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In the early 1880s, recording sound was a brand new thing. It was so brand new that people like Alexander Graham Bell and his buddies were still experimentin' with the best way to make it work. The Smithsonian has some of these trial-and-error recordings, and using 3D optical scanners, they've been able to play them back for the first time in over a century.
 
Just as sharks are genetically designed to never stop swimming and hunting, the modern guitar form is still the perfect shape to allow you to fully exploit your music machismo. But that doesn't mean we can't improve upon the instrument with some tech steroids.
 
Future X-Factor and American Idol stars can rest easy in the knowledge scientists have been working tirelessly to take out the guesswork in what makes a hit song. They've developed a software program that can predict chart positions with about 60% accuracy.
 
Bet you thought that Typesonic or that Steampunk Mac with a 114-year-old Remington typewriter were cool. You've never been blown away by any typewriter unless you've seen this Keaton Music Typewriter. There's no familiar QWERTY row on this typewriter because it types musical notes, not letters and numbers.
 
Antonio Stradivari's violins are considered the greatest ever made. Rare not only because just 650 out of 1,000 of his violins remain, but also because the tone they emit has never been replicated in other violins. New computer tomography has been used to harmlessly probe an existing Stradivarius to unlock its secrets and replicate it.
 
You know what anti-piracy groups are supposed to be all about? That's right, pirating stuff. Oh, oops, I mean not pirating stuff. Yeah, sorry about that, but it's an easy mistake to make, seeing as these guys keep doing the exact opposite of anti-piracy.
 
The days of storing your iTunes music locally on your iPod, iPhone or iPad are over. It's all about having your entire iTunes music library in the iCloud now baby. iTunes 10.5.1 is ready for downloading and it comes with a major update: iTunes Match, Apple's subscription service that matches all of your non-iTunes purchased songs and stores them up in the cloud.

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