Tag Archives | MP3 Player

…South by Southwest wants to give you free music?

SXSW Music

If you couldn’t make it to South by Southwest (aka #SXSW for the Twitter-ites) but you still want to keep up with all the latest and greatest in the semi-undiscovered music scene, then check out the fully legal, DRM-free, RIA-safe collection of music that’s been released by the festival’s promoters through the torrent world.

The torrent, which is the fifth such collection to be put out on the ‘net, contains more than 6 GB of music, or 1267 MP3s spanning multiple genres and levels of famous-ity.

Granted, not everything is going to match your specific tastes, but there are plenty of songs to try out, so open your mind and be prepared to discover, because you never know what’s going to be the next big thing.

(Just one warning: There are so many songs here that it will probably crush your current collection of music, and if you try to use the random function on your MP3 player ever again, you’ll still end up listening to 10 SXSW songs between every normal song, so be prepared. Not that that’s a bad thing, just don’t expect your best of Michael Jackson collection to string together like it used to ever again.)

[SXSW Collection]

[Via: Torrent Freak]

…Bob Turek’s Stereo is a naughty speaker system?

Bob Turek Stereo

Bob Turek’s speaker system, called “Stereo”, is a bit… unusual.

It’s part of his Object Remix series, and Stereo “forces the music source into the center of attention and creates a radically new user interface”.

Putting a hand built stereo amplifier inside of a fiberglass mannequin with an MP3 player and speakers attached to and protruding from the naughty bits and pieces probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want a speaker system that’s hard to ignore, I can’t imagine one (or would prefer not to) that’s better than this.

[Coroflot – Bob Turek – Stereo]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…Gift Cards get high tech?

Target Best Buy Gift Cards

This year, gift cards go beyond just plastic as companies add features to lure you into buying the profit-filled gifts.

New card ideas include Target, which has added a small digital camera to their card, and Best Buy, which chose to go with a speaker that can connect to any MP3 player and play music through the included mini headphone jack.

While the Target card makes sense, because you can use it to capture holiday memories, send thank you pics to the gift giver, and even use it as a camera stand-in on your way to buying a real digital camera of your choice, the Best Buy one seems a little strange, since I can’t imagine the tiny speaker sounding any good as it attempts to keep up with the enthusiastic gift recipient.

Either way though, it’s an interesting idea, and it will be interesting to see what gets attached to a gift card next.

[Target Gift Card, Best Buy Gift Card]