Speaker pillow

A speaker pillow is a pillow that incorporates loudspeakers. It is generally designed to be an alternative to headphones connected to portable media players. Research has shown that a speaker pillow may also help with the symptoms of tinnitus by masking the internal sound with an external one. See also Tinnitus masker. Studies have shown that speaker pillows will certainly help some individuals with sleeping problems. The speaker pillow is generally used to play relaxing music for the individual while they fall asleep. People have also used the pillow to listen to their favorite music, radio show and audio books.

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Sony MDR-V6

Sony MDR-V6 is a large diaphragm folding pair of headphones, the initial entry in Sony’s Studio Monitor headphones, one of the most popular model lines among professional audio engineers. The product line was augmented by the MDR-V600, the MDR-7506 and then the MDR-7509 and MDR-7509HD models, which continue to be popular for audio editing, live sound and broadcast applications. The four models use a closed, circumaural sealed-ear design with a coiled oxygen-free copper cord, tipped with a combination ¼″ (6.35 mm) and ⅛″ mini (3.5 mm) TRS phone connector. As a product line, the MDR-series Studio Monitor folding headphones have been (more…)

Silent disco

A silent disco or silent rave is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. In the earliest days of silent discos, before 2005, there would be only one channel available to listen to music through. Over time, the technology moved along to where there were two, and later technology allowed (more…)

Noise-cancelling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are helmets that reduce unwanted ambient noise through active noise control. This is different from passive headphones which, if they reduce ambient sounds, use techniques such as soundproofing. Noise canceling allows you to listen to audio without increasing the volume. It can also help a passenger to sleep in a noisy vehicle such as an airliner. In the aviation environment, noise-canceling headphones significantly increase the signal-to-noise ratio more than passive noise-canceling headsets or no headphones, making it easier to listen to important information such as safety announcements. Noise-canceling helmets can improve listening enough to completely compensate for the effect (more…)

In-ear monitor

In-ear monitors (IEMs) are devices used by musicians, audio engineers and audiophiles to listen to music or to hear a personal mix of vocals and stage instrumentation for live performance or recording studio mixing. They are often custom fitted for an individual’s ears to provide comfort and a high level of noise reduction from ambient surroundings.

A monitoring system is any system that provides a mix of audio sources to a performer on stage. Traditionally, monitors were loudspeakers placed on stage directed toward the performer (often called floor monitor speakers or wedges). Depending on the sophistication of the audio system, floor wedge (more…)


HearFones is an acoustic and non-electronic instrument that allows a person who speaks or sings to hear the sound they produce. The device is used by professional singers and has also been used in therapy for people with hearing problems.

HearFones is a patented instrument that allows a person who speaks or sings to hear the sound of the voice they produce. HearFones adapts to the head and binaurally redirects the sound from the mouth to the ears using ellipsoidal reflectors, one of which focuses on the user’s mouth and the other on the ear canals. Although similar to the traditional concept (more…)

Headphone amplifier

A headphone amplifier is a low-powered audio amplifier designed particularly to drive headphones worn on or in the ears, instead of loudspeakers in speaker enclosures. Most commonly, headphone amplifiers are found embedded in electronic devices that have a headphone jack, such as integrated amplifiers, portable music players (e.g., iPods), and televisions. However, standalone units are used, especially in audiophile markets and in professional audio applications, such as music studios. Headphone amplifiers are available in consumer-grade models used by hi-fi enthusiasts and audiophiles and professional audio models, which are used in recording studios.

Consumer headphone amplifiers are commercially available separate devices, sold to (more…)


The HDJ-1000 are professional DJ headphones from Pioneer’s Pro DJ line.

They are tightly closed dynamic headphones. Their impedance is 40 Ohms, with a maximum input of 3,500 mW and an output sound level of 107 dB/mW. The speaker unit type is a 50 mm dome. Connection is via a gold-plated 3.5 mm 3P mini plug and a 3.94 ft long single-coiled cable (approx. 9.84 ft when straight). The HDJ-1000 headphones weigh 9.5 oz (excluding cord) and come with a 06.3 mm 3P plug adapter with screw and carrying bag. These headphones have grown to be a DJ standard around the world.

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Google Pixel Buds

Pixel Buds are wireless earbuds developed and marketed by Google. They were launched on October 4, 2017 at Google’s Made By Google launch event and were immediately available for preorder for $159 on the Google Store. They have the Google Assistant built-in and support Google Translate. The distinguishing feature of Pixel Buds is their inclusion of the Google Assistant, a smart voice assistant.

This allows the earbuds to translate conversations in real-time, among other standard features such as web search and media connectivity. It supports translation of 40 different languages. Reception of the Pixel Buds was mostly negative, with much of the (more…)

Goji Electronics

Goji Electronics, Inc. is a producer of computers, smart phones, audio products and equipment headquartered in Hemel Hempstead, UK. The audio division of the company was founded by artist and entrepreneur Tinchy Stryder and DSG International plc president, Lord Kalms, and mainly produces products under the Goji Tinchy Stryder brand. Since the creation of Goji, its products have been distributed by Dixons Carphone plc and its predecessor DSG International plc. The collaboration between Dixons and Kwasi Danquah III led to an expansion of Goji Electronics in the headphone and audio equipment market. Stryder, Lord Kalms and Dixons Carphone plc all have (more…)

Freepulse wireless headphones

The Logitech FreePulse Wireless Headphones are headphones that use bluetooth to transmit audio from the receiver to the headphones. The receiver can uses a 3.5 mm headphone jack to plug into most audio outputs. The headphones emit sound from up to 10 metres (33 ft) away from the receiver using Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) wireless technology. It is also compatible with most music players but can also be connected via an external bluetooth source.

Dual headphone adapter

A dual headphone adapter, also known as a “headphone splitter” or “audio jack splitter”, is a device that allows two headphones to be connected through to one audio jack. They can be used to listen to audio through multiple audio input devices, such as headphones on devices such as an MP3 player, CD player, modern Computer with audio-out compatibility (such as a headphone socket) or boombox. Although earbuds, a type of headphone design, can be shared with a friend (with one “bud” in another’s ear), a dual headphone adapter can be more practical. Dual headphone adapters can be purchased at various (more…)

Discontinued Bose headphones

Here is a list of helmet products sold by Bose Corporation that have been discontinued.

