Best Songs Of 2008

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When we look back on 2008 a decade from now, we might remember it as the last year that albums mattered as much as songs. Yes, Radiohead turned the whole industry on its head with their Internet tip-jar release of In Rainbows; yes, Lil Wayne sold over a million copies of Tha Carter III in a single week; yes, Axl Rose finally released Chinese Democracy. But once you get past those big stories, most of the acts making waves in music this year did it with songs, not albums. Increasingly, our iPods are stuck in shuffle mode—and we like it that way.br /
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With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at 2008 and pick the 50 songs that represented the best music the year had to offer, from the Top 40 anthems we couldnt escape to the hidden gems we hope youll seek out.br /
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Were sure we left out a few of your favorites; if we did, tell us about it in the comments section.br /
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And now, on with the list:br /
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50. Hot Chip, “Ready for the Floor”br /
The latest winsome club anthem from England’s geekiest electro-pop crew.br /
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49. Delta Spirit, “Trashcan”br /
This ragtag San Diego group has opened for Cold War Kids and takes that band’s mix of raucous indie rock and sweaty spirituality to the next level on this infectious piece of barroom boogie.br /
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48. Blitzen Trapper, “Furr”br /
A touching werewolf ballad—no, really. You won’t hear more dazzlingly hallucinatory lyrics all year.br /
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47. Annuals, “Hot Night Hounds”br /
In just four-and-a-half minutes, this six-piece indie-pop collective shows why they’ve drawn comparisons to everyone from Arcade Fire to the Flaming Lips—this track is sprawling, ambitious, epic and, above all, gorgeous.br /
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46. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, “Thou Shalt Always Kill”br /
This cheeky hipster’s manifesto, set to a frenetic electro breakbeat, has too many great one-liners to list, but here’s one: “Thou shalt not shake it like a Polaroid picture.” Seriously, arent we all over that by now?br /
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45. Fleet Foxes, “White Winter Hymnal”br /
The ornate vocal harmonies that have landed this Seattle band’s debut on many year-end best lists are never more breathtakingly beautiful than on this celebration of the changing of the seasons.br /
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44. Nas feat. Keri Hilson, “Hero”br /
Love him or hate him, Nasir Jones remains the thinking man’s rapper—and here, Polow da Don gives him a monstrous beat worthy of some of his most thought-provoking lines.br /
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43. Dr. Dog, “The Rabbit, the Bat and the Reindeer”br /
These lo-fi Philly folk-rockers have been around for awhile, but they really hit their stride this year with this carefully orchestrated nugget of ‘70s-soaked pop.br /
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42. Chairlift, “Bruises”br /
No band got a bigger boost this year from soundtracking an iPod ad—and with this delicate, electro-pop love letter, they totally deserved it.br /
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41. M83, “Graveyard Girl”br /
M83’s Anthony Gonzalezs twin obsessions—shoegaze and John Hughes movies—dovetail perfectly into this teenaged symphony to God. The only song all year that was more evocative of the ‘80s was…br /
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40. Cut Copy, “Lights and Music”br /
Those falsetto backing vocals! Those rolling toms! Those detached British vocals! (Even though they’re from Australia.) It’s like a groovy house remix of a lost Depeche Mode track. But, wait, there’s more ‘80s in our countdown…br /
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39. Ladyhawke, “Back of the Van”br /
New Zealander Pip Brown could secretly be Kim Wilde’s daughter for all we know. Or maybe Patty Smyth from Scandal—remember her? We just totally dated ourselves, didn’t we?br /
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38. Kid Rock, “All Summer Long”br /
For awhile, we tried to hate this track, but we finally had to give in. Mashing up “Sweet Home Alabama” with “Werewolves of London” is straight-up trailer-trash genius.br /
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37. Lykke Li, “Little Bit”br /
If this is what Swedens latest pop vixen sounds like when she’s only a little bit in love, we can’t wait to hear her when shes crazy, head-over-heels in love.br /
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36. Frightened Rabbit, “The Modern Leper”br /
Singer Scott Hutchison knows how to grab an audience’s attention with his very first lyric: “A cripple walks amongst you, all you tired human beings.” We look forward to whatever this Scottish quartet has in store for us next.br /
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35. The Raconteurs, “Salute Your Solution”br /
One of the best riffs Jack White’s cooked up since “Seven Nation Army.”br /
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34. Passion Pit, “I’ve Got Your Number”br /
Not many people heard this deceptively simple electro-pop anthem in 2008, but that will change soon. Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has one of those urgent falsettos that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.br /
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33. Lupe Fiasco, “Superstar”br /
Another insightful, soulful anthem from Chicago’s favorite skateboarding Muslim rapper.br /
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32. Atmosphere, “Shoulda Known”br /
Producer Anthony “Ant” Davis’ relentless electro groove is as addictive as the drugs Sean “Slug” Daley raps about on this harrowing cut from one of the year’s best hip-hop albums.br /
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31. Panic at the Disco, “Nine in the Afternoon”br /
The year’s most unexpected transformation: from synth-happy emo kids to Beatles-worshipping psych-rockers. Fans didn’t embrace it, but we did.br /
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30. Lil Wayne, “A Milli”br /
After he softened the kids up with “Lollipop,” Wayne unleashed this surrealist, stream-of-consciousness rap that we’re still hearing new stuff in. “I don’t owe you like two vowels”? Genius. (Say it out loud if you still dont get it; it took us a second, too.)br /
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29. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, “Low”br /
“Boots with the furrrr.” Did any song in 2008 have a catchier chorus?br /
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28. My Morning Jacket, “Highly Suspicious”br /
The most bizarre track on one of the year’s most bizarre albums, this riff-heavy freakout sounds like Prince fronting Ween—and we mean that in a good way.br /
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27. Santogold, “Creator”br /
