Style may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you're searching for an MP3 player, but it plays a part for most people. The definition of style can be highly subjective--especially when it comes to gadgets--but I had to come up with at least some loose guidelines before compiling a list of fashion-forward MP3 players. Namely, a device must be sleek, easy on the eyes, and--ideally--inspire positive feedback from bystanders who take notice of it. In my opinion, all of the players included in this feature fall nicely into that definition. Let's break them down, … Read more
In the '90s, when the MP3 was new, it was difficult to predict the medium's effect on the music industry and our culture. Today, the results of the MP3 revolution are starting to show, and I sometimes wonder what we won.… Read more
Koss has a bad reputation for manufacturing terrible audio products, but it struck gold back in 1984 with one set of headphones, the PORTAPROS. They're still being produced with continued success after 23 years and are, in my opinion, the most underrated headphones on the market, and here's why:
Price: $35 with free shipping on Amazon. Maybe less on eBay. Sound quality: Best sound I've heard out of sub-$200 cans. Instead of telling you how awesome these are, I'll let these 249 people do the work for me:
CNET Review (Review on its way, but … Read more
Believe it or not, it's actually not the first of its kind that we've seen, though there are far more traditional non-aquatic iPod beds, of course. But the "Akva Sound Music Waterbed" stays focused on its main purpose of delivering audio, resisting the temptation to build in every other known form of media and technology.
Rather than some cheesy glued-on portable speakers, according to Slippery Brick, it has a dedicated place … Read more
At first blush, this 4GB flash player might look like little more than an iPod nano knockoff--and in many respects it is. But unlike Apple's player, the T10 includes an FM tuner (and recorder, a feature I doubt anyone ever uses), support for the Rhapsody subscription service, and an RSS feed reader. It plays videos, too.
But the real nano-killing feature is … Read more
The "iTam Tam" from France's Branex Design is a dock and speaker station that can be used for either the iPod or the iPhone. It supposedly doubles as a stool, according to BornRich, though we certainly wouldn't recommend it for any type of seating in bars we've patronized. It also puts a new spin on the growing trend of using the … Read more
So you've probably been told by numerous Apple zealots that their favorite company is the greatest in the world. And while they're all wrong for believing it, their company will eventually become the most dominant in the tech industry. Sorry to break it to you, but it's true.
So why will that happen? Believe it or not, it's not the stretch some may think it is. Let's face it -- Microsoft dominated the industry for years through sheer power and control along with a little business know-how thrown in. And although some like to believe that Bill Gates and company walked in one day and took the industry over, it didn't happen that way. Instead, it took years and a slew of deals to propel Microsoft to the top -- something Apple is working on now.
Now I know what you're saying -- "will this be an Apple fanboy rant about the wonders of Steve Jobs?" Hardly. The fact of the matter is Apple is poised to become the most powerful company in technology and along the way it'll definitely court its share of individuals who will despise its every move. And let's face it -- a company doesn't become the most dominant by being the nicest on the block.… Read more
Sure, the Apple iPod Nano is ultraslim, easy to use, and nice to look at, but it lacks desirable extras such an FM radio and a user-definable EQ, and the sound quality isn't exactly spectacular. Luckily, if you're not convinced you want to hop on the Nano bandwagon, there's a handful of worthy alternatives, and most of the ones I've rounded up for you beat out the Nano in audio fidelity. Of course, the important thing is selecting the best MP3 player for your needs, and I'm hoping one of these will do the trick.… Read more
Expect to see new iPods arrive around the usual time later this year, say around September or so.
Wolfson, a high-end audio chipmaker, notified shareholders Thursday that it "has not been selected by a major Tier 1 customer for inclusion in the next generation of its portable media players, expected to be launched during the third quarter of 2008." Sources told Reuters that "major Tier 1 customer" was Apple, and that the snub came from new versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch.
Apple has held a third-quarter iPod event for the last three years, … Read more
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Good advice if you're Creative and Goliath is a fruit-branded company from Cupertino. So adding more sauce to the Apple pie is yet another third-party accessory, albeit a decent-looking effort, hot out of Sim Wong Hoo's wonder emporium. First glimpsed at CES 2008 back in January, Creative's TravelSound i80 speaker for the iPod nano (3rd Generation) is an extension of the i50 for the shuffle (2nd Generation). If you liked the latter, you'll probably like the former since Creative's roots are after all rooted in audio. Think … Read more