Posts Tagged ‘Iphone’

The ITouch 64GB With More Than Enough Space, Clocks In At Blazing Speeds

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Rickey Barron asked:


The Manner with which Apple silently unveiled the new iTouch 64GB, was very unusual. There wasn’t any “one more thing” fanfare for the iPhone’s bro, simply a fast mention of an upgrade. But although the new iTouch 64GB has nothing new to the design table, it’s still a major update.

The iTouch 64GB uses a two-piece design marrying a flat glass-covered front with one piece of chromed steel wrapping around the back and edges. For such a thin and seemingly frail device, the iTouch 64GB feels surprisingly sturdy and the steel offers a reassuring heft compared to its sibling’s plastic design.

That 64GB of capacity is a lot of space to play with (8 times what the cheapest ITouch), and the internal upgrade means it now matches the iPhone 3GS for speed. If you had your eye on an iPod Classic before, the new iTouch 64GB is so roomy it should lure all but the most ******** of music obsessives now.

With a boosted performance, now you can surf, read faster & play games in better speed. ITouch brings leading edge features with an improved 3.1 software. The built in Wi-Fi gives you an edge over friends. The Genius Mixes feature displays mixes. iTouch 64GB has the 600MHz Samsung S5PC100 mobile application together with a CPU based on ARM’s CORTEX A8’s design.

While real close in speed, the ARM Cortex A8 absolutely kills the Intel Atom in power potency; we are talking by hips and bounds more efficiency here: not twice, but by an order of magnitude better for ARM. Some ARM chips routinely use 10-20 times less power than Intel for similar operations. Battery usage with ARM chips used in this new iTouch 64GB, could be measured in days, not hours.

ARM and Intel are currently into a heated battle because they are encroaching on one another’s turf in the same way Verizon and Time Warner are in the Cable/Phone/Internet space. ARM is getting fast enough to build a netbook while Intel is getting miserly just enough in power to be put into a phone. 2009 will be a massive face-off between the 2 in this field.

For the iTouch 64GB that means checking your e-mail or scanning the web just got faster now.

With the iTouch 64GB, ITunes nine, ups the ante

With 75,000 apps available on the App Store, it has been easy to download so many that your device quickly becomes cluttered, with numerous icons scattered among many screens in a manner that isn’t perfectisn’t . Although there’s a way around it to move apps around, or delete them right on the device, but it is awkward at best, mainly because you can’t see all the screens variations at once, and mainly because it’s hard to move an app from a place on one screen to another numerous miles…err, screens away.

Now, in the new iTunes 9, when you plug in your device, the application displays an exact visual illustration of your iTouch 64GB screens right on your computer’s screen, thus enabling you to reorganize them with the click of a mouse; when you disconnect, your new screens is retained on the iTouch 64GB.

The old fashioned experience of the record album returns with iTunes LP. While you listen to your favourite tracks, you can dive into animated lyrics and liner notes, watch performance videos, view artist and band pictures rather than a less than exciting static artwork (if it’s even there), and enjoy other bonus materials.

Other major update in ITunes Nine: Home Sharing. You can now view the iTunes libraries of at least five permitted PCs in your place, import what you care for, and automatically add any new purchases made on any of the PCs to your own collection.

You are able to save iTunes Store items you would like to purchase later in a new wish list. And if you are an eager social networker, it’s easy to megaphone your favorite songs, pictures, and Television shows on your Facebook and/or Twitter right from the iTunes Store.

Say you are listening to a track on your ITouch that rocks and you are dying to hear other tracks that go great with it. Genius immediately assembles songs on your ITouch that go great with your selected song and makes a Genius playlist for you. In Cover Flow, you can get your music spotted on. The 3.5-inch screen is more than adequate for your flicks.

Apparently, Apple is ogling into reaching an even a bigger market. At the rock ‘n roll event, iPods were presented with some changes and a dropped cost. Apple exposed the new faster and less expensive iPod Touch 32GB 3G about 2 weeks ago. Amazon is selling the ITouch 32GB for $20 less than the Apple store and ships it for free of course. This sales price helped catapult the new ITouch to the number 2 spot on the Bestsellers in Electronics.

