When the cat's away, the mice will play! Or something to that effect. Donald is taking some well-deserved vacation this week, which gives Jasmine the perfect opportunity to run amok, spouting off on anything her little heart desires (within the confines of the MP3 player/headphone topic, of course). She opts to invite fellow female tech editors Bonnie Cha and Nicole Lee on the show to tear down or shore up stereotypes about gadget-conscious ladies and just generally gab about all things portable audio.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 123
Jasmine and Donald are giving away a $300 iPod jacket along with some other audio goodies, but first you have to hear them rant about the only MP3 player you can buy with a built-in AM radio.
Plus, "rad" headphones from Japan, MP3 players with decent video capabilities, players with line-in recording, and holiday price drops. And Donald offers some advice on keeping the peace in an iTunes home.
Donald and Jasmine discuss a new PVP from Cowon with an attractive price point.
Plus, Sonos inadvertently lowers the entry price point for its excellent in-home audio networking system--for those who already own iPhones or the iPod Touch. We interview Sonos co-founder Tom Cullen to get all the details.
Also this week: cute multimedia speakers, an overpriced in-car charger dock, and Jasmine's favorite music gadgets.
This week, Donald and Jasmine make a valiant-yet-stumbling attempt to explain LaLa's new music service.
Also on tap: SanDisk's cheap new music player made especially for slotMusic albums, super sweet earphones from Klipsch, and a grab bag of MP3 players with ultralong-lasting batteries.
Donald and Jasmine tease the iPod Nano vs. Microsoft Zune Prizefight and discuss a variety of portable audio accouterments, including a pair of headphones, a portable iPhone-compatible speaker, and the best MP3 players for audiobooks.
Also, hear some gab on the new Zune software, and find out who won last week's contest.
Donald and Jasmine intersperse the silliness with details on the latest iPod Classic review, as well as information on the Sony E-Series Walkman and a very special member of the S-Series family. Also on the table: a super durable portable party speaker, a chat about podcast support, and free stuff!
In this bonus episode of the MP3 Insider, I interview TuneCore's founder Jeff Price about the state of online music distribution and TuneCore's role in providing indie musicians and labels a one-stop solution for selling music through iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and other online music stores.
If you're an independent musician trying to figure out how to sell your music online without getting screwed, Jeff offers a ton of great information in this interview, including online payout rates from major retailers, how to use iTunes trending reports to plan tours, and the power of creative recording.
There's also a great story in here about TuneCore's leveraging of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and other scalable infrastructure services, for taking uploaded songs and automatically reformatting them for all the different online retail requirements. Who knew cloud drones could help you sell music?
Donald and Jasmine discuss the new S-Series Walkman and the latest trend of on-device music recommendation features that cater to your inner couch potato. Plus, our thoughts on microSD as the next music medium. Listen now: Download today's podcastEpisode 115