Samsung Galaxy Player Up For Pre-Order At Amazon UK

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Back in September, Samsung announced the Android powered Galaxy Player 50. The folks living in UK will soon be able to enjoy their favorite tracks on the Galaxy Player, since this device is currently up for pre-order at the Amazon UK. This device runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS and it will compete with popular music players such as iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune. This device was previously showcased at the IFA 2010.

Samsung Galaxy Player sports a 3.2 inch wide touchscreen display, Android 2.1 OS, Drag & Drop operation, Virtual keyboard and so on. This device allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Galaxy Player is available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. It also features a micro SD card slot and changeable battery. You can even play contents in this device without the need to convert files, as it comes with DivX.

Galaxy Player comes with the DNLA technology, which allows you to share multimedia contents wirelessly. If you are living in the UK, then you can pre-order the 8 GB variant of Galaxy Player for £149.99 or the 16 GB variant for £179.99. This device will release on January 7, 2011.

How many of you guys are planning to buy this device? Raise your hands and let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Announces Android Powered Galaxy Player

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Samsung recently announced the Android powered Samsung Galaxy Player (YP-GB1). It will compete with popular music players such as iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune. Galaxy Player has almost all the features of Galaxy S except the cellular connectivity. It comes with Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it will allow you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This device will be showcased at the upcoming CES 2011.

Galaxy Player features a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, HD (720p) video playback, VGA front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, SoundAlive audio enhancing technology, T-DMB, microSD card slot, Android Market, Samsung App store, 1200mAh battery and more.

Samsung Galaxy Player will be available in three sizes – 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. The price and availability of this handset is still unknown. Samsung is also expected to unveil two new entry-level Android PMPs like YP-G50 and YP-GB70. Stay tuned for more updates.

Record Shoutcast Music Stations with MP3 VCR

music-notes [Windows Only] Many years ago, I remember recording broadcast radio stations using reel-to-reel, 8-track and finally cassette tape recorders. It was pretty simple tune in your radio, start your tape recorder and let it run. The biggest drawback was that you didn’t have a song list and it was often hard to identify the artist or the name of the song playing.

These days, computers have made it much easier to record music. There are many methods to record the streaming music at internet radio stations and I’ve discovered that the MP3 VCR is one of the easiest. All you have to do is:

  • Search for a radio station
  • Drag the station link to the Source Informationfield
  • Set music storage folder
  • Click the Start Recordingbutton

Here’s what the setup applet looks like:


At Shoutcast, the link you need to drag and drop is the yellow TUNE INbutton.


Once you’ve started recording, you’ll see the main interface. There are a few buttons at the bottom that you can use for Pause, Stop, Listen or Mute while recording, Timed Recordings, Station Listings, Setup and Exit.


The station list is a nice feature. It allows you to play, add and remove Shoutcast radio streams.


MP3 VCR actually detects the song titles of most station streams and creates an MP3 file for each song.


This recorder is also advertised to work with stations at I haven’t had much luck with that, but I never use their service. There are thousands of stations at Shoutcast, what more can you ask for?

Download MP3 VCR

Techie Buzz Verdict:

There are plenty of ways to record music from the internet. MP3 VCR is free and it’s one of the easiest recording methods I’ve tried. In addition to plenty of documentation, this program’s source code is also available. Based on what I’ve found so far, I can highly recommend MP3 VCR.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Clementine Music Player – Amarok for Windows and Mac

music-player-oldies [Windows, Mac, Linux] If you know your way around the world of Linux, you’ve probably heard of Amarok, the music player for Linux operating systems. Now there’s Clementine, a version of Amarok for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Here’s a list of the features:

• Search and play your local music library
• Listen to internet radio from and SomaFM
• Load M3U and XSPF playlists
• Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organize your music
• Download missing album cover art from
• Cross-platform – works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
• Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl)
• Supports MPRIS on Linux, or remote control using the command-line

I tried out the Windows version of Clementine recently and I found that it’s a pretty good music player and library organizer. Here are a few screenshots for you to look over.





Although Amarok is well developed and pretty much bug-free, Clementine isn’t there yet. Most of the features seemed to work fine. However, the online radio player feature for playing never did work for me. That’s too bad because that was the only real reason I tried it out. I was not able to check out the SomaFM player since I don’t have an account with that service.

