updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue June 7, 2005
Roxio offers The Boom Box
Roxio is working to launch the first software bundle designed to personalize iPod content. The Boom Box is a collection of applications for iPod owners that will help users customize and personalize iPod content--from music to podcasts. The bundle will include four applications: MusicMagic Mixer, CD Spin Doctor, Audio Hijack, iSpeak It, and iPodderX. The Boom Box package will sell for $50 and will include special offers for iPod owners, including those from Audible.com and other iPod accessory manufacturers. The Boom Box features two applications for podcasting, two applications for converting various audio sources to iPod-friendly formats, and an automated DJ application for playlist generation, according to various sources.
- MusicMagic Mixer is an automated DJ application. It uses proprietary algorithms to analyzes acoustic elements from songs and generate automatic playlists.
- Audio Hijack captures audio from any application, and saves it for later listening. Roxio suggests using Audio Hijack to record Internet radio episodes for playback at a more convenient time.
- CD Spin Doctor helps users import their old vinyl or tape recordings. It can detect tracks and automatically create separate audio files. It can also remove unwanted noise, and enhance sound quality in general.
- iSpeak It lets users convert text-based documents into audio files using speech synthesis. Users can create podcasts from Web sites or emails using iSpeak It.
- iPodderX is a subscription manager for podcasts. It automatically downloads podcasts, and prepares them for synchronization to an iPod. Podcasting is becoming increasingly popular for news and music delivery.