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Hands-on: How the new Lightning EarPods compare to the old 3.5mm EarPods [Video]

It’s going on two weeks since the iPhone 7 first went on sale, which means that many of us have had time to sit back and digest the experience. We covered the iPhone 7 via an unboxing video with a glance at some of the device’s top features, but now we’ll take a closer look at the new Lightning EarPods versus the old EarPods with 3.5mm headphone jack.The best wireless keyboard for the Mac?Sound QualityIf you’ve ever used EarPods, you’ll know exactly what to expect with the new...

Apple Music Vs. Spotify Vs. Tidal: Streaming Music Services Have Vastly Different Catalogs

Within minutes of Apple unveiling Apple Music, its competitors proudly welcomed it into the arena for a fight. “Welcome, Apple. Seriously. Welcome to the most exciting and important frontier since the digital music revolution began 16 years ago,” read a note published by Rdio CEO Anthony Bay. The note, an allusion to a similar note Apple wrote to IBM many years ago, continues: “We look forward to responsible competition in the massive effort to make music available legally for anyone to enjoy...

Which W1 chip-equipped audio device should you get?

Because Apple nixed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the bottom of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you either have to use the supplied Lightning dongle for backwards compatibility with your 3.5mm audio accessories, or you have to kick it up to the new age with a pair of wireless or Lightning-enabled audio devices instead. When you don’t want to be bothered with the issue of charging your device at the same time you’re listening to audio with headphones or earbuds in, the obvious choice is to go...

Battle of the buds: Apple AirPods vs. other wireless earbuds

Valentina PalladinoApple's iPhone 7 isn't the first phone to ship without a headphone jack. But the iPhone 7 is definitely the most important and popular phone to discard the headphone jack, and Apple is dragging the industry toward a wireless future, whether we like it or not. At least the company provided its own solution, eventually: its £160 AirPods are one of the newest truly wireless earbuds you can buy. By "truly wireless," we mean they're just two buds that sit in both ears without...