In the Gadget Pr0n video below, Alex Albrecht checks out Apple's latest version of the iPod Nano, and puts the thin-as-hell device through its paces. How does the new design and 2.5-inch multi-touch display stack up against other music players and past iterations of the Nano? Check out the video to find out!
It isn't hard to get David Kanaga going. The mastermind behind the music in DYAD and Proteus, indie darlings famous for their procedurally generated audio and unique content, Kanaga makes no secret about his love for music. He talks about his work the same way another would wax poetic about a significant other, with a kind of barely-contained excitement that is outright contagious.
"I've been doing music since I was twelve. That was around the time I discovered FruityLoops which is, like, this music software of sorts - it was around then that I could really start writing stuff and developing areas. Before that, I was always messing around on the piano. And I think what drew me to music is probably similar to what drew me to video games - just having this system with input was really intriguing and compelling to me." Kanaga begins.
"Cases where the music doesn't really affect the game have never seemed very interesting to me. As such, with the games I've been involved with, I've pushed to make them as interactive as possible."
While his working conditions have been all but perfect, Kanaga says 'he is still trying to figure out how to do this.'
Today Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Xbox 360, the company's brand new all-in-one music service that will also be releasing for Windows 8 devices and PC on October 26.
Xbox Music brings together features that have defined other popular music services such as iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify, and houses them under one cross-platform service that lets users control and access their music wherever they are.
If this sounds like Microsoft is setting its crosshairs firmly on these various industry-leading services, that's because, as Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson explained to us during a preview session last week, this is precisely the company's intention.
"This is competitive with iTunes. This is competitive with Spotify. This is competitive with Pandora. And yes we see it as a better consumer experience."
The just announced Beats Executive headphones you see above are a cut above the usual Dre-offerings. The ultra-premium cans feature noise cancellation for those long business trips, brushed aluminum with leather accents, a folding design to save space and a battery life of up to 25 hours of active use with three AAA batteries. They also look dignified, but still slick. The Executive headphones are on sale today from Beats Electronics and retailers.
Executive: $299.99 | More Info: Beats By Dre
Xbox Music launches tomorrow for the 360. The Zune-replacement is very similar to Spotify. For a monthly fee of $9.99, Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy unlimited streams of any songs they'd like from a catalog of over 18 million tracks. Xbox Music takes the place of Zune, so if you have a Zune pass, it will will be converted into an Xbox Music membership.
The service will be coming to Windows 8 PCs and tablets when the operating system launches on October 26, and PC and tablet users get a better deal than 360 users. They'll enjoy free streaming for six months, After six months, streaming becomes time-limited without Xbox Music Pass.
Autumn may have begun, but the ECOXBT waterproof Bluetooth speaker is perfect for next summer. Made by Ecoxgear, this speaker is compatible with any bluetooth device, 100 percent waterproof, fully submersible and it always floats speaker-side-up, so you can turn on some music, toss this speaker into the pool or lake and let it play all day. Strap it to your surfboard or kayak for music on the go. The battery lasts up to 10 hours, and it even features a built in microphone, so you can use the ECOXBT as a floating speakerphone and take conference calls while white water rafting.
ECOXBT: $129 | More Info: Ecoxgear
Del The Funky Homosapien is a living legend of underground hip-hop. Not only is he responsible for Deltron 3030, the greatest sci-fi hip hop concept album in history, but he's also a hardcore gamer and an awesome person. Click play on the video below to watch Kristen Adams cut it up with Del.
If that's not enough Del for you, check out Del the Funky Homosapien's appearance on Freestyle 101.
Microsoft may be launching a Spotify-style music service on the Xbox 360 on October 26. Sources say the service will launch in conjunction with Windows 8. Like Spotify, the service will allow you to subscribe and stream unlimited music, or listen to songs for free as long as you put up with advertisements. The service will be available on Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox 360.
The service will also allow users to integrate SkyDrive and store music and playlists to be be shared across Microsoft devices. The eventual plan is to allow users to stream to iOS and Android devices as well, but that will come at a later time.
