New Media Companies Turning Traditional Media Outlets Upside Down

Two news items caught my eye Friday in gadget news.

First, Apple iTunes increased its dominance as the top domestic music e-tailer. iTunes overtook Walmart in 2008 when it reached 21.42% and now iTunes has captured 26.65% of the overall market. Walmart had 14.99% in 2008 and dropped to 12.54% and retains the second spot. The download music segment represents a quarter of all domestic music sales.

iTunes did not exist just 7 years ago. Originally launched only on the Apple platform in April of 2003, the Windows version did not appear until October. Not remembering when I started to make the switch to digital downloads from CD media, I pulled up my account history. My first purchase took place November 1, 2003 when I purchased Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5 and It’s My Life by No Doubt.

Netgear’s PTV1000 puts your laptop’s display on your HDTV wirelessly

netgear ptv1000Without needing a media streamer device, the Netgear PTV100 Push2TV gadget can display anything from a laptop with Intel’s Wireless Display technology.  The PTV1000 is a small lightweight box that connects to your HDTV via HDMI and connects to your laptop wirelessly via 802.11.

The PTV1000 can also connect via AV composite.

Buy now!

More info from the manufacturer
Price: $99.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Mvix updates Ultio media player – Ultio Pro can now record with DVR

mvix ultio pro mx-880hdMvixUSA has updated their flagship media center product, the Ultio, to now include DVR (digital video recording) capabilities. The Ultio Pro plays back Blu-ray quality 1080p hi-def video, photos, and music on your high-def TV via HDMI and stores it all on its internal hard drive which you can get as large as 2TB.

And now, the Pro can record video on the fly from your cable/satellite TV, your camcorder or from DVDs, instead of acting just as a repository. The Ultio Pro is a virtual Swiss Army knife of video, image and audio formats including: mp4, avi, iso, asf, wmv, flv, mkv, rm, ts, mpg, vob, mp3, wma, aac, ogg, flac, jpg, bmp and gif. To see the full list, download the Formats PDF from MvixUSA.

And of course, the Ultio Pro plays back media from your network and the Internet, including from your computer and from services liks Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and more.

Buy now!
Price: $169 without hard drive; $384 with 2TB drive. (You can buy the barebones version and insert whatever sized drive you’d like.)
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

CES 2010: Boxee and D-Link Announce Boxee Box Media Center

boxee box by d-linkBoxee has teamed up with D-Link to produce the Boxee Box, a hardware version of their popular software. The Boxee Box brings TV shows, movies and other Internet content to your TV without a PC a la many other media center boxes.

One of the main ideas behind Boxee is to eliminate the pain of finding and sourcing content; Boxee chooses much of the content and organizes it for you.

Kodak Theatre HD Media Player

Kodak is the latest vendor to enter the media player market. They’ve named their product simply Theatre HD Player, although their website implies there may be more models to come.

The Theatre HD Player (we’ll shorten it to THP) connects to your HDTV (via HDMI if you’d like) and to your network either via Ethernet cable or 802.11b/g/n WiFi.

It can suck in audio and video from PCs on your network, Internet Radio, can play back iTunes & M3U playlists, as well as content from USB sticks that you can plug directly into the unit. It also has a mulit-card reader that supports SD, MMC, CF, MS, xD, and SDHC.

The THP comes with a remote and EASYSHARE software. At just $200, Kodak has a seemingly solid entry to the market.

Buy now!

More info from the manufacturer
Price: $199.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

PlayStation Phone rumor

Sony Ericsson Aino

Remember the Nokia N-Gage? No? You know, it was that phone made by Nokia and SEGA that people were supposed to be able to play games on like a games console? The point here is it never took off. A bit of de ja vu here – Sony Ericsson and Sony have teamed up in an effort to produce what looks like could be the PlayStation Phone.

So far we’ve seen the Aino – a touch screen gadget that allows media exchange with the PS3 and boasts an impressive 8.1MP camera. There’s another range of similar devices being announced along with this, which does seem to be pointing towards the possibility of a PlaySation Phone. Nice.

Easy iPod Media Sharer – transfer content to other iPods directly

Everyone knows the feeling of seeing your friends have thousands of songs on their iPod, while you only have a measly collection in comparison. The Easy iPod Media Sharer allows two iPods to transfer songs, videos, and files between two iPods.

Of course, any songs transferred with digital rights management (DRM), mainly songs bought through iTunes, require proper authorization. The neat thing about this gizmo is the speedy way it transfers the data. It claims transferring some songs in seconds, approximately 600KB/sec.

The Easy iPod Media Sharer is actually pocket size measuring about three inches long and 2 inches wide. Great to throw in your laptop bag, purse, or even a pocket to share songs on the go. This handy gadget is perfect for anyone who enjoys gathering a collection of songs, or who has multiple iPods and wants to keep them all up to date in a quick and easy way.

Buy now!

Price: $99.95
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

GigaTribe File Sharing Application

GigaTribe is a new file sharing service that allows you to share files between friends. The major difference between GigaTribe and other file sharing applications is that it’s secure; you only share files within your ‘personal circle’ which means that you can control who can receive them, whereas usually in file sharing everyone around the world would have access.

There are many applications of this, from being just an easy way to share holiday snaps between friends, to handing out invitations, and everything in between! It would essentially make your life so much easier as you don’t have to travel to distribute files, or post them to each other.

GigaTribe is free for the base version which just includes just the basic features to get you going. However, if you want your software to support simultaneous and multisource downloads, web browser access. support by email and more, then you might want to consider the ‘ultimate’ version. For just £2.99 (approx. $4.30) per month or £19.99 (approx. $28.60) per year, it really is worth the upgrade.

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