iPod and Other MP3 Player Sales Fade as iPhones, Androids and other Smartphones Take Over as the Digital Music Players of Choice
Tel-Aviv, Israel (PRWEB) February 29, 2012
Drippler.com, a gadget news aggregator that has been used by over one-million people, is witnessing a substantial rise in the percentage of users who indicate they no longer have any interest in acquiring the once must have MP3 player, due to the popularity of smartphones.
Currently on Drippler.com 7.2% of users list an MP3 player as a device they own, while only 2.4% list a new MP3 as a device they "want", implying that MP3 player ownership is about to drop significantly.
Among smartphone owners there is even less interest in MP3 players only 1 out of 4 Drippler users who want an MP3 player currently own a smartphone. Drippler.com is an excellent leading indicator of developing tech trends because its users list the gadgets they own (their haves) and the gadgets they want to own (their wants).
Even among the holdouts that are still using standalone MP3 players we expect a dramatic drop-off when their current MP3 players wear out, said Matan Talmi, Drippler CEO. We are seeing a similar shift away from standalone MP3 players that led to the eventual demise of the Walkman and Discman lifecycles. With the majority of our users downloading and listening to music on their smartphones they simply dont see a need for an additional MP3 player.
Manufacturers are taking notice as well, with MP3 player sales declining every year since 2008. Smartphones sales have more than tripled during that span with 478 million units shipping in 2011 alone. By 2015 over one billion smartphones will be shipped out compared to 126 million MP3 players (source: IHS iSuppli). The Zune, Microsoft's iPod competitor was discontinued in late 2011 just five years after the first model came out.
The loss of interest in MP3 players compared to smartphones can also be seen on Google search volumes "iPod" searches have taken a dive in recent years, while "iPhone" searches are constantly growing (source: Google Trends).
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San Diego, US and Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB) August 25, 2003 -
Wolfson Microelectronics plc, today introduced a new family of multi-channel input devices for the next generation of Class-D DVD players, AV receivers, digital set-top boxes and digital effects processors and recordable media. The WM8776 and WM8778 CODECs, and the WM8775 ADC are one of the first of their kind on the market to provide a dedicated solution for emerging recordable media technologies and digital amplifiers.
"Digital media is about to enter a new level of performance and quality that will push current mixed-signal semiconductors to their limits," said David Milne, CEO and managing director for Wolfson. "The introduction of the WM877X family, based on the proven technology of the WM8770, provides not only the integration to meet that new level, but the capacity to help the new technology grow."
The WM8776 stereo CODEC is the most highly integrated device of the family with five stereo ADC inputs with analog gain adjustable from +24dB to 21dB in 0.5dB steps. The device also features a stereo DAC with independent analog and digital volume controls, and stereo headphone and line output.
The WM8778 stereo CODEC includes an ADC input with analog gain from +24 dB to 21dB in 0.5 dB steps and a separate ADC digital gain from -21dB to -103dB in 0.5dB steps and a hardware and software control mode.
The WM8775 ADC includes an input multiplexor with four stereo inputs with analog gain adjustable from +24dB to 21dB in 0.5 dB steps and a separate digital gain from -21dB to -103dB [in 0.5dB steps. Analog inputs can be muxed into the ADC or mixed together before input to the ADC.
Both CODECs feature 108dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) DACs and all three products' ADC SNR is rated at 100dB. The DAC sampling frequency is 32kHz to 192kHz and the ADC sampling is rated at 32kHz to 96kHz.
All three products feature automatic level control on the ADC input. The user can set a pre-determined maximum analog signal level in order to prevent the ADC input full-scale voltage from being exceeded. The automatic level control will progressively ramp down the gain and limit the signal magnitude to the pre-determined limit.
All three offer the user a 3-wire SPI compatible or 2-wire serial control interface, master or slave clocking modes, programmable audio data interface modes and operate on 2.7V to 5.5V analog or 2.7V to 3.6V digital supplies.
Price and Availability
The WM8775 is available in a 28-pin SSOP and currently priced at $ 1.63 (U.S.) in quantities of 10,000. The WM8776 comes in a 48-pin TQFP and currently priced at $ 2.45 (U.S.) and the WM8778 is in a 28-pin SSOP and currently priced at $ 2.12 (U.S.) in quantities of 10,000.
Wolfson Microelectronics plc is a privately-held, award-winning, fabless semiconductor company based in Edinburgh, UK. Wolfson develops and markets high-performance mixed-signal semiconductors for multimedia and communications applications worldwide. The company currently has sales offices in the USA, Japan and Taiwan.
Ricoh Announces the GR 16MP APS-C High Performance Compact Digital CameraAvailable for Pre-Order at B&H Photo Video
NYC, NY (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
The Ricoh GR Digital Camera is a high-performance compact camera with a 16MP APS-C size sensor and the GR Engine V Image Processor for sharp, high-resolution imaging and fast response time. The camera's sensor is designed without the optical low-pass filter, in order to produce particularly sharp details. Its fixed-focal-length 18.3mm lens has the 35mm equivalency of a 28mm lens, and with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, one can effectively work with this wide-angle lens in low-light situations and produce shallow depth of field images. A closer look at some of its features:
Two aspherical elements in the lens design minimize aberrations for sharpness from corner to corner within the frame. An expansive ISO rangefrom 100-25600provides further low-light capability, and the GR Engine V works to keep noise levels down, even at high ISOs.
Its 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor offers low-noise characteristics, super-high resolution with no compromise in image quality or color accuracy.
