Looks like Dr Dre and Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine are at it again, this time they brought Lady Gaga on board.
Earlier this week at IFA 2009 in Berlin, Dr Dre, Jimmy, and Gaga along with Monster Cable announced a new pair of IEMs dubbed “Heartbeats by Lady Gaga”. And let me tell you, they are gauche—a word I’ve never had the pleasure of using until now.
Lady Gaga had this to say about her new IEMs in the press release: “In the deepest hour of the night, I confess to myself three things; I would die if I was forbidden to write, forbidden to love, or forbidden to fashion. Heartbeats embody the trinity of my human-being, with one additional vow: that SOUND matters. Wear heartbeats, love each other, and celebrate the art and lifestyle of music.”
Uh– yeah. Gaga’s ‘phones, which will retail for $99.95 – $149.95, include a red carrying case, an assortment of tip sizes, and will be available in several colors. No, you certainly won’t be able to read her poker face, not with these stylish
yield signs headphones distracting you.
Be sure to look for them on store shelves next month, or don’t.
[Press Release | via Engadget]
Samsung earlier this week unveiled its latest PMP offering, the YP-M1, at the 2009 IFA in Berlin. The M1 is being touted by some as Samsung’s answer to the Zune HD, mainly because it’s sporting Nvidia’s powerful new Tegra chipset under the hood.
The YP-M1 features a 3.3-inch 480×272 AMOLED touchscreen, 720P playback and will be available in 8,16 and 32GB flavors. It also features a micro-SD slot, bluetooth support, and built-in stereo speakers. Noticeably absent is WiFi support. Without WiFi, the M1 may have a tough time going up against the Zune HD.
The YP-M1 should be available in the UK later this month. No word yet on whether or not the M1 will make an appearance in the States. In the meantime check out the video demo below.
Several months after Acer released its 20GB MP-500 PMP, folks at the IFA Convention earlier this month caught a glimpse of an even newer player, the MP-400. Despite the lower model number and specs that are basically identical to its predecessor (3.5-inch screen, MP3 & WMA and DiVX & MPEG-2/4 support, SD expansion slot, AV in/out), the MP-400 definitely has the upper hand in design. We don’t know when or where the player will be released, but its sleek and simple design will likely be so magnetic that even gloved fingers will leave prints on it.
At the moment, the device is shrouded in mystery: dimensions, weight, battery life, and internal storage capacity are currently unknown. Cost is another question mark, though it’s worth noting that the MP-500 usually has a price tag over $400. Since the specs (that we know of anyway) are the same on both players, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the MSRPs were too. Considering that the Creative Zen Vision: W, a PMP with mostly superior specs, is now selling for $299, we hope this isn’t the case.