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The Mighty is a small, square, clippable music player that closely resembles the aforementioned Shuffle. It's available in black, white or orange, and I consider it among the coolest gadgets most people have never heard of.
After connecting to your phone via Wi-Fi, the player slurps up your Spotify playlists, allowing you to listen offline. That's convenient in a whole bunch of ways: preserving your phone's battery while you exercise, reducing your on-the-go data consumption and so on.
You can pair it with Bluetooth earbuds, speakers, car stereos and the like, but it also has a headphone jack -- great if your current phone doesn't.
Mighty can hold around 1,000 songs at Spotify's highest audio-quality level, and it's good for about five hours of play time. It's not waterproof, but it is both water- and drop-resistant.
Using the player is about as simple as it gets thanks to the familiar play-pause-skip control pad, but there are a few limitations. You can't sync individual songs, albums or artists -- it has to be playlists -- and you must have an active Spotify subscription. Mighty doesn't work with freebie accounts.
It does support podcasts, a recent and welcome addition. However, as you might expect in a screenless device, navigating them can be challenging. And podcasts that rely on dynamic ad-insertion can't be synced to the player.
My bigger complaint is that the Mighty relies on a proprietary, headphone-jack charging cable. Spares run $7 apiece. I suspect you could use less-expensive iPod Shuffle cables, but I'm not positive.
CNET hasn't reviewed the device, and I must note that some of the user reviews on Amazon are pretty low. It appears some folks have encountered reliability or syncing issues.
I asked the Mighty Audio folks about these reviews. Anthony Pu, a founding partner, noted that there's definitely a learning curve when it comes to syncing the device, pairing Bluetooth headphones and the like. He also mentioned that the initial batch of Mightys delivered to Kickstarter customers did have some technical issues that don't exist in the current version. Finally, he said, when customers take the time to reach out to technical support, problems almost always get resolved.
I can say from personal experience that syncing can be slow, and occasionally you get a message indicating that certain songs can't be synced. That's most likely due to licensing issues, but it's vexing all the same. Beyond that, I've had no problems. Your mileage may vary, of course.
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