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MP3 Players: iPods and iTunes

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Let CNET senior editor Donald Bell help you master iTunes and your iPod. Need help converting video for your Nano? Wondering how to create a temporary holiday music library? Donald has the answers.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:07 >> Welcome to Editor's Office Hours. It's Tuesday, the day to come here. I'm talking to [Inaudible] Donald Bell with two fist pump [Inaudible] -- >> Two fist pumps in the air. >> All right, guys. You know what we're here to do. We're here to talk to you guys and also answer your questions. Down below us is our chat box, where you guys can interact, talk smack about us or talk smack about each other. >> Bring it. >> Okay. [ Laughter ] >> Also up here on the right-hand box, this is where you pop in your questions so we can answer them. We can help you. Just create a user name and password if you don't already have one with CNET. The only other thing we really need is your e-mail address. But send us your questions. We see them on our screen. And don't put your questions in the chat box below, because we really can't get to that. >> We don't care. [ Laughter ] >> Well, I mean , that's pretty honest. >> I don't want to speak for you, but I'm not looking at it. >> Okay, so today we're here to talk to Donald Bell, everything MP3. Is there anything specific you wanted to -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> I think I branded this towards iTunes. I'm spending a lot of time at the end of the year trying to get up a bunch of iTunes tutorials. People try to -- especially if they want to get their iPod working out of the box, you know, after Christmas, or they want to get their holiday play list going for, you know, all the jingle bell music and all that stuff. >> Yeah. >> Spending a lot of time [Inaudible] maybe my brain is ready to do a lot of iTunes -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> If you have them. If not, MP3 players, you know, whatever you feel like. >> Yeah, and then also we just recently did a prize fight with the [Inaudible] iPod versus the zoom, the 120 gig model. If you didn't read that or have questions on how that all shook out, you can check it out on CNET wall. We'll be putting up a video for it tomorrow or -- today. At the end of the day today the video version of that will be available. But you can check out all of the front pages of CNET down on our little headlines. >> Yeah. Definitely. If you've got Zoom questions I can they them too. I've been rocking the Zoom for a year now. >> He's been rocking it. Okay, so I say we jump into these questions. Okay, first one we're going to take is from -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Well this question is from Tim Phil. What's up Tim Phil. He asks what are some alternatives to connecting an iPod to a factory-installed car radio that doesn't have an auxiliary jack or iPod connector preinstalled without using an FM transmitter. So we're bouncing a few ideas around. >> FM transmitters suck. There's no way around that. They just do. Especially if you live in, like, an area that has a lot of competing FM radio stations. They're hard to get around. You can -- one [Inaudible] around is you have a screw-off FM antenna and you can actually screw that off, you'll get a better in-car transmission [Inaudible] -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> -- to test these out because I want to make sure I'm giving them the best opportunity. So you can do little tricks like that to get FM transmitter reception improved. But otherwise, no. There's no other great way around it. Just pop the extra hundred bucks it's going to cost you to get an iPod compatible stereo -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Yeah, simple tech is really -- they're like less than $99. I bet you could find one for $79. Because last Christmas when I went to -- my doc broke, I had to get one with an auxiliary input in the front. So to connect my iPod or my iPhone. I'm sure you could find [Inaudible] -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> -- some cars though, that I've heard are just a big headache to get a new car stereo into. And for those people, hopefully you can do, like, a tape deck adapter or you can -- >> Yes, go old school. Go analog, baby. [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> There's even some really hardcore [Inaudible] out there if you're comfortable ripping over your dash and hacking your car stereo to get an ugly transplant going. But I wouldn't recommend it. >> Okay. Excellent. This next question is from our friend Focus1783. What is up Focus? I have a terabyte drive with all my Mac-based iTunes content. But can I separate out my hand break ripped content -- those are probably using -- backing up his license and -- [Inaudible] -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> He's asking if he can separate his hand break content away from his iTunes purchases, which I assume are probably iTunes movie purchases. Thanks for everything this year, and happy holidays from the UK. >> All right, so to do this -- there's definitely ways you can do it. There's a couple different ways to go about it. You can create play lists. I think we talked about this before. You could -- you could create -- you can even create smart play lists which would keep all of your iTunes purchased movies. And then you can make another play list that is smart enough to know to filter out that content. You can even -- if you want you can do tagging, you can tag just your iTunes purchases or just your hand break material with a certain tag and then sort by that tag. But there's no, like, built in button I can tell you to press that's going to make this work for you. >> Yeah. It's going to be a lot of manual work, but you can do it. If you want -- see, the thing about what Donald is talking about, tagging or making smart play lists, it takes a little more event. Even a little more effort that just dragging and dropping every time you get a new video file into its individual play list. But in the long run, by having this built in -- you know, these built in smart play lists, once you tag it, it just pops it automatically. >> Another thing you could probably do is you can sort -- if all your hand break stuff is coming in as one particular content type, like AVI or [Inaudible] file, that might be different than the .mov files or whatever you're getting through the iTunes store -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> You could do one smart play list that sorts a specific type of file. >> File type. >> And that way you might be able to keep those out. That might be the simplest way to go, but it depends on how you're ripping your DVDs. >> So ultimately, there are ways to do it. And so hopefully some of those tips can help you. Do you find that people sometimes get confused about what smart play lists are until they've actually played with them. >> Yeah. Yeah actually, it's one of -- one of these projects I've been working on is just to talk about the three different types of play lists. Because now you have genius play lists, smart play lists, and your standard run of the mill play list on iTunes. But you can get really geeky with smart play lists. But then it almost becomes -- it's almost like a programming language at some point, when you're like, if, then, then subtract this -- only in this particular instance do you do this. >> I totally have that. Like, I have a smart play list that are, like, of this date range, when it's added, of this genre, with this -- you know, but it's kind of cool to have that granular control. >> The next level of that and I'm going to do a -- this is another thing that's kind of on the back burner for me to get to, is doing automator scripts. And that's -- automator actually works a lot like genius play lists, where you can do in if you find this on the desktop then sort into this folder, and then add it into iTunes or do all this other stuff. But it's kind of -- still as intimidating as it sounds, it's a lot like programming the iTunes smart play list. So it's kind of cool. >> Because it just has basic drop down options that you can select, and then just kind of automates it. Okay, so well -- >> I took us off topic there. >> No, no. I pulled you off topic, because I was curious to know. People don't really, you know, know until they've played with all those lists -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> You're not going to accidentally delete anything by playing with iTunes smart play list. And they're definitely a cool way to define how iTunes sorts stuff for you. >> All right. Excellent. All right, Matt Burly, 1993. What's up Burly? Donald and Brian, love CNET. Just to ask if you can do VoIP on my jail broken 2.2 first gen iPod Touch. Is there an external mic. We talked about this. What have you got, bro? >> There was -- there was a whole community based around getting VoIP on the first generation jail broken iPod Touch. They quickly disbanded as soon as the second generation came out with the line in capabilities through the head phone jack. So there are still existing adaptors you can get, mic adapters for the first generation iPod Touch. But they run around, like, $70 I want to say. And probably not worth it compared to just getting a new iPod Touch. Which makes it, you know, really easy, just with like a $15 head set from Apple to plug in there. >> And run one of the apps. >> And run one of the apps. True Phone is one of the one that's just came out recently that everyone's talking about. >> And fling -- >> Or fringe? >> Fringe, fringe, I was thinking about something else. My bad. >> But if you're jail breaking it, I think there's a lot more options out there for you. So there's hope, but I don't have something off the top of my head to tell you, a link to give you to make it happen. >> Okay. Excellent. This next question I think we can both chip in our feelings about this. This is from Oakee51, and Oakee asks after having a few days with them now what's your verdict on the new Apple in-ear head set. And are there comfy brand foam tips available for it, and are compatible ones already available. So let's start off with our feelings about the in-ear head set. You want to go first? >> Sure. [Inaudible] yeah, we have feelings, and we actually have conflicting feelings about this, because you're coming at it from the iPhone user perspective, right? [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> I'm more the iPod guy, so I'm like, oh great they work with the iPod. I think they're a good pair of head phones for the money. Especially at that -- that $80 range, you don't get a lot that use that kind of technology, where they're using the balanced armature drivers instead of the dynamic speaker-type drivers, which can get really nerdy really quick. But basically they're going to be better at reproducing high-end detail than something like the V Motive Vibe 2, which are an a comparable pair of head phones that have the mic and the clicker. So I like them because I'm -- I'm coming from listening to a pair of Sure S E 310s, have a lot of detail, a good balance, good range. I know a lot of people are just base freaks and they just want -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> -- overwhelming heaps of base in their ear. >> I'm not a base freak, but I like -- I need a little -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Yeah, these have base, but they're more of a pretty tight, you know -- a tasteful amount of base -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> -- where it's just like -- it sounds like an 808 booming all the time, right? >> That's why I love those things. >> I know. But if -- so yeah. I think for Apple's, like, market, for people who are upgrading, especially if you're upgrading from just a pair of suck Apple ear buds. These things are going to be great. But to recommend them across the board, there's a lot of other head phones out there in that price range that are pretty good. Stuff from Sony and even V Moda [Phonetic], [Inaudible] makes some good $50 to $70 head phones. If you're not going to take advantage of the clicker and the mic on the new iPods then they're not as good of an investment. But if you've got a new iPod these things are a pretty easy jump to make. >> Yeah, on my side, I mean, I'm an iPhone user. I was waiting for these head phones. Because when they first announced them they have not only the answer -- you know, answer functionality, the ability to change tracks, but also volume control. And so a lot of iPhone users were like, awesome, I can now have volume control as well on this. But unfortunately, volume control does not work with iPhones because I guess Apple's iPhone has volume controls already on it, so they don't want it to work with -- >> I know. It's disappointing. I totally see the disappointment. I just think the leap in audio quality you're getting from, like, the head phones, would have been bundled with your iPhone is so much more important than the volume clicker. >> Okay, okay, okay -- >> And if you still, if you just take a little light-grit sand paper and just sand off the little plus and minus buttons you still have -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> It doesn't matter. I -- anyways -- I think I agree with you, that they do sound nice. But that whole functionality thing, just stripped out for the iPhone, drove me crazy. Because there are a lot of people that were hoping that they would get that. >> Here's the other thing, that they are passively sound isolating head phones. So they're blocking out more sound than people are accustomed to with just a standard pair of ear buds. In that sense, I don't know if I want to be an iPhone user walking with these in my ears, walking and talking. Because you're blocking out a lot of noise. You might even be yelling because everything seems so quiet. >> I know. >> So I don't know if they're going to be a great pair of head phones for iPhone users, just because they're so good at blocking noise out. It might be dangerous. >> Yeah, I saw a guy using -- iPhones are dangerous in general. I saw a guy literally walk into a pole yesterday off of cow trains because he was on his iPhone. He was just like, huh. Anyways, it made me laugh -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> That's another danger factor. >> Okay. Here we go. This question is from Pat Gamer. I have not used this, but do you -- I don't know how much experience you have with this, but what are your views on Songbird? Do you have any experience with this? >> Yeah, Songbird is really cool. It's a Mac and PC alternative to iTunes. I did a round up recently that included Songbird for iTunes alternatives for Mac and PC that are compatible with the iPod. >> I think it's actually a video we have in the queue. I'm not sure but -- yeah, keep going. >> Either way. It's iPod compatible. I don't think it works with the iPhone, but it works with the iPod. So whether you're on a Mac or PC, if you just want to get around using iTunes, if you think iTunes is a beast for whatever reason, there's a bunch of them out there. Songbird is a great project. Open source, it's free. One of the cooler -- two features of Songbird is that one it includes live concert listings in the area, so if you have artists you like it will show you if they're playing in your area and stuff like that. But even more importantly, it has these built in features where it will scrape the web for new free songs from web sites light Hype Machine, and it will get those into your library, you know, rather quickly. So if you're someone who loving listening to new, hot new music, up and coming artists, Songbird does a really good job of just scraping that stuff and putting it into your library. >> Excellent. Here's a question from CJmesun, and I'm pretty familiar with this too. How can a change the directory from where my CDs are ripped to in iTunes. So I'll go with this, and correct me if I'm -- if I'm steering wrong, but I know at least in iTunes you can set the destination where your collection is to a different location, whether it's an external hard drive or a different folder. If you go into the preferences of iTunes, and I believe it's under the advanced settings, you can change the target destination. What that will do is that whenever you rip your CDs they will now go there. But that also will make that folder or that external hard drive the designated location where essentially all your content goes. >> Yeah. It's true. It's in iTunes preferences. And there's a couple different things you would check. First of all iTunes, unlike any other music application I know of, handles the cataloguing of your music and videos in a weird way in that there's two different files -- when you're talking about the iTunes library, there's an XML or an ITL file that is just like a text document or a spreadsheet document that remembers all of your content and the locations of that content. And then there's an actual folder that you define in iTunes that actually is where you're telling it to put that content or keep it. And you can do things like consolidate your library or keep your library organized, or different check-boxes that you can use in the preferences to make sure all your content goes into one particular folder. But when it comes to moving that content around, that's where people get tricked up is the idea of the actual file -- where the library kind of keeps a record of all that stuff and then where the actual files live. It can cause a lot of headaches. That's more answer than you needed, but yes you can. [ Laughter ] >> But see, that's why you're here, because you know all these good things. Okay, we're going to take a quick little break. I believe this is actually going to be a video starring the rock star Mr. Bell about -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> No, no, I'm wondering what video is coming. I have no idea. >> I don't know either. Actually it's supposed to be iPod alternatives for Mac users because obviously the PC has a broader range, but you know, people are trying to zone in and target what specifically they can use on the Mac here is the video. Okay, we'll see you soon. >> Ever wonder what would happen if you connected a non iPod MP3 player to a Mac? ^M00:15:53 [ Music ] ^M00:16:08 >> Okay, so connecting your Zoom to a Mac won't bring around the end of the world. In fact, the worst that can happen is this. Nothing. I'm Donald Bell, senior editor for digital audio and MP3, and on today's Insider Secret we're taking a look at non iPod MP3 players that do work with the Mac. ^M00:16:27 [ Music ] ^M00:16:38 >> The Microsoft Zoom, as you've already seen, is not one of them. In the world of iPod alternatives some MP3 players work with Mac, and some don't. Trouble is most iPod alternatives don't advertise their Mac compatibility. So you can never really tell which devices are going to work. Fortunately, we review a ton of MP3 players here at CNET, and testing them out with my MacBook takes just a few minutes. Some of my current top picks are [Inaudible] pretty much any Sand Disc player is going to be Mac and PC compatible. I'm also a big fan of the Sony N W Z S 710 F series. This is a Sony series that includes noise cancellation technology built into the ear phones. The cone [Inaudible] and D 2 MP3 players are really great. Any Cowen MP3 player is also going to have this Mac and PC compatibility built into it. For portable video players, the Arco 605 Wi-Fi is both a Mac and PC compatible player. It also works with LINUX systems. And last but not least, it's the little Sand Disc Sands Eclipse. Now why would you want to use a non iPod MP3 player with your Mac. Some people are looking for more features such as an FM radio, custom EQ settings, and extra file support that's just not found on the iPod. Other people want to save some money. Players like, the 2-gigabyte Sand Disc Sands Eclipse can be had for around $50. So to use an iPod alternative with a Mac simply connect the player to your USB port, and look for a new hard drive icon to appear on your desktop. Open up the drive, and usually see a folder marked Music. Drag and drop your music files into this folder, wait for them to company over, and then just eject the drive. Some of the Sony MP3 players we've recommended have a difficult time unmounting from your Mac without instantly remounting again. We recommend them anyway because they're fantastic players with great battery life, [Inaudible] file support, and sound quality that outstrips the iPod. As a work around, you can either shut your computer down before disconnecting the player or just yank it out and keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't corrupt any of your files. I'm Donald Bell telling you to think different and try an iPod alternative with your Mac. ^M00:18:40 [ Music ] ^m00:18:41 >> All right, guys. I guess that was a little throw back video. >> Actually, they're oldies but goodies. Having not seen the video in a while I think that the [Inaudible] if you are shopping for a Mac compatible iPod alternative, most of the Sand Disc players will connect over a generic USB mode and you can just drag and drop your content, so -- >> Okay, excellent. And out of all those sand [Inaudible] sand [Inaudible] Fuse is probably one of the better recommendations, or the sand [Inaudible] clip if you really want to work out. Has an FM radio on the clip. >> The clip is balance -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> -- works really well. But the sand [Inaudible] Fuse is the most -- I mean, people have knocked it for being a pretty obvious knock-off of the -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> -- or last year's iPod. >> Yeah, yeah, yeah. >> But it's a pretty good player of the plays flack and [Inaudible] files and has good file support and it's cheap. >> Cheap. Okay, here we go. We're going to jump back into questions. This is from BenAG89. BenAG asks do you have any suggests for making the sound check feature more effective on an iPhone 3G or an iPod Touch. Sound check works well for me playing from a laptop but does not seem effective on iPods. >> No. [ Laughter ] >> I mean, yes an no. The sound -- if you've got sound check going on your iPhone 3G and that's just not doing a good enough job, you can do things where actually in iTunes if you go, like, track by track, you now have volume settings for each individual song, or EQ settings for each individual song. And can use stuff like that if you know specific albums, specific songs. It's a little pains taking. It's not automatic. But you can dial that in a little bit. Otherwise you'd have to do something pretty radical, like actually process the music through some external program and reimport it back into iTunes, and that seems like more trouble than its worth. >> If you're willing to do that, please let us know. [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Please don't do that. Just for your own sanity. Okay, this next question, Matt Burly asked what is the case on your MacBook Pro. This is a spec hard shell see through. They have a bunch of colors. It -- they're really cool. There's also great ones from Incase. They make another really sexy kind of hard-shell design. Those are probably the two top companies I would recommend if you guys are looking at hard shells. But it adds a little style and protection to your laptops. But yeah, they're cool. >> You can be like Brian. >> Don't -- I don't know if you really want -- yeah, put a little blonde streak in your hair while you're at it, too. Okay, this question is from Oakee51 again. Are there -- oops, where did that go. Well, it disappeared on me, but I believe -- >> The car stereo question? >> I believe it asked a little -- little different -- are there any decks that are iPhone compatible, car stereos. I don't -- I mean, the thing about it is, as long as it has the iPod connector, I know plenty of people that -- you know, some of my friends that are BMW drivers, that they just pop their iPhone right in and it works like a charm. >> Yeah. It should be all right. Probably kick your iPhone into airplane mode. But most iPod -- most modern iPod compatible stereos should be cool. Especially if it's -- it's just going to be over an aux connection, that's one way to get around anything. Plug in through the head phone jack. But there are some issues with older car models that use an iPod connector with the power. I know most recent iPod models and the iPhone 3G, I believe, dropped support for the FireWire recharge standard, which was like, I want to say 12 volts. And now it's only 5 volt USB power. But you can get little adapters. There's one called the Passport made by a company called Skosh [Phonetic] that's around -- what's it, like, $40, that was transform those into lower power mode. >> Okay. Excellent. This question is from tummy -- is it valley? [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> All right Mr. Valieay [Phonetic], iPhone plus listening to FM or online streaming if I must radio. The FM remote is a no-go, obviously. Any ideas? So he basically wants to listen to FM radio on his iPhone. >> Sure. I mean, if you're around Wi-Fi there's a lot of apps that will do that for you and let you stream right over Wi-Fi. I know there's AOL radio that includes -- [Inaudible] >> Content too. But there's even one called tuner that does, like, global, like, world-wide streaming radio that's really complete. I think it costs around $5, $6. You can also do something like the Griffin Radio Shark which was a little FM adapter for your computer that will let you record radio programming and then will sync all that, all your favorite radio programs on to your iPod. But as far as I can tell, there's no -- like, I just want to add FM radio to my iPhone accessory for you. >> It's a feature that a lot of people have been accustomed to on other MP3 players, but just not the Apple branded MP3 players. Just having FM radio capabilities. >> I would check out your options for apps. You'll probably find something that you'll like. >> Okay. Excellent. Let's go to -- this one's from Pat Gamer. What MP3 player do you current own and use, and what do you recommend. So let's start off with you. >> Right. >> But I -- I'm feeling it to -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Current the MP3 player I own is still a Zoom 80 which I bought for myself December of last year. That's what I listen to podcasts on, on my commute to work, and I'm back home -- but you have to understand, my days are playing with MP3 players that are given to me on loan. So I'm awash in MP3 players. I don't think about the MP3 player that I own as much as you think. I mean, I like my Zoom 80. I definitely recommend it. I even have a [Inaudible] insider blog that talks about this past year that I spent with the Zoom. >> A year with the Zoom. >> I think it was called my Zoomaversary. Right? [ Laughter ] >> My one-year Zoomaversary. No, no, no -- but the MP3 player that I'm infatuated with and recommend across the board to everybody is the second generation iPod Touch. I think it is far and away, there is just nothing that can really touch it right now. No pun intended. >> You did that on purpose. [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> It's pretty amazing. If you think about all the apps you can install on this, all the different ways you can use this, e-mail, video rentals -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Versatility is just -- >> And the quality of it. You know, the contact quality. >> The gadget itself is amazing. It makes iPhone users whine a little bit, because it's just so classy. >> Classy-classy. Okay, this question is from Bravo222. Bravo222 asks us can I get -- put -- I'm reading -- can I put cracked apps on my non-jail broken iPod Touch. I would say no. Because you have to jail break it to get the jail broken apps. So unless someone has figured out something quite amazing, I don't think so. >> Yeah, I think that -- I mean, I haven't taken a look at jail broken iPod Touch apps for a while. But my sense was there wasn't a whole lot out there that was really great about the jail broken apps any more. Aside from a few things, like the last [Inaudible] app was kind of cool because it was [Inaudible] the tracks -- [Inaudible] the tracks in realtime. But -- >> The net share app where you could, you know -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Yeah, you could use your phone or your device to tether -- well, really just your iPhone to tether and use its 3G connection. There are a few hidden gems in there. But for me, because I did have my iPhone, original one jail broken before, and every time there's a new update and you've got to keep playing this rat race, it kind of gets annoying. And at the end of the day you -- like you said, you rarely use -- end up using those jail broken apps in general. Because the main stream ones that you're going to be looking for, those companies are now really going to want to make some money off of their apps. And it just makes sense for them to just jump over -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Onto the app store. >> Right. >> So, um, unfortunately you can't at the moment. Nope, nope, nope. >> Sorry. >> Okay, here's a question from somebody told me, and it's somehow related to the previous question. Is there a way for me to get my DVDs on the iPod. The answer is yes. >> Hand break. >> Yes, hand break is the tool that you use. We were going play a video but because we're towards the end of our show we want to be able to answer all of your questions. But if you look -- actually, if you watch the most recent episode of Apple Byte, which is a show that I do, which rips on Apple -- really, which rips on Apple, but also showcases some of the cool stuff they do -- we showcase the hand break application. So check out cnettv.com, find the Apple Byte, and you'll get your -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> That's great. It has presets for every iPod Apple TV all that stuff. [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> If it's formatting it for the PSP and you want to watch content on that, pretty cool stuff. Okay. Let's go here. Oh what? Okay, well, I didn't mean to -- I was -- what -- this is from Tmackarel. What head phones do you recommend for maximum sound quality for a reasonable price. P S -- >> There's a P S there. >> P S, I love you B. Tom with a heart. >> Awe. >> That's really sweet. I hope it's someone joking with me like a friend. But if it's not, I appreciate the love. >> Someone wrote that they loved Donald Bell. >> I'm sure they did. Of course they did. Why don't we take that one. >> We'll get to it. [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Brian fan, from maximum sound quality. I mean, that's such a subjective thing. That's the tough part is that sound quality for some people, like we were talking about, is just 808 base