Apr 02, 2:10 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Lorraine Lorenzo 04/02/19 AT 1:25 AM It’s been almost four years since Apple updated everyone’s favorite iPod Touch, and based on previous reports, the new variant was supposed to be introduced last month.The device, which is referred to now as the iPod Touch 7, was assumed to make an appearance along with a new iMac, iPad Air and iPad Mini models but to no avail. This hasn’t deterred Apple fans, however, and continue to hope that the seventh generation device will be released sometime this year.The reason for hoping comes from reliable reports that the Cupertino company is working on something new for the iPod Touch this year. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, for example, is quite certain a new iPod Touch with an upgraded processor will be introduced this 2019. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, on the other hand, said that he has uncovered some … [Read more...] about iPod Touch 7 Release, Features: Could Apple Offer Something New?
If you were sad when Apple's iPod Shuffle was discontinued in 2017, you might find some solace in learning that the Mighty Vibe ($86, £80) is essentially the new iPod Shuffle for the streaming era. Except it has nothing to do with Apple or (blech!) iTunes. Instead it's just for Spotify, the most popular subscription streaming music service in the world. With a 0.7-ounce (20-gram) body made of plastic instead of aluminum, it's not quite as small or swanky looking as the Shuffle. But it's pretty tiny and is designed to clip onto a piece of clothing -- just like the Shuffle was.Those similarities aside, the Mighty Vibe has two key features missing from the Shuffle: Bluetooth wireless connectivity and the ability to download any song you want from Spotify. The caveat is that you have to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to use it. That'll cost you $10 (£10 or AU$12) a month. Some people experienced Bluetooth hiccups with Mighty's first-generation player. Addressing … [Read more...] about Mighty Vibe review: This Spotify player is the iPod Shuffle I always wanted
January 11, 2005: Steve Jobs introduces the world to iPod shuffle, an entry-level music player that lacks a display. The device randomly shuffles the audio files it holds, but lets users easily skip songs they don’t like. AdvertisementThe first iPod to use flash memory, the iPod shuffle plugs directly into a computer using onboard USB 2.0 and comes in 512MB and 1GB configurations. Oh, and it’s smaller than a pack of gum — and weighs less than an ounce! The New Yorker to The Guardian. The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness, with the chapters in a random order to reflect the feature. The iPod loses its display shrink the iPod past the point at which a display wouldn’t make any sense? The gutsy decision to ditch the iPod display proved Apple’s willingness to take risks in the name of progress and minimalism. This didn’t come without problems, however. Some users’ first-gen iPod shuffles stopped working and … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: iPod shuffle randomizes our music
Apple reports record earnings for the preceding three months — with holiday sales of the iPod and demand for the latest iBook giving Apple a four-fold increase in profits. AdvertisementApple brags that it has sold a total of 10 million iPods, and that the massive popularity of its portable music player has driven Apple to the highest earnings in its history. have taken a dip lately, as iPhone demand has plateaued and started to decline. bad old days of the 1990s. CSI, Guitar Hero and Carrie Underwood on American Idol. Demand for the iPod couldn’t have been greater, and the product line had seen a whopping 525 percent unit growth in the preceding three months. In all, it occupied around 65 percent of the portable music player market. Wearing many hats But Apple wasn’t a one-trick pony, either. The iTunes music store was busy pioneering a whole new way to sell music, while Apple’s online store was going from strength to strength. In the non-digital world, … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: iPod drives profits to new heights
Much like the first version, Mighty Vibe is super easy to set up. Everything is controlled through a mobile app, and once you've connected your Spotify account and the Vibe itself, you're ready to start syncing playlists and podcasts. That whole process takes about five minutes. Once everything is connected, the Mighty app pulls in all of your Spotify playlists and podcasts so you can easily select what you want to load on the device. The software also keeps tabs on your storage space, so you know exactly what you have room for.When I reviewed the first Mighty, my main issue was Bluetooth range. It was awful. I basically had to clip the tiny music player onto my shirt collar or keep it right beside the wireless headphones I had it paired with. Anytime I tried to put Mighty in my pocket at the gym or for a run, the signal would cut out. Calling it frustrating is an understatement. Naturally, wireless range was the first thing I tested with the new Mighty Vibe, and I'm happy to report … [Read more...] about Mighty Vibe review: A much improved iPod Shuffle for Spotify