First Impressions – Apple AirPods

After purchasing Christmas presents for everyone on my list this year I decided to get myself a gift.  After 3-weeks of waiting the package finally arrived…  Apple AirPods!

I love listening to music (mostly Spotify) whenever I can and after seeing the AirPods announcement last fall I was curious about how they performed.  Thanks to a lot of media outlets getting advanced units the reviews were out there before the AirPods were even available for order. For the most part they were very positive.

I’ve tried the inexpensive Bluetooth earbuds connected with a cord that is supposed to go behind your head and I’m not a fan.  The cord gets caught up in your clothing and makes the entire process rather uncomfortable and annoying.  Now, with the AirPods, you can actually go completely wireless and it addresses all the issues I was frustrated with.

The AirPods sound better than the EarPods that come with the iPhones.  They are just slightly larger and, in my case, fit very comfortably in my ears.  The bass is noticeably improved and the overall sound is very nice.  Battery life and bluetooth range is very impressive too.

These are not going to replace my Bose noise canceling over-the-ear headphones that I use when I want to tune the world out but they will be part of my daily carry for those times where I need a little music to make the day go a little better.

It’s to early to say if they were worth the $159 asking price but so far I haven’t regretted the purchase!

Moving From Pandora to Spotify – WOW!

I had a paid subscription to Pandora for years & was generally satisfied with the service.  I was also happy with the $3.99 cost for commercial free streaming music.

I read an article earlier this year comparing several of the online music streaming services.  I was surprised to learn how much I was actually missing by using Pandora.  I had no idea the Pandora catalog was a fraction of what other services offer (1 million songs vs 20 million with Spotify).  I also didn’t realize the other services let you listen to an entire album, repeat songs, and pick exactly what you want to listen to! (Face palm)

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This is an older chart but you can get the general idea of how the services differ.

So I switched to Spotify.  They had a promotion that gave you 3-months for something like $0.99 so it was a no brainer to try it out.  I wasn’t able to convert my playlists from Pandora but it was easy enough to start typing in my favorite artists and flagging them as favorites.

Then Apple released their new music platform.  Same price as Spotify and same size catalog.  They’re giving away a 90-day free trial and I’ve tried it.  The Apple Music interface isn’t as intuitive as Spotify but it gets the job done.

Now I’m torn.  Do I switch again (to Apple Music) and take advantage of it’s tight integration with IOS? (Hey Siri, play The Church)  The OS X interface uses iTunes which needs to be burned to the ground and rebuilt to from the ground up.  Spotify’s OS X app is pretty user friendly but takes some 3rd parry apps and plug-ins to make it integrate with the OS (and use the play/pause controls on the Apple keyboard.

Is there another streaming service that beats Apple & Spotify?  I’d love to hear your feedback on what you use, what you like, & what you don’t like.

Listen To Your Music Collection While On The Road!

Simplify Media allows you to stream your iTunes collection across the internet to your work PC, your laptop or even yout iPod Touch/iPhone!  I’m several hundred miles away from home & I have access to all of my audio media on the Mac at home.  Really cool stuff!  Be advised, you need a pretty good connection to the Internet (on both ends) for this application to work smoothly.

Pandora Radio – Works Without An iPod Too!

Pandora Radio – Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music.

Just went to the page & typed in one of my favorite bands (The Smiths) and BAM, I now have a Smiths channel!  Pretty darn cool & free to boot! Some of the suggestions are spot on. Several bands I completely forgot about are showing up in the playlist. I’m hooked!