« connected to its built-in dock.”

It currently sells for $259.95 USD. If you have a lot of records you wan to convvert to digital quickly I don’t think I can think of a easier way to do it.

CRIA iPod Levy Update

Source: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2334/125/

“The Federal Court of Appeal on Friday granted CRIA’s request to intervene in the private copying/iPod levy judicial review, a case that openly reveals the divisions between CRIA and the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CRIA is on the board of CPCC but the CPCC objected to its intervention request). ”

“CRIA was therefore added to the case and given permission to file a 15 page memo and spend 20 minutes of argument on issues surrounding the digital audio recorders and whether they qualify as a medium for the purposes of the Copyright Act. Its claims about private copying and the legality of peer-to-peer downloading will have to wait for another day.”

Gadget of the Day 03

Not your average iPod add on. It’s “Hello Kitty” all the way from Japan. The only place you can find this in Canada or the U.S.A. is probably on the secondary market like eBay but if you have a 12 year old daughter or the likes it may be their dream MP3 player.

Hello Kitty

Total Music, Totally Free?

Universal Music, Sony BMG and maybe Warner Music are thinking of a subscription music service that could be free for end users. Hardware manufacturers will pay aprox $90 USD to the music labels and when consumers buy certain devices they get free all you can eat subscription music. Could that actually climb the iTunes/iPod mountain? If subscriptions will ever gain mass acceptance free would help.apple logo