updated 05:10 pm EDT, Mon March 12, 2007
Naples store opening
In brief: One avid Apple fan recorded the grand opening of the new Apple Store in Naples, Kiwali announced the start of "The Great Daylight Savings Sale" to coincide with the new start of Daylight Savings Time, and Smart Loops released MIDI Drum Loops vol. 3. eMedia Music has added a new two-volume CD set to its series of music tutorial CDs, Steeprock Media has launched a Web-based "virtual composer" music library, and Wibu-Systems is preparing to showcase a 2GB version of its CodeMeter Stick USB storage device. A video has surfaced on YouTube covering the grand opening of the Apple Store in Naples as an enthusiastic general store manager speaks to charge up employees as well as onlookers.
Kiwali DST promotion
iPod accessory and T-shirt designer Kiwali has launched The Great Daylight Savings Sale, reducing the prices of all Kiwali accessories for the iPod at its online store. The company also announced the immediate availability of Creative Packs for the Deco skin collection for Apple's old and new fifth-generation video iPod.
MIDI Dum Loops vol. 3 released
Smart Loops has released MIDI Drum Loops vol. 3, a follow-up to its first and second volume collections with more than 240 unique loops that offers over 500 measures of drum grooves and fills. The loops are usable with any MIDI-compatible music software or hardware sequencer that can read standard MIDI files.
Each loop is offered in four formats which include MIDI groove clip, standard MIDI file type 0, standard MIDI file type 1, and session drummer 1. Vol. 3 loops are designed specifically for hip-hop, rap, and R&B musical styles, according to Smart Loops.
Music tutorial ships
eMedia Music has released eMedia Piano & Keyboard Method Deluxe, a new two-volume CD sets to its series of music tutorial CDs. The new set features eMedia Piano & Keyboard Method and Intermediate Piano & Keyboard Method for $100, teaching users to play with more than 450 audio- and video-enhanced lessons as well as over 150 songs in a variety of musical styles.
Web-based "virtual composer" launches
Steeprock Media has launched Orpheus, a Web-based "virtual composer" music library with 100 percent royalty free usage. The service requires no tracking sheets and includes no usage restrictions, enabling users to build royalty-free music directly in a Web browser.
2GB CodeMeter Stick debuts
Wibu-Systems has unveiled a new version of its CodeMeter Stick USB-based storage device that features 2GB of storage capacity. The company will present its new model in a metal case at the CeBIT 2007 event in hall 7, booth A35. The CodeMeter Stick measures 6cm long and 1.5cm wide.