MyerEmco will use Riptopia’s technology to digitize entire CD collections for its customers. The end result will be a digital music library playable on products sold at MyerEmco, such as media centers, music servers and iPods. The libraries will be organized alphabetically by artist, album, song and genre with a 48 hour turn-around on conversion orders of up to 1,000 CD’s. Riptopia has partnered with Gracenote and Muze to provide metadata such as album art for the collections. The service is available now at all MyerEmco locations.
Dealers look at the big picture for signs about holiday sales, the future of "flat" and the health of the industry moving into 2006 Interviews by Nancy Klosek Dealerscope: This has been a good year for retail overall, but in the second half, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as skyrocketing gas prices, have affected the economy nationwide. How has any or all of this impacted overall business, and business in your region, thus far—and how are you coping? Gary Yacoubian: We definitely had our ups and downs in September. High gas prices and Katrina news seemed to have fueled concerns about the economy
In October, Microsoft made its largest push yet to gain a foothold in the living rooms and entertainment centers of America with its announcement of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, along with complimentary products and services from third parties, such as Dell, HP, Gateway, Toshiba's Digital Products Division, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear. Media Center proposes to run your whole entertainment center, acting as a TV tuner, a digital video recorder, a DVD player, a broadband internet access device, a music player, a photo viewer. If it works, it's a very compelling sell. The press, analysts and hardcore geeks went into their predictable tizzies
U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade In this section, Dealerscope profiles the top 10 retail demographic market areas, reporting on 1999 retail entrances and exits, regional economic highlights and outlooks for 2000. 1. New York City Entrances & Exits: When Circuit City opened its first store in New York City in 1998, it proved to other national chains that the big rent of the big city is quickly compensated by the big spenders in the big city. Consequently, the Big Apple in the last year saw even more megastore openings. Office Depot opened its first Manhattan store—a 21,000-sq.-ft .store
Washington, D.C. Entrances & Exits: Aside from the purchase of Computer City by CompUSA, retailer activity was fairly slow in the beltway. Coupled with the 1997 closure of Incredible Universe and Nobody Beats The Wiz, consumers are facing a shrinking number of retail options. This year will see the opening of two Best Buy stores in Fredericksburg and one Office Depot in Fairfax. Myer Emco is also looking to expand before the new millenium. Camcorders and digital cameras were hot items in '98, report several retailers. Many retailers reported that sales overall of consumer electronics were slightly lower in 1998 from the previous year,