The Bose QuietComfort headphones (also known as QC1) were the first consumer headphones launched by the company in 2000. The Bose QuietComfort headset came with

To address some of the concerns with the QuietComfort headphones, in 2003, Bose released its successor, the Bose QuietComfort 2 Headphones (also known as QC2). Like their predecessor, the QuietComfort 2 headphones were sold at a suggested retail price of $ 299 in the United States and around $ 480 in Europe (£ 275). The changes compared to the original QuietComfort headphones include:

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Crystal earpiece

A crystal earpiece is a type of piezoelectric earphone, producing sound using a piezoelectric crystal, a material that changes shape when electricity is applied to it. It is usually designed to plug into the user’s ear canal.

A crystal earpiece typically consists of a piezoelectric crystal with metal electrodes attached to each side, glued to a conical plastic diaphragm or sheet of metal, enclosed in a plastic housing. The piezoelectric material used in the earliest crystal earphones was Rochelle salt, but modern headphones use barium titanate, or less often quartz. When the audio signal is applied to the electrodes, the crystal leans (more…)

Bose headphones

Bose Corporation produces headphones for the general public, aviation and the military. The model range includes in-ear headphones, mobile headphones, over-the-ear headphones, circumaural headphones and military / aviation headsets. The company was the first to release active noise canceling headphones as a consumer product.

Bose’s range of noise-canceling headphones is called “QuietComfort”. For industrial noise suppression applications, Bose produces the A20 aviation helmet, space shuttle helmet and combat vehicle crew helmet.

According to Bose, the company began making noise cancellation after Dr. Amar Bose flew to Europe in 1978 and “tried new headphones provided by the airlines and discovered that he could not (more…)


Boomphones is a producer of audio products based in Los Angeles, California. The company was founded in 2005 by Ira Strasberg and Ohad Einbinder, and primarily produces a product under the brand Boomphones.

The company was founded in 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Their first product, Phantom headphones, debuted on August 28, 2012. “Boomphones” is responsible for the production and distribution of its own products.

Boomphones’ Phantom Headphones are headphones that can transform into a boombox.

Beats Electronics

Beats Electronics LLC (also known as Beats by Dr. Dre, or simply Beats by Dre) is a division of Apple Inc. that produces audio products. Headquartered in Culver City, California, U.S., the company was founded by music producer and rapper Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine. The subsidiary’s product line is primarily focused on headphones and speakers. The company’s original product line was manufactured in partnership with the AV equipment company Monster Cable Products. Following the end of its contract with the company, Beats took further development of its products in-house. In 2014, the company expanded into the online (more…)


Headphones (or head-phones in the early days of telephony and radio) are a pair of small loudspeaker drivers worn on or around the head over a user’s ears. They are electroacoustic transducers, which convert an electrical signal to a corresponding sound. Headphones let a single user listen to an audio source privately, in contrast to a loudspeaker, which emits sound into the open air for anyone nearby to hear. Headphones are also known as earspeakers, earphones or, colloquially, cans. Circumaural and supra-aural headphones use a band over the top of the head to hold the speakers in place. The other type, (more…)

SanDisk Sansa

The SanDisk Sansa is a line of 2- to 32-gigabyte flash memory-based portable media players produced by SanDisk.

The Clip Jam was released in 2015, and is similar to the Clip Sport with a smaller screen.

The Clip Sport was announced on February 10, 2014, with capacities of 4GB, 8GB. It is similar to previous Clip models, with a larger screen and longer battery life, but with no voice recorder. Later firmware uses the menu button for locking. A microSDHC card slot is provided to increase the storage capacity, but it does not support slotRadio. This is the first SanDisk mp3 player to (more…)

Creative MuVo

The Creative MuVo (in some markets, formerly Creative NOMAD MuVo) is a line of digital audio players produced by Creative Technology Limited, launched in 2002. Most models in the MuVo range use flash memory to store data; the only exceptions being the MuVo² and MuVo² FM models that use microdrives. The distinctive feature of the lineup, starting with the original MuVo and focused on newer models, is that the players are divided into two unequal parts. The smaller part works like the audio player, with all the controls, inputs and outputs, the internal microphone and a USB-A male jack. Most have (more…)


XPlay is a drag and drop application created by Mediafour. This third party program allows for easier access of digital music on an iPod and is not supported by Apple. It is notable for allowing Windows computers to use Mac formatted iPods. A preview version was released in December 2001, with the first official release on June 24, 2002. As of May 2008, the current version is XPlay 3; the cost is $29.95.

This version integrates an iPod with the Windows operating system, allowing for the iPod to be managed using Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, iTunes, or XPlay. It also (more…)


Winamp is a media player for Windows, macOS and Android, originally developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL in 1999 for $80 million. It was then acquired by Radionomy in 2014. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium and supports extensibility with plug-ins and skins, and features music visualization, playlist and a media library, supported by a large online community. Version 1 of Winamp was released in 1997, and grew quickly popular with over 3 million downloads, paralleling the developing trend of MP3 (music) file sharing. Winamp 2.0 was (more…)


Typeeto is a software tool that enables using a Macintosh Bluetooth compatible keyboard with iOS and Android devices, Apple TV and game consoles.

Typeeto’s has been compatibility-tested for Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Windows PCs, the iPad, the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and MacBooks. Typeeto can connect a keyboard to several devices at a time; switching between them requires either a mouse click or pressing a hotkey. Typeeto was featured on Product Hunt and got more than 200 upvotes.

Trove (app)

Trove was a social news aggregation website and a mobile app, with apps available on iOS, Android and Fire Phone. Trove is also the name of the company behind the application. Trove was closed in December 2015.

