High-End Music Players Introduced

Two high-priced music players are hitting the market, hoping music loving consumers will pay more for a better experience. Once upon a time in the 1980s, the Sony Walkman revolutionized the way we listened to music by combining portability, decent sound and a good price. This time around Sony is showing off the Walkman ZX2, a $1200 Android-powered device focused on music.  It supports multiple file formats and has Bluetooth.

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The much-anticipated Pono Player from rock legend Neil Young has finally arrived. The $400 player was originally funded through a highly-successful KickStarter campaign.  It plays high-quality audio files that you can purchase from the Pono Music Store, but the music does tend to cost substantially more than purchasing the same albums from iTunes or other only music stores.

While many people today are content to listen to music on their phones, the hope is that true audiophiles are willing to pay a lot more for enhanced sound.

 

Android Lollipop Reaches Less Than 1% Of Users

The adoption rate for Android Lollipop is low, really low. I fact not one tenth of one percent of users have the system.  That doesn’t mean users aren’t interested. It’s just not available yet for the vast majority of devices.

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Right now it is available for Google Nexus Devices and Moto X and G phones and is expected to be available for other devices later in the year. KitKat is still the top Android OS on around 40% of devices with Jelly Bean following at around 20%.

Search Deal With Mozilla Gives Yahoo Big Gains

Yahoo’s deal to become the default search provider for the Firefox browser seems to have led to some solid gains for the search engine. Google, on the other hand, saw a 4% year-to-year drop after the long-standing deal to be the default search provider for Firefox came to an end.

Yahoo had 10% of the search engine share for December, its largest piece of the pie since 2009. Google still dominated with 75% of the market followed by Bing at 12%

~ Cynthia