It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us Freedom of Press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag
that allows the protester to burn the flag.
By Father Dennis O'Brien
I hear what you are saying and this sounds like something I might be interested in, but what IS it you are selling? Or are you selling anything?
The new Salamander line is so far ... flawless.
Love the look, love the sound and especially, love the ease of use. I am such a fan of trying out new artists by just giving them a fair listen as I drive around and I can do that in seconds. I hear a song on the radio or on Mtv or whatever and I hit the 'Net and download it onto my juimpdrive and when its time to go I am jamming brand new tunes in the car. I love it!
I am also thrilled with the reliability of the engine that turns mp3s into music. Other units have crashed when they get a large mp3 file or a wma or something it can't digest. The Salamander 5000 has not run into anything it cannot handle.
The sound is a real improvement too. Other units have been only so-so on sound quality compared to a proper mp3 engine like a Zune or iPods but the Salamander sounds terrific! I can hear what the artists was thinking when he recorded the track. I can hear Steve Tylers heart beating occasionally. I can hear the police pounding on the studio door when I listen to 50 cent, I can even hear the sound of Katy Perry running out of song ideas.
It's like I'm there...sigh.
OK If I am going to get one of your awesome MP3 playing in dash car stereos, where do I get the music?
#1 Obviously the best place to get mp3s is your own CD collection, rip them all to MP3 or WMA and off you go.
#2 iTunes and The Zune pass. iTunes has good points and bad points but it is the largest, most popular and arguably fastest. Zune pass has a financial advantage, Instead of spending a few $ each time you want to listen to a new song, spend $15/month and have unlimited access to all the music in the world. It is not much money and you can load up all your favorites in the first few months, and even after that $15 isn't much to have free music anytime you want it. Try new artists and songs you heard once on the radio without worrying about the cost. Nothing is more frustrating than hearing a song you like then dropping $20 on the album only to find not only does the artists suck, but the radio version you sort of liked isn't even on the album you bought. ARGH!
#3 Illicit downloading. Not that I would ever condone this sort of thing, but some people use torrents or file sharing sites to share music with others. Google the process or go to wikipedia to learn more.
#4 Direct sharing. Ask friends to throw some playlists or files onto a drive and share the old fashion way. It's a good way to expand your horizons and then you can go back and get the music the legal way using your Zune pass.
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I am really excited to see these Mobile Note takers start flying off the shelves. ten years ago no one had an iPod and 15 years ago no one had a cell phone no we can't imagine life without them. THe Mobile note taker is the next big thing.
In a few short years the idea of a pen that only writes on paper will be as archaic as a pen you have to dip in a jar of ink.
Get yours now and see what I am talking about!
Now if only they would come out with one for Zune! When is someone going to create an adapter that lets Zune owners take advatage of all of these cool iPod accessories? Zune is way cooler but iPod has cornered the market on cheap and innovative accessories!
How hard is it? a simple crossover cable or dock adapter that lets me plug my Zune into an iPod stereo or charging station or whatever!!
Get to work engineers! free us from the enslavement of Apple's ACC reich! Ihk bein ein Apple hater for a reason! Don't get me wrong the iPod is the coolest thing on the planet but if Apple had had Microsoft's success the Internet would be run by Police and file sharing would be something that only happened on the Sci-Fi channel.
Apple has done everything the DOJ has accused Microsoft of in terms of anti-competition practices the only difference is that when Apple did it no one noticed because no one was buying Apple products.
I like the Zune because it has a bigger screen and a better interface but that's only because Apple showed them how it could be done and in true Microsoft fashion they copied and improved the idea.
The iPod is the only player onthe market that doesn't support WMA. Why is that Department of Justice?
iPod doesn't have an FM radio. How hard is that?
iPod makes you choose between a large screen (Touch) and the storage capacity to watch movies on it. Why?
Turn away from the dark side people! Put your iPod on eBay where they are happiest and get a Zune! You will never look back!
$15/month for all the music you want! Are you serious? That's better than free because it is stealing without guilt! Do you know how much music you can download in a month?
ALL OF IT!
I have to run, I am going to watch Rise of the Lycans on my Zune.
The NEO iON is an iPod adapter that is worth the trouble (although I am not convinced it is worth the price) Check out how the Neo iON does what all the other iPod connecters say they will do.
A cool gadget that might finally make it worth while to carry your iPod to your car, but at $159 US it had better come WITH an iPod!
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed. Could it not be any simpler than that?
MP3 or Motion Picture experts group layer three, has changed music and entertainment forever. It has made it finally possible for us to choose exactly what we carry around with us and allowed us the user to listen to what we want whenever we want to and wherever we want.
