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Entries from February 2006

One billion downloads for iTunes

February 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Hold the front page! Apple has notched up one billion music downloads from its iTunes music store. The billionth song Coldplay’s ‘Speed of Sound’ was purchased by a dude from Michigan. “I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we’ve achieved together during the past […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Trade

Panasonic top dog in plasma worldwide

February 28th, 2006 · No Comments

According to US analyst DisplaySearch, Panasonic has consolidated its position as the world’s number one plasma TV brand. It’s latest rankings has Panasonic at the top of the sales charts in Japan, North America and China. In Europe though, it sits below Philips. For the final quarter of 2005, Displaysearch ranks Panny ahead of LG […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

Sony rise to top of LCD TV market

February 28th, 2006 · No Comments

According to trade analysts DisplaySearch, Sony has moved to the number one position in LCD TV worldwide following its re-branding to Bravia and its increase in capacity through its joint venture with Samsung. Sony’s unit share jumped from 9% to 15% on 164% growth, with 56% of its output at the larger 32 inch and […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade

News from Japan

February 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Akihabara News – 2nd hand electronics sales will soon be illegal in Japan

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Tags: Trade

Abducted by The Daleks

February 26th, 2006 · No Comments

A must-have DVD for SF cultists is Abducted by the Daleks, a scandalous low budget copyright infringement in which three misappropriated BBC Daleks abduct a trio of saucy European starlets, deprive them of their clothes and prod them with their plungers. It’s enough to cause Dr Who to prematurely regenerate. This nutty nudie romp is […]

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Tags: DVD

Secret of success with women

February 26th, 2006 · No Comments

What’s the secret of success with the opposite sex? Imaginative misinformation, says AV trade journalist Ben Curtis. ‘I usually tell girls I’m on the shortlist to become the next Blue Peter presenter. It always works…’

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Tags: Trade

DVD Vs professional cinema

February 26th, 2006 · No Comments

A home cinema sound system has beaten a professional cinema sound system hands down. In three demonstrations looking at digital projection, Jon Thompson from the BKSTS put DVD to the test. Although primarily looking at picture quality, one of the overwhelming comments made by each audience member was that the sound of DVD was far […]

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Tags: Trade

Review of the Bristol Hi-Fi show 2006

February 25th, 2006 · No Comments

This year’s Sound & Vision show left AV zombie cold… Like the sleet that blighted the opening day, this year’s Bristol Hi-fi Sound & Vision show was a half-hearted affair. The event offered few surprises, but those Arctic Monkeys who braved the chill February air and spluttered up their seven quid entrance would at least […]

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Tags: Trade