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Do you hear Spotify? Do you have a Raspberry Pi? Well, Pi MusicBox might just be the thing for you. It’s a bootable Debian image for RaspBerry Pi that implements Modipy, a songs server which allows playback from local storage space, Spotify streaming and remote-control from any MPD (Songs Player Daemon) client. There are MPD apps for most platforms, consisting of Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS (see screenshots above). Pi MusicBox additionally supports WiFi, USB sound and AirTunes streaming right from the, err … box. So, if your Raspberry Pi is jonesing to play some tunes, go on and strike those links below.
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After receiving a pre-Valentine’s Day makeover, Slacker has officially made its way to the Xbox 360. Free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the US and Canada, the 116.17MB app brings the internet radio station’s revamped color scheme, music guide and a posh set of voice controls via Kinect. So, if you’re ready to bombard your TV with high-res slideshows of Diddy while rapping along to “Bad Boy for Life,” then navigate your console’s tiles to the Xbox Live Marketplace to add this app to your dashboard.
Google Play adds shared song playlist to Music, helps you relive your friends’ terrible taste in tunes
Remember that funky beat your buddy at work shared with you over Google+? Don’t bother digging through their post history, Mountain View’s music service has you covered with its new “Shared with me” auto-playlist. This self-maintaining list keeps track of all the songs friends and colleagues send your way, making it easy to hunt down a catchy tune your brother sent you, or to endlessly ridicule a coworker’s awful sense of sound. The playlist not only shows the track, artist, duration and price, but also a preview of the Google+ post (and a thumbnail of its author) that you scored the shared song from in the first place. Looking for lost music? Just take a look at your auto-playlists.
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We love listening to our favorite tunes, as they provide a soundtrack to our otherwise dull and silent blogging existence. But, sometimes the lyrical stylings of Jay-Z and glorious jams of Trey Anastasio simply don’t meet our musical needs. We need something different, something never before heard by human ears, to get us through the news day. Enter Cornell students Charong Chen and Siyu Zhan, who have constructed an electric keyboard that one ups Yamaha’s singing piano by creating and playing its own compositions. Users simply select between two mood modes — happy or tender — to determine the tune’s tempo, then play a couple notes and the piano sets to sating sonic cravings. There’s another mode that allows users to play a melody to “train” the keyboard, which then plays permutations of that melody in an automated jam session. In that training mode, users can play as long as they like to give the keyboard a better idea of what they’re into, which allows the algorithm to better tailor its audial output. The hardware making the music happen is comprised of a microcontroller (MCU) with the composing algorithm on board, a numpad for choosing the operational mode, and a 23-key piano that communicates with the MCU through a trio of encoders. The results are impressive, if not quite concert-hall quality. Hear it for yourself in the video after the break.
Sadly, we weren’t able to replicate the screenshot above but, if it’s legit, it could mean that a Google Music store is right around the corner. Reports are coming in that visiting music.google.com on your Android phone brings up a page suggesting you, A, upload your personal music collection, and B, “shop millions of songs in the Android Market.” Clearly Google is tinkering away behind the scenes: the links on the earliest versions of the splash page were reported to be broken, then they led to the about page for Google Music Manager and the nonexistent market.android.com/music respectively. Now, all traces of it are gone. Add to this the familiar shopping bag-shaped music icon that popped up in the developer build of Chrome OS last week and it’s looking like we’re inching ever closer to a Google Music shop launch. Check out the full sized image after the break.
We already knew that New Jersey was a hotbed for personal audio innovation, so it certainly came as no surprise when the Garden State’s ECKOUNLTD (Ecko Unlimited, with a hint of Jersey Shore) hit us up with a slew of new stylz. We’re most curious about the new Zip ‘buds, which replace the traditional cord with a functioning zipper, presumably to keep that ever-so-prevalent tangling issue from crampin’ your style. These in-ear beauts will set you back just 30 beans — or about a half-dozen servings of Ron Ron Juice. Other offerings include the $ 13 Zone earbuds, $ 15 Chaos II (that Chaos I was off the hook), the $ 20 Stomp, $ 25 Lace (which include a shoelace-inspired cord), and the $ 40 Chain, which, as you probably guessed, features a beaded dog-tag chain cord. At those prices we wouldn’t expect stellar acoustics, but if you’re rockin’ out to any of these budz, you’re probably most concerned with lookin’ good. And nothing says six-pack like zippers and chains.
Amazon Cloud Player has been laying low following its scuffle with Sony Music, but that hasn’t kept the company’s developers from rolling a crucial new feature out — support for Apple’s iOS devices, which it didn’t have on day one. Despite running in the Safari browser window, we’ve confirmed that songs will indeed play. If you’ve got a device handy, give it a try yourself; otherwise, we’ll update with impressions a little later this evening.
Update: Great news — we ran the Cloud Player on an original iPad and iPhone 3GS without a hitch. In fact, there was very little (if any) lag or time delay when buffering a new song, and were able to refresh playlists and other information quickly. The interface of the Cloud Player is almost the same as — if not identical to — the page that loads up on your computer browser.
