After a September 2011 no-show from the annual iPod Nano range update, it now looks as if Apple are ready to reveal the next generation of their miniaturised MP3 players, and with it will come a much-missed returning feature….
Sony's Walkman range gets another fitness-orientated Walkman today in the shape of the Sony Sports Walkman NWZ-W260. Completely wire-free with the player and storage built into the headphones themselves, they're totally water resistant, meaning they're as great for watersports enthusiasts…
From today, I’ll be contributing a new weekly column to the site every Tuesday afternoon about digital music. We’re calling it Noise Gate – which refers to an electronic device that cuts through the noise and crackle of an analog signal and delivers you a noise-free result. In the same way, I want to cut through all the crap surrounding digital music, mainly delivered by major labels and tech companies, and deliver you the pure, unadulterated facts. Think you can handle them?
Elegance, simplicity, functionality, subtlety. These are words that you might use to describe a certainly overwhelming popular portable music player. That poses a problem for rival manufacturers who now have to slash a few of those adjectives off their list or risk just being complete clones.
Creative has the spirit though, it’s eschewed elegance and subtlety in favour of a new bold, tiled design obviously inspired either by the Dorchester Roman town house or the sight of a chess board falling into a Battenberg cake mix. Creative wouldn’t be the first though.
OLED technology is catching on fast if this year’s show is anything to go by. The player in my hand is the iriver Clix+ which is due to be landing this side of the pond fairly soon. It’s coming in pink and black. To be honest, unlike some of the other OLED screens around the show, it wasn’t quite so overbearingly colour saturated as you might expect.
What with the YP-P2 Bluetooth MP3 player apparently kicking up a storm in the non-iPod realms of MP3 players, Samsung is following up its success with a range of compatible speaker systems. The YA-BS900 is the flagship model, sporting a 30watt, 3-channel system. The ‘Hyper’ 3-Channel Surround Sound system with Euphony Technology lets the listener hear the centre of the sound regardless of what position they are in or where they are in the room.
Before a slightly bemused crowd, Sony gave a demonstration of its latest music playing whatnot, the Rolly. It’s not even particularly new as we’d caught wind of it here, here and here before. However, this is the first time we’ve seen it in the flesh and we’ve even got some tech deets.