Trove was a free platform for discovering and sharing social news where users connected with others through shared interests. Users can organize news feeds tailored to their interests, called troves. Users then choose the best stories to share with their followers on Trove and other social media sites. Users could follow a trove to see these choices on their homepage. Smartpick In January 2015, Trove (more…)

Style Jukebox

Jukebox Style was a high-resolution audio and video cloud streaming and storage player for Windows, iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. A web reader is also available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Style Jukebox allows users to download their personal music collection from their computer to Jukebox Style servers and listen to them from another compatible device (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Windows Phone) by streaming or downloading songs for playback offline. Basic accounts have 10 GB of storage. Pro accounts can have up to 2 TB of music. As of July 2016, Style Jukebox had more than 250,000 registered users. (more…)

Songbird (software)

Songbird uses Mozilla XULRunner and GStreamer media framework cross-platform frameworks. Songbird currently runs on Windows and macOS. In 2012, an Android version and an iOS version were released. Songbird at one point also supported Solaris and Linux, but this support was dropped. As a result, users forked Songbird and created a Windows, Mac, and Linux compatible derivative as Nightingale. Songbird announced on June 14, 2013 that it will stop all operations and close its doors on June 28. The company was unable to fund other activities and, as a result, all related operations and services were discontinued.

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Senuti (iTunes spelled back) is a Mac OS X computer application written by Whitney Young. It was released on April 19, 2006 for copying songs from an iPod to a Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.5 or later. According to FadingRed, the company that sells and distributes Senuti, it has been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Senuti is an application for transferring files, such as songs and videos, from an iPod or iPhone to a Macintosh computer. It is an exclusive application of Mac OS X; no version of Senuti has been released for Microsoft Windows. It can be downloaded (more…)


Rockbox is a free and open-source software replacement for the OEM firmware in various forms of digital audio players (DAPs) with an original kernel. It offers an alternative to the player’s operating system, in many cases without removing the original firmware, which provides a plug-in architecture for adding various enhancements and functions. Enhancements include personal digital assistant (PDA) functions, applications, utilities, and games. Rockbox can also retrofit video playback functions on players first released in mid-2000. Rockbox includes a voice-driven user-interface suitable for operation by visually impaired users. Rockbox runs on a wide variety of devices with very different hardware abilities: (more…)


PortalPlayer, founded in 1999, was a fabless semiconductor company that supplied system-on-a-chip semiconductors, firmware and software for personal media players. The company handled semiconductor design and firmware development, while subcontracting the actual semiconductor manufacturing to merchant foundries. It gained recognition as the company with which Apple contracted for development of the original iPod. The company went public with an IPO in November 2004 and traded on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol PLAY. Sales to Apple grew to 90% of the company’s gross revenue, which ultimately hurt the company when Apple switched media processor chip vendors in its iPod lines. On January (more…)


Pixo was a company that developed an infrastructure for portable devices. It was founded in 1994 when Paul Mercer, a software developer at Apple, left to form his own company. The company has developed a C ++ software toolkit for use on cell phones and other hand-held devices. They were acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003.

In 2001, Pixo was reengaged by Apple to adapt its system software to the iPod. The use of the Pixo OS in the iPod has never been officially announced, although the iPod’s “first generation” iPod includes a Pixo mention, and a Connectix biography of their vice (more…)

Nightingale (software)

Nightingale is a free audio player and web browser, based on the source code of the Songbird media player. As such, Nightingale’s engine is based on the Mozilla XULRunner with libraries such as the GStreamer and libtag multimedia framework providing support for markup and multimedia playback, among others. As the official Linux support was dropped by Songbird in April 2010, members of the Songbird community using Linux diverged and created the project. Unlike Songbird, which is primarily licensed under GPLv2 but includes artwork that is not freely distributable, Nightingale is free software, licensed under GPLv2, with portions under MPL and BSD (more…)


News360 is a custom news aggregator app for smartphones, tablets and the web. It tries to learn the interests of a user by analyzing its behavior and activity on social media and using semantic analysis and natural language processing to create a graph of interest and build a single stream of relevant content for each user. The app has an audience of over 4 million users and is located in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Moscow, Russia. Initially launched for the iPhone in late 2010, News360 is now available for all major mobile platforms, with versions (more…)

My Brute

My Brute is a combat simulation video game with role-playing elements, released in March 2009. Although it is an English game, it was developed by Motion-Twin, a games provider. online french. My Brute was born as a Flash game based on a free browser. It was later ported to the iPhone and iPod Touch, with enhanced graphics and additional features, by the video game developer Bulkypix.

The player starts by creating an avatar called Brute. Players can create as many Brutes as they want. The Brutes of new users are, by default, public and can be used by anyone to fight. However, (more…)


MusicBee is a free media player for reading and organizing audio files on Microsoft Windows, built using the audio library BASS (audio library).


  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, M4A, MPC, OGG, FLAC, APE, Opus, TAK (ru), WavPack, WMA, WAV, MIDI, MOD, UMX, XM.
    CDDA support: CD-Text playback and extraction of audio CDs. Tracks can be extracted (in fast or secure mode), as individual files or as a single album with an integrated cuesheet.
  • Synchronization: ability to synchronize local library content with external devices (including iOS 3.0 and earlier) and import libraries from iTunes and Windows Media Player.
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MediaMonkey for Windows (sometimes referred to as MMW) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Ventis Media Inc. for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windows operating systems. By using plugins, it can be expanded to manage video formats and other media. MediaMonkey uses the freemium license model; the basic program is available as freeware, but a Gold Premium license unlocks additional features such as the ability to have multiple media collections, the ability to automatically organize files, and others. Both editions can be significantly enriched with skins, third-party plugins, and user-generated extension scripts. It uses SQLite (more…)


Mactracker is a freeware application containing a complete database of all hardware models and Apple software versions, created and actively developed by Ian Page. The database includes (by no means exhaustive) the Lisa (under his name later Macintosh XL), Classic Macintosh (1984-1996), printers, scanners, digital cameras QuickTake, iSight, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AirPort , as well as all versions of Classic Mac OS, macOS and iOS. For each desktop and laptop model, audio clips from the corresponding chime or death chime are also included. The sources of the story and text used in Mactracker are attributed to Lukas Foljanty, Glen. D Sanford, (more…)


iSync is a software program originally released by Apple Inc. on January 2, 2003. Apple has licensed the core fusionOne technology. It only ran on Mac OS X and was used to synchronize contact and calendar data from the address book and iCal with many mobile phones that are not compatible with Apple SyncML over a Bluetooth or USB connection. Support for many devices (pre-October 2007) was built-in, with new devices supported through third-party manufacturer and iSync plug-ins. Support for Palm OS organizers and compatible smartphones was removed with the release of iSync 3.1 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. (more…)


iRip (formerly named iPodRip, renamed because of the iPod brand) is a commercial iPod recovery tool for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista. It has an iTunes style interface, iPod multimedia transfer and integration with iTunes. It was originally released in August 2003 and has since more than 5 million downloads. iRip supports all iPods (including iPod touch) and all iPhones. It was developed for the Hack Show during MacHack 2003. However, the developer never demonstrated that he thought the hack was “too simple” compared to Unstoppable Progress and Interface UnBuilder, both of which impressed the audience.

