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The good: The Sonos Playbar integrates the company’s best-in-class digital music software into a thoughtfully designed sound bar. It’s dead simple to setup and works seamlessly with other Sonos products, and can even expand to a true wireless 5.1 system by adding the Sonos Sub and two Play:3 speakers. The Playbar itself also does an excellent job with virtual surround effects, making it sound like you have more speakers than you actually do.
The bad: The Playbar heavily processed sound won’t please purists. It’s also expensive and there are considerably better-sounding alternatives in its price range. Many buyers would be fine with cheaper Airplay or Bluetooth alternatives.
The bottom line: The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it’s better-suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.
Ion’s Tape Dock lets you digitize your cassettes just by sliding in your iPhone or iPod. Break out those old mix tapes and parachute pants, and party.
The day the iPhone 5 goes on sale, millions of people will happily line up to buy Apple’s latest marvel. How could they resist? What with the temptations of the iPhone 5’s rumored smaller 19-pin dock connector, in-cell technology that enables the screen’s touch sensors and LCD to be consolidated into a single layer, global LTE networks, and oodles of other goodies, it’s no wonder Americans on average replace their cell phones every 21.7 months. Computers, digital cameras, tablets, and other gizmos have somewhat longer useful lives, but their owners never develop long-term, decade or more relationships with their stuff. One soulless product inevitably leads to the next, an endless parade of tech. Great audio gear can last practically forever, and not only that, you might want to keep it forever.
Bone conduction audio, retainers, and shiny hip-hop teeth grills aren’t new inventions, but tech hacker Aisen Caro Chacin had the clever idea to put them all together.
The Play-A-Grill MP3 player prototype fits in your mouth like a retainer, shines on the outside like a precious metal rap grill, and plays music through bone conduction through your teeth.
Days after Google blocked a site that converts songs from YouTube music videos into MP3s, the Recording Industry Association of America asks CNET to remove conversion software from Download.com.
Video has surfaced of the actor performing at a Mormon talent show in 1991.
In the three-and-a-half minute clip, Gosling, now 31, sings “When a Man Loves a Woman” and busts a move to C+C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now” with his sister Mandi. The two donned matching outfits for the choreographed routine.
Amazon executives are close to striking license deals with music studios to cover the company’s cloud music service, numerous music industry sources told CNET.
Amazon already has reached agreements with Universal Music Group and EMI and is in the later stages of negotiations with the other two major record companies, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, the sources said. Amazon could announce the deals within weeks.