If you were delaying getting an iPod for reasons of Mollah, now with the iTouch 64GB and iTunes Nine you might just seem to have gotten an invite.



How to Make Custom IPhone Ringtones with iPhone Ringtone Maker

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
lazerer asked:


Apple is selling iPhone ringtones for $2 apiece through its iTunes store, users have to pay Apple $1 for a song, plus an extra $1 to convert that song into a ringtone. Can we make custome iPhone Ringtone with other music not from iTunes?

This article will introduced two ways to make iPhone ringtones with iPhone ringtone maker without shelling out the extra bucks. Just select one to make iphone ringtones for your iPhone.

Part 1: How to Make iPhone Ringtones with iPhone Ringtone Maker (for Windows Users)

iPhone ringtone maker is an kind of application, to make ringtones for iphone that automatically converts AAC files into compatible ringtones for the iPhone. Its work is to take the AAC file, change the extension which will be compatible with iphones, and put it into iTunes.

Windows users can use Aimersoft iPhone Ringtone Maker which is a full-featured ringtone manager for the iPhone.

This professional iPhone Ringtone Maker software can convert both video and audio file to iPhone Ringtones (.M4R).  Make custom iPhone M4R Ringtone, clip any music segment from various Video Audio files like AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, etc.

You can make iPhone ringtones with just three steps.

1.Load your Music and Video

Add your Favorite Videos/Songs to iPhone Ringtone Maker.

2.Creat iPhone Ringtone

Trim any segment of the video or audio file and convert it to Ringtone.

3.Transfer Ringtone to iPhone

Check the item “Export to iPhone” to put ringtone to iPhone automatically;



Part 2: How to Make iPhone Ringtones with iRing (for Mac Users)

This amazing free iPhone Ringtone maker allows any iPhone user to customize his/her favourite music. It is a good iphone ringtone maker solution because it doesn’t require any sophisticated gadgets on your iphone. This is also very similar to the other commercially available iPhone Ringtone cooker. Moreover, this application also includes numerous customization features to add fancy to your ringtone as you wish.



Customizing your iphone ringtone is extremely easy. All you need to do is to download the iRinger application software and install it. Then start with importing the music and song that you want as iphone ringtone by clicking “open” tab. Then the music file will be magically converted to iphone ringtone.

After being done with music conversion, you can use the iPhone Ringtone maker software to customize your ringtone by selecting which part of the music that amazes you. Meanwhile, other customizing features like fade in fade out, length of ringtone, volume of the ringtone and loop again can also be done.

Once finishing customization of your iphone ringtone using this iPhone Ringtone maker, you can simply export iphone ringtone to other file directory. Added, make sure to check the “export to itunes” option to allow dispatching to your itunes ringtone section. Now that you are done with everything, you can use your ringtone on your iphone.

Note: Using this iPhone Ringtone make has some risks, you must read carefully the ‘readme’ before using this iRing ringtone creator application.



Home Party Marketing Podcasts & Podcasting : the Best Way to Promote Your Home Party Business

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Patricia Kagwiria Makhulo asked:


Home party companies place many restrictions on their home party consultants and direct sales reps. when it comes to marketing!  When one considers the competition that is out there relative to party plan companies, it is a wonder that home party consultants are still going strong.  At the end of the day in order to qualify for that commission check you must  make direct sales, which translate to individual volume and personal volume.  So what is a direct sales consultant to do?  May I recommend podcasting?

What Is A Podcast?

Podcasts definitions being what they are, can get the newbie confused.  Think of a  podcast as home made advertorials.  There are both audio podcasts and video podcasts.

Podcasts are a series of audio or video digital-media files, which can and should be distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds, to portable media players and personal computers. Podcasts stand out and are distinguishable  from other digital-media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added. 

Podcasting is having your own personal TV show or radio show, featuring you!  So its Oprah being heard and watched in over 70 countries!

