Will Ultraviolet Raze the Alternative Digital Download Systems?

ultraviolet_logoAnother battle looms in the quest for online content distribution; this time it seems to be serious business. When major Hollywood film studios get together to develop a new system for online film distribution you can either be afraid...or be very afraid. Ultraviolet is the digital download system aiming to corner the market for the studios [...]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? No, Google Music!

google_music_screenshotWelcome once again to the show that never ends; the battle of corporate giants Google and Apple. Google has launched music services for its Android handset users while Apple has launched a new service, iTunes Match. It's a big step for Google, as not having a music purchase service was reckoned to be something of a [...]

Apple TV Gets Cloud-based Streaming of Purchased TV Shows from iTunes

Apple TV 2nd Generation In-handWe got wind of something like this coming down the pike last year around this time. Now, we have a firmware update to Apple TV that brings purchased TV shows (not just rentals) — possibly movies and music later — from iTunes / Apple's servers directly to your device for instant streaming. I like it! According to [...]

TuneUp Media Launches Must-Have Companion for iTunes to Fix Mislabeled Music Collections and Find Missing Cover Art for iPods and iPhones

TuneUp Media ScreenshotTuneUp Media solves a major problem in digital music consumption with today's release of its revolutionary companion for iTunes. As consumers have amassed larger personal music libraries, a majority contain incorrect or missing song information (metadata) and/or cover art. The TuneUp Companion is designed to fix this growing problem by enabling users to clean up, [...]

Apple’s App Store Offering Free “Remote” App for Download

Apple Remote App ScreenshotsCredit goes to Sean Alexander for spotting this gem in the newly launched Apple App Store. Basically, Remote is a free app (I'm guessing created in-house by Apple) that provides iPhone and iPod Touch users a touch interface for controlling iTunes and Apple TV remotely over Wi-Fi. Remote provides access to music playlists, cover art [...]

Drobo SDK Released for Public Development

Drobo SDK DevelopmentI've got to congratulate Data Robotics, Inc. for deciding to open up their powerful Drobo storage platform to outside development. I was just thinking about the device other day and imagined how much more compelling Drobo would be if it bundled in UPnP A/V server functionality with the purchase of its hardware add-on, DroboShare. Well, [...]

Gyration R4000 Air Music Remote

Gyration Air Music RemoteAbove is a pic of the Gyration R4000 Air Music Remote that I captured at CONNECTIONS 2008. The notable difference of this model from its predecessor is that it now offers button/screen backlighting (in blue) and an LCD screen display that you can use to scroll through and playback your PC's Windows Media or iTunes [...]