Many of the people who got an iPod over the holidays may now be eyeing one of the new speaker systems so they can listen to their digital music without headphones. You just insert your iPod into a slot and the sound is channeled through external speakers.
Consumer Reports recently tested eight of these speaker systems, ranging in price from $90 to $300. Most work with the whole line of iPods, as well as other MP3 players. Testers say, at their best, these speakers are comparable to typical boom boxes or bookshelf stereo systems.
Consumer Reports found you get the best bass with the $250 Altec Lansing InMotion IM 7. For the best overall audio, check out the Bose SoundDock for $300. But it's not super portable. It weighs a little over five pounds and doesn't run on batteries.
If portability and battery-operation are paramount, Consumer Reports says you'll sacrifice some audio quality. Your best bet: the JBL On Tour for $100. It's quite small and runs on four AAA-size batteries.
Consumer Reports has also tested all the iPods on the market, including the newest one that can also play videos, but testers found the screen is easily scratched, as is the case with some of the iPod Nanos.
The March issue of Playstation Magazine (PSM) reveals that Sony are planning to launch a live service for the PS3 that will rival the Xbox live service provided by Microsoft.
The article is the latest in a war of words between Microsoft and Sony, the article reads, "Cast aside any doubts and start gazing skyward, because that's where Sony is aiming with plans that go far beyond simple leader boards and matchmaking -- or even the PS3, for that matter.It's very real, one source tells us. They (Sony) are dead serious about it. They've declared, and I quote, a 'full-on assault' on the latest version of Xbox Live.They are committed to matching Xbox Live [on the 360] feature for feature and then some."