There’s been a number of new applications and services recently that are looking to extend the usefulness and fun of iTunes. I’m always looking for new ways to have a better iTunes experience. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide my thoughts on these new iTunes extensions. After the jump, you’ll find my thoughts on Qloud, The Filter, and Qloud.
When shopping for a MP3 player, I originally wanted a tiny flash-based one for when I go on early morning runs, since hard drive-based ones tend to skip when there are sudden movements. However, when I saw the iRiver Clix, I realized that I won’t be running all the time, so I might as well be able to enjoy it for when I’m not exercising.
The iRiver Clix (MSRP $199.99) features the ability to play music in these formats: .mp3, .ogg, and .wma. On top of that, it features the ability to play video, show pictures, and let you play Flash Lite games. It has a rather large (for a MP3 player) 2.2″ LCD screen that is quite bright, and which can display 260,000 colors. Additionally it has a built-in FM tuner, so you can listen to local FM radio stations.
It charges up the lithium-poly battery via the USB 2.0 cord, and a single charge can bring you between 10-20 hours (20 hours if you’re listening in the worst possible audio quality, don’t use the LCD screen much, and other best-case scenario variables.) You can expect around 13 hours of playtime for the average listener, less if you watch videos often and use an aggressive equalizer setting.
My old earphones, Shure E2c, gave up the ghost after 2 years of extensive use. It served me well, but I want headphones that actually last. So thus my research on the net brought me to the purchase of the Audio Technica ATH-A500, which is only made in Japan. Word is that it is great for gaming, having a soundstage that is great for closed circumaural headphones. Along with the headphones, I also invested in the Headroom Total Airhead headphone amp.