Portable Audio

MPAA, CEA Clash over Analog Hole Legislation
June 22, 2006

MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman and CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro both testified before Congress this week on opposite sides of the analog hole debate. The analog hole refers to the ability for analog devices to strip digital content of its digital rights management (DRM) content during the digital-to-analog conversion process. The MPAA fears that this can lead to piracy, which it claims cost the film industry $6.1 billion in 2005. Glickman voiced his support for anti-piracy legislation introduced recently in the House that would seek to close this hole in DRM enforcement. Shapiro, on the other hand,

Tivoli Releases New Products and Treads the Waters of HD Radio
June 22, 2006

The audience of press and analysts laughed when Tom DeVesto, Chairman and CEO of Tivoli Audio, joked that the company had been introducing its all-in-one CD/AM/FM music system for two years now. It’s true. The product was first announced at the company’s annual luncheon and line show in 2004. But DeVesto says his company is now ready to ship the unit in the Fall for a price of $599.99. But another product may take its place in the “coming soon” category—an HD radio. It seems a natural progression. Tivoli, a radio company made good by its first product, the Henry Kloss-designed Model One table top

New Jeep Doubles as Giant Phone Receiver
June 19, 2006

The 2007 Jeep Compass, coming out this summer, has been tricked out with virtually every conceivable digital amenity, going so far as to take hands-free phone use to the next level. Although the nine-speaker Boston Acoustics Sound Group with eight-channel amplifier and articulating liftgate speakers seems best-suited for listening to the output from the AM/FM stereo, six-disc CD player, built-in SIRIUS satellite radio or auxiliary input jack for an MP3 player (which can be powered from the 115-volt outlet in the center console – also good for cell phones, laptops, etc.), customers can also use it to listen to phonecalls. The Uconnect

White Paper: DRM/CA Conflicts Could Burn Digital Entertainment Industry
June 14, 2006

iSuppli Vice President of Multimedia Content and Services Mark Kirstein recently released a white paper entitled, “Digital Rights Management and Conditional Access: Keys to the Digital Content Kingdom.” In it, he explains how conflict over Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Conditional Access (CA) could cripple the progress of the digital entertainment industry, with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. According to the paper, the future of broadband video, digital music, next-generation DVD, home networking, mobile TV and IPTV all hinge on the decisions made now about CA and DRM, which concern access to the content involved (CA) and what the