New York electro-rocker Santi White beats M.I.A. at her own game here, toasting her ass off over dive-bombing bass and spazzy electronics.br /
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26. N.E.R.D., “Everybody Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)”br /
On this sleazy, jittery funk workout, Pharrell Williams and company finally give those coke-addled club skanks the anthem they’ve always so richly deserved.br /
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25. Black Kids, “I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance”br /
Sounding like the Cure’s Robert Smith fronting the Go! Team, these Florida synth punks come dangerously close to pop perfection on this surefire party starter.br /
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24. TV on the Radio, “Dancing Choose”br /
TVOTR does hip-hop, sort of. And it’s the “sort of” part that makes this buzzy track and its caffeinated rants about “angry young mannequins” and “foam-injected Axl Roses” so effin’ brilliant.br /
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23. Britney Spears, “Womanizer”br /
The minute Britney sneered the line “You say I’m crazy? I got your crazy,” her comeback was assured.br /
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22. Adele, “Chasing Pavements”br /
Four Grammy nominations and a “Saturday Night Live” appearance are helping this big-hearted song and its prodigiously talented young singer garner all the attention they deserve.br /
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21. Weezer, “Pork and Beans”br /
Thanks to simple but irresistible guitar hook and a YouTube-trawling video that bordered on genius, this track instantly made Weezer cool again.br /
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20. Does It Offend You, Yeah?, “We Are Rockstars”br /
Take three parts Justice, two parts Chromeo and one part total Brit-rave lunacy and you get the year’s most frenzied dance track.br /
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19. Radiohead, “House of Cards”br /
As if we needed any further proof that this band can do anything, along they came with this spooky, seductive slow burner that casts Thom Yorke, improbably, as a ladies’ man: “I don’t want be your friend/ I just want to be your lover.” Clearly, Thom, you can be anything you want at this point.br /
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18. Rihanna, “Disturbia”br /
Remember when Rihanna was the chick from Barbados with that “Pon de Replay” song? Who knew she’d become the decade’s best dance-pop diva?br /
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17. Metro Station, “Shake It”br /
Guilty pleasures don’t get much guiltier or more pleasurable than this synth-rock rave-up from the band fronted by—seriously—Miley Cyrus’ older brother. Maybe Miley should hit him up for some pointers, because nothing on her album was half this catchy.br /
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16. Q-Tip, “Move”br /
Over an insane beat (complete with sliced and diced Jackson 5 sample) from the late, great J. Dilla, the former A Tribe Called Quest frontman drops some knowledge like the last 10 years of hip-hop never happened.br /
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15. Beck, “Gamma Ray”br /
L.A.’s favorite “Loser” and super-producer Danger Mouse are bringing their go-go boots to the apocalypse—you should, too.br /
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14. Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”br /
On the fast track to join “I Touch Myself” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” as the classic karaoke anthems for drunk girls everywhere.br /
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13. Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”br /
The perfect breezy summer pop song, delivered by a guy who has all the qualities of a slightly hipper Jack Johnson—or a slightly less douchey John Mayer.br /
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12. Duffy, “Mercy”br /
Until Amy Winehouse gets her act together, retro soul doesn’t get much better than this.br /
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11. Kanye West, “Love Lockdown”br /
The Auto-Tune experiments weren’t really enough to sustain a whole album, but for this song’s four-and-a-half minutes, West’s anguished, mechanized voice grabs your attention and doesn’t let go.br /
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10. Vampire Weekend, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”br /
The coolest song to name-check Peter Gabriel since…well, actually, we can’t think of another song that name-checks Peter Gabriel.br /
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9. Death Cab for Cutie, “I Will Possess Your Heart”br /
Ben Gibbard may sing like a wuss, but it takes some serious balls to make the eight-minute, space-rock stalker jam the first single from your new album. Other mainstream rock acts’ 2008 “experiments” paled in comparison (we’re looking at you, Coldplay).br /
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8. Lil Wayne, “Lollipop”br /
The last time a hip-hop act this weird made a track this perfectly calibrated to conquer mainstream radio, the group was called OutKast and the track was called “Hey Ya!”br /
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7. Friendly Fires, “Paris”br /
This gushing synth-rock epic is already massive overseas. Look for it to conquer America in ’09.br /
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6. She Him, “This Is Not a Test”br /
Anyone who saw “Elf” knew Zooey Deschanel could sing, but no one could have predicted that, by teaming up with folk-rock icon M. Ward, she could create music this gorgeously timeless.br /
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5. MGMT, “Electric Feel”br /
If any song this year had a better come-on line than “Ooh, girl, shock me like an electric eel,” we didn’t hear it.br /
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4. The Ting Tings, “That’s Not My Name”br /
Bubblegum party pop didn’t get any better in ’08 than this U.K. duo’s epic ode to those inconsiderate wankers who can’t be bothered to remember a girl’s name. For the last time, people—her name is Katie!br /
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3. TV on the Radio, “Golden Age”br /
Sounding like the lovechild of Prince, George Clinton and “Fame”-era Bowie, New York’s preeminent art punks anchored one of the year’s best albums with this funky little gem of a track.br /
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2. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”br /
With a little help from a Clash sample and a “Pineapple Express” trailer, Maya Arulpragasam became the year’s unlikeliest breakout star.br /
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1. Estelle feat. Kanye West, “American Boy”br /
Kanye West’s greatest accomplishment in 2008 wasn’t discovering Auto-Tune—it was helping American audiences discover this deliciously soulful U.K. songbird. If Obama can do half as much for trans-Atlantic relations, the next four years are looking up.br /
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How To Download Free And Legal MP3

