After two hectic weeks of shoot, here is Kuala Lumpur’s version of Pharrell Williams’ Happy! The Lowyat.TV Team hit the ground running for this project and we managed to get around 100 participants to join in our shoot. Malaysians from all walks of life as well as expats who have come to call KL home hopped in and boogied down with us through blazing hot weather and haze. Shooting this video has been an experience and we’ve discovered all kinds of interesting locations that make KL the melting pot that it is. A thousand thanks to all those who participated, you guys make Kuala Lumpur an awesome place to live in!
Sit back, press play and enjoy!
I remember when I was a kid, Walkman players were only accessible by the rich kids in school while the rest of us sat at the sideline envying. Then when my parents finally bought me a Walkman, along came the CD players to put us back at our sad little corners once again; those were the days. These days, kids not only have their parents’ or even their own smartphones to play with, but there are even tech devices specially made for kids like the Aerial7 headphones we have for review today.
Review starts after the break.
What is the best way to show off that you have an amazing waterproof product that can stay submerged in water for a long, long period of time? According to Sony, you package it into a full bottle of water and sell it in vending machines. Instead of the regular packaging and selling its products inside Sony stores or a tech store, Sony is now selling its new waterproof Walkman in New Zealand behind vending machines with the product placed into a full bottle of water.
According to the ad, the new Walkman is the perfect match for the sporty people who are always on the go so where better to place these vending machines than in places like the gym? Called “The Bottled Walkman”, the new marketing campaign by Sony allows them to reach their target market directly and supply to them when they really need it the most. Check out the video below.
Steam is on a warpath for integrating as many functions as possible into the platform. Valve recently announced the beta test of Steam Music; which will be coming to Steam’s Big Picture and SteamOS very soon.
Like any other music player, it will play your music files stored on the computer. Although the integration makes it easier to listen to music while playing games. The idea is that it works through the Steam overlay on games, and allow the creation of playlists in the middle of games. Without having to switch over to a different program.
The upcoming beta test will only be able to play MP3 files, although this is set to change over time. Naturally, the Steam community board is already swarming with requests and suggestions on what features should be implemented next.
Those interested in joining the test can do so by signing up in the Steam Music group in the community. Users will be chosen at random from this group to participate in the test. If this is anything like the Family Sharing beta, it might just means everyone in the group gets to try the beta program.
Here’s a piece of good news for all you Winamp fans out here, your favorite music player will live on thanks to Radionomy. As rumored earlier this year, AOL has sold Winamp to Radionomy, an international aggregator of online radio stations, along with Shoutcast, a radio online directory that has over 50,000 catalogs of radio stations. The actual amount spent by Radionomy has not been unveiled but TechCrunch believes that it is a cash and share deal worth between USD%5 million and USD$10 million, with AOL taking 12% stake of Radionomy in the process.
So what does this mean for Radionomy? With the acquisition of Shoutcast, Radionomy is now one of the biggest players in the radio streaming business with about 60,000 radio sations. The company will still offer Winamp media player as it is today, but with access to all of its radio stations, the ability to playback 60 audio and video formats, 6,000 add-ons and availability in 16 languages.
Although Winamp has been left idle for years now, to date, Winamp still sees about 3 million downloads every month so Radionomy has big plans for its future along. The company says that they plan to rebuild the story for Winamp and bring it to more platforms, “not just desktop but mobile and cars and so much more”. With all the Winamp hype since AOL announced that they would kill it off by 20 December 2013, how many of you have actually started using it again?
When it comes to gaming audio peripherals, Razer is certainly one of the most well-known name in the scene. That being said, the company has recently started to pay more attention to music lovers by tuning some of its gaming audio products such as Razer Electra, Hammerhead and Kraken to make them appealing to such users.
Naturally, the next move for Razer is to have products that are fully focused for music lovers and that is exactly how the newly announced Razer Adaro series fits into the picture. Made to cater various requirements from customers out there, the most affordable model in the series is the Adaro In-Ear Earphones which is equipped with a pair of 10mm neodymium drivers together with aircraft-grade aluminium body and flat anti-tangle cable.
For the fans of headphones, the series also features the new Adaro Stereo Headphones that comes with 40mm neodymium drivers, adjustable frame and leatherette ear cushions. Additionally, there is also the Adaro Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones which is almost identical to the Adaro Stereo Headphones; just without the cord. With a battery life of up to 20 hours, the Adaros Wireless Headphones also comes with built-in aptX codec to ensure CD-like audio quality over Bluetooth connection.
