Ep. 191: Where interest is PIIQ'd Video
It's iPad mania this week as Donald and Jasmine dissect every inch of Donald's 5,000-word iPad review. Well, not really. But we do spend an awful lot of time discussing the recently-released entertainment device. However, never say we don't give the other side a fair shake: we've also got a Zune update for you, as well as some interesting Rhapsody news. Sadly, Stoic Balloon Man was not able to join us this week due to death by deflation.
We take a close look at the brand-new features of the beta version of the iPhone 3.0 software, plus some other hidden gems we've found inside.
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.
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?
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.
Turns out, according to some developers, that the only way to get your hands on a prereleased iPad is to build it a special sealed bunker of its very own, with darkened windows and a chain so it can't get up and walk away on you. People, we are NOT making this up. Also, we dish the dish on Viacom vs. YouTube; get a good, long look at Windows Phone 7; and yeah, Molly's mad about the Android 2.1 delay. No surprise.
The all-electric Fiat 500e is an interesting little go-getter with some confusing and redundant technologies inside.
This week, the MP3 Insiders discuss the rumored next-gen iPhone, which appears to be the most legit report on an unannounced Apple product in recent memory. Also, hackers break into the Zune, Apple admits to faulty Shuffle headphones, and ZDNet offers an excellent comparison of popular online music stores.
We invited hardware manufacturers to show off their best slates, Netbooks, and tablets, giving users the chance to come check out the products first-hand and weigh in on the main debate question: can anything top the iPad?
About 19 percent of respondents to a recent study say they have dropped their phones in the toilet, the Facebook for iPad app is hidden inside of the iPhone app version 3.4.4, and the popular iOS and Android game Cut the Rope makes its way to comic books.