The Century-Old Machine That Gave Us MP3s and JPEGs

Back in 1894, Olaus Henrici invented a machine called the Harmonic Analyzer. Way ahead of its time, it could pick out all the individual frequencies that make up complex sound waves—a technique we now rely on for everything from compressed audio to digital images. » 11/11/14 8:20am 11/11/14 8:20am

This MP3 Experiment Shows What 2,000 Smartphone Speakers Sound Like

Improv Everywhere is an NYC-based guerrilla prank group who's various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy New York subway stop into an underground spa. For their latest social experiment, the team gave 2,000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local… » 9/30/14 1:52pm 9/30/14 1:52pm

The Best Streaming Music Services You Aren't Using (But Should)

Streaming music apps and discovery services are a dime a dozen, but even the best ones have a hard time competing with the names everyone already knows. Even so, getting out of your comfort zone a little bit and trying a new service will only reward you with tons of great new music. Here are a few services we love… » 7/31/14 11:31am 7/31/14 11:31am

This Harmonica-Housed USB Drive Contains All of Bob Dylan's Albums

Not that any of us needed proof that the times are a-changin', but grown-up hippies looking to grab this impressive omnipedia of Bob Dylan's music might be dismayed to discover that instead of vinyl, it comes packaged on CDs as—well as this adorable USB flash drive housed in a faux harmonica. » 10/01/13 5:00pm 10/01/13 5:00pm

Does Anybody Still Buy MP3 Players?

Sony has just proudly launched a new range of MP3 players, that are light,offer long battery life and... probably won't sell. Does anybody actually buy MP3 players these days? » 7/10/13 6:34am 7/10/13 6:34am

Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Laps

It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Total bombardment. In a good… » 5/26/13 3:52pm 5/26/13 3:52pm

Is Listening to MP3s and Vinyls Better Than Listening to Live Music?

Here's something that should have an obvious answer for most people (some crusty folks like me who avoid large crowds and loud sounds would beg to differ), is listening to MP3s and vinyls better than listening to live music? LIVE MUSIC DUH! If you don't listen to live music, you don't love music. If you don't go see… » 2/07/13 9:00pm 2/07/13 9:00pm

Sony's One-Piece Waterproof Walkman: 1 Hour's Playback From 3 Minutes…

If workouts take you from pounding the pavement to plunging into the pool with little time to spare between, Sony's new one-piece Walkman might be of some interest to you. » 1/08/13 4:45am 1/08/13 4:45am

Scare Trick-or-Treaters Senseless With a Shrieking MP3 Doorbell

Your front lawn is full of gravestones, skeletons hang from the trees, and a haze of cobwebs coats your porch. Yup, you've gone all out this Halloween to make your house the spookiest on the block. » 10/29/12 2:00pm 10/29/12 2:00pm

Bruce Willis Planning Legal Battle to Leave iTunes Library in His Will

Action movie legend Bruce Willis is apparently eyeing up a legal battle in order to guarantee that he can pass his massive iTunes library onto his children when he dies. » 9/03/12 8:00am 9/03/12 8:00am

The Gadgets that Got Us Going, Back in 2002

Gizmodo is officially 10 years old! And, while we've been celebrating this all week, I thought it would be fun (and/or funny) to take a look back at the ancestor gadgets we would all be using if someone were to turn the dial back, way back, all the way back to 2002. » 8/16/12 1:00am 8/16/12 1:00am

How to Stretch $2 of Free Amazon MP3 Credit into 8 Top 40 Songs (If You…

Amazon is giving away $2 of Amazon MP3 credit and if you really want to stretch those imaginary dollars, you could land 8 ridiculously popular, played out to oblivion songs for free right now. That's right, Amazon is pretty much giving away music. » 7/16/12 6:20pm 7/16/12 6:20pm

How to Digitize Your Vinyl Collection

Your LP collection may be the coelacanth of storage mediums, but it is often a repository of tracks and titles that you simply can't get anywhere else. Here's how to digitize your wax-platter music, and finally drag the last remnants of your analog life into the 21st Century. » 7/14/12 11:00am 7/14/12 11:00am

How Winamp Disappeared Into Obscurity

This year marks the 15th birthday of Winamp. During that time it went from being a must-have piece of software to languishing in complete obscurity. But where did it all go wrong? » 6/25/12 4:29am 6/25/12 4:29am

MP3-Playing Mouth Gear Makes Headphones Obsolete

Remember when your orthodontist said you could get a flavored retainer and you were all Glitter? Pshh. I want my mouth gear watermelon-flavored or not at all! Well, prepare to feel like a dated, oldtimey loser: Aisen Chacin, a Design and Technology student at Parsons the New School for Design, has created a… » 6/01/12 2:00am 6/01/12 2:00am

Legendary Music Blogger Sean Adams on ‘Slow Death of MP3 Blogging’

MP3 bloggers were the revolutionaries of music criticism, taking on established outlets like Rolling Stone and Spin by being faster, cooler, and more musical - in that they could embed what they were talking about. Readers could hear it for themselves as they read the blog, rather than looking for it on Napster or… » 4/04/12 10:00pm 4/04/12 10:00pm

The FAA May Soon Allow Electronic Device Use During Takeoff

Everybody hates having to stop reading ebooks, listening to music and playing Angry Birds during take-off. But it's not a fact of life; the FAA is rethinking its policy on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing. About. Bloody. Time. » 3/19/12 5:16am 3/19/12 5:16am

Google Music Is a Complete Letdown

Google Music is out of beta and it pretty much does everything we thought it would. It will let you buy, store, stream and share tracks you already own. Sounds familiar... maybe because it's an entirely unoriginal idea. » 11/16/11 6:00pm 11/16/11 6:00pm

Google's Negotiating Its Way Into An Online MP3 Store

Google's not content with being just an online digital locker for your music, it wants you buy MP3s from it, too. A New York Times report suggests Google is looking to open an online MP3 store and is negotiating with the record labels to secure the necessary licensing agreements. » 10/13/11 10:42pm 10/13/11 10:42pm