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Posts Tagged ‘iTunes’

iTunes Reaches 10 Billion

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Apple hit a HUGE milestone the other day: 10 billion iTunes downloads.  That’s a billion.  An incredible feat considering the company is only 10 years old.  Originally launched on January 9th 2001, reaching that milestone would mean about a billion songs were downloaded every year.

The 10 billionth download from iTunes was the song, “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.  Not a bad song to reach that goal with.  You can be sure iTunes will continue to reach higher numbers of downloads as the year progresses.

CES 2011: iPad As An Arcade Entertainment System

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I’ve been fighting the desire for an iPad ever since it came out.  I own a laptop and a new iPod so, for me, there is really no reason to get one.  (Even though it does everything I already own 100x better).  I’ve been resisting the temptation for a good while.  Until I saw this…

Yes.  That you see there is an iPad playing the game “Asteroids” in a dock shaped like an arcade system.  Created by ION, the iCADE holds your iPad and it’s corresponding buttons and joystick controls the actions of the game.  iTunes library had a handful of arcade games you can purchase and from there you can just pop it into the above dock for a smaller, nostalgic experience.  If they end up making a model like the one above based off the 1991 Spider-Man Sega Arcade game, an iPad will definitely be mine.

The New Apple TV

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Hi, today I want to talk about the newest version of the Apple TV.

I have an old 40GB version and it has been very enjoyable over the years. The biggest news with the new one is that it has no storage and is streaming only. No worries about the hard drive crashing. The other plus is the Netflix capability.  If you are a Netflix subscriber, you will now be able to stream from the Apple TV to your TV, with just a simple HDMI connection.  The new product still gives you the ability to stream music and movies from your iTunes library, as well as photos, if you use iPhoto. You can also control Apple TV with an iPhone or iPod Touch and the Remote app which turns your Touch into a powerful, and reasonably priced, way to do multi-room audio.  Apple will also be coming out with an update that will allow you to stream whatever is on your phone or Ipod touch to the Apple TV.

We are now taking pre-orders for this product. I, for one, am on that list.

-Blake B.

Abt's Mobile Electronics Installers Do It All

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Abt’s mobile audio department can turn your car into your own personal playground. John S., mobile electronics department manager called me today and said, “Do you want to come down and see an iPad that I just put in the dash of a car?”

I grabbed my camera and headed down to mobile electronics. I had an image in my head of what I thought it would look like, and admittedly, I wasn’t sure what the iPad would do, but I knew it would look cool.

When I got to the installation bay, I looked in the passenger door as John finished putting on the final touches and tested everything to make sure that the stereo and iPad worked correctly. I told him how cool it looked and then I stopped and said, but what does it do?

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John explained that the iPad could control everything from the ignition, to the locks, to the security system on the Tahoe. He went on to show me it worked in conjunction with the Viper Smart Start App on his Blackberry.

In addition to controlling major systems in the car, it also performs all the functions of an iPad, like accessing iTunes and iPad Apps.

The iPad works off the wireless or 3G network, so if you want to use it as a GPS, radio, or streaming video player, go for it. You can do virtually anything with it.

For more information or cool ideas for your car, contact Abt’s mobile electronics department today!

-Kelly B.

Here Are A Few of Our Favorite Things

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The car audio department is hard working, but they know how to let loose too. Here are a few of their favorite products sold at Abt.

Aaron: “My favorite product is the Alpine’s INAW900. It is an in-dash am/fm/cd/DVD, and navigation unit. It’s a new product with lightning fast operation. I like the dual mode display, which is kind of like picture in picture. If you are listening to an iPod it can overlay a navigation screen in the bottom right corner and still give directions. It also supports the addition on the TUAT550HD radio tuner for crystal clear am/fm. Plus, it supports iTunes tagging, which allows you to “TAG” a song you hear on HD stations and then the next time you sync your ipod it will download those songs thru iTunes automatically. It also comes standard with an iPod adapter to connect your iPod.”

Gary: “I like Alpine Radio CDA117. It has a highly visible display, it’s easy to use, and it has a USB connection.”

Dustin: “Focal Speakers are my favorite product at Abt. The build quality and consistency is unmatched, so you know what you’re getting. They are versatile and fit into most vehicles. Their slogan is “The Spirit of Sound”. They have accomplished capturing their slogan’s meaning.”

