By Lisa Johnston
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Austin, Texas — This week's South By Southwest Festival will be the setting for the launch of the high-resolution PonoMusic digital audio service and digital audio player from musician Neil Young and Ayre Acoustics.
Conceived by Young to combat the popular compression formats of digital audio files, which he feels downgrades the quality, the PonoPlayer plays back uncompressed 24/192 PCM audio available from PomoMusic.com.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Irvine, Calif. – iRiver said Monday that it has added a software update with a host of new features and enhancements for its Astell&Kern AK100 high-fidelity portable audio player.
Among the enhancements is the ability to use the Astell&Kern AK100 as a USB DAC, gapless playback support, a redesigned user interface (UI) and choice of four UI themes.
The update also carries increased support for different MicroSD card manufacturers, a sleep timer function and improved boot-up and overall OS speeds.
Irvine, Calif. — Korean supplier iRiver plans to expand its selection of audiophile-oriented MP3 players under the Astell&Kern brand to three models later this year from the current one, the company told TWICE.
Port Washington, N.Y. – The market for digital music ownership continues to grow despite increased usage of streaming radio and on-demand services, The NPD Group said.
NPD defined digital music ownership as consisting only of paid, permanent downloads.
The digital music market will grow by about 10 percent on a unit basis in 2012 even though online radio and on-demand services “remain the fastest growing form of music consumption in the U.S.,” NPD said.
San Francisco – Apple increased the screen sizes of its seventh-generation iPod Nano and fifth-generation iPod Touch and added new features.
The new model are thinned out, with and now include Siri on the iPod Touch and video playback on the Nano.
Both models will be available in October, with the 16GB Nano retailing for $149. Only one Nano will be available instead of two.
New MP3/portable media players (PMP) are on display from the following companies at International CES:
Coby: Five new video-playing MP3 players will be unveiled, each available in multiple capacities and all featuring a sleeker cosmetic design. One is a full- touchscreen model.