Even better, the Cloud Player works flawlessly with the multitasking controls in iOS; the usual forward/pause/volume options are all usable as you play Angry Birds. Sadly, there is just one bump in the road that keeps the process from being perfectly smooth: mobile Safari prohibits you from doing drag-and-drops, which adds a couple extra steps to the process of adding songs to your playlists. Take a look below for some screenshots of the Cloud Player in action.
Sean Hollister contributed to this post.
Gallery: Amazon Cloud Player iOS
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Pix’ n Tunes Kit works with cell phones from popular brands such as LG, Motorola, Samsung, BlackBerry, HTC, Sanyo, Kyocera and Audiovox. It lets you transfer data, customize incoming calls, upload/download ringtones, wallpapers and pictures, and do a lot more. Features : Pix ‘n Tunes Ringtone Composer Upload ringtones from your PC to your cell phone FREE via data cable. Trim, clip and rip your favorite songs stored on your PC in various formats including MIDI, MP3 and WAV (CD) to create one-of-a kind ringtones. Personalize your incoming calls with your favorite sounds using your cell phone settings. Back up your downloadable ringtones onto your PC for easy retrieval, or to quickly upload them to a new handset. Compose your own music and conveniently add and edit tracks. Play ringtones on your PC. Pix ‘n Tunes Image Editor Download pictures from your camera phone to PC. Transfer images from your cell phone to your PC and set them as a wallpapers. Use the powerful editing tools to customize picture before uploading to your cell phone. Assign images to your contacts in your cell phone address book using your handset settings. Save your downloaded images onto your PC for easy retrieval and e-mail them to friends and family. System Requirements : Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista 32MB minimum RAM Pentium 100 MHz or higher CPU 60MB of available disk space 800×600 or higher resolution, 8-bit/256 colors or higher USB port CD-ROM drive Package Includes : One Pix ‘n Tunes Software CD 7 Phone Connectors User Guide Compatible with the following cell phone models : Audiovox : 8910(Bell Mobility), 8940(Verizon), 9100(Alltel), CDM-180, CDM-8410, CDM-8600, CDM-8900, CDM-8910, CDM-8910m, CDM-8912 (PM8912), CDM-8920 (PM8920), CDM-8920T, CDM-8945. Casio : G’zOne Type-V HP iPAQ : Glisten HTC : Fuze, HTC G1 / T-Mobile G1(Google Phone), PPC6800, Touch (Alltel / Sprint), Touch Cruise, Touch Diamond (Sprint / Verizon), Touch Pro (Alltel / Sprint / Verizon), XV6800, XV6900 Kyocera : E2000, Laylo M1400, Mero S1300, Mako S4000 LG : 125 (Telus), 150 (Bell), 200 (Telus), 210 (Telus), 240 (Rogers), 490 (Telus), 500 (Rogers), 535 (Telus), 5400 (Bell), 5450 (Alltel), 5450 (Telus), 6070 (Telus), 6190 (Telus), 6200 (Bell), 8100 (Telus), 9200 (Fido), AX140, AX145, AX155, AX245, AX265, AX275, AX300, AX355, AX380, AX390, AX490, AX500, AX565, AX585, AX830, AX4750, AX5000, AX8600, C1300, C1300i, C1500, CE500, CG225, Chocolate, Incite CT810, CU400, CU405, CU500, CU500v, CU515, CU575 / Trax, CU720 (Shine), F9100, G4010, G4011, G4015, G4020, G4050, GW820 (eXpo), KE970 (Shine), LX260 / Rumor, LX265 / Rumor2, LX350, LX550 / Fusic, LX5550, LX570 / Muziq, LX600 (Lotus), LX610 (Lotus Elite), MM-535 / LX-535, PM-225 / LX225, PM-325, TG800, UX210, UX245, UX355, UX390, UX565, VX8550
See this message? You no longer have to if you live in France, Germany, Italy or Spain, as Sony’s rolled out its Music Unlimited subscription streaming service in each aforementioned nation just yesterday. Basically, it’s the same deal that launched in the UK last month, but at a slightly cheaper price given the exchange rate: €3.99 a month buys you a virtual radio station that streams millions of songs to your Sony TVs, Blu-ray players or PS3 — with portable devices and phones on the way — while €9.99 upgrades to a premium plan that lets you select tunes on demand and generate playlists. Next stop: North America. PR after the break.
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You have to go to great lengths these days to distinguish your iPod dock from the teeming horde, but that’s exactly what Speakal did here. To state the obvious, it’s a pig, wearing sunglasses, and filled with stereo components. The beast has four-watt stereo drivers for eyes, a down-firing 15 watt subwoofer in the belly, controls in the snout, and ports in the tail region. There’s also an internal lithium ion battery good for up to eight untethered hours on a charge. We’re not sure what would possess you to buy the hog, especially for its $ 150 asking price, but it could be just the item you’ve been looking for to bolster your eccentric reputation… or ward off particularly annoyed fowl.