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gtkpod provides a graphical user interface that enables users of Linux and other Unix operating systems to transfer audio files onto their iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Photo, or iPod Mini music players. Although it does not support some of the more advanced features of iTunes, gtkpod still performs the role of an iPod manager for Linux. Album art and videos are now supported, and preliminary support for jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches is available. Most digital audio players permit the user to browse and access their content via an interface closely related to the underlying file system. iPods, (more…)


Exaile is a free, multiplatform audio player, tag editor, and library organizer. It was originally designed to be similar in style and functions to KDE’s Amarok 1.4, but uses the GTK + widget toolbox rather than Qt. It is written in Python and uses the GStreamer media framework. Exaile incorporates many features of Amarok (and other multimedia players) such as automatic folder retrieval, large library management, lyrics retrieval, Last.fm support, advanced tag editing, and video capture. Optional iPod and MSC charging. Compared to typical music players, Exaile is able to handle large music libraries without the need to massively import all (more…)


ephPod (pronounced eef-Pod) was a freeware program for Microsoft Windows that managed the interaction between Apple Computer’s iPod digital audio player and the computer. It is no longer actively developed. The EphPod Web site does not recommend EphPod software for iPhone, iPod and iPad models released after 2006.

The download page is kept up-to-date and has iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone tools to transfer iPhone music to iTunes and to copy music from PC to iPhone, even for the latest iTunes and iOS versions.

JRiver Media Center

JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to read and organize different types of media on a computer running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. JRiver Media Center is a jukebox-type media player, like iTunes, that typically uses most of the screen to display a potentially very large file library. Regular versions (usually beta) are published on the Media Center Interact forum implementing the requested features and correcting reported bugs. The forum has an active user community, with over 25,000 users in 2011. Also available for JRiver Media Center are an Audioscrobbler plugin, and G-Force, a popular (more…)

iTunes Ping

iTunes Ping, or simply Ping, was a software-based, music-oriented social networking and recommender system service developed and operated by Apple Inc. It was announced and launched on September 1, 2010, as part of the tenth major release of iTunes. The service launched with 1 million members in 23 countries. The service allowed users to follow artists and see short, timely postings by both friends and artists. Ping was also accessible via iTunes for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple officially closed the service on September 30, 2012, and replaced it with Facebook and Twitter integration in iTunes.

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iPodLinux is a µClinux-based Linux distribution designed specifically to run on Apple Inc.’s iPod. When the iPodLinux kernel is booted it takes the place of Apple’s iPod operating system and automatically loads Podzilla, an alternative GUI and launcher for a number of additional included programs such as a video player, an image viewer, a command line shell, games, emulators for video game consoles, programming demos, and other experimental or occasionally unfinished software. As of 2009, the project has been inactive and its website is no longer maintained. Further development of free and open source software for iPods have continued with the (more…)


iTunes is a multimedia player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It was announced on January 9, 2001. It is used to read, download and organize digital media files, including music and video, on personal computers running macOS and Windows operating systems. The content must be purchased through the iTunes Store, while iTunes is the software that allows users to manage their purchases. The original and primary goal of iTunes is music, with a library offering the organization, collection and storage of users’ music collections. It can be used to extract songs from (more…)

Vertigo (U2 song)

“Vertigo” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the opening track on their eleventh studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004). The song was released to radio as the album’s lead single on 24 September 2004, and upon release, it received extensive airplay. It was an international hit, bolstered by its usage in a television advertisement featuring the band for Apple’s iPod digital music player. The song lent its name to the band’s 2005–2006 Vertigo Tour. The song peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and number one on the (more…)

iPod Touch (5th generation)

Like the iPhone 5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch is a slimmer, lighter model that introduces a higher-resolution, 4-inch screen to the series with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Other improvements include support for recording 1080p video and panoramic still photos via the rear camera, an LED flash, Apple’s A5 chip (the same chip used in the iPad Mini (1st generation), iPad 2, and iPhone 4S) and support for Apple’s Siri. Additionally, unlike its predecessors, the iPod Touch was made available in space grey, silver, pink, gold, blue, and Product Red. The device was initially only sold in 32 GB and 64 GB (more…)

iPod Touch

IPod Touch models are sold based on storage space and color, with all models of the same generation typically offering identical features, processors, and performance, in addition to available operating system upgrades . an exception was the fifth generation, as the low-end model (16 GB) was initially sold without a rear camera. The current iPod touch is the sixth generation model, released on July 15, 2015. Since September 2017, the iPod Touch is currently the only product in the Apple iPod line of products, after the abandonment of the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle on July 27th. , 2017. Following (more…)

iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle (stylized and marketed as iPod shuffle) is a digital audio player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was the smallest model in Apple’s iPod family, and was the first iPod to use flash memory. The first model was announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 11, 2005; the fourth- and final-generation models were introduced on September 1, 2010. The iPod Shuffle was discontinued by Apple on July 27, 2017.

Released on January 11, 2005 during the Macworld expo, the first-generation iPod Shuffle weighed, and was designed to be easily loaded with a selection of songs and (more…)

The Perfect Thing

The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Trade, Culture, and Coolness is a book written by Steven Levy, an American journalist. It covers the growth of the idea of ​​Apple’s own iPod, from its origins before its introduction in 2001 to its development to the iPod Nano and the fifth generation iPod video.