Razer Adaro DJ Heaphones.
Razer certainly didn’t stop there though: the company has also unveiled the Adaro DJ headphones which is essentially the highest end model in the family. Designed for DJ, the closed cup headphones comes standard with fully adjustable and foldable frame as well as 50mm drivers, leatherette noise-isolating ear cushions and swappable cable system.
Scheduled for release throughout the world starting from February 2014 onwards, the Razer Adaro audio series carries a price tag of RM 319, RM 399, RM 569 and RM 759 respectively. To learn more, check out the series official website at www.razerzone.com.
Good news to fans of Winamp, it looks like the MP3 player that we all used to love will not be shutting down after all. The music player was previously reported to close down on 20 December 2013 but the plan was halted because of an on-going acquisition. Back then, it was reported that Winamp will be sold to Microsoft but according to the latest news, it looks like Radionomy, a Belgium-based online radio service, will be acquiring it instead.
The rumor was started by Bryon Stout on the Winamp forums, who noticed that the Winamp’s nameservers has been transferred to Radionomy. According to a “reliable source” from TechCrunch, Radionomy has indeed acquired Winamp and the deal should be finalized by tomorrow, if not sooner. TechCrunch is also reporting that Radionomy has also purchased Shoutcast, a radio online directory with over 50,000 catalog of radio stations.
The acquisition of both companies makes perfect sense, Radionomy currently has about 6,000 radio stations and boasts a DIY platform that allows anyone to create a channel. Shoutcast could give it a major boost to its services while Winamp software could be used to help program those radio stations and perhaps offer additional services as well.
Illegal music sharing have always been touted by record companies out there as an evil deed that crushes the music industry. Well, one band seems to look at it in a different way though and it is not just any random band – it’s the legendary metal band, the Iron Maiden.
According to the UK-based MusicMetric, their stats showed that Iron Maiden have plenty of BitTorrent traffic in South America. Instead of sending lawyers to hunt down the pirates in that region, Iron Maiden continues to have huge concerts throughout the region as part of their world tour since 2009.
Throughout those concerts, Iron Maiden able to earn legal sales directly from fans through concert tickets and merchandises sales. For example, one of the band’s recent show in Sao Paolo alone has managed to rake in around GBP 1.58 million (RM 8.53 million). At an era where CDs are getting ignored as time goes by, this seems like a sound business plan after all.
However, this doesn’t mean you should go all-pirate to build your music collection though. Do choose legal purchases whenever possible especially when it comes to your favourite artists and local independent musicians. At the very least, you are also able to support them via affordable streaming music services such as Deezer and Spotify in addition to rocking out at their concerts and purchase their merchandises.
All good things must come to an end and last Friday, 20 December 2013, was the official end for what was once upon a time, the best music player in the market, Winamp. The music player has officially been removed by AOL for good and is no longer available for download however, for those of you who miss it so much and would like to use Winamp, you know, for old times sake, Spotify recently announced its Spotiamp, a lightweight Spotify player that looks just like Winamp.
Available for Spotify Premium users only, Spotiamp looks almost identical to Winamp and lets you play songs on your Spotify playlist. Just like a regular Spotify player, Spotiamp allows you to search for tracks to play and also offers radio too. Spotiamp also supports Winamp visualization plugins, so if you still have a collection of all those awesome visualizations you used on Winamp, don’t delete them, port them to Spotiamp and listen to the songs like it’s 1998.
While their catalogue have been available in the digital realms for quite some time via iTunes, Led Zeppelin have never embraced streaming music services. That is until now, as Spotify have announced that songs by the legendary rock gods are now available through the world famous music streaming service.
Apparently, the deal is exclusive to Spotify which is definitely a significant achievement for the company and should strengthen Spotify’s foothold in the market even further. Starting from this week onwards, the company will be releasing two album per day on their platform starting with the band’s self-titled debut album and its follow-up, the Led Zeppelin II.
Now that we already able to stream Led Zeppelin music, I hope The Beatles and AC/DC would consider doing the same too. It will be a glorious day when that happens.
The great guys over at Mile High Sounds are kicking off a workshop for all enthusiasts of the music creation tool Ableton Live! Tomorrow from 4pm, attendees will have the opportunity to check out an exclusive presentation of Ableton’s Live 9 music production and performance software and innovative new hardware push. Headed by Sam Counihan from Berlin as well as Malaysia’s only Ableton Certified Trainer, Reuben Samuel this is an exclusive opportinuty for enthusiasts to learn and explore more about music production as these experts will be showcasing the workflows and technology that has made Ableton’s products a favorite among musicians, DJs and producers the world over.
