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CES: Pioneer Car Systems at CES

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Pioneer has a multitude of fabulous car stereo systems here at CES this year (North Hall, booth 1001). I was given demos of two of the more impressive models that have iPod/iPhone integration. The first is a new Stage 3 product destined for release in early spring this year (the AVIC-X920BT). This system has everything but the kitchen sink, including DVD/CD playback, voice control, navigation and a hoard of smart music features, including it's own iPhone/iTunes app.



CES: Livespeakr by DGA

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This little speaker system from DGA has some really incredible output, so I agreed to mention it in our blog coverage at least. These guys were streaming live at the show, came by our booth and gave us a quick demo of it (called Livespeakr). I totally apologize (for reals) on the camera work in the video that is embedded after the break. The wavering camera was not on purpose, I assure you, especially with my wife standing right next to me the whole time...

Action shots below...

  



CES: Blue Mic Jam at CES, Yogen Charger, and more cool stuff

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Wow, did I see some cool audio-related stuff today at CES (mostly in the South Hall). Wish I could write about all of it, but I selected a few of the cooler things I got to play with or do. One of which was to record a demo blues track using the little USB recording setup at Blue Microphones (check out the video above).



CES: Sonos, D-Link and Intamac, Sanyo, and the HD2 at Digital Experience

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The Mirage convention center was quite the gadgety place to be last night, and sorry about not having good pix from the event, but I had some issues with my camera just before. Oh well, I swing back later and post more shots on the cool stuff I saw there, but wanted to get some word out on some of the cutting-edge stuff now.



CES Update and Chevon Hicks Meeting

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My first post from CES, and you can see that the booth is coming along swimmingly, and the iPhoneLife team is just about ready for prime-time.



Moodagent — free app for generating playlists

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Moodagent has only been out about three weeks and already has over 200,000 downloads and is currently averaging 25,000 downloads a day. Pretty impressive. It's a freebie that lets you move sliders to indicate the type of music you want to hear, and in seconds it generates playlists. It uses the song's actual content to make recommendations based on digital analysis of the music. This is in contrast to Apple's Genius, which makes recommendations based on purchase history.



Mashable.com's 700+ Apps Reviewed by Category

For 2010, Mashable.com - which has just retooled its look for the new year - had compilied a list of all 700+ iPhone Apps they reviewed in 2009. 

As we begin 2010, there are over 100,000 iPhone apps available for download — an overwhelming array of choices, but plenty of gems if you know where to look.



A nostalgic look at classical music

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As a classical music fan, I am really enjoying this app. It's fun, educational and brings back fond memories.

With Classical Music, I can listen to one-minute excerpts of classical music from a variety of composers, learn more about each piece, as well as each of the composers. Afterwards, I can take a quiz to see if I recognize the songs and composers from listening to excerpts.



Pocket Tunes 5.4.4 Now Available with Skins!

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 Pocket Tunes Radio 5.4.4 is now available here on the App Store (just grabbed it myself).  This new release includes many improvements, with support for skins, including a fun Christmas skin. There are now several skins available for purchase, and examples can be seen here. You can browse all the skins by tapping on the Pocket Tunes logo from the Now Playing tab in Pocket Tunes Radio.



Smule raises more cash . . .

The NY Times reported that the music technology company, Smule, has raised an additional 8 million dollars to support new development projects. Their instrument apps, Ocarina and Leaf Trombone are two of my favorite music performance apps on the market. Read the article at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/smule-raises-cash-to-expand-its-musical-app-lineup/?ref=technology

 

Cheers and Happy Holidays,



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