As we all know, mp3 is a compressed type of audio file, but have you heard the file type “mp4”? It is a fact that both the mp3 and the mp4 are MPEGs but what are their differences?
The mp4 is a multimedia type of file format, meaning it is not only limited to audio files. If mp3s are audio files only, mp4s are for all types of media such as audio (only), video, images, games and so on and so forth. There are some mp4 players available in the market today that are small and handy, so you can watch your video clips anywhere you go.
If you are like me, listening to music 24/7 then you probably have the same hidden aversion towards inner-earphones (uncomfortable and annoying as hell) Apple’s new EarPods is a great new product that makes listening to music anywhere better. I think everyone who has it would agree with me and with Apple’s recent press event, they announced that they’ve shipped 600 million sets of the headphones! This tiny piece of magic are the MOST comfortable buds that has been produced. It is defined by the geometry of the ear. You get high quality audio and I’ve heard this comment more than once before “it produces deeper, richer bass tones” Oh such a gift for fellow drum and bass lovers like me! For $30, it is a steal. Apple EarPods come with remote and mic. It also includes a storage and travel case. It sure is a huge improvement from the other available products in the market right now.
Skype users world wide, here’s some good news for you folks! There is a new version of Call Recorder (which can be availed at the price of USD 14.95 from Ecamm Networks) which is also compatible with the recently launched Skype 2.7. Aside from adding a window to Skype for Mac users so they can save recordings of both incoming and outgoing Skype calls, this version of the program now includes a new two-track video recording option that has an enhanced video recording quality. Recorded calls are saved in Quicktime format but can be converted later on to MP3 format which can be edited for other purposes such as podcasting.
Have you had your earplugs in your ears all day? Is your mp3 player by your side 24/7? Are you “sound tripping” most of the time?
There is nothing more soothing than listening to your favorite music (whatever genre it might be) while relaxing at home or anywhere you can find comfort. Those who are addicted to listening to music are very much updated with “what’s hot” in the music industry. More so, those whose passion is sound tripping are normally updated in what’s new in the mp3 world. They have the latest mp3 gadgets as they invest in mp3 devices. They also know where to go for cheap finds (whether online or at their local shops).
Altering the softness or loudness of the music file, diffusing and noise reduction, fade in and fade out of sounds and musical scoring are only a few of the features of some of the audio editing tools available for download on the internet. Editing such audio files is not that easy—you need to be at least familiar with the different tools of editing programs since one wrong click can ruin your entire sound clip.
I have tried to edit some sound files (I’m an amateur, not a professional one); tried to grope around the interface of the audio editor and luckily, have produced magnificent sounds.
Ringo Pro is the MP3 Ringtones Manager from Pocketgear. This amazing software adds MP3 ringtones to your Treo Ringo Pro. You can choose your own music or experiment a lot with real tones. It will definitely add pizzazz and individuality to your Treo gears and devices with new and uniue call effects. Ringo Pro also allows users to set different ringtones for friends and caller groups. Choose a specific MP3 or Midi ring and SMS tone for each of your contacts. You can also individualize images that show up on screen when a contact calls. Set-up is very easy with the use of the Treo Address Book for the organization of your contacts.
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Give it up for the old school! Yep, people of my generation and older will surely like the novelty of this cute MP3 player, especially since it looks much like a tape. Although it has no internal memory, this player has external memory that is SD/MMC card compatible with space of max.2GB. It is also compatible with Windows 2000 and XP. What�s cool about it is that it can act as a stand alone MP3 player while it can also be played as a normal cassette player (cool if your car has a tape deck). It has a 7 button interface and has a repeat playback mode. It can be recharged by USB cable.
Somebody questioned the quality of an MP3 audio file; he said that “…is MP3 format good in sound quality than the other audio formats?” I answered him “I know you know.” Because he knows what MP3 means.
As we all know, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 is a compressed sound format, for that meaning MP3 has not good enough sound quality. Why? Because it is a compression format so that the sound waves are limited to their position or for short it is not flexible unlike the other audio file formats that can feature much higher than MP3 can. Therefore, MP3 is not really good in quality, it is could just stored in a small bytes sound mediums.
It is expensive and wasteful to hire humans to answer or guide callers. This is when the beauty of automated natural sounding text-to-speech software is realized. Text-to-speech conversion with high-quality, natural sounding voices for hand-held, desktop, and server applications adds a lot of value to business telephony with Asterisk PBX.
Text-to-Speech voices are available in 6 languages and 18 different characters including “Allison” the standard Asterisk voice. These voices are sizable and can range from 4 MB for embedded applications, to 100 MB for server-based installations. Text-to-Speech voices are tested on all major telephony platform operating systems including: Windows Server, Windows XP, Linux (32 & 64 bit), Solaris (Sparc and x86), and Mac (PowerPC and Intel).
The benefit of using text-to-speech voices with hosted Asterisk solution is that you can select a voice that fits your requirement, optimize it for your application, or even have voices built for a particular character or delivery. The voices run on the text-to-speech technology are petite and swift enough to run on handheld devices or distribute over the network.
The text-to-speech voice facility is not only limited to the telephony industry. In fact it is used across sectors such as health, navigation, mobile, toys & games, Government, industry, assistive, and many more. Now with Asterisk VOIP PBX, text-to speech functionality is available for really affordable prices to small and medium sized businesses. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the benefits of the best application hosting solutions, such as hosted VOIP PBX, Exchange, SharePoint, etc., which has become the preferred way for companies to implement business software.
From the bowels of the open-source community comes Songbird that is a combination audio player and web browser. The browser part does not come as a surprise for it is based on the world favorite FireFox Browser that everybody seems to be using nowadays. The software is multi-platform but ones released for use in Linux are not tested too much that it might be best to stay away if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Surprisingly this software has the ability to connect with iTunes and even allows access to iPods, iPhones and other Apple products that used to have sole functionality with their iTunes system.
It has several plug-ins and extensions that would add more functions such as chart watching and chatting. Now at release 1.10 an upcoming update to the system is out in beta so do watch out for one of the best and free audio software out on the market to date.