In an author’s note, Levy writes,

The book includes quotes, interviews and anecdotes with individuals such as Apple’s co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs; Microsoft President Bill Gates; cultural anthropologist at the University of Utrecht and noted “Professor of Cool”, Dr. Carl Rohde; founder of MP3.com, Michael Robertson; and many more.

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Neistat Brothers

The Neistat brothers, Casey Neistat (born March 25, 1981 in New London, Connecticut) and Van Neistat (born Van Paul Moody, March 27, 1975 in Augusta), are filmmakers based in New York. Their eponymous TV show, The Neistat Brothers, debuted on HBO in 2010. The pair has created more than two hundred movies, including “iPod’s Dirty Secret,” which focuses on Apple’s policy on replacing iPod batteries, and Bike Thief, chronic the ease with which they steal their own bike. Their films have been featured in film festivals, art museums and various institutions around the world.

In July 2008, HBO bought a television series (more…)

iPod Nano

The iPod Nano (stylized and marketed as iPod nano) is a portable media player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first generation model was introduced on September 7, 2005, replacing the iPod Mini, using flash memory for storage. The iPod Nano has gone through several different models, or generations, since its introduction. Apple has discontinued the iPod Nano on July 27, 2017.

Development work on the design of the iPod Nano began only nine months before its launch date. The Nano was launched in two colors (black and white) with two sizes available: 2GB (about 500 songs) and 4GB (1000 songs). (more…)

iPod Mini

The iPod Mini (stylized and marketed as the iPod mini) is a digital audio player that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. While sold, it was the mid-range model in the iPod line of products Apple. It was announced on January 6, 2004 and published on February 20 of the same year. A second-generation version was announced on February 23, 2005 and released immediately. While in production, it was one of the most popular electronic products on the market, with consumers often unable to find a retailer with the product in stock. The iPod Mini was abandoned on September 7, (more…)


The Apple iPod + HP is an Apple iPod 4G with an HP logo on the back, distributed by HP. On January 8, 2004, Carly Fiorina announced the Apple iPod + HP agreement at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Apple iPod + HP originally had to be “HP Blue”. Initially, HP only offered the 4th generation iPods of 20 and 40 GB. Later, HP added the iPod mini, the iPod photo and the iPod shuffle to the lineup. As these were officially HP products rather than Apple products, Apple Store Genius tablets were not allowed to repair Apple iPod + HP (more…)

iPod Touch (6th generation)

The sixth-generation iPod touch includes iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. The iOS user interface is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. The interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. The interaction with the operating system includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions in the context of the iOS operating system and its Multi-Touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to the agitation of the device (a common result is the undo command) or to rotate it vertically (a common result is switching (more…)

Dock connector

A Dock connector is a connector used to attach a mobile electronic device simultaneously to multiple external resources. The Dock connector will typically carry a variety of signals and power, through a single connector, to simplify the docking process of the mobile device. A dock connector may be integrated into a mechanical device used to support or align the mobile device or may be at the end of a cable. The dock connector was originally associated with laptops, but other mobile devices use the concept.

Anchor connectors for laptops are typically integrated into a mechanical device that supports and aligns the laptop (more…)


DADVSI (usually called dadsi) is the abbreviation of the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act in the Information Society. . This is a bill reforming French copyright law, mainly to implement the European Copyright Directive 2001 (known as the EUCD), which implements a 1996 WIPO treaty. The law, although initially dismissed as highly technical and of no interest to the average person, provoked considerable controversy when it was considered by the French Parliament between December 2005 and June 30, 2006, when it was finally voted by both rooms. The bulk of the bill focused on the exchange of copyright-protected works on peer-to-peer (more…)

iPod click wheel

The click wheel of the iPod is the navigation component of several iPod models. It uses a combination of touch technology and traditional buttons, involving capacitive sensing technology, which detects the ability of the user’s fingers. The wheel allows a user to find music, videos, photos and play games on the device. The wheel is flush with the face of the iPod and is under the screen. The design was first released with the iPod Mini, and was last used with the iPod Classic.

The click wheel detects user input via its touch ring. Due to four mechanical buttons below, the ring (more…)

iPod Classic

The iPod Classic (styled and marketed as iPod classic and formerly iPod) was a portable media player created and previously marketed by Apple Inc. There were seven generations of iPod Classic, as well as a spin-off (the iPod Photo ) which was then reinstated in the main line of the iPod. All generations used a hard drive for storage. The “classic” suffix was formally introduced with the deployment of the sixth-generation iPod on September 5, 2007. Prior to that, all iPod Classic models were simply called iPods. It was available in silver or black replacing the “white signature iPod”. On September (more…)

Apple Lossless

Apple Lossless, also known as the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), or Apple Lossless Encoder (ALE), is an audio coding format, and its implementation of audio codec reference, developed by Apple Inc. for data lossless compression of data. digital music. After initially retaining ownership since its inception in 2004, Apple made the codec available at the end of 2011 and royalty-free. Traditionally, Apple has called the Apple Lossless codec, although more recently it has started using the abbreviated term ALAC with reference to the codec.

Apple Lossless supports up to 8 16, 20, 24 and 32 bit audio channels with a maximum (more…)

iPod advertising

Apple has used a variety of advertising campaigns to promote its iPod portable digital media player. Campaigns include television commercials, print ads, posters in public places and advertising campaigns. These advertising techniques are unified by a distinctive and consistent style that differs from other Apple ads.

