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MP3 Insider from CNET

Changes are swift in the new age of digital audio. Stay in the loop each week as Jasmine and Donald discuss the latest digital music (and video) news, hardware, software, and media services. Listeners can email us at and be a part of

Copyright: 2007

MP3 Insider 101: MP3 players for audiophiles

Tue, 17 Jun 2008 21:21:53 GMT

Can a machine determine which MP3 player actually sounds best? Find out in this week's episode.

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MP3 Insider 100: iPhone madness

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 21:21:53 GMT

Jasmine and Donald tear the iPhone a new one. Plus, Jasmine's cat gets a hold of the Sony Rolly, SanDisk gobbles MusicGremlin, and Donald rounds-up some non-iPod MP3 players for Mac users.

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MP3 Insider 99: Donald's back!

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 23:47:24 GMT

It's a full-on celebration as Donald returns from his paternity leave and Jasmine demands that he never have more children. Oh, and there are some headphones, an MP3 player, and music news too.

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MP3 Insider 98: Music on the Web

Tue, 27 May 2008 20:33:16 GMT

Webware editor Josh Lowensohn is visiting this week with a selection of sweet music-oriented Web sites that let you play with your music as well as listen to it...and they're all free!

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MP3 Insider 97: Music-friendly cell phones

Wed, 21 May 2008 23:32:04 GMT

Cell phone guru Kent German stops by to talk about his favorite music phones. Also, big news from Napster this week.

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MP3 Insider 96: Fun with cars

Wed, 14 May 2008 00:14:16 GMT

Car tech editor Kevin Massy drops by to chat about head units that play nice with your MP3 player. Plus, what exactly is this "Sony Rolly" thingie?

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MP3 Insider 95: Zune rants and raves

Wed, 07 May 2008 21:45:08 GMT

Special guests Brian Cooley and Molly Wood duke it out over the Zune's merits and faults in this episode about Microsoft's recently announced Zune updates. Will Jasmine have to separate the two?

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MP3 Insider 94: Top 5 online music services

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:44:15 GMT

Jasmine invites Peter Gavin from music to discuss their favorite online music stores. Plus, two listeners call in about iPod trading and MP3 players that use swappable batteries.

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MP3 Insider 93: Congrats Donald!

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:51:57 GMT

Donald gets called away early to welcome his new bundle of joy into the world, so Jasmine rustles up a replacement cohost in smartphone/GPS editor Bonnie Cha, who has a bone to pick with MP3-playing GPS devices.

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MP3 Insider 92: MP3 players can't all be roses

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 01:05:38 GMT

Jasmine vents her frustrations about the iriver E100 to Donald and the rest of the captive audience. Then, we spread some happy happy love to Sony and the Zune.

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MP3 Insider 91: On trusting user comments

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 00:36:30 GMT

This week, Donald and Jasmine discuss the relative merits of the MobiBlu T10, which becomes an example on when not to trust user comments. Also, some PVPs for movie marathoners and a handful of iPod Nano alternatives.

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MP3 Insider 90: Subscription schmubscription

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 22:01:31 GMT

Donald and Jasmine discuss the first murmurings of music rental services for the iPod. Then, a gaggle of headphones takes over the podcast.

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MP3 Insider 89: Hodgepodge

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 23:29:31 GMT

Vibrating earphones and $900 portable audio recorders and Zune rumors--oh my! Donald and Jasmine also discuss the merits of a speaker that can keep your beer cold while you rock out.

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MP3 Insider 88: New players in da house

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:19:06 GMT

Donald and Jasmine debate the relative merits of the Samsung S5's built-in speaker and discuss why SanDisk couldn't manage to keep a lid on the Sansa Fuze. Plus, a prizefight between Cowon and Archos.

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MP3 Insider 87: What about subscription music

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 00:35:01 GMT

Donald and Jasmine continue the talk on DRM and discuss the future of subscription music and why they're both so keen on it.

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MP3 Insider 86: Sony's massive announcement

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 22:06:32 GMT

Donald and Jasmine discuss the SanFran Music Tech Summit and tell you all about the massive new line of products recently announced by Sony.

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MP3 Insider 85: Valentines and reminiscences

Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:28:57 GMT

Donald and Jasmine can't seem to avoid an avalanche of pink and red devices as February 14th arrives and decide a look back on 2007 is in order...after they talk about the gaggle of gadgets to cross the review desk in the past week.

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MP3 Insider 84: A Slacker and a brawl

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 20:10:05 GMT

The Slacker Portable Player has finally arrived and we have the review. Plus, Donald and Jasmine debate the relative merits of the iPod Touch with its upgraded capacity and recently-added extras.