The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster.

Apple, the company has revolutionized this method of media dissemination through ipods and more recently with its uber popular iPhone! Educational podcasts tend to be one of the best podcasts out on the marketing.

So How does one create a podcast?

You must first decide whether you will be requiring an audio podcast?  Perhaps you are more inclined to video podcasts, you are also welcome to a combination of the two.

Then you need to decide what outlets you will use to dissemeninate your podcasts.  There can be found on the web a listing of podcast directories that you can submit your podcast to, the most popular one being iTunes!  Also be aware that there may be those who do not use itunes, so offer some options.   One of the better known podcast directory for podcast distribution services is podcast alley.  A podcast blog is highly recommended because people can read and hear the content right from your won blog and as such create a lot of traffic for you!  (Do I hear free, qualified direct sales leads?)

Of course as with any endeavor, you will want to decide on a target audience.  My target is women, between the ages of 25-50 who are involved in direct sales, direct selling, home party plans, or home based business!

Then you want to decide what the focus of your podcast.  Will you be sharing storied, interviews, tips, marketing lessons?  How to and educational podcasts a staple.  Writing podcasts is highly recommended,  always create outlines so that you do not ramble on for hours on end!  You will need an introduction, body and conclusion to your podcast!

How to Make A Podcast

Now this where things get exciting.  What type of computer do you have?  Mac come with inbuilt software throught garage band that makes it very easy to record and covert your mp3 podcasts.  This the the file format that makes it easy to download podcasts.

Garage Band for Macs

Audacity for PC’s (they also have audacity for macs)

Microphone

Editing Ability

Intro & Outro Music

Pictures

RSS Feed Creator!

Podcatchers e.g, itunes

An Internet connection!

Alright now armed with your tools and knowledge, be on your merry way and create a podcast!

Have an iPhone? Got iTunes?  I have a special treat for you.  Every Wednesday I share a 15 minutes Home Party & Direct Selling Marketing Strategies Guaranteed To Boost Home Party Sales!

Here is to your success,

Party Plan Pat

Direct Sales Coach & Consultant

EVERYONE IS PODCASTING, DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND ?!!!



4 channels of adding music to iTunes for iPod and iPhone

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
likeachamp asked:


The following article focuses on different channels of listening to music on iPod and iPhone. To enjoy music on iPod and iPhone, you first need to get the music in iPod/iPhone format onto iTunes library and then sync the music to your iPod/iPhone.

Channel 1. Buy music from iTunes Store for iPod/iPhone

To find and buy music from the iTunes Store, just click on the “iTunes Store” link under “Store” in the left column of iTunes. Once in, you’re greeted with the iTunes Store interface, with links on the left-hand side that take you to Music, Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Audiobooks, and Podcasts. After you’ve chosen a song or album to buy, just click on the “Buy Song” or “Buy Album” button for that selection.



Channel 2. Import your CDs into iTunes for iPod/iPhone

If you own a few CDs, you can import them into iTunes for your iPod/iPhone. Since you’ve already spent money on this music, there’s no reason why you should have to buy it all over again just to get the songs into iTunes. Apple made it simple to rip a CD to your library.



By default, iTunes rips songs to AAC format, and although AAC is a very high-quality format, it isn’t as widely-supported as the ubiquitous MP3 format, which enjoys support from virtually every digital music player known to man, including iPod and iPhone. To ensure greater portability of your music (and prevent you from feeling locked into one product just because you’ve ripped all your music in one format), I suggest ripping your CDs as MP3s. To do so, go to Edit -> Preferences. In the General tab, click the Import Settings… button. In the pop up dialog window of Import Settings, select MP3 Encoder from the Import Using dropdown menu and Higher Quality (192 kbps) from the Setting dropdown.

