Want to take your tunes outside with you, but don’t feel like sharing? While BOOM’s excellent Urchin speaker provides water- and shock-resistant music for groups, their Spooners headphones let you keep the party solo while still shaking off dust, water, and a pretty bruising amount of abuse.
On Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported on Mac and iPod sales and noted that Apple’s iPod sales have slipped 23% in the last quarter and represent only 2% of Apple’s revenue. This means the iPod is no longer what consumers want, and that it may not necessarily be around for many more years. It is no wonder that Apple never bothered to update the iPod Classic line after they added the larger 160 GB model storage option.
The Bric BT, aka the iF330BT, is the Bluetooth-capable portable enhancement of the original Bric iPod dock, featuring the addition of Bluetooth streaming and dual bass reflex ports for added punch on the low end. It’s a competent portable Bluetooth speaker, especially considering it is priced under the majority of its competition
If you’re looking to upgrade your iPod or want to put a little something extra towards a gift purchase, NextWorth has a deal for you. From now through December 31st of this year, they’re offering a 10% bonus payout for all iPod trade-ins. The trade-in value of your iPod will be determined by its condition.
Edifier takes their task of building quite seriously, with designs that fuse audio performance to what can only be described as speaker sex appeal. The company has announced two new designs in their lineup, and both feature streaming options (a feature Apple likely envisions as obviating the need to keep the 30 pin Dock Connector alive). The new additions are the Esiena and Bric Bluetooth, and both bring a healthy dose of design to the standard category of speaker docks.
The experts at iFixit got their hands on the new EarPods from Apple and took them apart to examine the internal contents. They found some exciting discoveries that show Apple took great steps to improve the technology over that of their predecessors.
Phiaton’s Primal Series headphones take the company’s signature half-in-ear earphone design to a new level of comfort and musical precision (though the unwieldy name is still a challenge). With long-lasting comfort and impressive sound reproduction, these are a real winner in the sub-$100 earphone market.
Featuring five speakers—including one 5.25″ woofer, two 3″ full-range woofers, and two 1″ tweeters—Pyle’s PSBM60I delivers 300 watts of sound bar performance from your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
The JBL company recently launched a successor to the JBL OnBeat speaker dock. It’s called the JBL OnBeat Air, and this new speaker dock brings a few extra features beyond the previous generation speaker dock. The OnBeat Air, while acting as a charging station for your iOS devices (through its 30-pin connector), also works well with Apple’s AirPlay technology so you can stream music across the room with ease.
Digital music revolutionized both distribution and listening habits, but analog purists have always panned the digital medium’s fidelity shortcomings. However, there are ways to enhance the mediocre digital audio experience. One is the SRS iWOW 3D audio enhancing adapter dongle that plugs into an iPhone, iPod, or iPad—even the iPod nano—via the 30-pin Apple connector on these devices.
With over 300 million units sold to date, it is no secret the iPod has become a major success in the portable music player industry. In honor of 10 years that the iPod has been around in its many forms—from the iPod Mini to the iPod Nano and iPod touch—Most Wanted has put together aniPod infographic to show just how far the iPod has come.
Adding weight to the rumors that Apple is planning to discontinue the iPod Classic and Shuffle models, the company has removed click wheel iPod games from the iTunes Store. Click wheel iPods haven’t seen a new game since February of 2009 when Apple stopped supporting development to focus strictly on iOS. The click wheel games, however, remained in the iTunes Store until recently when they were pulled (there is no word on when exactly that happened, though).