Ep. 173: Born a ramblin' man Video
We get up-close-and-personal with an itty-bitty boombox and speak our peace on some cheapo-but-neato Star Wars earbuds.
The Crave crew talks live from the CNET Stage at CES 2011, dishing on some Lady Gaga glasses that carry on the Polaroid legacy, an itty-bitty back massaging SUV robot, and a super-stylish-yet-down-to-earth House of Marley iPod speaker.
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.
Will Apple drop the iPod Classic from production when the company introduces its next generation of MP3 players in the fall? That is the chief concern of the MP3 Insiders on this week's podcast. Also, Donald and Jasmine ramble on about the best non-iPod MP3 players for Macs and the best MP3 players for podcasts, and they weigh in on a fitness-friendly MP3 player from Haier and some stupendous portable headphones from Ultrasone. Finally, SweetFM and Spotify have got Donald all hot & bothered. Find out why.
This week, Donald and Jasmine discuss a monumental smackdown between the Beats Solo by Dr. Dre and the Bose On-Ear Headphones. OK, maybe not quite monumental, but certainly interesting. Of course, if you think we're going to reveal the outcome without making you suffer through all three judges' rantings on the matter, you're sorely mistaken. Also on tap for this week: Cowon trots out a new video player, V-Moda makes an appearance with some new iPhone-friendly headphones, and Real takes a huge, industry-changing beating from the MPAAholes. Plus, what exactly do the MP3 Insiders think about keeping all our media in the cloud? Tune in to find out.>
The MEElectronics M11P+ earphones can be too bass-heavy at times; audio isn't the cleanest or the most balanced we've heard.
Like many celebrity-endorsed headphones, the House of Marley Smile Jamaica has a bass-heavy response, but an excellent price and build elevate it above peers.
Jasmine's back, and she and Donald tackle the Android-based Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet that just landed in the office--with plenty of unboxing goodness. Also, a new Cowon player is teased in Asia, and Jasmine rants uncontrollably about the sweet new Japan-only Walkmans that she's dying to get her hands on. Finally, no MP3 Insider would be complete without a sojourn into iPod Touch/Zune HD territory, which is exactly where the updated CNET Prizefight comes into play.
This week, Donald and Jasmine discuss Zune Marketplace disappearing acts along with potentially revealing Zune HD price drops, impressive headphones for less than $50, and the latest Mac-friendly version of RealPlayer SP (now with video transcoding). Also, find out five (or really, eight) ways to put your music in the clouds, and hear what we have to say about a potential iPad competitor from Sony. Finally, is the Zii Egg a phone?
Donald and Jasmine continue the good fight of keeping the MP3 Insider and Dialed In podcasts as two separate beasts as they discuss the latest music news from MWC: that Zune features are officially coming to mobile phones at the end of the year. Also, Jasmine battles depression over the nonexistence of the perfect MP3 player, and Donald weighs the value of iTunes video versus cable as Apple teases price-cuts on TV shows. And the show wouldn't be complete without some headphone talk, specifically about the super magnificent Klipsch Image X10i. But are they worth a cool 350 smackaroos?