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Sonos PLAY:1 Hands-on

Sonos PLAY:1 becomes a less expensive Trojan Horse for just $199

October 14th, 2013

The barrier to entry in the world of Sonos has normally been reasonably high. The company’s products sell in the $400 plus range, with the Sonos PLAYBAR retailing for $699. On Monday, however, Sonos is introducing the PLAY:1, a portable speaker that’s smaller and more compact than the PLAY:5 and PLAY:3, and less expensive as …

Ford Sync Spotify Integration

Ford Sync’s new Spotify integration signals further decline of traditional radio

February 26th, 2013

We had the opportunity to tour the Ford booth on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, and were treated to a first-hand walk-through of the newest version of the company’s Sync in-car media and voice command technology. Chief among the new features is Spotify integration, giving subscribers ubiquitous access to the streaming music service by way …

Sonos PLAYBAR Release Date

Sonos steps into the home theater space with the PLAYBAR

February 12th, 2013

Sonos has long been the best modular audio system you could put into your home for unlimited music in every room, but now the company is changing the game. With the introduction of the Sonos PLAYBAR, a sound bar for your television and home theater set up, you’re now able to use Sonos’ existing speakers …

Microsoft takes aim at Pandora and Spotify with launch of streaming Xbox Music service [video]

October 15th, 2012

Microsoft’s (MSFT) long-awaited Xbox Music service officially goes live for the Xbox 360 on October 16th. Stacked with 30 million songs, Xbox Music “combines the best aspects of free-streaming radio, music subscription services and music purchasing options,” says Yusuf Medhi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business Marketing and Strategy. Xbox Music isn’t gunning only for iTunes, …

Apple’s colorful new iPod touch expected to launch in three weeks

October 5th, 2012

Apple (AAPL) announced the fifth-generation iPod touch alongside the iPhone 5 last month, but it only vaguely said it would ship sometime in October. Although the U.S. Apple online store still shows a ship date of “October,” Today’s iPhone claims the Australian Apple online store website temporarily listed the 32GB (PRODUCT) RED model of the iPod touch as …

Apple unveils new iPod nano with home button

September 12th, 2012

The torrent of Apple (AAPL) news just won’t stop. As expected, the Cupertino-based company just unveiled a redesigned iPod nano. The iPod nano has ditched its clip-on design for an razor thin 5.4 millimeter elongated design with a 2.5 inch multitouch display and home button. It’s 38% thinner than the previous iPod nano and will …

Leaked cases reveal new iPod nano and iPod touch designs

September 7th, 2012

So, new iPods are probably coming soon, and they could be announced at Apple’s (AAPL) September 12th iPhone 5 event next week. What will the new iPod touch and iPod nano look like? MacRumors published images of leaked cases that are purported to be for the new iPod nano and iPod touch. As the images show, the new iPod nano looks to …