The very first advertisement for the first iPod (only compatible with Macs) featured a man in his room who was heading to his digital music collection on his Apple iBook. He drags his music on his iPod, closes his laptop and plugs in the headphones. He hits the game and the music increases its volume. He (more…)


The iPod is a line of portable media players and multifunction handhelds designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first version was released on October 23, 2001, just months after the release of the Macintosh version of iTunes. As of July 27, 2017, only the iPod Touch remains in production. Like other digital music players, iPods can serve as external data storage devices. Apple’s iTunes software (and other software) can be used to transfer music, photos, videos, games, contact information, e-mail settings, web bookmarks, and calendars. and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Prior to the release of iOS 5, the iPod brand (more…)


ZVUE is a brand of portable media player, now inactive, designed and marketed by HandHeld Entertainment. The ZVUE device combined a digital mp3 audio player with a personal video player and a JPEG viewer into a consumer electronics device on the size of a deck of playing cards. Widely distributed by Walmart, the Zvue beat the Apple iPod video in mass distribution by more than a year [quote] The ZVUE is similar to the iPod video and runs on the standard MPEG-4 or H.264 video for video, the MP3 standard for audio (in addition to OGG Vorbis) and the JPEG standard (more…)


Zune is an abandoned brand of digital media products and services marketed by Microsoft. Zune included a range of portable media players, digital media player software for Windows PCs, a music subscription service called “Zune Music Pass”, streaming music and video services for the Xbox 360 console via Zune software . movie sales and desktop sync software for Windows Phone. Zune also streamed music for United Airlines after a partnership in 2010. Zune hardware drives were shut down in October 2011. In June 2012, Microsoft announced its intention to end all “Zune” services; Instead, Microsoft would distribute its digital media content (more…)

Waterproof audio player

Waterproof audio players are devices that can store and play audio media while in contact with water. One intended use of waterproof audio players is to listen to audio where ordinary portable audio players can not be used so as not to risk wetting them. As advances in technology make them smaller and lighter, they are becoming more and more popular in pools.

While watertight cassette players and CD players were developed and manufactured, their size, coupled with the fact that both had to include an opening mechanism, prevented customers from using them while swimming. Generally, they were intended for use in (more…)

TrekStor Vibez

The TrekStor Vibez is a microdrive digital audio player released on November 15, 2006. It is available in 8GB and 12GB capacities. Flash versions of the Vibez player with a capacity of 4GB and 8GB were announced in 2007, but only have not materialized for a while. A 16 GB Vibez with flash memory has been reviewed by the German computer magazine ” c’t ” in early July 2008. The cancellation of flash-based units has been confirmed by Trekstor in electronic messages addressed to customers.

The Vibez chipset, the SigmaTel 3600 SoC, natively supports almost all the features originally included in the (more…)

Strands Social Player

The Strands Social Player Strands, Inc. is an award-winning music player for mobile devices that helps discover new music, connect with people and share the user’s tastes with friends. It was interrupted in July 2009.

The Strands Social Player has used Strands Recommender’s recommendation technology to provide recommendations of artists and songs. He also provided recommendations for people to follow according to his listening behavior.

The Strands Social Player’s design was led by Wolfgang Bremer, currently design and user experience director at Strands, Inc.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia Z series, the device, at this stage known as the “Satsuki” project code, was unveiled with the Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact at a press conference at the IFA 2015 on September 2, 2015. The device was launched for the first time in Taiwan on November 5, 2015. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is an advanced version of the Xperia Z5 and the first smartphone equipped with a 4K screen. Like the Xperia Z5, the camera also features a fingerprint reader and (more…)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia Z series, the device, at this time known as the “Suzuran” project code, was unveiled with the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium at a press conference at IFA 2015 on 2 September 2015. The device was launched in Taiwan on October 1, 2015 and in Japan on November 12, 2015. It is the successor to the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

The device is a smaller version of the Xperia Z5. Unlike its predecessor, the Z5 compact features a fingerprint reader and a 23-megapixel camera (more…)

Sony Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia Z5 is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia Z series, the device, now known as the “Sumire” project code, was unveiled with the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium at a press conference at IFA 2015 2 September 2015. The device was launched worldwide in October and will be launched in the United States as an unlocked device in February 2016. It is the successor of the Sony Xperia Z3 +. Similar to its predecessor, the device is waterproof and dustproof with an IP rating of 65 and 68. This is the (more…)

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Announced on March 2, 2015, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is an Android touch screen tablet made and designed by Sony Mobile. Unlike its predecessor, the Xperia Z4 tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 resolution and is waterproof and dustproof with IP65 and IP68 ratings. The tablet is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, weighing 0.85 pound (389 g) for the WiFi model and 0.86 pound (393 g) for the LTE model and is 0.24 inches (6.1 mm) thick. The Z4 tablet has the Snapdragon 810 processor and the WQXGA resolution screen. It was unveiled at Sony’s press (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a waterproof & dustproof compact Android tablet manufactured and designed by Sony. It was unveiled during a press conference at IFA 2014 on September 3, 2014 along with the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It is the manufacture’s first 8.0 inch (203.2 mm) tablet. The tablet was the winner of the Reddot Award 2015 for the product design. The key feature of the tablet is the compact size 8.0 inch (203.2 mm) display with density of 283 ppi. It also carries an IP rating of IP65 and IP68.

The device is waterproof and dustproof (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. As part of the Z Series, the Z3 Compact is a scaled-down version of the Sony Xperia Z3 and was unveiled during a press conference in IFA 2014 on 4 September 2014. Like the preceding Z1 Compact, the Z3 Compact is water-proof with an IP rating of IP65 and IP68. The phone features a new display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and has the ability to record 4K videos.

The Z3 Compact is designed with what Sony describes as “omni-balance”, which is focused on balance and symmetry. Instead of a (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia Z series, the Xperia Z3, at that point known by the project code name “Leo”, was unveiled during a press conference at IFA 2014 on September 4, 2014. It was first released in Taiwan on September 19, 2014, in South Korea on September 22, 2014, in India on September 25, 2014, in the UK on September 26, 2014, in Singapore on October 4, 2014, in the United States on October 29, 2014 and in Canada on October 31, 2014.

