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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Field of Streams: Ranking the Best Streaming Music Services

Posted by Todd Klein in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:00 AM

http://gizmodo.com/5750415/the-best...g-music-service

"The era of listening to any song, at any moment, in any location is fast approaching. While we're not quite there yet, a handful of on-demand music services have come close."

Gizmodo has done some heavy lifting sifting through various streaming music services. After narrowing the list down to 4, they rank Grooveshark, MOG, Rdio, and Rhapsody along a continuum that includes features, catalogue size, monthly service cost, and the breadth of devices the service can be played on.

Based on their rankings, relative upstarts MOG and Rdio seem to have overtaken industry stalwart Rhapsody despite the latter's longevity (still barely passable Chrome functionality, really?). All of these have yet to carve out profitable niches, and still must compete against personalized radio services like Pandora. That said, the true winner is a service you can't get in the US. Spotify is touted by industry pundits as the best streaming service not available in America. Why? No deals with the labels. Someday, all of this will integrate with each of our devices wherever we are. Until then, we're on our own to create an individualized music experience.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Which Box Should You Pick To Go Under Your TV?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5649560/video-bo...new-best-friend

While you know an MP3 player will play MP3s, and a DVD player will do its thing, the new breed of boxes don't wear their functionality on their sleeve. Set-top boxes, media boxes-we know they're boxes, yes, but what's inside? What are these boxes going to do for you? Some want to make renting movies a cinch, some want to help you stream the movies you already have-and some seem like they want to try to do it all."With new offerings from Roku and Apple, and the grand impending entrance of Google TV, the crowd of little plastic boxes that all want to stream your video is getting packed. And confusing. But we're here to help you compare."

There are plenty media devices out there, all trying to be the ultimate device that you choose to connect to your TV. Gizmodo have put together a basic chart comparing the features of some of the main ones, specifically Apple TV, Google TV, Roku XDS, PS3/Xbox 360, Boxee Box, TiVo Premiere, and the WD Live Plus. This chart gives you a quick glance look at the main features and how each compares to each other. Obviously this is not the most comprehensive list of devices and is missing some obvious ones such as the PopCorn Hour or even Microsoft Media center (though I can see why Media Center is not included as it is a PC rather than an integrated box). Regardless, this is a useful chart which can give you a nice overview of each device and help you decide which to go for if you are looking for one and are unsure of the differences.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gizmodo Compares the Hot Slates

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5459308/slate-sh...kyline=true&s=i

Gizmodo has put together an interesting chart that shows the way these devices stack up to each other. Worth checking out!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

This is not my beautiful Internet

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5391707/losing-n...t-case-scenario

"It's alarmist, over-the-top pro-net-neutrality propaganda, sure, but this chart goes a long way to explaining why the IT dude at the office wears that "All Packets are Created Equal" shirt to work every Thursday: because tiered ISPs are scary."

Net neutrality has been fought over for quite some time now, with both sides firmly entrenched in their ideas. Gizmodo has put up a picture of a theoretical pricing chart of how an ISP could charge for Internet access if net neutrality were to be shot down. The chart does look a lot like the current pricing chart I see from my cable television provider so it definitely has that plausible feeling to it. For me, being pro-net-neutrality, my bigger concern with what is implied in this chart, is that ISPs would start to revert back to the old days of AOL and CompuServe, where ISPs are no longer just pipes to the Internet, but content gateways, nudging you to only use certain websites. The chart is basically an advertisement for only the major companies. This would not only enforce a static Internet, but put new concepts and ideas from upstart companies at a severe disadvantage. Dark days indeed.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Gizmodo Explains Mobile Chipsets

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5277326/mobile-c...kyline=true&s=x

"Low-power processors aren't just for netbooks: These computers-on-a-chip are going to be powering our smartphones and other diminutive gadgets in the forseeable future. So what's the difference between the Atoms, Snapdragons and Tegras of the world?"

With the exploding popularity of netbooks, nettops and smartphones, you've probably seen the words Atom, Snapdragon and Tegra tossed around. Gizmodo is kind enough to give us the quick rundown on what each mobile chipset is and what it is capable of. While I am still partial to the Atom myself, mostly because it is the closest to providing a full Internet browsing experience, the Snapdragon and Tegra put ARM based chipsets much closer to that bar. Fortunately, ARM does have some room to get there, since the likelihood of an Atom being put into a smartphone would probably draw so much power the battery life would be just enough to boot up the device. This is definately the battlefield where ARM and x86 will duke it out and if ARM wins, it might even have a chance to taking over the netbook market if not more.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Gizmodo Sees Value In Having Audiophiles

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:30 AM

http://i.gizmodo.com/5213042/why-we...kyline=true&s=i

"Fremer, if you have yet to decipher this, is an audiophile of the highest calibre. Literally millions of dollars of premium audio equipment have passed through his listening room under review for Stereophile magazine, and he's been obsessing about vinyl since he was four years old, memorizing the labels of his parents' 78s."

$350,000 sounds like a lot to spend on a stereo system, but Gizmodo explains why audiophiles, at least those like Michael Fremer, are crucial to making sure that our music equipment doesn't degenerate into a series of beeps and boops. In almost every industry, we have experts who examine every detail and criticize every choice and while they may seem obsessive and uncompromising, they're the people who keep pushing improvements and prevent quality from dropping too far. I sit in wonder about how one can spend thousands on something that seems trivial to me, but for some, it makes a difference. I'll freely admit that I'm very pedestrian when it comes to music equipment and I'll even listen to 128kbps mp3s (though FLAC sounds much better) but I am glad there are those who make sure that the industry is pushing to make things better.


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