Posts tagged with: music
  • by | June 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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  • by | March 21, 2013 12:35 PM

    Here's a little mini-Pocketnow Insider for you: next week, I had a TLDR piece scheduled entitled "Hey Microsoft: Where's Pandora for Windows Phone?" The company must've sensed my intentions (or, you know, grown tired of hearing the shouted demands of millions of its vocal customers) because today, it took the wraps off Pandora for Windows Phone 8. Microsoft and Pandora say the popular music-streaming app has been rebuilt from the ground up for Windows Phone 8, and it shows. From the tiled stations screen to the panoramic scrolling, this is a Modern UI design through and through. There are ...

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  • by | June 12, 2012 9:34 AM

    Spotify and Android users were left in the dark for quite some time but at the end of April the company finally let everyone know what they were working on for Android. The preview of the application promised good things ahead and now the final version of the streaming software is finally available to download in the Google Play Store. Everything in Spotify for Android is new, since it's a "top-to-bottom redesign". According to the change log, the new version has full support for Android 4.0, offers slide-out navigation, enables the use of crossfade/gapless playback in the settings, has ...

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  • by | May 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    Something interesting happened to me early this year: I started hating my iPod. It was a second-generation 16GB iPod Touch, running the most recent version of iOS that was available, and it was a heinous pile of garbage. It crashed constantly, the battery life was sub-par, and its infamous soft-metal casing was scratched beyond belief, despite having lived a relatively sheltered, case-protected life. Plus, I hated carrying around two devices when I didn't have to. Granted, this attitude is somewhat at odds with my Twitter moniker, but "Captain2Phones" does not equal ...

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