One of My Favorite New Gadgets Available!

At least for the moment anyway. There are constantly gadgets and new technology popping up every single day. From iPods that fit in your back pocket and fit 4000 songs, to James Bond watches that actually do James Bond "stunts" to 3 inch laptops, we really have a lot of different things to choose from. If I was a billionaire, I would spend all my money on fast cars and gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets! In this article, I'm going to list my favorite gadget of the moment.

Video Glasses are really starting to become incredibly popular. I first found out about these when I was on a plane heading to the south of Florida, they had one of these little gadget sky mall magazines, and as I was flipping through it I found these cool little video glasses. At first look your either going to ooh and ahh or you're going to completely miss the point and sigh about "another" ridiculous gadget hitting the shelves. For your information, these glasses are awesome! So how do they work? Simple, these glasses can be connected to your PC or laptop through the VGA and or AV jack and function as a monitor to play games online or watch movies online. You can also use these glasses to connect to your video game console and watch the game through the glasses.

By "through" the glasses I mean, there is a small virtual screen "in" the glasses, when you look straight ahead or in some cases side to side, you can see the video being played as well as hear the sounds through tiny speakers that are implanted on the glasses. Listed below are some of the specs for these virtual glasses:

Video Glasses 80' EVG920D
*Breathtaking 3D feature for unbelievable stereoscopic game and movie experience
*Can work on any operation system, and any computers that support 640*480 resolution
*Auto switching between different video system, Pal/Ntsc/Secam
*Standard Nokia Mobile batteries in-built, removable, chargeable and exchangeable.
*Compact and light weighted trendy design
*Low power consumption
*Adjustable volume
*4 hours continuous play after one full charge
*Resolution: 640 * 480 (VGA)
*Color depth:24-bit input
*Viewing Angle: 35 degrees diagonal
*Audio: Dual-channel stereo
*3D Feature: Field Sequential 3D stereoscopic VGA signal
*Video input format: VGA (60Hz), Composite AV (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) input, S-Video (optional)
- USB cable
- VGA cable
- AV cable

These things are just incredible, and honestly the price isn't half bad either, your looking at around $300. I kind of like the price because for one thing you know they aren't going to be some cheap product that is going to break the next day and for two you know this product is made for stability, comfort, usage, and convenience. If it was $15, I would be a little worried personally!

Here are a couple other video gasses you can also take a look at. All of these vary in prices as well as specs and accessories:

Lunettes video EVG180 -
This device can be connected to various multimedia players like portable DVD player, portable media player, game console, game pad, and digital or analog TV tuner etc to work as a display. User can enjoy exclusive and portable fun wherever they go.

Video Eye wear Recorder EVR130 -
Quality Polaroid Lens from brand makers. Includes a 1.3 mega pixels pinhole CMOS camera for clear digital recording. User-friendly operation button for easy control. Sleek and elegant design suits for both men and women users. Easy connection with PC/Laptops, no driver needed. Built in 2G memory for as long as 5 hours video recording. Real time recording, never let memorable moments sneak away from life.

MT320 Mobile Theatre Video Glasses -
80inch Virtual Display, 16.7mega colors, enjoy movies, music, game, photos and favorite books everywhere you go. Economical design, sleek looking, light weight, very comfortable! User-friendly U/I back lit control enables the usage even in dark situations.

Sony Ericsson V640i Plug on For an All New Musical Experience

Sony Ericsson is always coming out with new products, which use the latest technology and provide the user with a wide range of options. The totally new V640I is an exclusive for Vodafone users. It should be available in the shops by the last week of 2007.

A Unique in V-series

The new Sony Ericsson's V640I does not have any parallels in its V-series but is more like an improved K530i. It's a 3G device with HSDPA, which is the first of its kind in the entire Ericsson mobile range. It supports standard 3G and the V640i and it has quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE data. Vodafone and Sony Ericsson insist that the V640i's data capabilities are ideal for downloading music and multimedia - they say that a sound track can be downloaded in just 14 seconds via HSDPA.

Other features

Apart from the high-speed data connectivity, the rest of the V640i's specifications include a plethora of other user friendly options. Ericsson's V640I has a 2.0" 176x220 pixel display, 2 mega pixel camera, Memory Stick Micro expandable memory, stereo Blue tooth, an FM radio and a web browser, email client and RSS feed reader. It's a resolutely mid-range device with the unusual addition of 3.5G data. This one feature sets it aside from all competition.

It's easy, clean, no-fuss and an intuitive menu navigation feature ensures that the user can access the sound track, video clip or image in a few clicks. A dedicated music key and a huge external speaker ensure that this mobile does not compromise on the musical experience. The user can download and enjoy music and videos whenever and wherever he wants.
Physically, the Sony Ericsson V640i measures 103 x 47 x 16mm and weighs 97 grams. The battery life is around 3 hours talk time on 3G, 9 hours on GSM and a standby time of 16 days. The V640i will be available in Quick Black and Havana Gold color combinations.

