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  • Apple's iPod killed Microsoft's Zune

    Microsoft has nixed any future iterations of its Zune music and video player, according to a Bloomberg report, adding another name on the list of devices killed by Apple's iPod hardware and entertainment ecosystem. Microsoft has yet to make the death of its Zune official, but unofficially it's believed the decision is based on poor demand for its players since the Zune line was introduced almost five years ago.

  • New Dolby System Looks to Improve Laptop Sound

    Dolby's new PC Entertainment Experience 4, or PPEv4, pushes the capacity of one of the weakest sound players on the planet: the laptop. Built into the new line of Acer Aspire Ethos computers, PPEv4 sounded great and didn’t disappoint at CES this week.

  • RealPlayer Beta

    RealPlayer, the venerable (if oft-maligned) multimedia playback software is back with a new beta. With the latest version of the software -- it's number 14, but is simply being called RealPlayer -- RealNetworks has enhanced the player's mobile capabilities, smartly taking aim at Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia phones that lack the native media syncing solution that Apple's iPhone and iPod enjoy with iTunes.

  • Thomson pumps up volume with tools for MP3HD lossless codec

    Thomson has released software for the creation and playback of a new type of audio file using lossless compression. MP3HD files will be around four times the size of corresponding MP3 files, but will remain compatible with existing MP3 players.

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