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Nike + iPod August 2, 2006

Posted by Chris in Apple, Music, Nike, Reviews, Sport, Technology.
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Apple have joined up with Nike to bring you Nike+. What is it? Well, Apple provides the iPod, Nike provides the running shoes, and Apple joins them together; wirelessly ofcoarse. How does it work? If you buy the special Nike+ shoes (and yes, it does only work with special Nike+ shoes) and the iPod connector, you can insert a small reciever in your shoe, attach another small connector on the end of your iPod, and you are ready to go.

“This sounds all well and good, but what’s the point?” says the sceptic reader. When you run, this new connectivity between your shoes and your iPod allows your iPod to calculate how far you have run, how fast you are running and how many calories you burned. After you have completed your workout, just plug your iPod (it only works with iPod Nano) into your computer and nikeplus.com will show you how well you did. You also have the option to create goals and set challenges for your friends.

The Nike+ Running shoes are available in a few styles, my favourite being the Nike Air Moire. They are extremely light and very comfortable. Also available are the Nike+ arm bands which look undoubtedly better than the official iPod ones. This, although a little pricey, is very comfortable, and when running, you hardly even notice it’s there. It also protects you iPod from sweat (apparently).

How much does this cost? Only £19! However, that’s excluding the Running Shoes (£65), the Armband (£20), the iPod (from £99) and ofcoarse the music. But even though it is not the cheapest way to excercise, it certainly gives it a bit more interest and is worth the buy. Go on! you know you want it!

Apple Announce iPod Radio Remote February 26, 2006

Posted by Chris in Music.
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One of the iPods main downfalls is the lack of radio support. This problem has now been solved for all iPod and iPod Nano owners. For £35 or $49 you can buy a tuner that fits into the earphone socket. Your earphones then plug into that allowing you to listen to radio through your iPod.

“The iPod Radio Remote combines two great features in one elegant product,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “The iPod Radio Remote is both the best remote control and the best FM radio listening experience for iPod.”

“The iPod Radio Remote is a convenient way for music lovers to skip tracks and adjust the volume of their iPod even when it’s in a pocket or backpack, and listen to FM radio stations while displaying station and song information on their iPod screen.”

You can purchase this product through the Apple Store.

iTunes reaches 1 billion download milestone February 26, 2006

Posted by Chris in Music.
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In less than 3 years, iTunes have legally sold over 100,000,000 songs.

One lucky winner will be recieving

  • One 20-inch iMac
  • Ten 60GB iPods (5 white/5 black)
  • One U.S. $10,000 iTunes Music Card (good for any media type)

after downloading “Speed of Sound” by ColdPlay. Not bad for £0.79!

“I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we’ve achieved together during the past three years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet.”