Thank you German guys who created .mp3 Thank you!
But would mp3 matter at all without the devices that so neatly make use of it? Without the now ubiquitous iPod? The ipod was inspired by Star Trek (if the story could get any nerdier I don't know how) Don't get me wrong I love Star Trek but the fact that it inspired new technology cracks me right up.
Mp3s have freed music and other audio media and taken them on the road like no other platform. Walkman, discman, seem like carrying a turntable around now compared to the solid, safe and secure miniature masterpieces of movable music that mp3 players offer.
I am not a fan of the iPod per se, but I do love MP3 players and ipod is the chief of the tribe. I am a Zune man myself, I liked the larger screen and freedom from Appleby's strict control of everything. The Zune allows me to listen to anything at all, while the iPod is the ONLY MP3 player in the world that fails to support wma files.
Zune also has an FM radio and WiFi music sharing.
That said, I love to drag any song I find onto a jump drive and play it in the car ten seconds later in my VRCD500 if you haven't got MP3 in your car, you may as well be driving a horse.
One of the biggest struggles in the world of the Internet is properly ranking sites. Google does it but how well do they do it? Not that well when you consider how often you have to scroll or refine your search or ignore their results altogether. It's not their fault, the don't know what's on all of those pages, they can't. All they can do is index those pages using little computer programs some people call ‘spiders'. Spiders try to do it but they can only do so much because let's face it, who cares what a computer thinks? PC Magazine tries to do it all the time but what they think are the top ten sites in the world rarely agree with anyone, even themselves issue to issue.
We need people like us to rank which sites are cool and which are not. But how can we do this? What if we stopped looking at the entire Internet and limited our research to the sites actually used? Then we take those sites and categorize them based on simple keywords. Then we simply determine how many people liked each site in each category enough to save it to their favorites. Then we need to sort those users out be preference so we only looked at people who's preferred sites and categories matched ours.
Now we have a list of people who share our interests, and they all rank sites and we can browse through what they like and see if we like them too!
Wouldn't that be great? It is great! It's called Social bookmarking!
Social bookmarking is not new. It has been the flavor of the month in Internet marketing for almost a year now with more than a hundred sites focusing on providing that service alone. But the benefits of social bookmarking are still as relevant as ever in making your site successful.
What is social bookmarking?
In a nutshell social bookmarking is two simple concepts combined to form a a powerful information gathering tool. Bookmarking is nothing new, making a list of your favorite things is even older than the Sound of Music. All of us find special resources and communities on the Internet that we scribble down in some fashion so we don't have to remember hundreds of URLs when we want to return. But where we save them is the key. Browsers all let you save them to a favorites list so that whenever you surf the ‘net from home you will have access to your list of fav's, but what about when you are away? Saving them to a web-based service is where Social bookmarking got it's start. Save to an account online means that wherever you are, on any computer your favorites list is always close at hand.
Most services even allow you to categorize your favorites so that you can keep track of them when the number of favorites might otherwise overwhelm you. This is called ‘tagging' which refers to sticking little tags on each favorite. You could tag your favorite news site with the word "news" that way when you get a lot of sites and you can't find the news sites you just filter news, and all your news sites come to the top.
Can you convert a regular car stereo to play mp3s?
The answer simply is:
Your car stereo is hardwired to handle CDA tracks, meaning it only understands one language, that of standard Audio CD's Asking it to interpret MP3 audio is like asking your cars engine to run on latte instead of gasoline.
Our car stereos are built to run on either standard audio CD's or mp3's burned to CD's as well as take those MP3 files from SD cards, and USB drives aka "thumb drives" or "jump drives".
Get an MP3 stereo and you will wonder how you ever got by without one.
ACC and WMA are arguably better than MP3 but MP3 is a no hassle universally supported format that just makes my life easier. If you have some odd formats and want to standardize your collection, heres how:
Thanks Jasmine France for this cool tutorial:
Step 1: Download and install Free MP3 WMA Converter. Open the program.
Step 2: Click the File drop down menu and select Add files (or hit Ctrl+F on your keyboard). Navigate to the folder on your hard drive that contains the files you want to convert, such as My Documents > My Music > iTunes > Kate Bush > The Sensual World.
Step 3: Select the files that you want to convert. You can select more than one file at a time by clicking and dragging your mouse cursor, or by holding down Ctrl as you select each file. (You can repeat steps 2 and 3 if you wish to add files from various folders.)
Step 4: By default, the software will save your newly converted files into the same folder as the original files. If you would like to select a new output directory, uncheck the box next to "Save in the file's directory," then click the ellipses button next to the Output path section and navigate to the location where you would like the new files saved.
