Energi To Go Portable Power for iPod (News and Freebies)

Energi To Go Portable Power forĀ iPod Energizer has released a cool new gadget to help extend the life of your iPod charge. The new Energi To Go can extend the runtime of your iPod for an additional 45+ hours of audio on a Nano and additional 11 hours of video on an 80GB video iPod.

The Energi To Go requires two e2 Lithium AA batteries (under $10) and for long trips where power outlets are scarce, this thing is a lifesaver.

The unit, does add a fairly significant amount of “bulk” to your iPod, considering most iPods are so thin…but again, I see this being used more on long trips than on your jog through the park. For the added battery life, the extra bulk is worth it.

Freebies

In addition to news about the Energi To Go, Energizer and Pandora’s new message board were kind enough to hook us up with a couple of these things to give away!

All you have to do is post in the comments below how you think this would benefit you (such as a backpacking trip you’re taking, or a long flight, etc etc).

We’ll pick two winners and Energizer will ship you one of these!

matchmine: Made for the Multidimensional You

matchmine logoWhen you get book recommendations from Amazon or music suggestions from Last.fm, they’re based not just on your own shopping and surfing history, but on the preferences of people who like the same things you do. It’s called collaborative filtering, and it’s not always an ideal way to find new things to read, watch, or listen to.

Suggestions based on collaborative filtering can be helpful, but they can also leave you wondering where your ability to think for yourself went. One antidote can be found in the personalization approach taken by matchmine — it profiles your likes and dislikes on numerous levels, then matches that multidimensional taste profile with the characteristics of specific movies, blogs and other content.

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Poll: Music to Work By – Last.fm vs. Pandora

I was checking out personalization service matchmine today and it made me think of Last.fm vs. Pandora for finding music to listen to while I work. Last.fm uses collaborative filtering — recommending music based on what people with similar taste in music like — while Pandora characterizes music on a number of attributes and then suggests music similar to songs and artists you say you like.

I prefer Pandora, because it consistently provides music that I enjoy. Last.fm never seemed to get my taste quite right. But many of my friends prefer Last.fm.

matchmine seems closer to Pandora in its approach, matching content such as music, movies, video, and blogs to people based on its inherent qualities rather than based on who liked it. matchmine’s service is only available in beta right now, but they’ll be rolling out integration with online services in the new year. You can read more about matchmine at GigaOM.

Where do you prefer to get your music recommendations? Collaboratively filtered (Last.fm), matched by musical DNA (Pandora), or some other way?

Take the poll, then tell us in the comments what kind of music you like to listen to while you work.

MeeMix Joins the Social Music Party

MeeMix, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based social music startup, is joining competitors including MOG, Last.fm and Pandora by offering music-oriented communities centered around your listening habits. I met MeeMix Founder and CEO Gilad Shlang when I visited Tel Aviv earlier this year. Shlang had articulated to me a vision of social radio that struck me as interesting, and as a result, I have followed company’s progress. They will go into public beta in a month or so, but I got an invite earlier today and tried out the service. Here are my initial (and very quick) impressions:
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The GigaOM Show #17: Guest Tim Westergren

Our guest for Episode #17 is Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren. “”The day that an MP3 player is always connected [to the internet] is the day when broadcast radio vanishes” Westergen, a leader in the fight to save Internet Radio, said on the show. He also brought us up to date on the latest happenings with the U.S Copyright Royalty Board’s recent royalty fee hike that could kill off Internet radio.

Download the show in Quicktime, Windows Media or Xvid formats.

Quote of the Day 5/31/07

*”People say iTunes is their favorite piece of Windows software…It’s like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell.”*

— _Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, from the dais of the WSJ “D” Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. yesterday, when asked how he feels about being a ‘an enormous developer’ for his chief competitor._

*_Founders’ Lesson #11: Keep your friends close and competitors closer. Build for everyone._*