Download Me a River
iRiver's iHP-120 is a 20-gig (10- and 40-gig models available)portable MP3 player that allows users to record MP3s or uncompressed.WAV files through either an analog line-in or a digital opticalline-in, as well as a built-in mic and FM tuner. The iHP-120 can beused for mobile recording; as a portable hard drive to carry sessions,samples, etc.; listening to the radio; or as a portable dictaphone. The120's battery lasts 16 hours and comes with a wired remote, which has afour-line LCD, a leather carrying case and more. www.iRiveramerica.com
Latte and a Song, Please
In mid-March, Starbucks launched its first retail digital musicservice in Santa Monica, Calif., that allows coffee-drinkers to accessits Hear Music brand to burn full-length CDs and personalizedcompilations from more than 20,000 albums and hundreds of thousands oftracks. The company said that it will begin to deploy this service toselect stores. Acquired by Starbucks in 1999, Hear Music (www.hearmusic.com)creates music programming and CDs for the company's stores worldwideand operates four retail stores in California and Seattle.
Download to Cell to PC and Back Again
Vodafone Germany's Vodafone Live! Music download service usesMusicwave's MODS (Music On-Demand Service) to securely downloadfull-length music direct to mobile handsets. Users can browse andpurchase songs via the handset through one-click billing systems:Thirty seconds post-download, the song automatically plays. Onceplayback is finished, the track is saved in the phone's memory.Consumers can retrieve the tracks on their PCs via a secured musicstorage vault. The user can also track downloaded songs via thecompany's site, www.vodafone.com (www.musicwave.comcoming soon), download new songs and send directly from PC tohandset.
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