I will definitely keep an eye on this open source project. I’m sure they’ll get the bugs out of it eventually. In the mean time, I don’t have any use for it.

Download page for Clementine

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I always try to use open source software when it’s available and does a good job. Clementine shows a lot of promise, but it still has a long way to go to compete with the many older and more mature music players. I can’t recommend it at this time.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Below Average)

Tiny but Full Featured MP3 Player – STP

[Windows Only]  STP, short for “SysTrayPlay”, is an MP3 player made in Russia by Youri Strous.

This tiny music player is contained in a single executable file about 200k in size. Despite the small size, STP has everything you need to easily listen to and manage your MP3 collection. It’s designed to stay out of your way and provide music while you are busy doing other things on your PC.

Installation and first use:
This program is offered as a ZIP file collection. Since STP is a single EXE file, you can unzip and place the STP.EXE file anywhere on your hard drive. As far as I can tell it’s completely portable and you should be able to use it from a flash drive or any other media.

Once you launch it, you’ll see the STP icon in your system tray. It will save it’s own settings in an STP.INI file after it’s started.


A right single click on the STP icon reveals all the settings, controls and options. Normal left single mouse clicks will pause and play the current song. You can assign other functions to both right and left double and triple clicks of the mouse.


Using the STP minibar:
Under the Windows menu, STP can be set to display a “minibar” interface that many people will recognize as common in music players. The minibar can be dragged around on the screen by grabbing the dark grey rectangle on the right end.


The minibar also displays the standard Play, Pause, Stop, Forward and Backward buttons. The next “now playing” field is active and clicking on it will cause the player to jump to different portions of the song almost instantly. The next field shows the volume as a percentage. Clicking on the volume field allows you to change the volume up and down.

After the volume field, you can see that there are 5 letters displayed. Clicking on the letters “I E P T A” provides quick access to many of the often used player functions.

I – brings up up “MP3 Info” on the currently playing song where you can also edit the ID3 tags.


E – launches the built in “Equalizer” which allows you to adjust the sound frequencies and save or load EQ settings.


P – displays a playlist which can be saved as M3U or PLS files. MP3 files can be dragged and dropped on the playlist and once there, they can be re-ordered by dragging them up or down in the list. Playlists can also be searched by typing in the “Find Track” field at the top of the playlist.


T – shows the “Tracks” menus which I’d say should really be called the “Folders” because it allows you to see all the music folders that your current playlist is using.

A – shows “Album” menu with the current music folder and the songs in it.

That basically covers using the “minibar” interface. I prefer using only the systray icon along with some custom hotkeys.

Using Hotkeys instead of the minibar:
You can set your own custom hotkeys in STP by going to the Settings / Advanced menu. You’ll find lots of other goodies in this settings menu, but let’s focus on the hotkeys which can be accessed by hitting the “Hotkeys” button at the bottom.


Almost every function of STP can be accessed by hotkeys that you can define.


As you can see, I only use a few of the hotkeys such as Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Volume. Those alone are enough to keep me from having to click open any other menus while using STP.

STP Home page:

The only other MP3 player that I like as much as STP, is Foobar. Keshav, my friend and co-author here at Techie-Buzz, has written several posts about Foobar. It’s a well supported MP3 player with plenty of skins and plugins.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 There are very few MP3 players that are smaller than STP and I’d give it 5 points for cramming in all of it’s features in such a small and completely portable package. However, I have to take one point back because the author is no longer actively developing this application. The source code is available for this application. Does anyone need a coding project?

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

Buy 8 GB Blue Zune MP3 Player With Zune Car Pack and Leather Case for $79 [Gadget Deals]

Attention Zune lovers, here is a great deal to start off your Monday. You can buy a 8GB Blue Zune MP3 Player with Zune car pack, which includes a FM transmitter, magnetic storage clip, dashboard grip pad and a leather case for only $79.


The 8GB Zune MP3 Player can hold up-to 2000 songs, 25,000 pictures or 25 hours of video. The product will ship for free, however the deal is a daily deal, so don’t expect it to last till tomorrow.

Have fun listening to music on your new Zune player :-).

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