Andrew: “My Favorite Car Audio products are the Focal KRX2 component speakers. They are the smoothest most accurate sounding speakers I have ever heard. They have excellent fidelity and control and will sound amazing at any volume level. They also have crossovers that can be adjusted to produce great sound in any car environment. Simply put, they are some of the best speakers Focal has to offer.”

Sarah: “My favorite Abt product is the Python 4102P. Abt will install and teach you how to use it. The unit and installation are affordable and it’s extremely convenient to use in the winter. It’s totally reliable and has a very good range. “

Jair: “Who doesn’t like fried food? I love the Cool Touch Deep Fryer, D895UX. It gives a professional result and it’s easy to use. I can make fish and chips that taste like they are from England.”

Mike: “I love the Pioneer Flagship In-Dash Navigation AV Receiver with DVD Playback (AVICZ110BT). It’s easy to use, has built in navigation and Bluetooth, and a touch screen.”

Franklin: “The Asus Eee 1201N Seashell Silver Netbook Computer (EPC1201NPU17SL) is light weight, can access the internet, and makes it easy to get in touch with my family and friends.”

Don: “I use the Escort 9500CI radar detector. It is fully built in, has a gps locator on the system to locate red light cameras and speed traps, and is updatable to get locations of new red light cameras and speed traps.”

Tim: “I love my Apple Mac Book (mc207lla). It’s easy to use, won’t get any viruses, and most schools use Mac’s so it’s easier to transport files to different computers.”

Jr: “My Weber Genesis LP Gas Grill is easy it use, easy to clean, cooks evenly, is built well and lasts a long time.”

Ryan: “The Mac Book Pro easy to use, super fast, virus free, and has the best music and video production software.”
Jeannie: “I love my Sony 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Home Theater System (htss370). It makes any movie better because of its sound quality. The speakers make you feel as if you are in a theater watching the movie; it has an optional iPod connector. It’s easy to use and I control all of my electronics in one hub.”

John: “I don’t leave the house without my Apple iPod. It gives me the ability to carry around and all of my music and I don’t have to carry all my CDs with me. I can put video on it for my daughter and not have bring several DVDs with me in the car.”

Luke: “I have the Kenwood Excelon In-Dash Double-Din DVD Multimedia AV Receiver (DNX9140). It has Garmin navigation software and the iPod integration is very easy to use. It also plays DVDs.

Doug: “I like the sound quality of the JL Audio 13.5″ Thin-Line Subwoofer Driver (13TW53). I also like the look of the sub and its ability to take up a small amount of space while producing such a great sound.”

Todd: “My favorite TV is the Samsung LED (UN40C6500). The picture quality is remarkable, it’s energy efficient, and I can surf the internet on it.”

James: “My favorite car audio product is the Alpine PDX5. It’s a great amp with plenty of power for most car audio systems. It’s nice and compact so it fits almost anywhere and it sounds great.”

For more information on any of the mobile audio departments favorite things, speak with them at 847.544.2281.

-Kelly B.

Apple TV Can Do More Than I Thought

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I asked Blake B., an internet sales specialist, what his favorite product in the store is currently. He told me about Apple TV. “It has some pretty cool and little known features,” said Blake.

Apple TV wirelessly synchronizes your iTunes library with your TV and you are able to listen to music, watch podcasts, and view movies all on your TV—instead of being crowded around your computer monitor.

“It can stream your entire iTunes library to your sound system and play internet radio stations. I think one of the features that surprises customers the most is Apple TV’s ability to display pictures using Apple iPhoto,” Blake explained.

For more information on Apple TV, contact Blake B. in internet phone sales or stop into Abt’s Apple boutique.

-Kelly B.

Sonos S5 Freedom

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

 

The Sonos S5 Zone player has arrived. This is a really cool innovation from Sonos. It’s a wireless, one-piece speaker system that works with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Unlike most docking stations, the S5 doesn’t require the iPhone or iPod Touch to be docked in the unit itself.

Sonos took speaker systems to another level with the S5. Controlling the S5 is done from your iPhone or iPod Touch using a downloadable, free app. Set-up is a breeze; all you have to do is search for the new speaker on your iPhone or iPod Touch, press two buttons on the S5, and you are ready to go. By having multiple S5 speaker systems you can play different songs in different rooms or using party mode—play the same song in different rooms.

The S5 gives you the freedom of keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch with you instead of docking it. You can browse through 25,000 free internet stations, millions of songs streaming on the internet, or your entire iTunes library—not just what is stored on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Also, if you receive a text or incoming call while music is playing, it won’t interrupt the music.

-Kelly B.