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There are plenty of sources of free and legal MP3 music on the Internet, you just have to know where to look.br /
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Download Free and Legal MP3s at eMusic.combr /
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Perhaps one of the best places to look for and purchase MP3s online is eMusic.com. This is because the site offers files that are not copy-protected, thus letting you download an unlimited number of songs to satisfy your music needs. The music may not come for free but for every new sign up, the site offers up to 50 files completely without charge. br /
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GarageBand is where you can find the best Independent music from the most talented Indie artists. The site has recently partnered itself with MSN music to realize the Internet’s true potential in providing a means for both artists and music fans to connect and transform the music business. br /
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Download Free and Legal MP3s at IUMA.combr /
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IUMA is where you can find and download free and legal MP3s from famous, not-so-famous, and unsigned artists all over the world. If you’re into Indie music then this is the place for you. IUMA is mainly dedicated to bringing you music from undiscovered artists whom you should know about.br /
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Download Free and Legal MP3s at Download.combr /
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CNET’s Download.com is one of the premier places where you can download free and legal MP3s. The site has one of the largest music archives on the Web so you can have your choice of music to suit your taste. At this site, you do not only hear the artist’s music, but you can also take a closer look on how their music came to be by reading artist’s bios and stories.br /
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Download Free and Legal MP3s at AmpCast.combr /
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Ampcast is another music site where you can download free and legal MP3s. Search through their entire archive for Independent artists or music from popular rock/pop groups. And if you don’t like to download anything, you also have the choice to feeds from the Ampcast Surreal Radio. The site also offers great music videos which you can watch through video streaming and community features such as forums and chatroom where you can talk with other music lovers or Ampcast artists about your favorite topic – music.br /
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My Flow So Tight Chris Brown Diss Song