Ableton makes Live, a software used by musicians all over the world to create and perform music and Push, a new hardware instrument for intuitive music-making. With these products Ableton is at the leading edge of a long tradition of instrument makers. From the smallest bedroom studios to the world’s biggest stages, artists of all styles, skill levels and genres rely on Ableton for the tools that inspire.
Following the presentation, A-MarQ, a DJ trainer at Mile High Sounds, will be demonstrating the features of Pioneer’s RMX1000 effects unit. Guests can also expect to be entertained by DJ sets later that evening featuring Ableton’s own “Seven Days” aka Sam Counihan and Mile High Sounds’ DJs including Lish, A-MarQ, Blastique, Abdel Aziz as well as student alumni.
Participation to the workshop is Free Of Charge but you’re encouraged to head on over to the form here to guarantee your space!
BAIT is located at 65 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Last Saturday the great guys at Kyoto Protocol called us at Lowyat.TV to help them record the electronica version of their song Never Know (Catch that over here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKabq5…)
Since we had time after the shoot, we decided to fool around a little and hence the birth of #selambajam.
Hope you enjoy the Kyoto Protocol Cover of Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap!
PS: The vocals were done in post and it’s Fuad Singing =)
Spotify is without a doubt one of the best and cheapest music streaming service that is currently available in Malaysia. The company has got about 20 million track database and was launched in Malaysia back in April for free with ads or for RM14.90/month for an ad-free experience as well as the ability to save tracks to your device so you can listen to music even when you do not have an internet connection.
Maxis is now offering Spotify Premium to its subscribers for only RM10/month, that’s RM4.90 off the normal price, and you can still enjoy the same ad-free experience on Spotify; the promotion even comes with 150MB of internet data for you to use with Spotify Premium:
A minimum of 3 months subscription is required if you wish to sign up for the offer- you will need to pay RM30 in advance for the first 3 months, and then pay RM10/month thereafter. The data allocation for this offer is only 150MB and once exhausted, your internet speed will be throttled to 32kbps, or you could always download the songs to your device to listen while you’re offline.
To get started, dial *200# on your mobile phone or visit Maxis now for more information.
Mobility plays an important role in our everyday lives and Logitech wants to complete your mobility experience with some new accessories. Yesterday, Logitech Malaysia introduced several new products that aims to change the way you work and play, giving you a more convenient and more enjoyable mobile experience.
Your gadgets deserves a good protection and one of the products introduced by Logitech is a Folio Protective Case for iPad mini, an ultra thin protective casing that covers you’re the entire iPad mini from edge to edge. It’s the thinnest and lightest folio from the company and on top of protecting the iPad mini from bumps and scratches, it is made out of state-of-the-art material to make it spill proof too.
Retailing at RM159, the key features of the Folio Protective Case for iPad mini includes protection for the front and back, SecureLock system that keeps the iPad firmly fastened to the frame and an adjustable stand that allows the iPad mini to be placed in several different positions from nearly flat to fully upright.
For those who require more, Logitech also introduced a new Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini that packs a keyboard onto the iPad folio cover itself. The keyboard folio connects to the iPad mini via Bluetooth, completing the mobility of an iPad mini while the durable, water-repellent two-sided casing helps protect the mini tablet from any bumps, scratches and spills.
Retailing at RM299, the key features of the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini includes thin and light design, two-sided protection, SecureLock system, Dual-view stand, and a long battery life of up to three month usage in a single charge.
Logitech also introduced two speakers, hit the break to find out more.
It’s Wednesday again and if you are hoping to land your hands on some great deals this week, Storekini.com is now having an Earphones and Headphones Sale, allowing you to get your hands on some branded earphones from as low as RM79. The brands offered includes Sony, Motorheadphone, RHA and PARROT so treat your ears to some quality audio it deserves.
But that’s not all, of course it’s not. Storekini.com will also be selling three (3) units of Google Chromecast today for RM199. The deal will go live at a random time today and if you do not want to miss out, do follow them on Twitter and Facebook and be the first to find out when they announce it. You better hurry though, looking at their previous Chromecast sales, it will be sold out minutes after the announcement.
Visit Storekini.com now for more information and as usual, happy shopping!