Ep. 149: We still love you Video
Jasmine and Donald discuss the implications of MOG's new $5 music service and lament Spotify's disappointingly slow start in the States. Also, Jasmine falls in love with a tiny speaker that is oh-so wallet friendly, and we give props to the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. You'll also get treated to some off-the-cuff gift suggestions from the esteemed audio editors. Finally, a listener tip on shaking up your iPod's shuffle.
Donald and Jasmine give the newly-official Zune HD its deserved time in the spotlight as they both gush about the player's design and HD features as well as speculate about pricing and other possible WiFi-related additions. Also this week, the Insiders discuss rumblings about a potential Sirius XM App for the iPhone. Then, Jasmine brings up some of the tiniest MP3 players to ever be reviewed by CNET, while Donald goes off on a tangent about audiobooks. And we musn't forget to give props to the entity that gave this whole digital music thing a violent shove into the mainstream consciousness: Napster celebrates its 10 year anniversary this week.
Donald and Jasmine discuss whether it's worth it for first-gen iPod owners to update to the latest software. Also, Sony takes the time to address concerns about its supposedly fitness-friendly W-Series Walkman not being so friendly for those who tend to sweat during workouts, and the hosts touch on yet another gadget aimed at active lifestyles: a wireless speaker that mounts onto the handles of a bike. Plus, JBL and Roxy team up to produce a series of headphones made specifically with surfer girls in mind, right down to the bright Cali colors. Finally, we address some listener emails and play at least one voicemail that we haven't all heard before.
Donald and Jasmine discuss some iPod numbers as well as a troubling issue with the Zune HD that Microsoft appears to be ignoring, at least for the time being. Also on deck is a new music service from Google that's aiming to make your music hunting experience a little easier, and some first impressions on the DoubleTwist software, which has been making waves among Palm Pre and other music phone users. Plus, we have some listener curiosity and hit on the fact that we're not tech support for Dell.
This week, Donald and Jasmine discuss the latest Apple tablet rumors, which deal mainly with its lesser focus on music but practical usefulness for something like iTunes LPs and the theoretical iTunes music cloud. We also ponder the possible names for the imminent device. Plus, Slacker gives Canadians something to smile about, Jasmine does a celebratory dance for small-eared music listeners, and Image S4 durability issues make her shed tears while simultaneously garnering cheers for Klipsch customer service. Also, how about those ethical and legal issues when it comes to LP copying and "backing up"?
Jasmine and Donald are terribly tired of the Zune HD and iPod Touch, but there's nothing else to talk about (besides the wonders of fried food), so consider yourself warned. On the plus side, a cranky Jasmine is an entertaining one as she expounds upon the objectivity of spec-to-spec comparisons. Also up: Donald calls out some worthy Zune HD accessories, and several loyal listeners get to hear their musings read on the air.
As Jasmine battles yet another cold, she defaults to Donald for most of the talking, though her monotone voice intervenes at a few soothing intervals. On deck for this week: an unpopular story about popular gadgets, talks about Apple acquiring music cloud site LaLa, tips on how to ditch the iPod for the Zune (without hurting anyone's feelings), and a brief look at a new video service. Also: a listener looks for a mom-worthy MP3 player.
Donald and Jasmine bow to listener pressures and dedicate (almost) an entire episode to Bluetooth. Also, consider yourselves warned: the hosts spend several minutes discussing the ousted "porn" app that was released in the iTunes app store last week (not overly explicit).
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