Step 5: Make sure the output format is set to MP3--that's the default, but it's always good to double check. This free app can also be used to convert to and from other formats as well, such as WMA or FLAC.
Step 6 (optional): If you would like to adjust the output settings of your file even further, click the ellipses next to the Format parameter section. Here, you can set the bitrate for the file as well as make other adjustments. Click OK once you have the settings to your liking.
Step 7: Click the Convert button in the lower right corner of the window. You can monitor the progress of the conversion in the top and bottom sections of the screen.
Step 8: Free MP3 WMA converter does not preserve most of the metadata from your files, so you will have to manually input the ID3 tag parameters if you want that info attached to the MP3. Click Options > Tag editor (or Ctrl+T); then, navigate to the newly converted MP3s on your hard drive and update the file information by filling in the fields in the right column of the window .
Microsoft upgraded its Zune Pass music subscription service, allowing users to pick 10 songs each month that get permanently added to their music collection.
For the first time since Napster went down music lovers are actually getting a value for their downloading dollars. Zune pass lets you pay a modest fee for actually buying music without any of the Apple strings attached nonsense.
I don't know about you but the idea of buying something I don't really own makes my teeth hurt. With ACC you owed it as long as you only used it when and where they tell you and for as long as they tell you.
Go Zune Pass and get your music without strings.
Ex-Google staff launch rival search engine, Cuil
The new site promises better results by scouring a larger index of web pages than Google, but experts are cautious about its prospects
.....searching for results across 120 billion web pages compared with Google's index of 40 billion pages...
....Last month, Google performed 82 per cent of searches in the UK last month, according to Nielsen Online, compared with 5 per cent for Yahoo!, 4 per cent for Microsoft's Windows Live Search, and 3 per cent for Ask.com....
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a digital audio encoding format using a form of lossy data compression.
It is a common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard encoding for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players.
MP3 is an audio-specific format that was co-designed by several teams of engineers at Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany, AT&T-Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ, USA, Thomson-Brandt, and CCETT. It was approved as an ISO/IEC standard in 1991.
MP3's use of a lossy compression algorithm is designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent the audio recording and still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio for most listeners, but is not considered high fidelity audio by most audiophiles. An MP3 file that is created using the mid-range bitrate setting of 128 kbit/s will result in a file that is typically about 1/10th the size of the CD file created from the original audio source. An MP3 file can also be constructed at higher or lower bitrates, with higher or lower resulting quality. The compression works by reducing accuracy of certain parts of sound that are deemed beyond the auditory resolution ability of most people. This method is commonly referred to as Perceptual Coding.  It internally provides a representation of sound within a short term time/frequency analysis window, by using psychoacoustic models to discard or reduce precision of components less audible to human hearing, and recording the remaining information in an efficient manner. This is relatively similar to the principles used by JPEG, an image compression format.
Congrats to MP3 Innovations!
6th on MSN
22nd on Google
17th on Yahoo
Boo hoo again
Today I started listening to some of the new audio books I downloaded through a google "index of" search. Don't tell anyone about this but you don't even have to install one of those file sharing programs and index searches are way faster than torrents.
just type this into google:
intitle:"index of" (mp3|wma) name of song or book -html -php - asp
and start browsing through the index pages you find for some actual downloadable files.
Joint stereo limitations:
Mp3 can not switch joint stereo mode for specifics scalefactor bands. If joint stereo is used, it has to be used for all the bands. This is rather inoptimal, and is limiting the use of joint stereo. As an example, imagine the following situation:
The lower frequencies are featuring an instrument playing on the far left, and frequencies around 1500Hz are featuring a singer in the middle of the stage.
In such a situation, it is not possible to use joint stereo with Mp3 because of the lower frequencies part which is too different between both channels. A further bitrate reduction could have been achieved if it was possible to toggle joint stereo mode on a scalefactor band basis. (in this case regular stereo would have been used for the lower frequencies, and Middle/Side stereo for the remaining part of the frequency spectrum)
These features are cool, but these are just details when compared to the real selling point of this unit. The first customer Mp3innovations.com had was me. I got sick of burning cd's and had to have a way to play my ever-changing playlist in my car. I also like to listen to audio books while driving to work every day. I love to read but my busy schedule kept me from reading like I used to. I also wanted to read the When are you ever going to find the time to read the classics if not in your car every day? I have a 45 minute commute and it disappears when I have a good book playing. Plus with the VRCD500BT I can hit the mode button any time and switch between the various input devices I have to choose from. If I have a book playing on my SD Card, I hit mode and switch to the music I store on my USB drive. Or I listen to the radio, or the Podcast plugged into the Aux port. And let's not forget I also have the cd drive which might have a regular audio CD or a hundred hours of MP3 audio.
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