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The JumpSmokers.Net Present Anti Breezy Song!br /
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Check out the music video and lyrics for the anti Chris Brown song, a href=Http://www.jumpsmokers.net target=_blankMy Flow So Tight(Anti Breezy)/a by the Smoke Jumpers. The song criticizes Chris Brown because of the alleged altercation between him and Rihanna. I heard it on Wild 98.7 this morning and it seems it is gaining radio play across the country.br /
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Chris Brown inspired the Smoke Jumpers to put together a track called, ‘My Flow So Tight’ with the main chorus repeatedly saying, “a href=Http://www.jumpsmokers.net target=_blankChris Brown Gets His Ass Kicked/a.” Lyrics and video below.br /
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The music group Jump Smokers (other reports name the group as Smoke Jumpers) are hitting the airwaves with their dance floor single My Flow So Tight (Anti-Breezy) with the pounding, repetitive chorus, Chris Brown Should Get His Ass Kicked (video below).br /
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According to an AP interview with group member C.W. Griz, the song was created out of frustration. I was really upset with the way a lot of celebrities and people were handling the situation. Not enough people were speaking out against Chris Brown. According to the seemingly (read below) official Website, A portion of the proceeds will benefit various organizations for battered women.br /
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The groups radio success is coming so fast and theres little known about the band that AP and MTV reports the name of the group is the Smoke Jumpers as does the iTunes site, but the seemingly (keep reading below) official Website, Twitter account and Myspace page have the name as Jump Smokers. Theres also an interesting development about the bands online presence – keep reading.br /
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Seemingly Official Website, Whos Behind It?br /
According to WHOIS, the Jump Smokers Website was registered today (April 3) to Wayne Ward, the B96 site designer from Ward1 using a B96 e-mail address. B96 is the CBS Chicago radio station that first got behind the group. In fact, the jumpsmokers.com site features video from B96s DJ Flipside scratching the song on air – video below.br /
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Also interesting to note that seven of the eight radio stations listed on the site as spinning the record are CBS Radio stations (B96 Chicago, 92.3 NOW New York, FM102 Sacramento, 97.1 AMP LA, B94 Pittsburgh, Wild 98.7 Tampa, Hots 95.7 Houston).br /
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On a critical music note, the song is not bad for the dance floor but surprising as a radio hit given the lack of substance. Of course its the in-your-face Chris Brown should get his ass kicked that is garnering the attention. The first part of the hook My flow so tight and the beat so sick is only half true. The flow is somewhat tight, I wouldnt say SO tight, but the beat is truly, truly sick. Im anxious to hear some remix masters get involved for a proper go.br /
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Queries to B96 and the group at press time have been unanswered.br /
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Tips On How To Choose Your Mp3 Speakers Mp3 Players

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Best mp3 speakers, there are many good tips for you before decide to buy one. And there are many mp3 speakers product to choose. No need to confuse when you want to choose which one is the best music product to buy. Below are a few tips and reviews on choosing the best music product for you.br /
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Actually it is depend on what exactly you wish from those music products. This is an additional information for you when you want to choose or in case you are confuse to choose wich one of mp3 speakers you want to buy ;br /
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1. Know your reason to buy and what you need from speakers product.br /
2. Find out information about what kind of speakers do you interest best.br /
3. Read product’s Spesification and quality guarantee carefully.br /
4. Compare 3 – 5 products in the same type of mp3 speakers to find the best one to choose.br /
5. Find out the best price and of course cheapest one by comparing pricess from 2 or more shops ( you can easily find it in the internet ).br /
6. When you decide to buy from the internet, make sure the price is include with shipping cost. Or read the terms and condition. Every site or onle shop have their own terms and privacy policy.br /
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I still recommended the iPod mp3 players for a quality product and of course a quality sound. But feel free to choose which one do you like best. It can be; A Brand, Size ( 1gb mp3 player, 2gb mp3 player, 4gb mp3 player, a href=http://www.mp3speaker-s.com/index.html target=_blank20gb mp3 player/a, 30gb mp3 player, etc ), Product’s Colour, Quality Sound, Memory Size, Model, and other factors. You can find out more about a href=http://www.mp3speaker-s.com/20_mp3_player.html target=_blankmp3 speakers and my 20 mp3 player information/a here. br /
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The weaknes of this smart mp3 mobile phones are in their power supply. The more you heard mp3s in your mobile phone it is means that the more time the phone works. The problem are on your phone battery. If you ask me, I still recommended you to have your own mp3 players product.br /
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Overall, it is all back to you. Just to remember you that everytime you need a product, always remember a “Quality”. With a great quality product on your hand, statisfaction will be yours. May be you will need more cash to have it, but you will have more benefits from it. I will add a few cent for a quality and long life product ! What about you ?br /
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How do I get movies onto my Ipod?

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Raven52 asked:

I have tried this before and was pretty much unsuccessful except the last time I did it. The movie I want to get on my Ipod is Saving Private Ryan. It actually registered into my Movies list in ITunes, but there was one problem; I only got the video not the audio. How do i get both the audio and video onto the same converted DVD? Does anyone know of a converter out there that is free and will convert the entire video?

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