Kazaa Wakes Up From Lawsuit-Induced Coma, Vows to Go Legit (Updated)

Old-line filesharing services can't seem to switch sides fast enough: Now Kazaa, leading purveyor of illegal MP3s and maliciously mislabeled pornography for a few years in the early 2000s, has been reborn as a legal, paid music download service. $20 a month gets you unlimited downloads, 2005-style: in WMA format,… » 7/20/09 9:54am 7/20/09 9:54am

The Worst Proprietary Gadget Offenses

Like a predatory loan officer or an unstable partner, technology companies have an obsession with locking you down. Here are some of the worst examples of proprietary products that leave you trapped, broke and angry. » 3/12/09 2:00pm 3/12/09 2:00pm

Cowon O2 Hands-On: Will Play Your Most Rebellious Media Files

CNET got their hands on Cowon's new flash-based PMP, the O2, and they think it's one of the year's best dedicated media players. The 4.3-inch touchscreen player has a truly ridiculous list of supported codecs, an SDHC slot to expand its internal 8, 16, or 32GB memory, solid (if not too flashy) GUI, and a surprisingly… » 10/25/08 5:15pm 10/25/08 5:15pm

Thanko's New MP3 Player Is Cranky for Power

Thanko has gifted its new MP3 player with an additional power source: you. Much like Trevor Bayliss' crank-powered player, but nicer-looking, this new device will give you ten minutes of tunes for one minute of cranking— it's also got an LED flashlight which'll run for 50 minutes for the same effort. And if you're… » 3/27/08 5:22am 3/27/08 5:22am

Samsung's YP-S2 Pebble MP3 Players Probably Hurt When Thrown

These Samsung YP-S2 Pebble MP3 players look quite similar to the Creative Zen Stone (because they both look like small rocks), and hold about 1GB of MP3s and WMAs. They've got about 10 hours of playback, but don't do a whole lot else (other than looking and feeling like rocks). They'll be available in the UK around… » 3/12/08 11:50am 3/12/08 11:50am

Slacker Announces Aptly Named "Portable" Music Device

Last month we learned that online music service Slacker would debut its own player sometime before the holidays. Today the company made it official with the announcement of their "Portable" portable music player. The device features a 4-inch screen, 15, 20 and 40 station capacities, the ability to play your existing MP3s … » 11/14/07 8:40pm 11/14/07 8:40pm

Rock Out All Day (and Night) with Transcend's T.sonic 840 DAP

In a world of complex do-it-all gadgets, the T.sonic 840 might seem a little bland. It's a fairly basic digital audio player, supporting everything you'd expect in the audio (MP3, WMA, WAV, WMA-DRM10) and visual (JPG, BMP) departments. But it is the simple yet functional approach that allows Transcend's latest gadget… » 8/02/07 11:20pm 8/02/07 11:20pm

Mobiblu Cubisto: Who Wants to Carry a Cube in Their Pocket?

The mobiblu Cubisto digital audio player comes to us from Korea and comes in two sizes, 1GB and 2GB. It's pretty much a bare bones player, supporting MP3 and WMA files formats. Obviously the hook here is its wacky cube shape, but that only gets it so far. Besides, what would you rather have in your pocket, a bulky cube … » 12/21/06 2:00pm 12/21/06 2:00pm

iRiver S7 Possibly Spotted But Could Just Be Altoids Tins

Fans have been awaiting iRiver S7 news ever since a leaked spec sheet documented the digital audio player's possible existence a few weeks back. Now a series of pictures are making their way around the giant interconnected tubes, but color us skeptical. The specs themselves seem more than believable (1GB of flash… » 12/11/06 9:53am 12/11/06 9:53am

A Closer Look at the Sound Enhancing Creative Xmod

Just a few days word broke that Creative was about to release onto the world the Creative Xmod, small device that supposedly makes MP3s (and other formats of lossy digital music compression) sound better. Laptop magazine got a chance to play around with it and reports that it's not a complete piece of garbage, going so … » 10/09/06 3:08pm 10/09/06 3:08pm

Reviewed: iRiver S10 (Verdict: Possibly The Best Money Can Buy)

CNet Asia just reviewed the iRiver S10, generally seen as the one and only possible competitor to Apple's new iPod nano. Typical of iRiver digital audio players, the company has gone to great lengths to ensure that there's enough features here to make you forget that you're not using an iPod. The 1.5-inch screen is too … » 10/03/06 3:59pm 10/03/06 3:59pm