Like its predecessors, the Xperia Z3’s design (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a touchscreen Android tablet manufactured and designed by Sony. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 tablet features a 10.1 inch screen and is water and dustproof with a rating of IP55 and IP58. The tablet is the lightest and thinnest 10.1-inch tablet, weighing at 1 pound (439 g) and is 0.25 inches (6.4 mm) thick, the Z2 Tablet features the Snapdragon 801 processor, Sony’s Triluminos display and HDR video recording. Unveiled alongside the Sony Xperia Z2 during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 24, it was first released on March 26, (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2

The Sony Xperia Z2 is an Android smartphone manufactured by Sony and released in April 2014. Under the codename “Sirius”, Xperia Z2 serves as the successor to the Sony Xperia Z1. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is water and dust proof with an IP rating of IP55 and IP58. The phone features a IPS LED display, a Snapdragon 801 processor and the ability to record 4K videos. The Xperia Z2 also allows removable microSD storage up to 128 GB.The Xperia Z2 was unveiled alongside the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and the Sony Xperia M2 during the 2014 Mobile World Congress (more…)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. The Z1 Compact has a 4.3 inch display and is released as a cheaper and smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z1 which features a 5-inch display. The Z1 Compact is the Sony smartphone to use an IPS panel, which improves markedly upon the poor viewing angles of the Xperia Z1 and its flagship predecessors like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The Japanese version of the Z1 Compact, dubbed the Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F), was unveiled on 10 October 2013 and was released on 19 December 2013 (more…)

Sony Xperia Z

The Sony Xperia Z is a touchscreen Android smartphone designed, developed and marketed by Sony. The phone was announced by Sony at CES 2013 and was released on February 9, 2013 in Japan and March 1, 2013 in Singapore and the UK. The Xperia Z was originally bundled with the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. The smartphone has protection ratings IP55 and IP57, protecting it from dust, protected against water jets at low pressure and waterproof, allowing immersion under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes maximum, and equipped with a sensor Exmor RS 13.1 MP as well as a (more…)

Sony Xperia XA

The Sony Xperia XA is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Xperia XA Series, the device was unveiled along with the Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia X Performance at MWC 2016 on February 22, 2016.

The device features a 5.0-inch 720p screen and a 64-bit 2.0 GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6755 (Helio P10) system-on-chip with 2 GB of RAM. The device also has 16 GB internal storage with microSD card expansion up to 200 GB and includes non-removable 2300 mAh battery. The rear-facing camera of the Xperia XA is 13 megapixels with sensor size of 1/3 inch, featuring Sony (more…)

Sony Xperia X Performance

The Sony Xperia X Performance is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia X series, the device was unveiled with the Sony Xperia XA and Sony Xperia X at MWC 2016 on February 22, 2016. It was Sony’s flagship smartphone for the first half of 2016.

The device has a 1080p display, also features a 64-bit 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit system-on-chip with 3 GB of RAM. The device also has an internal storage of 32 GB and 64 GB with a microSD card expansion up to 200 GB and includes a non removable battery (more…)

Sony Xperia X

The Sony Xperia X is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia X series, the device was unveiled along with the Sony Xperia XA and Sony Xperia X Performance at MWC 2016 on February 22, 2016. The Sony Xperia X series will replace the former Sony Xperia Z series, as confirmed by Sony Mobile’s senior product marketing manager Jun Makino in February 2016. At the 2017 Investor Day event, Sony announced it would be dropping its “premium standard” phones (one step below the flagship premium models), including the Xperia X and X Compact. The flagship X Performance (more…)

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

The Xperia Tablet Z is a touchscreen Android tablet designed and manufactured by Sony and was first announced in Japan in January 2013. It was then announced globally in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress on February 25, 2013. The tablet is one of the lightest and thinnest 10.1-inch tablet in the world with a weight of 1.09 pounds (495 grams) and is just 0.27 inches (6.9 mm) thick. The Tablet Z succeeds the Xperia Tablet S with a faster processor, a better front-facing camera, a higher-resolution screen, and Ingress Protection Ratings of IP55 and IP57, for dust-protected, water-jet protected, and (more…)

Sony NW-A800

The Sony NW-A80x, is a series of network-compatible Walkman video players, announced in late 2006 and released on May 19, 2007. On May 19, 2007, only the NW-A806 (4GB) and NW-A808 (8GB) models been released. On June 13, 2007, Sony announced that the NW-A800 (2GB) would be included in the series and would soon be available to the public.

The entire body is covered with metal and has a 2.0 “LCD screen covered with glass The three control buttons under the screen are arranged to form the Walkman logo on the front. the design of the NW A800 / 810 is in (more…)

Shuffle play

Shuffle Play is a music play mode in which songs are played in a random order that is decided for all tracks at once. It is usually found on CD players, digital audio players and multimedia playback software. Random playback prevents repeated tracks, which distinguishes it from random play, in which the next track is chosen randomly after the end of the last track.

In a CD player, it is possible to mix only songs on this CD or, with some models that may contain more than one CD, to mix the songs on all these CDs. Some CDs have been designed (more…)


The ShoqBox is a flash memory-based MP3 player from Philips with attached speakers. Its name is formed from a portmanteau of “shock” and “boombox”. The Philips ShoqBox PSS110 has 256 mb of built in memory. CNET Review of Philips PSS110 The ShoqBox has line-in and radio inputs in addition to the integrated MP3 player. The USB interface for music transfer only supports version 1.1 (2.0 in the European version), which provides much lower maximum bandwidth resulting in longer transfer times.

The ShoqBox is a USB mass storage class device and therefore supports driverless file transfer on most systems; however, files transferred via (more…)

Sansa Fuze+

The Sansa Fuze+ is a portable media player manufactured by SanDisk as part of their Sansa line of MP3 players. The Fuze+ was released on September 1st 2010, and is the direct successor to the Sansa Fuze. The Sansa Fuze+ is available in five colors: Black, Blue, Purple, Red, and White. Internal storage capacities of the player vary by color.

The Fuze+ supports playback of common audio file formats, including MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and AAC, as well as Audible, and Podcast formats. Tag data and album art associated with audio files are shown on the Fuze+’s 2.4-inch QVGA (more…)

Sansa Fuze

The Sansa Fuze is a portable media player developed by SanDisk and released on March 8, 2008. The Fuze is available in three different Flash memory capacities: 2 GB, 4 GB, and 8 GB and comes in six different colors: black, blue, pink, red, silver, and white. Storage is expandable via a microSDHC slot with capacity up to 32 GB, and unofficially to 64 GB or more via FAT32 formatted SDXC cards. All models have a 1.9 inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels and a built-in monaural microphone and FM tuner; recordings of the latter (more…)

Sansa e200 series

The Sansa e200 series is a portable media player developed by SanDisk, and released on January 5, 2006. The device is available in four flash memory capacities: 2GB (e250), 4GB (e260), 6GB (e270), and 8 GB (e280). All readers have a 1.8 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 176 out of 220 pixels. Some files, if not in a format accepted by the player, must first be converted with the Sansa Media Converter Windows software. This will convert images in bitmap (.bmp) format and videos in MJPEG (in a .mov container), for v1 models. On v2 players, it will (more…)

Sansa c200 series

The Sansa c200 series is a range of portable media players developed by SanDisk. The line consists of two models: the c240, 1GB, the c250, 2GB. Both models are equipped with a micro SD card slot, a 1.4-inch LCD screen, a built-in microphone and an FM radio. The c200 series drives are available in four colors: black, red, pink and blue.

