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Macworld Podcast episode 59

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Hey, if at 59 you can’t get the tiniest bit cranky, what’s the point of getting there in the first place? Yes, Macworld Podcast #59 sees me turning up the flames on Microsoft’s Zune digital music player. Yet quickly recalling John Lennon’s admonition that “All You Need Is Love,” I dial down my ire to remark on the rumored dealings between Apple and The Beatles’ Apple Corps.

Leaving the Fab Four behind, Dan Frakes of Macworld and Playlist fame joins me togo over the highlights of Playlist’s recent Plays of the Year Awards—accolades showered upon the best and brightest of the year’s digital music gear. Wrapping up the show, I provide a listener (and you too) with some information on exactly what an iPod shuffles Forward and Back buttons can do.

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Show notes

I quote Andy Ihnatko’s scathing review of Microsoft’s Zune digital music player for the Chicago Sun Times. For more thought-provoking opinions about the Zune’s place in the world, check out our own Dan Frakes’ How Not to be an iPod Killer.

Is the Beatles’ music catalog coming to the iTunes Store? Fortune magazine seems to think so.

Dan Frakes and I cover a load of digital music products in our talk about Playlist’s Plays of the Year awards. Specific winners we discuss include:

  • 2G iPod nano, from Apple, $149 (2GB), $199 (4GB), $249 (8GB);
  • Nike + iPod Sport Kit, from Apple, $29;
  • Remix M-Class earbuds, from V-Moda, $50;
  • CX300 canalbuds, from Sennheiser, $80;
  • ety8 Bluetooth canalphones, from Etymotic, $199;
  • E500PTH headphones, from Shure, $499;
  • inMotion iM9 portable iPod speakers, from Altec Lansing, $200;
  • Radial portable iPod speakers, from JBL, $349;
  • i-deck iPod speakers, from Monitor Audio, $150;
  • i300 home iPod speaker system, from Jamo, $400;
  • VideoShield Kit 5G iPod case, from Agent 18, $35;
  • eVo3 for iPod skin case for iPod, from iSkin, $35;
  • TransPod and TransDock FM transmitters, from DLO, $100 and $70; and
  • TuneDeck for iPod nano, from Belkin, $50

Music credits

“Basic” by Epicte the Elemental. Want to hear more of his music? Need a DJ in the Washington, D.C. area? E-mail him at epicte [at] gmail [dot] com.

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