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MP3 Insider 83: What's in a niche?

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 19:36:49 GMT

Cowon's A3 gets a review, and Donald and Jasmine discus the unsatisfied market of specialty MP3 players.

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MP3 Insider 82: Jack of All Trades

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 19:36:49 GMT

The Cowon Q5W can do just about everything short of bringing you breakfast in bed, but this bulky PVP-cum-GPS device is chock full of complexities that will make the average user's head spin. Donald and Jasmine debate its merits.

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MP3 Insider 81: Macworld 2008

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 19:36:49 GMT

Herr Jobs didn't give us much in the way of new iPod goodies, but iTunes movie rentals is something to get excited about...or is it?

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MP3 Insider 80: Vegas, baby!

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 19:19:07 GMT

Jasmine and Donald head to Las Vegas to bring you all of the goodness from CES 2008.

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MP3 Insider 79: Preparing for CES 2008

Fri, 4 Jan 2008 00:23:55 GMT

After the holiday lull, we don't have much to yammer on about, except for our upcoming exodus to CES and the tech wonders that the show promises to deliver.

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MP3 Insider 78: Pre-holiday extravaganza!

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 00:23:55 GMT

In the last podcast before the new year, Donald and Jasmine postulate about the much-delayed Cowon A3, the future of Bluetooth, and some iPod speakers that outstrip the cost of the player far.

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MP3 Insider 77: Happy holidays

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 00:13:04 GMT

The time for gift-giving is approaching and we have plenty of recommendations for you and your loved ones, from MP3 players to iPod accessories to headphones.

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MP3 Insider 76: Wireless music

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 23:19:57 GMT

The Ibiza Rhapsody gets reviewed. Plus, we finally get our hands on the elusive Samsung T10 and share some info on two new Griffin products that crossed the reviews desk.

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MP3 Insider 75: Cowon's media monster

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:49:15 GMT

We take a cursory look at the Cowon Q5W--late to market, but still looking sweet nonetheless. Also, find out how the Zune fared in our battery tests and what we think might make some good stocking stuffers.

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MP3 Insider 74: Haier who?

Wed, 21 Nov 2007 21:37:13 GMT

Where did this Haier America Ibiza Rhapsody player come from? Plus, more Zune goodies and some audiobook MP3 player recommendations.

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MP3 Insider 73: iPod competition

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:37:13 GMT

Yet more about the Zune, this time with review goodness--we've got a real iPod contender on our hands. Plus, find out more about the touchscreen Samsung P2, and discover which MP3 players make Jasmine's hot list.

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MP3 Insider 72: Too much Zune lovin'

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 21:37:13 GMT

Jasmine's back, and she and Donald get a little bit carried away talking about the new Zune's they got to fondle. Also on the agenda: the budget-friendly Archos 105 and Oakley's latest tune-playing sunglasses.

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MP3 Insider 71: Veronica defends the Zune

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 20:30:54 GMT

Veronica Belmont drops by and talks with Donald about the Sony Rolly, hacking the iPhone, and why the Zune deserves a second look. Plus, Donald sounds off on the SanDisk Sansa View and the memorex MMP8640.

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MP3 Insider 70: Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 19:11:06 GMT

Without really meaning to, we dedicate pretty much an entire podcast to iPod accessories.

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MP3 Insider 69: DRM this!

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:02:34 GMT

Napster 4 shows the love to Mac and Linux users, while iTunes cuts some prices. Plus, we talk about a retro-looking Internet radio receiver and some sweet portable iPod speakers.

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MP3 Insider 68: Zune mania?

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:02:34 GMT

Forget the iPod--can the Zune compete with Samsungs upcoming Bluetooth-capable players? Also, the Sansa Clip sounds great and Sony's bottom-of-the-line player offers a surprising feature.

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MP3 Insider 67: Name that sound

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 19:29:29 GMT

We play with a wind-up MP3 player, discuss Zune rumors, and answer some of your burning questions.

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MP3 Insider 66: About autoresume

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 18:35:00 GMT

For the dedicated podcast listener, we clear up some confusion about autoresume as a feature. Also, get some pre-review info on the latest Sony Walkman and the new Toshiba Gigabeat.

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MP3 Insider 65: What's in an interface?

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 19:57:33 GMT

We try to stick to our regularly scheduled programming of cold, hard product facts, but can't avoid a tangent about intangibles.

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MP3 Insider 62: Pre-iPod madness

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 21:17:50 GMT

We take the opportunity to talk about all the neat new non-iPod MP3 players before the Apple storm tomorrow.

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MP3 Insider 61: The NDA rant

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 21:21:19 GMT

Details about three hot new products and why we're so peeved about them.