The Sansa c200 series can play MP3, WMA and WAV audio files and play audio file labels to display song information such as albums, artists, titles and album art. The c200 series players automatically sort music files in a library by (more…)

Samsung YP-R1

The Samsung YP-R1 (also known as Samsung R1 worldwide or Yepp R1 in Korea or ”’Samsung R’MIX”’ in France because of its DJ feature) is a portable media player made by Samsung, first leaked on the webshop play.com on June 14, 2009 and then released end of September 2009. It was developed along with the YP-R0 with which it shares several specifications (similar aluminum design, same Linux kernel and SoC). The R1 is available in four different Flash memory capacities: 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. It comes in three different colors: black, silver and pink. It features (more…)

Samsung YP-R0

The Samsung YP-R0 (also known as Samsung R0 worldwide or Yepp R0 in Korea or ”’Samsung R’PLAY”’ in France) is a portable media player made by Samsung, leaked on August 10, 2009 and first released end of October 2009 in Russia. It was developed along with the YP-R1 with which it shares several specifications (similar aluminum design, same Linux kernel and SoC). The R0 is available in three different Flash memory capacities: 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB. It comes in three different colors: black, silver and pink. Storage is expandable via a microSDHC slot with capacity up to 32 (more…)

Samsung SPH-M800

The Samsung Instinct (SPH-M800) was a compatible Internet smartphone designed and marketed by Samsung Mobile. It uses a Haptic touch screen interface and three touch buttons (shown right, left to right – [back], [home], [phone]). The Instinct, in addition to being a mobile phone, also functions as a camera phone, a portable media player, a text messaging software and a full web browser and an email client. The mail client allows access only to the primary inbox of any associated account, not to a subfolder. The “draft”, “sent”, “deleted” and “send” folders only represent messages from the phone. The MP3 player (more…)

S1 MP3 player

S1 MP3 players are a type of digital audio players based on many types of chipsets. The popular ones include the Action and ALI chipsets. They are sold under dozens of other different brands and in a variety of case designs. Players were widespread around 2005-2006 and have since been replaced by more advanced models.

There are also several models that do not have any brand or model name on the device or packaging, and some sold under counterfeit brands such as Sony, Samsung, iPod and others that use the same spelling in their brand and a different brand style. with opposite (more…)


Rockbox is a free and open-source software replacement for the OEM firmware in various forms of digital audio players (DAPs) with an original kernel. It offers an alternative to the player’s operating system, in many cases without removing the original firmware, which provides a plug-in architecture for adding various enhancements and functions. Enhancements include personal digital assistant (PDA) functions, applications, utilities, and games. Rockbox can also retrofit video playback functions on players first released in mid-2000. Rockbox includes a voice-driven user-interface suitable for operation by visually impaired users. Rockbox runs on a wide variety of devices with very different hardware abilities: (more…)

Rio PMP300

The Rio PMP300 is one of the first portable consumer MP3 digital audio players, and the first commercially successful one. Produced by Diamond Multimedia, it was introduced September 15, 1998 as the first in the “Rio” series of digital audio players, and it shipped later that year.

Roughly the dimensions of a deck of cards (3.5 inches by 2.5 inches and 0.625 inches thick), the Rio is black, and features an LCD screen and a circular pad with control buttons. The device has controls for skipping tracks forwards or backwards, repeat, random play and four preset equalizer settings. The LCD displays the (more…)

Rio Karma

The Rio Karma is a digital audio player originally made by the now defunct Rio. It was released in August 2003. It measures 2.7 × 3 × 0.9 inches (6.9 × 7.6 × 2.3 cm) and weighs 5.5 ounces (160 grams). It has a 20 gigabyte (18.6 gibibyte) hard drive. The Karma is notable for its support of Ogg Vorbis and FLAC playback in addition to the usual MP3 and WMA formats, however it will not play MP2 format. It’s one of the few digital audio players that is able to play MP3 tracks gaplessly (not inserting audible gaps between them) (more…)

Rio Forge

The Rio Forge is a digital audio player produced by Rio Audio, Inc. While it competed in the same market as Apple Computer’s iPod mini, it is considerably different as it plays from internal memory, SD card, or FM broadcast and runs on a single AAA battery. There are three main models with either 128, 256, or 512 MB of internal flash memory, which can be supplemented with a single MMC or SD (non-SDHC) flash memory card to add up to 4GB of storage. Available colors included blue (512mb), silver (256mb), and red (128mb). The player is one of the few (more…)

Rio Carbon

The Rio Carbon is a range of digital audio players that was produced by the now-defunct Rio from 2004 to 2005. It was similar in size, capacity and cost with the Apple iPod Mini that debuted earlier the same year. He was the second Rio player to use a miniature hard drive for storage, after the Rio Nitrus, which was the first to release a 1.5 GB drive by the end of 2003.

The Carbon was announced on August 2, 2004. The first 500 Carbons were produced in limited edition with a unique serial number (1-500) laser etched on the polished steel (more…)

Rio 500

The Rio 500 is considered the first second-generation MP3 digital audio player (portable digital audio player) and was produced by Diamond Multimedia. It was delivered on September 22, 1999. The Rio 500 was the successor to the Rio PMP300 and provided a number of user-requested features (including USB and higher audio quality). There were many critics of the Rio 500.

The Rio 500 was the first MP3 player to allow file transfer via USB cable and PC and Mac support. It has 64 MB of flash memory available for music, has a light blue backlight, the ability to set bookmarks, has an (more…)