Ford works hard to show that its new Ford Edge crossover is hip and cool by offering music video playlists each month from its Web site. Its initial offering includes: "Lived in Bars" by Cat Power, "Gold Lion" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Woman" by Wolfmother, and "How We Operate" by Gomez. That's a better playlist than anything I've seen on MTV in a long time, and there are no commercials (besides the Ford sponsorship intro). And I'm pleased at the decent selection of bands, which shows that Ford … Read more
Earlier today, Engadget posted this story, which posits an interesting--though unsubstantiated--claim that a Microsoft call center has lately been receiving a large number of complaints about Zune screen crackage. Their source supposes that the damage, which is discovered after the unit has been left charging all night, could be caused by an overheating and expanding battery, which is located behind the screen. (Hmm, this story sounds familiar.) Various Zune users have replied to the thread, mostly stating that they have never experienced such issues, despite leaving their players on the charger for eight hours or more. For my part, I … Read more
In brief: The Belkin TuneCast 3 is a simple, attractive FM transmitter that may be suitable for rural users and long, desolate road trips, but it just doesn't quite cut it in a big city.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed. In general, I shun the use of FM transmitters: The audio quality is not up to par with direct line-in or cassette adapters, and searching for an open signal is often a crap shoot. I was one of the fortunate MP3-player users to have both a CD changer and an "… Read more
If you've ever wasted away the weekend playing Guitar Hero II, there's nothing to feel guilty about. Feel proud. Feel like a rock star. Feel these things because you're probably better at Guitar Hero II than actual guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax.
And he even gets to play his own song.
As this fascinating video on Kotaku.com shows (WARNING: Swear words are all over the place), Ian had a bit of trouble performing his own song on Guitar Hero II. During his first attempt, he fails 31 percent of the way through the song.
And if … Read more
The headline on this item posted by Gizmodo says it all: the "opposite of a chick magnet." No offense to Star Wars loyalists (OK, a little), but this has got to be one of the nerdier ideas we've seen in awhile--and, trust us, that's saying a lot. Do you really want to be known as the guy/gal who has a Lightsaber MP3 player?
Enough already. Why is it that some people insist on "sharing" their music with the rest of world--whether we like it or not--when today's headphones offer a far superior listening experience? We've seen everything from messenger bags to bowling bags with built-in speakers, and now we have a new backpack that will surely contribute its share of noise pollution.
It was bound to happen. With all manner of bags and cases coming with built-in speakers these days, why not a purse? And not just any purse, but one that Chip Chick says has the "the girliest speakers ever." (High praise indeed.) Trouble is, it's not a real purse. But that might be a blessing anyway, given the way it looks.
Apple's iPod Shuffle music player is now available in four new colors. The previously available silver Shuffle has now been joined by pink, green, blue, and orange models. Furthermore, iLounge reported that each Shuffle model will be packaged with the same improved earbuds that have been shipping with other iPod models for the past several months. (To date, the silver Shuffle model was shipped with Apple's older earbuds.)
Other than the color choices and headphone upgrade, it's the same entry-level second-generation iPod Shuffle that debuted in November: capacity remains at 1GB, and the price is still $79. … Read more
We normally don't go out of our way to post items on animal speakers, but penguins have become an exception on Crave. (Thanks to fellow Craver Caroline McCarthy, not us, for the record.)
It's taken awhile, but some of the more promising challenges to established media players appear to be coming from some unlikely sources. Last week, for example, we noted that a lot of gadget blogs and other industry watchers were impressed with the "Sansa Xpress" as a potential challenger to the iPod Shuffle. Now, many of those same people are taking similar note of the G14 from Spain's Blu:sens as succeeding where Microsoft's Zune has failed.