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MP3 Insider 60: Mainstream or not

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 19:04:45 GMT

We discuss new music service announcements and some really expensive earbuds.

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MP3 Insider 59: Beer and music

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 19:04:45 GMT

More 16GB flash players and a beer cooler that plays nice with your MP3 player.

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MP3 Insider 58: The extra-long episode

Tue, 7 Aug 2007 19:04:45 GMT

We just can't seem to stop talking about a gaggle of MP3 players, an entry-level mixer, and plenty of worthwhile reader e-mail.

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MP3 Insider 57: Travel with tunes

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 19:04:45 GMT

Find out which MP3 players and headphones to take on your next trip, and decide which music service rules the recommendation roost.

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MP3 Insider 56: Sweat to the music

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 18:48:40 GMT

This week, we're on about MP3 players and headphones that you should bring to the gym.

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MP3 Insider 55: Players galore!

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 17:56:21 GMT

Lots of news about MP3 players, some good deals, and the annoying headphone problem for the iPhone.

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MP3 Insider 54: iPhone deal breaker

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 22:28:13 GMT

We were hoping to get through the entire episode without mentioning the iPhone, but it had to happen. What's with the stupid recessed headphone jack?

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MP3 Insider 52: Hot gadgets in the summertime

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 22:19:30 GMT

Jasmine drags Donald from his sickbed to discuss the latest addition to the Creative Zen family and the hot new Archos players.

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MP3 Insider 51: Another new iRiver

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 22:55:06 GMT

Another new iRiver hits the streets--just not here.

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MP3 Insider 50: Lala and We7

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 19:24:18 GMT

We discuss the new site We7, and some changes to Lala.

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MP3 Insider 49: A product only a grandma could love

Thu, 31 May 2007 22:43:51 GMT

While Veronica's out, Senior MP3 Editor Donald Bell stops by to discuss Sony's noise-canceling Walkman and a wet willy-like earbud experience.

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MP3 Insider 48: Worst MP3 player

Thu, 17 May 2007 20:17:00 GMT

Amazon goes DRM-free, and we discuss one of the worst players we've ever seen.

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MP3 Insider 47: Smaller is better

Thu, 10 May 2007 19:33:35 GMT

With all the tiny, adorable flash players out, do we really care about the Zune and iPod rumors that are circulating? OK, yes.

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MP3 Insider 46: A halo of sound

Thu, 03 May 2007 19:05:45 GMT

Not everything seems practical--you just need us to explain it to you!

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MP3 Insider 45: Tunes in space

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 20:20:16 GMT

What would be your Top 10 list of songs to enterain the astronauts?

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MP3 Insider 44: New Zunes?

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:48:34 GMT

Are the new Zunes anything to write home about? We'll tell you, if they ever show up!

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MP3 Insider 43: Hooray for DRM-free!

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 19:18:56 GMT

EMI drops DRM off of their tracks on iTunes, and the world rejoices!

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MP3 Insider 42: iRiver investigatory journalism

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 20:16:02 GMT

CTIA is coming to a close, and Jasmine is worrying she won't have a category soon. Will cell phones shake up the MP3 player market?

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MP3 Insider 41: We are such slackers

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 21:06:09 GMT

We wrap up SXSW, and discuss a new player which debuted there from Slacker. Also, I know it's not 2006. Sorry.

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MP3 Insider 40: Being sure of Shure

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 22:28:31 GMT

A great microphone, fancy new earbuds, and our plans for SXSW!

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MP3 Insider 39: Satellite surprise

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 18:48:13 GMT

XM and Sirius are planning to merge -- is this a good thing for consumers?

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MP3 Insider 38: Another listener-feedback day

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 18:44:28 GMT

We honor you, our listeners, with another day of answering questions and voicing opinions.

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MP3 Insider 37: A DRM-free future?

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 18:32:11 GMT

Steve Jobs has posted a long rant about digital rights management on Will this be the catalyst for change in the digital audio world?

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MP3 Insider 36: Too many recommendations!

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 22:39:50 GMT

I already belong to too many music sites, and so does Jasmine. But maybe on the good word of some listeners, we'll try a couple more!

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MP3 Insider 35: Babies like music too

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 21:09:42 GMT

If you were a baby, wouldn't you want some rockin' jams in the crib? I would.

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MP3 Insider 34: What we liked at CES

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 18:45:32 GMT

We discuss a few of our favorite things from the CES floor.

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MP3 Insider 33: CES preview, etc.

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 22:35:05 GMT

Jasmine tells us what we might expect to see next week at CES. Also, where'd all your iTunes music go?

