Portable Audio

TrekStor Hopes for Good vibez in U.S.
November 7, 2006

TrekStor GmbH launched the TrekStor vibez on Monday, heralding their first venture into the U.S. hard disk MP3 player market. After conquering the German PMP market, TrekStor hopes to make ground with this slim-line model that comes in 8, 12 or 15GB sizes and features a 1.5-inch TFT screen. Unlike the untouchable battery of an iPod, the vibez power source is easy to access via a detachable rear cover. The rechargeable lithium ion battery within runs for 20 hours at a stretch. Replacement batteries are available for $29.99. TrekStor also hopes to gain an edge with their

Kingston K-PEX 100 Portable Media Player
October 31, 2006

Available now (pricing information below). The flash memory-based player will display recorded TV shows, photos, music and tune into FM radio. With 1GB ($129.99) and 2GB ($179.99) models available, the devices are expandable with an extra miniSD card slot. The device supports AVI, MPEG 1 & 2, WMV and ASF video files on a 2-inch TFT color display. Comes with a 1-year warranty and the 2 GB model comes with an extra 256MB miniSD card. www.kingston.com

Sirius Stiletto 100
October 31, 2006

Available now for $349.99. The company’s first portable satellite radio is Wi-Fi compatible and features Yahoo! music purchasing software and the ability for users to save up to 100 hours of music to the device. Users can also store their own MP3 and WMA files. The radio is packaged with a standard battery, slim battery and ear buds. www.sirius.com

Panasonic’s First Navigation Device Has Sirius Traffic Implications
October 30, 2006

Panasonic has announced that it will launch its first foray into mobile navigation in the U.S. market at this year’s Specialty Automotive Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA), which begins on Halloween in Las Vegas. The Strada CN-NVD905U Double Din navigation receiver will be compatible with Sirius Traffic to display real time traffic information in addition to run-of-the-mill directions. This feature requires connecting the device to a Sirius tuner with a Sirius antenna and, naturally, a subscription to Sirius Traffic. Other features include a 30GB hard drive, 7-inch touch panel LCD screen, NAVTEQ mapping software and voice guidance in three languages. As with

Gimme Some ShugaNano
October 25, 2006

Riptopia’s latest contribution to the iPod universe is the ShugaNano, an iPod Nano preloaded with your 50 favorite CD’s and tricked out with crystal-encrusted headphones (called, of course, ShugaBuds). The 4GB devices are available from November 1 to January 15 and come in blue, pink or green. After ordering at www.riptopia.com, you’re sent a 50 CD spindle and postage-paid insured shipping materials. Send in your 50 CDs and you get them back in 48 hours or less with a fully loaded ShugaNano and a personalized DVD digital music library. If this is a gift, you can have the

Monster Releases Accessories for Zune
October 23, 2006

Monster has released a slew of products specially designed to work with Microsoft’s Zune player, which is slated for release on November 14. The Monster CarPlay Wireless Plus allows Zune users to play their music through any clear FM station on their car radio for $79.95. The Monster TVLink connects the player to a TV for $29.95. Monster MusicShare, retailing for $19.95, is a headphone splitter that allows separate users to adjust the volume on or mute their set of headphones without affect the other set. With the Monster StereoLink, users can hook their player up to the auxiliary input

DBL Cuts Deals With Norazza, Trekstor
October 17, 2006

DBL Distributing, Inc. announced a deal Monday to distribute products from Norazza, Inc., including the accessory company’s Ape Case brand of digital camera carrying cases. DBL will also offer Norazza’s Screen 2 Go brand of lightweight screens and screen cases. Henry Chiarelli, senior vice president of marketing and merchandising for DBL Distributing, said “The additions of Norazza’s unique Ape Case and Screen 2 Go brands each allow us to maintain our leading position in the consumer electronics accessory marketplace, specifically among the photo/video and home theater segments.” The new Norazza offerings will be featured in DBL’s fall catalog. In other DBL

Leather for Your Nano
October 9, 2006

iSkin announced Friday a protector for the iPod Nano that combines silicone and leather. The SiLo (silicone inside, leather outside) has an inner layer made of silicone and an outer layer of two-tone leather. It includes a removable vanity mirror and hand strap. The inner layer can be swapped out for different color combinations of iSkin slims, form-fitting silicone wrappers for the Nano, sold separately. The SiLo is available now for first generation Nanos with second generation models coming soon. MSRP is $49.99. Slims are $29.99 for a pack of five.

Best Buy, RealNetworks, SanDisk Conspire to Kill iPod, iTunes
October 6, 2006

Best Buy Co. Inc. announced a music service Thursday powered by RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody service and optimized for SanDisk Corp.’s latest digital music players. Starting October 15th, the Best Buy Digital Music Store, based on the newly released Rhapsody 4.0, and Sansa e200R Rhapsody players will become available. The players will come preloaded with 30 hours of music from EMI, SonyBMG, Universal and Warner artists. The move is designed to rattle the 88 percent share of the digital music download market held by Apple’s iTunes service and the better than 50 percent share of the digital music player market held by their

Sirius Stiletto Arrives
September 27, 2006

After disappearing from retailers pre-order pages earlier this month, the Sirius Satellite Radio Stiletto 100 has arrived in full WiFi splendor. The device, Sirius’ first live portable radio, features Yahoo! music purchasing software, music storage capabilities and, of course, WiFi connectivity. Up to 100 hours of Sirius content can fit on the Stiletto, which can preform TiVo-like scheduled recordings of up to six hours in length. Push-button impulse recording is also an option via the “love” button, which can store up to 10 hours of individual tracks. Users can connect to Sirius wherever a WiFi network is available.