Review: Household wireless audio transmitters

Matt Vance looks at four systems designed to transmit your audio, wirelessly, from one location in your house to another. The three technologies used—FM, Bluetooth, and RF—vary considerably in their effectiveness, as do the systems’ prices. In this case, you get what you pay for.

Wi-Gear iMuffs

Bluetooth wireless headphones for iPod.

Ten Technology naviPlay Stereo Headset

Bluetooth wireless headphones for iPod.

Review: naviPlay Stereo Headset and iMuffs

Both the iMuffs MB210 and naviPlay Stereo Headset are likely to appeal to those who value wireless convenience over ultimate sound quality. Although you’ll sacrifice a bit in terms of sound quality, the iMuffs tend to be more comfortable over long periods.

ShutterBug 2.0

ShutterBug 2.0 is ideally suited for photography enthusiasts who want to quickly build a Web site to share photos but want to avoid learning complex Web site editing software.

Browseback 1.1

Although the program lets you access pages that you can no longer find, that feature does come at a cost in terms of system resources. However, if you are constantly referring to your browser’s history, or you need full-text searching, Browseback is worth a try.

Multiple iPods and computers

Apple has made it pretty easy to sync an iPod with a computer, but what happens when things get a bit more complicated? If you have more music players or more computers than you know how to deal with, the following tips and tools can help.

Review: Olive Musica

Olive’s Musica offers many features you would want in an all-in-one digital music component. But a wealth of features and great sound quality from this device are offset by a number of technical glitches that occur during routine use of the Musica.

Multiple iPods and computers

Apple has made it pretty easy to sync an iPod with a computer, but what happens when things get a bit more complicated? If you have more music players or more computers than you know how to deal with, the following tips and tools can help.

Simon 2.1

Simon 2.1 is a feature-rich tool that’s ideal for Webmasters who need to monitor a variety of Internet services. Simon’s many testing and notification options give users a great deal of flexibility, although it comes at a somewhat high price.

Pandora brings users personalized radio stations

Music fans will go to great lengths to find new artists or songs that grab them. Whether you spend countless hours at music store listening stations or call up a radio station’s listener line when you hear a new song you like, finding great music can be thrilling—but it can also feel like work. The solution? A new Web site called Pandora that lets users create customized radio stations.

DoorStop X 1.0

DoorStop X may be the right product for novice users seeking more features than the firewall built into OS X, and using an interface that is easy to understand. However, users willing to deal with complexity may opt for more features at a comparable price in competing firewalls.

InterComm 1.3

InterComm 1.3 is touted as a collaboration tool with instant messaging, file sharing, and version control features. Unfortunately, it fails at almost all of these tasks.

Have iPod, will travel

It may not yet slice, dice, or cut a tin can, but your iPod might just take the place of a hired tour guide, a pocket full of driving directions, or even a printed guidebook. Playlist's Matt Vance reveals helpful iPod travel resources.

Heard any good books lately?

The summer road trip season is upon us. Whether you are on your way to Burning Man or Bonnaroo, you might be in for hours trapped behind the wheel. Wouldn’t it be nice to instead wile away those hours in another time and place entirely? With a car adapter for your iPod, a good audio book can be just the ticket to mentally take you away.