Posts Tagged ‘mp3 player’
  • 10 of the most mind numbingly pointless gadget combos created by human beings…
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 6:53 am
    Want a completely useless gadget that could get you killed? Check out the TASER-Mp3 player combo. At first it may seem like a good idea. Masking a self defense and publicly undesirable object with something that every loves -- an mp3 player. I thought the whole point of a tazer was to protect your from surroundings that were inhabited by less than friendly individuals? Now how can you pay attention in those dark, remote portions of cities with some stupid Clay Aiken song blaring into your e...
  • Creative/Zii to bring Android Phone to market?
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 4:04 am
    Excited I am. The creative line of players while robust and featuring top notch audio quality have often fallen short in terms of usability and UI interaction. Several months ago Creative announced that their "Zii" line of players would have both an in-house OS model as well as an Android model. But these were just MID/audio players to take on the iPod Touch market. The Android model had some pretty awesome specs, though sadly wasn't a phone nor was it even hinted at being one. I'm not disc...
  • iRiver eschews market trends, treads on with iRiver B30 multimedia player
    by Mike
    Posted October 26th, 2009 at 5:41 am
    I know we've said it multiple times, but we'll say it once more for those who may have missed it: Smartphones are hot. Because of that, dedicated media players such as iRiver, iPods, Zunes etc. are seeing decreased sales as people look to consolidate all of their needs to one gadget. iRiver pushes on however with their latest media player, the iRiver B30. By now, you can expect fairly average specs from a player in this category -- 2.8" 280 x 320 display, WOW earphones, and an integrated DMB ...
  • Creative Zii Egg to see Android installer drop next week
    by Mike
    Posted October 16th, 2009 at 6:08 am
    Only problem? So far, the only people who will actually be able to enjoy this new found egg/Android bonding are developers. If they're to create amazing apps then they certainly need some hands on time. But how much longer is it going to take until I can wrap my hands around the slick plastic casing of a Zii Egg humming along with Android? I'm eager to see what these Android powered units bring to the table and how they're going to compete with the top contenders from Apple and Microsoft. L...
  • Volume limit coming media players EU wide?
    by Mike
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 12:39 pm
    If you're the type that likes to rock out by blaring your music into your little ear canals, you soon could have a nanny watching over your shoulder, or in this case staring back up at you as mp3 players in EU member countries could soon have a default setting of 80 decibels. This type of suggestion and law isn't knew and has been around in the EU especially for several years. Although, this is the most aggressive push yet buy government to get any actual implementation moving forward. Eve...
  • Microsoft tugs a heart string…Remembers fallen Zune HD team member…
    by Mike
    Posted September 25th, 2009 at 6:13 am
    Yes I'll admit it. I harp on Microsoft a lot. Though every once in a while they do something worthwhile and sincere that deserves some praise. After the Zune HD got biopsied by the FCC, many who looked at the pictures questioned the placement of a few words inside the unit which read: "For Our Princess". At the time seemed rather odd and I even saw some blogs speculating that it was a left field attempt to be "cool" and emulate Apple's "Made In California" on their gear or even earlier Z...
  • Thinking about taking your new 5th gen iPod Nano to the gym? Life Time Fitness asks you think again.
    by Mike
    Posted September 23rd, 2009 at 9:06 am
    In the age of paranoia and fear mongering, someone always has to be afraid of something, banning something, and generally introducing more pain and hassle into our lives then their has to be. Case in point: Life Time Fitness, a major U.S. gym chain has banned the new iPod Nano's from being used in 84 of their gyms spanning 19 states because of the inherent danger that someone could be secretly recording you. *Gasps* *Zoinks* While the thought is creepy and weirds me out, such a ban won't ...
  • MP3 Grenade: Explosive sound in a tiny package
    by Mike
    Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 7:06 am
    Out of all the mods I can think of that involve taking a gadget and stuffing it inside the carcass of something else, the MP3 Grenade is by far my new favorite. The MP3 player grenade is as one would expect, a tiny MP3 player (in this case a 2GB Sansa Clip) stuffed inside the hollowed out case of an older military grenade. While this is certainly a feat of gadget modding, I highly suggest you leave this beaut at home when flying home for Christmas. Something tells me TSA won't be so fond......
  • So exactly what is Microsoft’s strategy with the Zune?
    by Mike
    Posted September 14th, 2009 at 7:05 am
    Love it or hate it, mock it or praise it, the Microsoft Zune is here for at least a little longer with the upcoming release of the Zune HD. While the older 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 80GB, and 120GB models will be getting a digital dirt nap, Microsoft is pushing onward with their little player that still hasn't bringing to market a more formidable challenger to the PMP market. But, is it too little too late? While I am actually quite impressed with the Zune HD and wouldn't mind purchasing one, save fo...
  • Thoughts on 2009 iPod event…(Yawner?)
    by Mike
    Posted September 9th, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    After all of the hubbub and excitement from today's iPod event settles, many will sit back and contemplate everything they say today. Apple's entire lineup got some much needed attention. Some of the more surprising revelations for me was the fact that the king pin of the iPod lineup, the iPod Touch didn't get the much anticipated camera. Instead, the Nano got the coveted feature. Why they limited it to the Nano is beyond me. Second, the iPod Classic still lives. While I was half and half...
  • Grado comes inside with the GR8
    by Mike
    Posted August 31st, 2009 at 7:35 am
    To any new or seasoned audiophile, the name Grado is more than likely a familiar friend. Highly regarded for their pure, open, and airy reproduction of music means many have made the higher end headsets their own. In the age of mobility and always on the go lifestyles, ear buds have caught on. Many high end manufacturers such as Ultimate Ears, Shure, Sennheiser, as well as many others can now look forward to a new competitor in the marketplace: Grado. While Grado has neglected this particu...
  • Latest PocketDock stays true to it’s name — pockets smile
    by Mike
    Posted August 28th, 2009 at 9:08 am
    Are you the type that classifies yourself as an audiophile? Do you scrutinize every song you listen to for the smallest digital artifacts or loss of quality? If you slave over music because you love everything about it and fit the former example plus you so happen to tote around an iPod for portable music goodness, you may want to give SendStation's PocketDock a good hard look. The latest iteration of the PocketDock manages to give users an audio, video, and even mini-USB connection through...
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