Popular Questions and Helpful Ideas
Which iPod® is right for me?

If you’re wondering which iPod model to choose – the iPod touch®, iPod classic®, iPod nano®, or the iPod shuffle® – first check out our handy iPod comparison chart. Next, consider these general guidelines: If you want to carry as much music and video as possible, an iPod classic will best suit your needs. If you plan on watching a lot of video and on surfing the Internet, check out the iPod touch. If you want a small, rugged, and budget-friendly iPod, then the iPod shuffle is the way to go. The iPod nano is a great all-around choice that balances good capacity with a compact size, a number of colors to choose from, and a reasonable price tag. For more info, check out our article on How to Choose an iPod.

What should I look for in a GPS navigation unit?

When shopping for a GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation device, first consider the type of unit you want: car GPS, portable (also called plug-and-play) GPS, marine GPS, or handheld GPS? Portable, plug-and-play GPS models are versatile devices that can be moved quickly from car to car, and often used on the go. For in-car navigation, look for features like text-to-speech (voice prompts), live traffic service, and the ability to program multiple destinations into a single itinerary. Many GPS models also now incorporate capabilities such as MP3 playback, photo viewing, Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling, and even video playback. Check out our Introduction to GPS Navigation for more information on how to choose a GPS system.

What are noise-canceling headphones?

Active noise-canceling headphones, such as the popular Bose® QuietComfort® series, use tiny microphones to pick up ambient noise and then play an out-of-phase signal to effectively cancel out the noise. Bose Corporation first introduced Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphone technology as a way to counteract the loud engine noise on airline flights – but now many people also use noise-canceling headphones for listening to music and movies. Noise-canceling models are available from a variety of manufacturers, including Bose, Sennheiser, AKG, and Monster. Read our article about choosing headphones for more information on the different types of headphones.

Bluetooth wireless speaker buying guideEnjoy the music, videos, games and apps on your smartphone or tablet with better sound. Just stream wirelessly to a Bluetooth speaker system.

Wireless multi-room audio systemsWe provide overviews of wireless multi-room systems from Bluesound, Bose®, Korus, Samsung, and Sonos, making it easier for you to compare features.