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Updated 2/27/2007

Topical Index: Music/Audio Applications and Appliances

This page provides a topical index to material on this website covering

  • music/audio applications
  • networked digital audio devices

Articles are listed ordered by date of the newsletter they appeared in—newest to oldest.

Sandy Cuts Loose: Digital Media and Skype (BBHR 2/25/2007)

  • This year was different. Every year we come back from CES and people ask what exciting new toys we got to play with. This time, instead of just talking about new chips and technologies, Sandy cut short the chip interviews to play with new portable media and IP voice toys. It was fun, but expensive.

Your Voice -- Readers' Comments (BBHR 8/15/2004)

  • Our recent articles on metadata struck chords with several readers, who brought to our attention some services we previously had not tracked.

More on Metadata -- A Dialog with Gracenote (BBHR 6/22/2004)

  • As a follow up to our article on GetDigital, we talked with Gracenote and learned about many improvements in their handling of metadata. It's clear that Gracenote takes metadata very seriously.

Get Digital Part 2: It's The Metadata, Stupid! (BBHR 3/25/2004)

  • Last month we described Get Digital's service converting CD collections to compressed digital audio formats. This month we report on how it works in practice. We found the "metadata" to be the most important part of their service, and they did very well indeed.

Getting Digital Music Fast: Get Digital (BBHR 2/17/2004)

  • Digital media adapters, MP3 players and portable music jukeboxes all start from the assumption that your music is conveniently ready for transfer from the hard drive of your PC. But most people's music is currently only on their CDs -- not in their computers. The "do-it-yourself" route is one solution. For those whose time is in short supply, a company named Get Digital provides an alternate approach.

Downloading Music and Burning CDs - Legally (BBHR 2/23/2003)

  • We've enjoyed listening to music on our PCs and digital music players. We've added to our enjoyment by learning how to find and download CDs -- legally.

"Intel Inside" Means Music and Media Too (BBHR 10/8/2002)

  • Intel has announced a new initiative to connect existing audio and video equipment to PC-based MP3s and photos. They're providing a reference design based on UPnP and Linux, and are aiming to get these technologies embedded in consumer electronics equipment.

Compelling Broadband Applications --'s Rhapsody service (BBHR 7/31/2002)

  • There's a growing debate about why broadband adoption isn't growing more quickly -- is it caused by availability, price, or the lack of compelling applications and content. We think the answer is a combination of these factors, but there are still few applications to differentiate broadband from dial-up. We share some thoughts on one we really like and ask you, our reader, to tell us what applications YOU find most compelling right now.

Broadband Home Labs - Audiotron and AudioStation (BBHR 4/23/2002)

  • We're testing the Turtle Beach AudioTron networked digital music player and its associated AudioStation PC software. It's both a great gadget and a clear demonstration of how the consumer electronics and computer worlds are converging fast.

Sonicbox: Internet radio made easy (BBHR 6/1/2000)

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