The advanced GR ENGINE V imaging engine offers high-sensitivity shooting with minimal noise, and the GRs anti-aliasing filterless design produces supremely high-resolution, color-rich images.
The Ricoh GRs fixed wide angle 18.3mm F2.8 GR lens, equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format, provides high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness. With its nine-blade diaphragm, the GR lens produces a natural bokeh effect at larger apertures.
The high-speed autofocus system captures crisp subjects in a mere 0.2 seconds, and startup time is only one second. The Ricoh GRs AF Continuous Shooting function captures a series of photos at a maximum speed of four images per second, allowing capture of fast-moving subjects, such as athletes and wildlife, all in incredibly sharp focus.
Enjoy DSLR-like handling and functionality with an AF button, accessible with the thumb on the back panel. When the AF lever is set to the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode, capture a series of images of a moving subjectall in sharp focusby pushing the shutter-release button while depressing the AF button. An aperture preview button has also been added to the Ricoh GR cameras side panel for quick confirmation of the depth of field before shooting.
Despite its large image sensor, the Pentax/Ricoh GR camera has a compact and portable design. Its casing is made of a lightweight magnesium alloy, while its exterior design retains the style typical of the GR series. Designed for maximum holding comfort and operational ease, all control buttons are laid out for easy access with the right hand.
Capture both JPG and open-standard DNG RAW images. The Pentax GR offers a variety of computer-free image-processing functions, including in-body RAW-data development to output JPEG format files.
Capture full HD video in widescreen 1080p resolution (1920x1080) with efficient, high-quality h.264 compression at 30 frames per second. The AutoFocus system remains active with movement as the camera continuously focuses subjects in the center of its angle of view.
Large 3-inch, 1.23 Million Dot LCD Screen
Flexible Shooting Modes
Eye-Fi Card Compatible
Dual-axis electronic level
Image Effects & Macro Mode
35mm Crop Mode
B&H Photo Video is currently accepting pre-orders on the Ricoh GR digital camera.
Read and learn more about the Ricoh GR at BH InDeth.
About B&H Photo Video
As the world's largest source of photography video and audio equipment, B&H Photo-Video is known worldwide for their attentive, knowledgeable sales force, and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. Visitors to the website can access a variety of enlightening articles and educational videos. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for close to 40 years.
Massapequa Park, N.Y. (PRWEB) April 12, 2013
"The Madonna Ghost", an Annie Tillery Mystery by Linda Maria Frank is now on digital audio. Frank's girl detective, seventeen-year-old Annie Tillery, comes alive in yet another medium. Listen to this savvy teen as she shares the story of how she and her boyfriend spent their Fire Island summer solving a mystery.
Annie Tillery sets out with her aunt, NYPD Detective Jill Tillery, for a vacation on beautiful Fire Island. She meets Ty Egan, setting the stage for a sweet little romance. Together they set out to investigate an eerie ghost from a shipwreck on the island. As the tale of the ghost unfolds, Annie and Ty stumble upon a diabolical plot that impacts national security, threatening the life of Aunt Jill. This story has it all; mystery, romance, beach adventures and a thrilling plot with intriguing Forensic Science.
"The Madonna Ghost" has earned the distinctive Editors Choice and Rising Star from iUniverse.
Frank has collaborated with producer and narrator, Darlene Allen, to create this exciting digital audio through the Audiobook Creation Exchange Team.
This digital audio version of the book is available from audible, amazon and iTunes.
About Linda Maria Frank: Frank, retired from a life-long career teaching science, resides on Long Island where she is currently writing her mystery series, and producing her local access TV show, The Writers Dream at the LTV studios in Wainscott. She is a member of L.I. Authors Group, Sisters in Crime, and L.I. Childrens Writers and Illustrators
Cobb County Public Library System in Partnership with Recorded Books Announces Upcoming Launch of Digital Magazine Service Zinio
Marietta, GA (PRWEB) April 12, 2013
The Cobb County Public Library System, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of Zinio for Libraries. Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the worlds largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to popular publications.
Through the librarys website, http://www.cobbcat.org, patrons of the Cobb County Public Library System will have unlimited simultaneous access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on any Internet-enabled device inside or outside of the library. Zinios unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. Consumer Reports, Bloomberg Businessweek, Newsweek, Popular Science, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping, and Ladies Home Journal are just a few of the popular titles that will soon be available.
We know that people will really enjoy this service, says the librarys associate director Jonathan McKeown. Were excited to be able to launch this to the public.
This service will be available starting on May 1. Please see your Cobb County Public Library System librarian for more information on how to access this service once available, or go to http://www.cobbcat.org.
About Zinio: Zinio is the worlds largest newsstand and bookstore. With its many digital products and services, Zinio creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. Now, readers can purchase content once to be read on any screen. Zinio provides the ability to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in 23 local newsstands in any country in the world. Through the ZINIO UNITY reading platform, readers can move seamlessly within each publication page between text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, videos and much more. Offering hundreds of thousands of the best digital titles, Zinios e-stores and applications are revolutionizing reading. Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For more information, visit http://www.zinio.com.
About Recorded Books
Recorded Books, LLC is a leading provider of library services around the world, the largest independent producer of unabridged audiobooks, and a distributor of other audio products. Recorded Books delivers its products as both physical media (CDs and Playaway digital players) and via OneClickdigital, a downloading service featuring eBooks and professionally narrated English- and Spanish-language audiobooks for adults, children and young adults. Through RBdigital, Recorded Books also offers a host of educational and entertainment services, including digital magazines, language-learning programs, software training, and database services. For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com.
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