Music

iPod’s 15th Birthday →

OCTOBER 26, 2016

ipod_first_gen-0Three days ago, the iPod turned 15. Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge looked back at some highlights in the history of the iconic MP3 player:

Fifteen years ago today, on October 23rd, 2001, Steve Jobs stood up on stage and announced the original iPod. Since that day, the iPod has changed the way people buy and listen to music, sold millions of devices, and laid the foundation for the powerhouses that Apple has had with the iPhone and iPad.

And while the classic iPod design was finally retired two years ago, and the remaining members of the iPod line are less important to Apple’s strategy today than they were years ago, it’s still an integral part of history, both for the company and the larger tech industry.

Mine is a black iPod nano 5th generation. Although it’s now kept inside my cabinet, I have to admit, I’m still thrilled whenever I touch and play music with it. And yes, I still check and use it once in a while. With care.

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On Bose Soundlink Mini II

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

I recently replaced our old Logitech speaker system in our bedroom with a Bose Soundlink Mini II.

If you aren’t familiar with Bose Soundlink Mini II, it’s a small and light Bluetooth speaker with a beautiful sleek design that you can carry with wherever you go.

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Bose is well known for its professional audio systems and speakers, impressive sound quality, and as for the Soundlink Mini II, despite its small size, you’ll be blown away by how good it sounds.

Design and Specs

If you ask me, I would say the device is Apple-like in many ways. From its look and sound quality. The body of the speaker is made of single piece aluminum that looks both attractive and compact. It weighs only 1.5 pounds and you can hold it in one hand, but being as tiny as it is, you can’t fit it in a pocket because of its brick-like dimension. It is small enough to put into your bag though.

As I mentioned above, despite its tiny size, the Soundlink Mini II sounds great. Bose has this to say about its sound quality:

You might not expect sound this rich from a speaker this small, but the SoundLink® Mini speaker II is something new. You don’t have to sacrifice performance for portability. Proprietary technologies and an innovative driver configuration combine to deliver full-range sound—including deep lows—in an ultra-compact package. It lets you take your music to places it’s never been before.

When it comes to connectivity, the speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, iPad or other bluetooth device. Pairing is fast and easy. By pressing the bluetooth rubber button on top, voice prompts talk you through pairing process. You can pair two devices at once and it can remember the most recent eight devices you’ve used.

The built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 10 hours of playtime. And the unit comes with a charging cradle where you can charge it via metal contacts of both the dock and the speaker, making the charging process hassle-free. Charging using a micro USB cable is an option though.

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You can buy the Bose Soundlink Mini II at Amazon.co.uk for £169. Available in Pearl and Carbon color.

Conclusion

Sure there are plenty of cheaper rivals out there, but if you’re after a beautiful design, easy operation, and a better sound quality — in a tiny box, the Bose Soundlink Mini II is worth its asking price.

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