What's Working Right Now in Music Marketing?

It's Chris Rockett here, your friendly neighborhood tactics pimp! Today I want to talk to you about what's going on behind the scenes for my music promotion projects.

So what am I doing?

To help please the internet and the mighty "King Google" I'm placing much more emphasis on content based music marketing. You have seen that I'm doing YouTube videos, Twitter posts, Facebook pages, and blog posts.

This all works great to bring in new fans to your gang, because there is so much to talk about in your music scene, and you can easily jump into the conversation.

Let's have a look at how you can do that...

Google - You can obviously pay for traffic on Google, but it's really hard to make a profit so I'm going to suggest you use a process called "Search engine optimization" or SEO.

This means that you show up in the natural search results which will bring new fans to your website.

Did I mention that this kind of fan generation is totally FREE. (Very cool)

You can download a great introduction to SEO here.

But I would suggest you not overcomplicate this and just follow my simple process...

=> Add lots of articles to your blog related to the music scene that you work in.

=> After a while you will start to rank for a lot of different keywords and will be getting hits from all over the place.

=> Do the "Guest post method" and use the links back to your site to power up your blog trust in Google. This will in turn make it easier to rank for other terms.

Facebook - Make sure that you have a Facebook fan page and share high quality content everyday. Create work that is exclusive to your Facebook fans.

When you post ask then to comment and make sure that you join in the conversation before it dies. Share your YouTube videos, blog posts, new songs, guest blog posts and never post any crap on there at all.

If you do this right an post the best stuff you can find, people will share your content, and more and more of their friends will find and follow your page, which will create a feedback loop.

Facebook Ads - I'm also using ads in some cases and you can read my free guide on the Gen-Y Rock Stars blog here.

YouTube - Just start making simple videos at least three times a week and deliver high quality content to your network with not only your own music, but also your opinion of news in the scene, and album reviews for other bands.

Twitter - Track down the latest breaking news in your music scene and become the best source of music information for your fans. Also let your followers know about your own music once in a while.

Final thoughts

People are already looking for quality information about their favourite music so you need to plant yourself in front of those fans and then attract them back to your own website.

Just focus on the top few sites on the Internet and you will save yourself a bunch of time.

That's basically what I wanted to talk to you about today; the most powerful "fan getting" websites on the planet right now, that you can start using to spread your amazing songs and opinions.

May the force be with you, my music marketing friend!

- Chris Rockett

The Ropes of Selling Music For Production

All through the improvements that have impacted the music industry, a very important factor that has always been consistent is music for production. This usually has, and can remain, just about the most desired markets for composers as well as musicians. Music for production is very important to a production's success. Each and every film, TV show and also corporate video requires music to lift their final product... they usually have and will be always. Record labels could only get you so far, but bringing a tune in a TV show may gather its returns for a long time.

Production music libraries in many cases are requested by composers and musicians about how precisely to publish their very own music for production. An excellent library should be available to a stable circulation of fresh material from both experienced or veterans and new musicians. Who knows what undiscovered talent is waiting around in the wings! While all of us devote most time of our day online, connected to our email and the world wide web, it's very easy to deliver out an MP3 with a link to a site to browse around. Yet, a bit of work in your production can surely significantly help. Posting a demo CD featuring your very best work, with all clearly branded might have longer desk pile life than an email that's very easy to delete and tag as spam. The majority of production music libraries hold the greatest submissions on hand, generally organized by genre, for upcoming projects. Do not be blown away to listen to back from a library one year after, when they eventually comprehend they do need an album of mariachi rock music for production.

For some music libraries, composer agreements are made on a work-for-hire basis. The library will have the masters and copyrights, and will keep 100% ownership of publishing shares. But, the composer is eligible to take part in all writer performance royalties. Agreements may change among various music for production libraries, although many work on a work-for-hire basis to be able to support the type of music for production libraries as a one stop licensing shop.

Publishing indie music for production is actually a the same process. But, the management contracts differs from exclusive to non-exclusive deals, varying term period and publishing share splits. Many music supervisors, who be given a continuous stream of submitted music for production, highlight the value of exclusive agreements. It's within their greatest interest, as well as your best interest as a composer/musician/artist, to do business with just one company to try to sell your music. By doing this, all parties included are clear in terms of the prices and true ownership/representative of the music in use. You do not wish to contend against yourself and also have the music supervisor settle for a less expensive license fee. You may be losing out on well-deserved license earnings!

Thus, just what occurs when all the parties agreed and your music is used in a TV show such as Grey's Anatomy or Fringe? Hopefully you are a registered writer with either of the US Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), namely ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. These PROs are every author as well as publishers' very best friend. These people are responsible to keep sending you those royalty checks each quarter, yet most importantly, they help safeguard your rights as a composer and publisher.