Ep. 166: It's all digital Video
Jasmine stifles yawns as Donald tries to convince her that, yes, there are worthwhile things to talk about today, such as Sony dropping the price of the 32GB X-Series Walkman to a level that it should have been at to begin with (yawn), and Microsoft announcing two new subdued colors for the Zune HD (yawwwwwn). Also this week, Donald reviews the Zoom Q3, a video recorder that's much more impressive for audio, and we answer some listener email about MP3 player life spans. Plus, some hard facts on wood enclosures.
With free apps for Android devices and Windows and Mac computers, doubleTwist gives Android users a very iTunes-like music management experience, as well as a few premium features even Apple doesn't yet offer.
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.
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.
Brian Tong joins us to talk about the high points of Monday's WWDC announcement and how the new iPhone 4 compares with current Android hardware. Also, the HTC Evo 4G breaks a Sprint record, Android tablets for $100 and Google Music... coming soon? Plus copy/cut/paste shortcuts and a review of DoubleTwist.
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"?
Donald and Jasmine throw out a few tasty leftovers from CES 2010, including an upcoming Slacker iPhone app update that will cache music offline. We check out some speaker light bulbs, an amplified helmet, and cross our fingers for XviD support on the Zune HD.
If your analog music collection still contains some precious cassette tapes, here's your chance to make those recordings relevant again. Dust off your old cassette deck and watch as Donald Bell explains how to make digital copies of your old mix tapes.
Donald and Jasmine discuss the new additions to the iPhone and how these will affect iPod Touch owners as well. Also on deck: budget shopping tips for MP3 players and headphones are outlined, and Donald gives an overview of two step-by-step tutorials involving fixing a broken Touch screen and getting the most out of Pandora. Finally, we give our listeners some much-deserved attention.
This week, Donald and Jasmine talk up the new iAudio players from Cowon and how they're going to have Apple shaking in its boots (not), and also take an inordinate amount of time to espouse upon something that has very little to do with digital music: a possible monthly subscription plan for online video from iTunes. Plus, some very unsubtle earbuds from Stonedcandy--er, Skullcandy--and some listener feedback on iPod usage.