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What a Month!

As you can see by my lack of posts i’ve had one stinker of a month, most of which I will not talk about here. But I will update the Solartab C & IndieGoGo issue that i’ve discussed previously on this blog.

To recap, in late 2016 I contributed to a crowdfunding project on IndieGoGo, a site that I have linked in the past that offered new, innovative music based products. And unfortunately the original shipping date for the product came and went due to multiple alleged delays with the Chinese manufacturers.

Basically I contributed to a company that was based in San Fransisco, that suddenly moved to Hong Kong and then disappeared shortly after a issuing a statement in May 2018 saying they were about to ship the two solar panel chargers I had chosen as my perks.

When I contacted IndieGoGo for additional contact information for my complaint to the Attorney General of the State of California, I was referred to the official Solartab C site, which was no longer there by mid 2018. And of course IndieGoGo does not issue refunds, instead referring complainants back to the crowdfunding project for pretty much everything.

So, i’ve filled up the form to the Attorney General of the State of California, which was received a few days ago, and am now no longer posting links to crowdfunding campaigns from IndieGoGo on this blog, or anywhere.

I am considering filing a complaint with the FTC over this so that I can give my credit card company references in regards to this issue and will likely contact PayPal for an official response, that I will forward to both my credit card company and possibly Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

I’ve had an experience with PayPal in 2005 and have read their policies so I know they would simply tell me to get a refund from IndieGoGo, whose response i’ve already received.

Well, there you have it. I’m just compiling responses and waiting for a class action suit to get on to get a few bucks back.

Maybe my credit card company might consider what happened but I’m ready to file if they don’t.

Buyer Beware. Don’t accept delays when it comes to crowdfunding. Get your money back immediately.

New Android Hifi Music Player

The Hiditz AP200 is an Android powered high fidelity music player that is available through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

This Bluetooth and wi-fi compatible device plays most Hi-res lossless formats (32 bit/384 kHz), can play for over ten hours and is cheaper than most hi-fi devices that are currently on the market.

The 32 GB version comes in an aluminum body with three color options (Black, Blue, and Silver) and 64 GB version comes in stainless steel body with three options for the back panel (Rosewood, Pure Glass, and Carbon Fiber Glass).

Click here for additional details on this device.

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New Bone Conducting Headphones

Tayogo is a new crowdfunded product that allows individuals to hear music through bone conduction, freeing of their ears to hear their surroundings.

This waterproof Bluetooth headset holds 8 GB of music and also tunes into local FM stations. And it also keeps track of your daily physical activities through an iOS or Android App.

click here for more details on this product’s crowdfunding campaign

Interesting Idea

Years back I started framing and mounting some of my favorite album covers and although they look great on the wall, there were several issues I had to contend with.

If I had decided to mount the whole LP, the record and inner sleeve included, I would not able to play it regularly because to do so I’d need to take it off the wall and open up the frame to access the LP. And if I choose to make the frame lighter by not including the actual record and inner sleeve, I risked exposing the later to dust, fingerprints and general wear and tear.

What I ended up doing was buying used copies of my album to mount, to simply use the cover and disregards the rest. But this is of course not an environmentally friendly option in the long run. And I could have probably protected my exposed records more in a heavy duty carrying case.

Oh well. Live and learn.

Album collectors today of course have access to better options like the Snap Show and Use Vinyl Record Frame, the Art Vinyl Play and Display Record Frame, the Records on Walls slide in frame, the 12 Inch Art LP mounting kits and this new British Kickstarter crowdfunding project called Record Roots.

With Record Roots one can also easily remove and replace LPs, displaying eight albums at once. And the frame is modular so additional eight album modules can be added to each other.

Like the Art Vinyl Play and Display Record Frame and the Records on Walls slide in frame these hold double LPs. But it appears that the Art Vinyl Play and Display Record Frame is better for triple LPs.

Had I started mounting my favorite albums today I would have probably chosen to use the Record Roots system because I don’t have any double and triple LPs. I had sold those to upgrade to compact disc, back in the day, and my very favorite albums are single LPs anyway.

In case you’re curious, some of my favorite album art features paintings like Live’s “Throwing Copper“, Fleetwood Mac “Tango In The Night“, Queen’s “News of the World“, Heart’s “Dog & Butterfly” and Talk Talk’s “Natural History“.

I am also quite fond of Pink Floyd’s “Division Bell” and “Tree of Half Life“, as well as Def Leppard’s “Pyromania“, “Adrenalize” and “Retro-Active” cover art.

Those are of course the only ones I can think of, off the top of my head. And I managed to find album sized posters and promo posters for most of the above mentioned but I have just so much wall space. 🙂

By the way, if you’re a fan of album cover art you might like “Album Cover Album” by Roger Dean, “The Greatest Album Covers of All Times” by Barry Miles and “1000 Record Covers” by Michael Ochs.

New Magnetic Wireless Speakers

GoDuo Speakers are waterproof, magnetic, wireless Bluetooth speakers that are currently being offered via Kickstarter. Click here for details on this crowdfunding campaign.

New Hardware For DJs

The Evermix Mixbox 2 DJ Set Recorder is a device that enables DJs to record to their cell phones and upload these recordings to the evermix.fm website, a site where fans can access the latest tracks by the world’s best DJs.

click here for more information on this product’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign