The Mighty Vibe looks like an iPod Shuffle but works with Spotify. This code saves you 20 percent.
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? You've probably discovered the limitations for listening to your tunes offline. Basically, it requires a phone, which isn't always convenient -- like when you're at the gym or out for a run. Even if you do have your phone, you'll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.
The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player -- a dead ringer for Apple's dearly departed Shuffle -- absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. And I've got a deal on it.
For a limited time, you can get the Mighty Vibe for just $68.80 with promo code BOLOGNA. It normally sells for $86. Shipping adds a reasonable $5.
This is the second-gen version of the product, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader
compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.
It's also now available in a couple snazzy colors: In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.
As noted, the Vibe looks and operates much like an
, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What's handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. But there's a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe.
The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you still can't sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.
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That minor limitation aside, I'm still mystified as to why this is product isn't better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline Spotify gadget currently available, and at this price it's a pretty affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts, no phone necessary.