Portable Media Players

  • Google Starts Rolling Out Android Marshmallow To Nexus Devices

    Google Starts Rolling Out Android Marshmallow To Nexus Devices

    Last week, Google promised it would release Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of its mobile operating system, to Nexus devices sometime this week. As the company announced this morning, the rollout is now in progress, so if you own a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) or a Nexus Player, you can expect to see your update notification in the near future. Read More

  • Gift Guide 2009: Portable Media Players

    [tab:Intro][flagallery gid=1 name=”CrunchGear Gift Guide 2009″] The common portable media player has a tough existence. It’s expected to handle many tasks well, while being rugged enough to withstand daily (ab)use. It’s expected to look nice, it’s expected to provide more-than-decent battery life, and it’s expected to provide a simple enough interface that… Read More

  • Public Service Announcement: The Zune HD is nigh unreadable in direct sunlight. Just sayin'.

    Sometime in the past two weeks I decided, with some thought being put into is, to buy a Zune HD. Why, I don’t know; I thought it looked neat, and I was thoroughly unimpressed with the new iPods Apple showed off at that Rock and Roll event. For the most part the Zune HD is, indeed, neat. Its user interface is miles ahead of the iPod’s, and, with a little forethought, can be used… Read More

  • Portable media players will have a mandatory volume limiter in Europe soon

    It’s expected that the European Commission will pass legislation that will require manufacturers to include a noise limiter on portable media players. This is being done, of course, because listening to said devices at extraordinarily loud volume levels is quite dangerous; up to 10 percent of users are in danger totally destroying their hearing by keeping the players on too loud. Read More

  • The Samsung R1 is a PMP, all right

    The “anybody but iPod” crowd has another portable media player to choose from, and it’s from Samsung. It’s called the R1, and it’s your standard issue touchscreen PMP. It does play Divx-encoded video, which should be a benefit to those of you who haven’t moved into Blu-ray rips, or who enjoy watching standard-def rips of TV shows on the subway. Read More

  • Cube H100D portable media player first to output video in 1080i

    In the interest of helping you kill time at work or school, we present this gadget from the Far East that you’ll never own. It’s the Cube H100HD, a portable media player that does something no other one can do: it outputs video at 1080i. Now, 1080i is about as impressive as an elephant wearing a tutu—it’ll make you say, “Hmm, interesting,” but it… Read More

  • Price of internal components of $79.99 iPod Shuffle adds up to $21.77

    The guys and dolls over at iSuppli have taken apart one of those new iPod Shuffles—you know, the one that talks to you—and have estimated the total cost of components to be $21.77; the iPod Shuffle retails for $79. Setting aside the additional costs of the little music player, such as industrial design and programming, that represents only 28 percent of its retail price. The… Read More

  • Manchester United goalkeeper used iPod to help his team win Carling Cup

    Manchester United won the Carling Cup, which is primarily a little-valued “bonus” trophy handed out in England, yesterday. Great, good for them; go for the quadruple for all I care. More importantly to us here, however, is the revelation that the team’s goalkeeper, Ben Foster, used an iPod to help his team win. Read More

  • Steve Balmer: Don't expect a Zune phone

    Microsoft’s Steve Balmer doesn’t know if the Zune is coming or going. The portable media player hasn’t knocked the iPod off its perch in its two-year run, and now Balmer recognizes that it may never. Read More

  • You know, the Samsung P3 PMP (now with touchscreen!) doesn't look too bad at all

    Round two of eliminate the fluff, Samsung edition! This time, we’re looking at the Korean corp’s P3 portable media player. This time around it’s got a touchscreen, with haptics thrown in for good measure. Read More

  • Energizer will debut fancy new Zinc Air Prismatic battery at CES 2009

    What’s the most annoying part of your favorite gadget, be it your laptop, your phone or your portable media player? In fact, what do they all have in common? Here’s one vote for terrible battery life. (I have a cheap-o Philips digital audio player whose battery lasts, I think, 27 seconds before dying.) So here’s hoping that Energizer’s new zinc air battery, to debut at… Read More

  • MySpace CEO: Yeah, we'd like to make our own portable media player one day

    Did you hear the news? MySpace is thinking about creating its own portable media player! Reuters seems to think that such a player would be in competition with the iPod, which we all know is a lie: there’s the iPod WAY UP HERE, then everything else WAY DOWN THERE. If anything, the MySpace player would be in competition with Zune and Sansa—you know, the “other”… Read More

  • ‘Zune Tattoo Guy’ now has an anti-Dick Cheney tattoo

    Let’s not spend a second longer on this than we need to. The “Zune Tattoo Guy”—right up there with Magellan, I tell you—got mad at Microsoft’s handling of the Zune, so he elected to obscure his original Zune tattoo. He now has this delightful “Evil Dick Cheney” tattoo. We wish the man well on his future endeavors. Read More

  • September 17: A big day for Creative, we think

    Fans of Creative should get themselves ready for an exciting September 17. Why’s that? Well, that picture certainly alludes to something. Creative has been sending out special media invites for an event on September 17. The above picture clearly features an X-Fi logo. Whether that means Creative will unveil a new line of PMPs, or, who knows, an iPod dock (oh God, not another one!)… Read More

  • Cowon announces two new portable media players

    After about a half-year break from making anything substantial, the well-rested Cowon has just announced two new portable media players. The S9, seen above, will be primarily geared towards light portable computing and more with a 3.3-inch 480×272 AMOLED display, 500 MHz dual-core CPU (Atom, possibly?), capacitive touchscreen, TV-out, voice recorder, digital TV (T-DMB), Bluetooth, and… Read More

  • ‘Coming up soon…’ New Archos portable media players

    Get ready for the next generation of Archos portable media players. A banner on the company’s Web site reads “Coming up soon…” There’s zero info other than that, and why would there be? It’s not like Archos fans don’t like to know the company’s plans from A to Z, right? via DAPreview.net Read More

  • Maybe: Next iPod nano to have bigger screen, larger form factor

    Is this what the new iPod nano will look like? So says iLounge, a site that doesn’t really deal in nonsense rumors. Apple is keen to incorporate a larger screen in this year’s nano, but the only way to do that is by using a form factor like the one pictured here. Sorta reminds you of the old iPod mini, right? The screen would have the same 1.5:1 aspect ratio as the iPhone and… Read More

  • Creative Zen X-Fi has built-in Wi-Fi for streaming media (and instant messaging!)

    We eagerly await to hear what “perfection” sounds like. That is to say, we eagerly await to try out the Creative Zen X-Fi, a series of portable media players with built-in Wi-Fi. Aside from the usual set of features from every PMP ever, the Wi-Fi is used to instant message your dumb friends, presumably about what music you’re listening to or what video you’re watching… Read More

  • Samsung P3: A haptic competitor to the iPod touch

    Samsung will release later in the year, maybe, the P3, a haptic, touchscreen portable media player in the vein of the iPod touch. There’s quite literally no other information about the player, which is why you’ll see comparisons to the Korea-based corp’s $700 W420 cellphone. Oh. I graduated yesterday. That is all. via PMP Today Read More

  • Red Zune 80 trickling into retail stores

    Something called the Microsoft Zune 80 (wasn’t that an ABA team, the New Orleans Zune?) was released in the color red a few months ago, but you had to purchase it from the Zune Originals online store, which added tacky artwork to the backside. Seems now, however, you’ll be able to find it in normal retail stores. Still $250. via Zune Insider Read More