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There are many other subscription music services you may already be subscribed to, like Rhapsody, Napster, and Zune Marketplace, which let you buy or rent tracks. But the songs that come from these stores use a Digital Rights Management (DRM) scheme that is incompatible with iTunes and the iPod/iPhone. In other words, these songs are protected from being played in software and hardware music players that don’t support their particular standard (just like non-iPod music players can’t play most music from the iTunes Music Store). There is software tool called TuneClone Audio Converter that claims to be able to remove DRM from Rhapsody, Napster and Zune Marketplace and convert the DRM protected music to MP3, WAV and unprotected WMA with a virtual CD drive. So if you want to transfer your Rhapsody/Napster/Zune music to iTunes for your iPod/iPhone, you mnay download this piece of software to help you get the music DRM removed and converted to MP3 for a try.



However, the online digital music store eMusic sells DRM-free MP3s, and there are many websites where you can download free and legal MP3s that don’t contain DRM and can be imported into the iPhone easily.

Channel 3. Import MP3s into iTunes for iPod/iPhone

Once you’ve downloaded MP3s onto your computer, it’s easy to import them into iTunes. First make a new playlist by going to the “File” menu and clicking “New Playlist” and naming it anything you like. Select that playlist in iTunes, then drag your MP3s from your hard drive into the right-hand pane. iTunes will start importing your music and populating the playlist with songs. After it’s done, you’re free to play back the songs or sync them to your iPod/iPhone just like all the rest of your library.

Channel 4. Import WMAs into iTunes for iPod/iPhone

Importing unprotected WMA files is just like importing MP3 files, but requires one additional step. With WMA files, iTunes will actually transcode the songs and change the format from WMA to whatever default audio encoder you’ve set in the iTunes Preferences. It’s not necessary to know the difference between WMAs, MP3s, and AACs, but you should know that when you import WMAs, your original files are untouched and a new file is created.

Note: For importing DRM protected WMA files into iTunes, you will need to remove the DRM first. I’ve found TuneClone Audio Converter can also be used to convert DRM protected WMA to MP3. There’s a tutorial on its website that details how to convert protected WMA to MP3 for iPod. I’ve followed it step by step to have a try. It worked great as a whole except that it didn’t preserve the music metadata very well though the tutorial offered a reluctant solution.



iPhone Apps for Radio Stations

Monday, June 1st, 2009
Christopher Stolee asked:


The business of radio has been in some turmoil even before the economic downturn of 2008-2009. There’s a lot of consolidation, competition, and less advertising to go around. Add in satellite radio and internet radio to the mix with earthbound stations and the pie seems to be getting cut up into more pieces. The Radio industry will have to look to new technologies and innovation to get healthy again. iPhone applications are one of these new innovations to watch for.

Radio is moving in a new direction with streaming audio on iPhone apps. The mother of all radio iPhone apps would be Clear Channel’s “I Heart Radio” application, which feeds off of Clear Channel’s “I Heart Radio online streaming website of 750+ radio stations. Last count showed 150+ stations streaming via I Heart Radio on the iPhone. But streaming individual stations on a giant aggregator app like this can sometimes be slow with lengthy buffering times.

Another option is for a radio station, either land based or online or satellite to have its own dedicated iphone app. Why be one of hundreds or thousands of radio stations on someone else’s app when you can have your own custom Streaming Radio iPhone app with its own icon on your listener’s iPhone screen? Your radio station gets one step closer to your audience, and your listeners have direct icon access to your streaming broadcast! Add advertising to your Radio Station iPhone app for increased revenue and social networking features to build your listener community.

A recent count in the iTunes App Store showed over 40 radio stations of all kinds with their own iPhone apps for streaming their broadcasts. From large organizations like Public Radio to smaller niche online stations like Classical Philippines Radio, streaming broadcasts via iPhone apps.

The cost to develop a streaming radio app is very reasonable if the station already has an MP3 or other compatible stream. A basic streaming radio app can cost as low as $1200.00 with optional upgraded features possible, or the app can be upgraded at a later date. The initial development cost can be offset by adding advertising, sponsorships, selling playlist music through iTunes, and more.

Will iPhone applications turn the radio industry around? Not by themselves, but this new technology should be seriously considered by any radio station that’s seeking to position themselves for the new era of broadcasting.