Jailbreak: replace iTunes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Some apps that let you liberate your iPhone/iPod Touch from iTunes and Apple’s renaming obfuscation:
dTunes,
PwnPlayer,
and MPlayer
make a pretty potent combination.

MPlayer is probably the weakest of the bunch; playing video skips frames and sometimes has no audio.
I would expect it to get better over time though.

Just a few more reasons to JailBreak. :-)

Cowon A3 – media player handles almost all formats

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Cowon A3
Cowon A3 DivX/other media player
Cowon A3

The original post
is in Japanese, and
my Google translation link
may not work.
I’m not sure, but this device sounds pretty incredible.
It has a hefty $550 CDN price tag though (58,800Â¥), which is the price of a cheap laptop these days.

What really stood out for me was:

  • component output at 1280×720 (720p)
  • DivX support
  • Ogg support
  • AppleLossless support
  • Flac support
  • WMV support
  • H.264 support

.. the list goes on and on.
Note that the actual display is only 800×480, it’s only the component output that can support 720p.

Probably not worth the price, really, but impressive nonetheless.

Maybe they will be able to get the price down after a while, and it will get really interesting..

HD player of DVDs

Sunday, November 19th, 2006
Helios X5000
Helios X5000

Note, this is not about HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. :-)

I’ve been pretty happy with our two LG players (an LD-530 in the bedroom and an LD-531 in the living room), but one feature has been lacking and it’s getting more and more critical over time.
More and more of my downloaded TV shows are in resolutions higher than NTSC. The LD-530/531 (and the follow-up LD-731 apparently) can’t handle any resolution better than 720×480.

Most of my shows are now in “HR” format, which is exactly one-half the dimensions of 1080, i.e. 960×540. Some are in HD720p and some are now coming in as HD1080i (in raw .ts form, no less; let’s hear it for over-the-air recording!).

So I think I’ve found a new player: It’s the “Helios X5000 HD Network Media Player”.
Not only does it play up to HD1080p resolution DivX and WMV (and MPEG and .ts I think) with HDMI output, but it has an ethernet jack and wireless 802.11g through which you can play HD content on your network.
The highest bitrate you can play wirelessly is 12 MBps, because.. that’s as fast as wireless can go.

Helios X5000 (rear)
Helios X5000 (rear)

It’s has a good review from
enGadget
and people are
saying good things on the AVS forum.

It’s a bit pricey, but it has a lower-cost sibling, the 3000, which I haven’t looked into yet.
It also has a pricier sibling, the 8000.
I’ve spent too much time on this already so feel free to mention the pros and cons of the two siblings in the comments!