Portable Audio

What Tablets can Learn from the iPod Wars
April 11, 2011

The iPad is to tablets what the iPod was to MP3 players. I think that's safe to say now, right? I mean, here we are again with Apple churning out a runaway hit that defies logical, practical buying habits and ranks up there with cultural phenomena like Beanie Babies and Snuggies. Still, when I hear people compare the iPad's success with the iPod's, something doesn't sit quite right with me. As someone who lived through the iPod wars and spent an unhealthy amount of time analyzing them, I feel obligated to drill past the superficial similarities of the iPod

New Range of Docks and Clocks from iHome
March 29, 2011

iHome, known for its docks and speaker technology has a long list of new products for Apple iPhones, iPods, and iPads, and other digital media players.

Samsung Outlines 2011 TV, App, Connectivity, 3D ‘Nth-Screen’ Strategy
March 16, 2011

Samsung Electronics America presented a broad swath of home entertainment, mobility, computing and digital imaging products at a New York showing Wednesday that its president, Tim Baxter, said dovetails with the company’s commitment to executing its “Nth-Screen” strategy – an all-encompassing game plan emphasizing seamless connectivity and interoperability among devices.

Microsoft Halting Zune Model Releases
March 15, 2011

Microsoft Corp. will stop introducing new versions of the Zune music and video player because of tepid demand, letting the company shift its focus to other devices, according to a person familiar with the decision. Microsoft will concentrate on putting Zune software onto mobile phones, such as those running its Windows operating system, said the person, who declined to be identified because the decision hasnt been announced. Zune software lets customers buy songs and movies, as well as pay a monthly fee to stream unlimited music. Zune, introduced in 2006, never managed to break the

Broadcasters Hope to Resurrect the Sony Watchman
March 9, 2011

The heyday of the Sony Watchman, a portable TV with a crappy screen and even crappier battery life, may have never actually have dawned — but that’s not stopping the folks from the Open Mobile Video Coalition from pushing for a mobile broadcast TV product to be delivered via local broadcasters over the spectrum owned by the television stations. I’ve covered the plans of the Open Mobile Video Coalition before, and today I got a chance to meet Executive Director Anne Schelle in person, as well as see some of the devices on display. I was impressed at some

News Corp Leads Additional $77 Million Round In Music Start-Up
March 8, 2011

The bubble in digital music continues: this evening, Beyond Oblivion told The Guardian that it had secured a whopping $77 million investment. The round was led by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and charity Wellcome Trust. Instead of selling consumers downloads or streams, Beyond Oblivion wants to charge device makers -- like phone and PC makers -- a one-time fee to ship its software on their devices. Then, Beyond Oblivion will pay content owners every time a user plays a song through the software, even if that song originally came from somewhere else like the user's

Microsoft: "Zune is Not Dead"
February 23, 2011

Rumors of the Zune brand's demise are greatly exaggerated, according to Microsoft. And to prove it, the Zune HD is finally on sale in Canada.

Years ago Microsoft was all geared up to unleash its "iPod killer" Zune media players...only to find that the only thing able to put a dent in Apple's iPod juggernaut was Apple itself, with it's iPhone and other iOS devices. Now, Redmond's attention has decidedly shifted to its new Windows Phone 7 mobile platform and high-profile partnership with Nokia, leading many to speculate about the fate

iEverything at Macworld Expo
January 27, 2011

That's right, iGrill. This cooking thermometer will let the host of a barbecue socialize with guests without having to worry about what's sizzling on the grill. When the meat is ready, the iGrill will beep the host?s iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch via a Bluetooth connection. The iGrill may be the perfect cure for distracted cooking. Or as the marketing pamphlet from iDevice, the marker of the iGrill, says, it is "redefining how we socialize." I have to think that was said tongue-in-cheek. The iGrill is one of hundreds of products on display at San Francisco's Macworld Expo

Nintendo DS Sales Slump in December as iPod Effect Mounts
January 14, 2011

Nintendo on Friday posted results showing a significant slump in console sales from year to year that are likely to have been affected by the iPod touch and iPhone. It shipped 2.5 million DS systems in December, according to NPD data, representing a steep 24 percent drop from the 3.31 million last year. The company claimed to have the best portable console sales of 2010 but was counting rivals like the Sony PSP and not multi-role handhelds

Samsung Readies New iPod Rival
December 29, 2010

Samsung Electronics Co. will sell a stripped-down version of its successful Galaxy S smartphone as a digital media player, the first major product introduction since its cellphone division took control of the portable media player business earlier this year. With the move, Samsung will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches product for product with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods, iPad and iPhone.