News tagged ‘music’
Looks like Beats Electronics wasn’t the only music-related company the guys from Cupertino planned to purchase this year. According to the latest report from Re/code, Apple is currently considering the possibility of buying the firm behind the music streaming application called Swell Radio. The price of acquisition is $30 million.
A new jailbreak tweak for all those who like listening to music using their iPhone has been recently released on Cydia. It enables an equalizer on your device and allows to create presets for different music types stored on your iPhone. This tweak is called EqualizerEverywhere and I must admit, it is very intuitive and easy-to-use.
It is always hard to choose good stereo system for home or office use. With growing popularity of smart devices, like iPhone or iPad, most users demand wireless features, for example, bluetooth support. Today we will take a look at Creative T30 Wireless - 2.0 Wireless Speakers with NFC. While the quality of this device is quite good, the price is attractive as well. You can get one for about $200.
According to the latest rumors and reports from several supply chain sources, Apple may launch a new cheaper iPod touch model next week. While these rumors are yet to be confirmed officially, people familiar with the matter claim that the new iPod touch will have 16GB of memory on board and a rear camera. The device will come in six colors. As to the price of the updated portable player, it is expected to be $199. Good news for those who can’t live without music. Like me, for example.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is working on two iWatch models. They will differ in size, shape and function.
The first one is called 'Sports' model and it can boast of a number of sensors capable of monitoring your physical activity and health. It has a bracelet made of rubber and a typical for smart watches rectangular design.
The 'Designer' version will reportedly feature a circular metal body and a leather bracelet. This iWatch model differs greatly from what we call smart watches.
Apple has recently posted two new "Your Verse" iPad Air ads. The first one tells us about the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who created an iPad app called The Orchestra, which helps him in creating and editing music. The second is about Cherie King, who is a travelling writer and who is unable to hear. She uses her iPad as a navigator.
Both videos are available below. You may take a look at them at the end of this post.
According to the latest rumors, the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to expand their iTunes Radio to the Netherlands. Well, at least this is what one Dutch user has recently discovered.
A new tweak called Helius has recently appeared on Cydia Store. It allows to change the screen media controls on your iPhone or iPod touch. If you like listening to music on your smartphone or player, the tweak is surely what you need.
A couple of days ago I told you that Apple is planning to acquire Beats Electronics. The final agreement between the headphone manufacturer and the company from Cupertino was expected to be signed this week.
According to the latest rumors from various sources, Apple is planning to improve the quality of music playback in iOS 8. Apart from that, the guys from Cupertino may release new versions of both In-Ear Headphones and Lightning connector.
Apple may soon acquire Beats Electronics, the headphone manufacturer and the company behind one of the most popular streaming music services. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and The New York Times have confirmed that Apple is currently in talks with Beats Electronics. If the two companies come to an agreement, the acquisition will be announced next week.
Beats Music teased an iPad app. What this means is that the new piece of software will be released very soon. And this is good news for all those people who like listening to music wherever they are.
Many users think of buying new modern wireless headphones to replace original old-type ones that came with a player or a smartphone. Today we will show you Hitz WP-380 headphones from Creative.
First impression always starts from the process of unpackaging the box. Hitz WP-380 looks great, at first sight one can tell that these headphones are very well made. The design is modern. These on ear type headphones have professionally-tuned 34mm neodymium drivers that must deliver excellent sound. There is also a microphone, so Hitz WP-380 can be used to make calls as well. Official web page positions Hitz WP-380 as a Lightweight On-ear Bluetooth Headset with NFC.
The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, standart 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.
The design is simple and modern. The quality is very good, just as you'd expect from device made by Creative. The headset sits comfortable and can be adjusted in several ways. The cups do fold, which is good. We find these headphones fairly comfortable and experienced no problems wearing them for a long time. WP-380 weights just 5.3 oz (150 g).
The microphone is hidden in the earcup, it's a little far from the mouth, it is it is hard to use the WP-380 headset in a noisy place.
It is very easy to start listen to the music: you need is to turn on WP-380 and keep holding on/off button. The light goes blinking blue, which means it is ready to connect to some gadget. On the iPhone just navigate to Settings - Bluetooth, then find and select Creative WP-380 in the list of found devices. That's it. Easy! The working distance is approximately 33 ft (10 meters), which is enough to walk around the house with no need to carry your player or smartphone with you.
WP-380 can also connect to devices with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). Unfortunately Apple smartphones do not support NFC, while Android users will be happy to try NFC.
Another interesting fact about WP-380 is Creative ShareMe and Creative Multipoint. Creative ShareMe (one source, two headsets) allows you to share your music wirelessly with your buddy or loved one using another Creative ShareMe-enabled wireless headset. Creative Multipoint (two sources, one headset) allows you to pair two separate devices to the headset at the same time. This means that you can easily switch your music source between these two Bluetooth stereo devices.
There are several buttons to control the headset. The on/off button is used to turn headset on and off, to set up BlueTooth connection, and to answer the incoming call. Using next, previous, play/pause (combined with on/off button) is is possible to control the music, stop/play, skip to the next track or play the previous one. Volume buttons are used to control the volume. Unfortunately it is not possible to use Siri voice assistant on the iPhone, there is just no button for that.
The quality of the sound is very good. This is not a surprise, since Creative uses different software and hardware trick s to improve sound playback and recording quality. Middle and high frequencies are well done, bass is good as well. The built-in speech microphone with ClearSpeech Engine actively suppresses external noises and digitally enhances speech clarity so that your conversations are loud and clear.
By the way, users of iPad tablet and iPod Touch player can use this headset to talk via Skype and similar voip apps.
The compatible list of devices is quite high. Hitz WP-380 works with Bluetooth enabled devices as well as with with every phone and player that has a standart 3.5mm jack.
Creative WP-380 charges in about an hour. Internal battery gives us approximately 12 hours of playback time.
- Wearing Style: On-ear
- Weight: 150g (5.3oz)
- Adjustable Headband: Yes
- Color: Black
- Included Accessories: 1 detachable flat audio cable, 2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug (1.2m)
1 travel pouch
1 USB charging cable (1m / 3.3ft)
- Product Type: Wireless Headset
- Volume Control: Yes
- aptX: Yes
- Drivers: 34mm (1.33 inches) Neodymium magnet
- Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 22kHz
- Impedance: 32ohms
- Connector Type: Bluetooth 3.0
2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
- Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
- Cable Style: Detachable flat audio cable
- Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
- Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
HFP (HD Voice ready*)
*HD Voice requires supported smartphones and mobile networks.
- Audio Codec: aptX
*FastStream allows low latency wireless bi-directional audio streaming and voice communication with Creative BT-W1 Bluetooth USB transceiver.
- Content Protection: SCMS-T
- Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
- Battery Specifications
- Type of Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, 3.7V, 430mAh
- Battery Life: Play time: 12 hours
Talk time: 14 hours
- Recommended Usage
- Wireless Streaming: Yes
- Music/Movies: Yes
- Chats: Yes
iPhoneRoot thanks Creative and Powersales International for providing Creative WP-380 review sample.
As we already know, Apple is expected to release its iWatch in the fourth quarter of 2014. The wearable gadget will come in two sizes and feature a bunch of health-tracking sensors.
This is good news. However, as Christopher Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group claims, Apple's iWatch will replace the iPod. And that's definitely not good.
Apple is reportedly working on a new song identification system for iOS 8. The company plans to cooperate with Shazam in order to add a new feature to its native music player, Bloomberg reports. Why do we need such a feature in iOS? To be honest, I don't know.