drum just resonating your skull. And [Inaudible] people sound quality is the most, like, even and uncolored balanced sound you can possibly imagine. >> So subjective. >> It's really subjective, and it's based around the kind of music that you're listening to, it's based on how drunk you are, you know, it's based on so many things. But it's hard -- that's just a very subjective, very hard question to answer. >> Price range would help. >> Price range would help. >> Let's say -- give them a few tips. Let's say $100. What would be your personal -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> On the head phone stuff, and she has made product comparisons for best -- best ear buds and head phones under $100, under $50. I think off the top of my head the most kind of celebrated under $100 pair of head phones that you can buy that would probably blow you away would be something like the Ultimate Ears superphi series. Find one that's priced for you. But Ultimate Ears makes pretty good head phones across the board that people seem to really like. If you're looking for something that has a lot of, like, really good build quality, you can do something like the Sure S E 110s that come with a two-year warranty. Great, solid cable, and even if you want to go to the opposite end, something really thin-cabled but sounds really good, there's -- there's a lot of good Sony head phones out there on the market that do really good quality, really good sound quality for a good price. >> And just a tip for you guys out there. If you go to cnet.com on our left hand column -- this is where we show case our top categories, click on MP3 players and then from that page on the left-hand column, there's actually a head phone buying guide and also our best head phone recommendations. So that will probably help not only Tmackarel out, but everyone else out there. >> And as a side note for that same head phone question, I just got an e-mail from Nick Langston [Phonetic] from CNET UK who has my exact same job but in the UK , and a lot of people are trying to ask for a comparison between the new Apple head phones and the Sennheiser C X 500, which I haven't heard, but it was on the top of my mind a lot. A lot of people are big fans of that particularly affordable series of head phones, so maybe that's one to check out. >> Okay, excellent, guys. So thank you for so many of your questions. We tried to get through as many as we could. >> I ramble too much. >> No, the rambling was good. That's why you're here. We got all the questions because of you. If it was just me it would be, like, crickets chirping. All right guys. Thanks for coming out to Editor's Office Hours. Again, we will be here next Tuesday. Someone familiar is coming back. It's the Boom. >> Ah, Boom-cha. >> Boom. Bonnie Cha, coming here. She'll be talking about GPS and whatever crushes she's had on me lately. You know how she is, she just can't get enough. >> She can't help talking about that, huh? >> Yeah. >> I don't think I've ever seen her talk about that, Brian. [ Laughter ] >> Ever. >> Well that's where you're wrong. All right, guys. We'll see you next week. 11:30 a.m. west coast time, 2:30 p.m. east cost time. Editor's Office Hours, thanks for coming out -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Yeah, absolutely. MP3 Insider, check out my blog too -- [ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Check out the blog, and the podcast as well. Okay, we'll see you guys.

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Is the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid just a big Prius or much more? Brian Cooley drives the sleek new SUV...
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Toughest smartphones
2:56 August 22, 2014
Need a phone that can take a beating? Here are five smartphones that can take anything you can throw at t...
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Logitech's Bemo an oddball video...
1:32 August 22, 2014
One-button video capture matched with a nice viewing and editing app adds up to a fun little camcorder if...
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How the iPhone, Android, and Facebook...
39:39 August 22, 2014
We celebrate 400 episodes with a look at the iPhone, Android, Facebook and the technology that's changed your...
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Back-to-school tech discounts
1:02 August 22, 2014
School supplies no longer mean some pencils and erasers. Expensive gadgets like laptops and tablets have stepped...
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All the latest iPhone 6 rumors
6:34 August 21, 2014
A reversible lightning cable, faster LTE, an NFC chip and more are the latest rumors surrounding the iPhone...
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Tomorrow Daily 040: Netflix on...
23:10 August 21, 2014
On today's show, Netflix works with Oculus Rift, scientists create cyborg-like moths, and two Minecraft players...
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Lighting up the new Philips Hue...
2:42 August 21, 2014
These white-light only Hue LEDs are an affordable smart lighting entry point.
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