Valve is partnering with Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings label to release Portal 2: Songs To Test By (Collector's Edition) on October 30, 2012, a four-disc collection of music pulled from the publisher's award-winning Portal games. The first three discs are comparable with the free digital Portal 2 soundtrack, Songs To Test By, with the fourth compiling music from the first game, a press release confirms.
The physical release also includes a mini-comic called "Turret Lullaby," though Joystiq points out that the same content can be viewed online as well. Most of the music contained on the four discs was composed by Valve, though the set includes both of Jonathan Coulton's contributions to the series -- "Still Alive" and "Want You Gone" -- along with vocals on several tracks from Ellen McLaine, the opera singer who voices GLaDOS.
Music game creator Harmonix is celebrating the fifth year of Rock Band with an amazing sale: Over 1,000 DLC songs on the Rock Band Network are 50 percent off. That means if you buy a song for the new, very low price, you can play it on new comer Rock Band Blitz and old standards Rock Band 3. This goes across all platforms.
The sale is planned to launch Tuesday, September 18th on all platforms. Click the link for a full list of tracks on sale and dates of deployment.
Apple announced more than just iPhone 5 today, they also revealed the new iTunes. Apple will soon release a completely redesigned media player, a revamped iTines store, and improved iCloud features.
Some of the improvements made to iTunes are minimal, like the ability to sort your music in more intuitive ways. Other changes you'll notice immediately, like the iTunes store. The entire store has been redesigned for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so no matter which device you're on, you'll have the same experience.
The iTunes store will also be adding a preview history option. iCloud will store your preview history across devices, making it easier than ever to find what you've already previewed. Other new features to iCloud will allow you to save, and via the iCloud, pick up where you left off on another device.
iTunes 10.7 will be released soon!
Apple has revealed its new line of iPods this morning, showing off the new iPod Touch, Nano, and iPod shuffle.
Apple calls the new, fifth generation iPod Touch "best iPod touch we've ever made." It's 6.1mm thick, 88 grams in weight, and features a 4-inch, widescreen display (the same as the new iPhone), an aluminum back with a brushed finish, and a speaker on the bottom. It offers GPS, has 7x faster graphics than the old iPod touch, and it even features Siri.
It features a 5megapixel camera with Hybrid IR Filter, Backside Illumination, Five-Element Lens, Autofocus, LED Flash, Panorama Mode, Now works with iPhoto.
The age of living rooms full of plastic video game instruments has ended, but that doesn't mean Rock Band is dead. The franchise lives on through an awesome downloadable game called Rock Band Blitz. Miguel "Rock And/Or Roll" Concepcion has been playing the game, and finds it to his liking.
Here's an excerpt from our Rock Band Blitz review:
"The gameplay has as much in common with the console Rock Band titles as much as it does with the portable Rock Band Unplugged and Harmonix's earlier efforts, Amplitude and Frequency. You hit notes like in any Rock Band game but since this is a single player game, you cannot merely focus on playing the most challenging instrument to score well. A multiplier is assigned to each instrument and increasing these multipliers depends on tending to all the respective song's instruments."
Read the rest of our Rock Band Blitz review.
Linkin Park provides the in-game score for Medal of Honor Warfighter, and in return, EA is helping the band make a video. In the video below, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the trailer for Linkin Park's upcoming "Castle Of Glass" music video, featuring interviews with the band and the developers of Medal of Honor Warfighter. Rock n' roll n' video games? Yeah!
The Halo 4 soundtrack album will be released online and in stores on October 22, in advance of the November 6 release date of Halo 4.
The soundtrack was produced by composer Neil Davidge of Massive Attack fame, and features 15 tracks and over 75 minutes of unique music. This is the first time a new composer has taken the reins for the series’ musical score since the launch of the original Halo.
A remix album is coming too, and features tracks from DJ Skee, Sander Van Doorn, Apocalyptica, Hundred Waters and more. The remix album is part of the Special Limited Edition Box Set. Samples are available on Halo Waypoint.
Click the "Read More" tag for more details and full track list of both albums.
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