Apple’s iPod has spawned an entire industry of accessories, speakers in
particular. Here at Mac|Life HQ, we’re constantly testing a stream of
iPod speakers, ranging from tiny battery-powered portable models and
alarm clocks, all the way up to models meant to pair with full-sized
home stereo components. But rarely does something catch our eye like
these speakers from Kanto.
It’s disturbing how long it took for manufacturers to create a capable
car stereo for the iPod. Many suffered from a latency issue that made
searching the iPod or even switching to the next song incredibly
frustrating. Add to that navigation schemes that would have led Ponce
de Leon to walk the plank, and you have a user experience that rivals
using the Zune. A new generation of car stereos has appeared lately
that battles the confusing navigation and lag issues associated with
switching tracks. Alpine hopes to lead the charge and bring iPod
enthusiasts a head unit deserving of the “Made for iPod” badge.
At what price convenience? The Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 is awash
with nifty features that we’d like to see in all iPod/iPhone speaker
docks, but at the end of the day, this just isn’t a sound system that
inspires any pride-of-ownership passion or jaw-dropping awe.
We’re suckers for apps that focus on simplicity and usefulness rather
than whiz-bang features that look cool in demos but have very little
practical utility. Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil is one of those apps that we
couldn’t help but take a liking to right off the bat.