Sure, MP3 Players are a dime a dozen (in variety, not price). And sure, they usually have the same features such as loading tunes via USB, the FM Tuner, and small ones usually hold about 2GB worth of memory.
In fact, the only thing that makes the Haier America Trainer stand out is the fact that it has a built-in clip, a heart-rate monitor, a pedometer, plus a stop watch. So for those who are interested in taking tunes with their workout, you might want to give this one a try. It is available now for a price range of about $55-65.
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Elecom’s Xcalgo Series headphones handily fold up when not in use and its cord retracts to keep it from tangling by the push of a button. Available in 3 colors or the pirate design, they have an impedance of 32 ohms, frequency range of 20 Hz to 20kHz, pressure response of 101dB/1mW and a cord length of 0.8m. Add to that the EHP-OH-900’s soft earpads to keep comfortable while eliminating extraneous noise. The Xcalgos are available for $75.99.
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You liked the Koss CC_01 earbuds but figured they were two pricey. Here is an inexpensive alternative. Acoustibuds are soft hypoallergenic silicone fittings that will fit an iPhone, iPod and most other MP3 player earphones. A CES award winner, the company claims the “flexible fins” provide enriched acoustics and better sound isolation. They also say neither extreme physical movement nor perspiration will interfere with the Acoustibuds’ ability to stay in and provide comfort. At a price of only $12.99 for 2 pairs (in 2 different sizes,) this is a heck of a deal, especially if you have sweaty ears.
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It seems we can never find earbuds that are comfortable. Koss thinks it has the solution with their new CC_01. Turn a metal screw at the back of them and you can adjust them to fit your unique aural shape. We’re not sure how that works exactly, but we do like the concept of shape-shifting earphones. While Koss usually offers their products for very little funds, the CC-01 buds will set you back about $150.00 this March.
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We’ve made it clear a few times that we feel that the Zune platform has progressed nicely since it’s inception, especially with the introduction of the Zune Pass, which we feel is the best deal in music today. Definitely something we recommend this holiday season. So much so, in fact, that we have put together a video showing off every Zune device that is currently available, as well as some of the cooler accessories available for the device set. We show off the Zune 80, Zune 120, Gears of War 2 Special Edition Zune, the flash Zunes, and even a Zune Originals piece.
On the accessories side, we give you a look at the Kicker stereo for Zune, a few cases, armbands, car accessories, and the Home A/V Kit. See? Told you we brought the goods to this one. Check out the video for the scoop on everything, and let us know if you end up picking any of it up.
Philips has not only put out 3 new MP3 players, they have named them as well. All three are part of their GoGear line. It includes the Spark and Raga that come in both 2 and 4GB models that are now available for about $60.00. The Luxe will be offered in January and comes in 2GB for $89.00 and 4GB for $99.00. Would that other companies would follow suit. Not only is it easier to pronounce, it’s so much easier to remember.
We have found a new solar charger, perfect for those of us that are watching the snow and gloom come down as we speak. The iCharge eco works on iPods, PSPs, Nintendo DS and cell phones. It features an output of DC5.0-5.5V/600mA with its 1,350mAh battery. Expect 15 hours to charge via solar, 5 hrs. on USB and 3.5 hrs. with an AC adapter. At a size of 107.5 x 51.5 × 15.3mm, it comes in a choice of 7 colors.
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What to do with those outdated electronics? If you don’t want to sell them yourself on eBay or craig’s list, send your old working cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, GPS systems or other electronics to Gazelle. Evaluate the condition of your device online and they will give you an estimate. They will even pay for shipping by sending you a postage-free box. The entire process takes about a week after they receive the item. The company claims their average payment is $115.00, a great way to make some extra holiday cash.
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iLuv has unveiled the iSP100 Mini Portable Stereo Speaker. It is compatible with iPods, iPhones, and MP3 players. Powered by 3 AAA batteries, the speaker has what the company calls “720° Surround Sound.” It comes with a retractable cable with 3.5mm jack for headphone or audio output and traveling case. Look for the speaker’s debut in the next few weeks with a price tag of $34.99.
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Okay, we’ve been hitting you with snippets of Zune news all day, especially as it pertains to the hardware. Now it’s time to break down all the changes that the Zune 3.0 software is bringing, both from the hardware side of things, as well as the software client side of things. On the hardware side of things, we are seeing new features like support for games, the ability to buy songs tagged while using the FM radio, and the ability to browse and download from the Zune Marketplace directly from the device itself. Over on software, we see a bunch of improvements to the client that are all focused on music discovery and helping you experience your music library in a whole new way. A lot of the changes seem geared towards Zune Pass subscribers (which, by the way, we think is the best deal in music). Click on through for an in-depth look at all the important changes that Zune 3.0 brings.