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MP3 Insider 32: Best of 2006, among other things

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:55:28 GMT

Don't judge us because we listened to terrible music when we were younger. OK, maybe that's just Veronica.

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MP3 Insider 31: Fake out iTunes

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 20:40:53 GMT

Is there a way to use iTunes with your non-iPod MP3 player? We give you some tips.

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MP3 Insider 30: iPod lemons?

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 18:28:26 GMT

Is the chance that your iPod is a lemon bigger than you imagined?

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MP3 Insider 29: Zune fight!

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 22:36:30 GMT

We don't agree so much on the Zune. Whose side are you on?

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MP3 Insider 28: Microsoft's renaissance?

Wed, 08 Nov 2006 18:46:55 GMT

We're joined today by Jasmine France and the evil chimp.

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MP3 Insider 27: Reader feedback day!

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 21:57:58 GMT

We address some reader questions and comments! Go team MP3 Insider!

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MP3 Insider 26: Interview with Russell Holliman

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:14:13 GMT

We interview Russell Holliman from Podcast Ready about pods, Apple, and aggregators of the future.

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MP3 Insider 25: Happy birthday, iPod!

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 20:21:19 GMT

Jasmine joins us in celebrating the anniversary of the iPod, amongst other things.

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MP3 Insider 24: Discussion on Real/Rhapsody

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 19:02:26 GMT

We talk with Anu Kirk from Real/Rhapsody about their new deal with SanDisk.

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MP3 Insider 23: Where's the Zen V Plus?

Tue, 03 Oct 2006 19:15:07 GMT

A bunch of new products today, including the much-hyped Creative Zen V Plus and the slightly disappointing Toshiba Gigabeat V.

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MP3 Insider 22: Wi-fi players

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 20:12:03 GMT

We talk about a new player for Sirius, the Zune, and other wi-fi enabled players.

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MP3 Insider 21: Brown is the new black

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 18:04:23 GMT

Today we talk about Zune, Real Networks/SanDisk, new iPods, and iTunes being lame.

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MP3 Insider 20: Apple day!

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 23:58:20 GMT

We discuss the big Apple announcements that happened today!

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MP3 Insider 19: Interview with Slim Devices

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 19:54:35 GMT

We interview Jez Hildred of Slim Devices about their new product, the Transporter.

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MP3 Insider 18: Is DRM dead?

Wed, 30 Aug 2006 17:27:17 GMT

Lots of DRM news this week! Also, there are new subscription models in the works.

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MP3 Insider 17: How do you rock out in your car?

Wed, 23 Aug 2006 19:52:39 GMT

Veronica is old skool tape cassette, and James loves the XM. What about you?

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MP3 Insider 16: Cell phones with MP3 players

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 17:26:20 GMT

We talk with Senior editor Kent German about his favorite cell phones that play MP3s.

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MP3 Insider 15: Best music jukeboxes

Tue, 08 Aug 2006 16:58:04 GMT

James gives the scoop on two new players from Sony, and discusses music jukeboxes.

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MP3 Insider 14: The great headphone debate

Tue, 01 Aug 2006 17:08:22 GMT

James and Veronica discuss the merits of over the ear vs. earbud headphones

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MP3 Insider 12: Apple movie subscriptions

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 17:00:50 GMT

With WWDC coming, we\'re hoping for an Apple movie subscription announcement!

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MP3 Insider 11: Rumor day! Place your bets!

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:09:16 GMT

Rumors of new nanos and more on the Microsoft player.

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MP3 Insider 10: iPod sweatshop drama

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 17:02:12 GMT

Sometime a bad rep can help a company. I don\'t think this is one of those times.

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MP3 Insider 9: Does Microsoft have an iPod killer?

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 21:19:13 GMT

Does Microsoft have it in them to make another fun product?

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MP3 Insider 8: Europe v. iTunes

Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:12:57 GMT

Where France failed, will Sweden prevail? And then will the rest of the world follow?

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MP3 Insider 6: Wave goodbye to

Tue, 30 May 2006 20:51:00 GMT

We discuss, Cowon, and a very retro new iPod system.

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MP3 Insider 4: To DRM or not to DRM

Thu, 11 May 2006 23:38:00 GMT

What format do you rip your CDs into, and at what bitrate?

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MP3 Insider 3: A la carte vs. subscription models

Fri, 05 May 2006 21:43:00 GMT

With James out, Veronica and Jasmine discuss the pros and cons of a few of our favorite music services.

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MP3 Insider 2: The hype around the Toshiba Gigabeat S

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 22:54:00 GMT

We talk about the Toshiba Gigabeat, video service Vongo, and our favorite pimps. I mean, PMPs.

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