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AUDIO BOOKS

Most people who get audio books from Audible.com only listen to one or two, yet pay $25 a month for unlimited access to over 100,000 titles. AudioBooks.com has a much smaller library: just 25,000. But they’ve come out with $15 a month plan for one audio book at a time. If you only want a three month trial membership, Audible, at $7.49 a month, is still the better deal. After that, AudioBooks is cheaper.

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MUSIC IN THE CLOUD

Several years ago, Bob was browsing Amazon’s online music store and ended up putting two dozen classical CDs in the shopping cart. He planned to look the list over again before going to check-out. But Joy surprised him and just bought the whole batch. Yesterday, all of those CDs popped up online, ready to play from any computer, tablet or phone. Amazon’s new “AutoRip,” is a free service that automatically uploads any CD you bought from them, going all the way back to 1998. It puts the contents into your personal “Cloud Player” ready to stream online. We are more than slightly awed by this; just consider the amount of storage they must have. A playlist online is much easier […]

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“WATCHING” YOUR FIGURE

– Motorola has a new smart watch with enough features to keep a fitness buff humming. The “MotoACTV” is a GPS plus music player wrist watch that figures out which songs make you exercise harder and plays those more often. It does its figuring by monitoring your heart rate. It  tells you how many calories you burned and your average workout pace. It uses Bluetooth to talk to you through a headset. It can also broadcast FM radio. It’s $250 for the 8 gigabyte version. – You can turn an Apple “Nano” music player into a wristwatch just by adding a strap. We saw some at Amazon for $23. They even had leather ones. If you use a leather strap […]

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SPOTIFY RADIO ARRIVES

Spotify.com has free Internet radio that that listeners claim puts Pandora to shame. You can go to the website and get an invitation to sign on, though it’s still hasn’t officially launched. Spotify has been described as a magical version of iTunes where you’ve already bought the whole library.

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MAKING MUSIC ONLINE

“Wolfram Tones” is a free music-making app from Wolfram, maker of the high-end sophisticated calculating program “Mathematica.” You can use it from any computer or gadget that’s connected to the Internet.

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MUSIC AROUND THE HOUSE

Music files, podcasts, audio books and online radio can play through your stereo instead of the speakers on your laptop with the $69 Orb.

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FRIENDLY MUSIC

FriendlyMusic.com charges $2 for music that can legally be used with YouTube videos.

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NERO’S NEW GIG

Video, music, and photo editing, disc burning and backup tools. A “smart start” button helps us find our way through it all.

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SOUND SLEEPING

If you like to listen to music or an audio book before you go to sleep, and your partner does not, you might like the “Sleep Therapy Pillow Speakers.”

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