As a music lover, my media library is what keeps me focused and motivated throughout the day. I admit I tend to obsess over bass levels, clarity of distinctive background noise, and vocal quality. If the sound is just slightly off, I won't be able to concentrate. That is why during this holiday season, what better way to break open those piggy banks than by treating the music enthusiast, and BlackBerry addict, in your family to some of these gift ideas. Whether they are in the house, on the beach, or in their dorm, we've got you covered by putting together some amazing applications and accessories to make sure they get those sound levels exactly right for the ultimate listening experience. Keep reading to see all the great gifts for the BlackBerry music lover and be sure to check out all of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guides.
Gifts for the BlackBerry Music Lover
Speaking from personal experience, if there is one thing audiophiles need the most it's storage. Sure they can stream music via Wi-Fi music sync or access on the cloud, but there's nothing like carrying around a personal collection to keep them rocking all day long. With the 32GB SanDisk SDHC, transform your BlackBerry into a portable media player to enjoy endless hours of songs and videos from all their favorite artists. Not only do have I all of my playlists, concert videos, and camera shots on there but the extra storage lets me store all of my personal files as well.
Jabra Cruiser II Bluetooth Car Kit Speakerphone
For the music lover who spends an awful lot of time in the car there is the car speakerphone. The music lover in my family refuses to leave home without it and then proceeds to blast their tunes for the entire duration of the trip. The Jabra Cruiser II Bluetooth Car Kit Speakerphone is a permanent fixture in my car and lets you listen to your music library using its powerful speaker or through your car stereo with the FM transmitter. Long trips don't have to be boring so let them crank up the volume and enjoy the ride. Don't forget it also lets you talk handsfree without fear of getting a ticket.
In my house, there are no limitations to where music can be heard. That being said, if there is one thing a music enthusiast should not be without it's a portable bluetooth speaker. Not only does the Jawbone Jambox offer a rich and deep sound but lets you dance to the beat no matter what where you. Want to rock out in the kitchen while making dinner? Have the urge to take a conference call in your hotel room? Want to listen to some tunes while studying in your room? You can do all that and more thanks to the amazing stereo sound.
Plantronics Voyager PRO HD Bluetooth Headset
Audiophiles love to take their tunes with them wherever they go. Just make sure they don't leave the house without this headset so that those in close proxmity are not disturbed by the volume. The Plantronics Voyager PRO HD Bluetooth Headset provides superb audio both for music and calls without the tangled wires. It packs a punch when it comes to tone, base, and vocal quality that can't be beat even when compared to their stereo dual eared brethren (but without the perennial earache).
Bose SIE2 Sport Headphones
Bluetooth headsets are great for listening while on the go but nothing beats the audio quality of actual headphones. Over the years i've used quite a few and always have one stashed in my bag when riding the train. However, when I really want to hear deep bass and experience sound that is better than most over-the-head headphones I turn to these. Music drives my day, so whether I'm exercising, commuting to work, or writing posts these keep me going like the energizer bunny. The earbuds are comfortable and won't easily fall out of your ears. I have the one without the microphone so it's a little bit easier on the wallet.
BlackBerry Music Gateway
If you love music then no accessory collection would be complete without the BlackBerry Music Gateway. Why settle for the speakers on your device when you can blast your tunes through your stereo surround system at home? This small, versatile item allows you to stream your entire music library via Bluetooth to any external source with a stereo input, NFC, or an AUX jack. Simply pair your smartphone, tablet, or compatible Bluetooth enabled gadget to the gateway, plug into the nearest source available and enjoy the ultimate music experience. The must-have mobile accessory, it is one gift they won't be able to part with this holiday season.
Streaming and music applications
When it comes to combining social networking and music I prefer the popular music service Rdio. It is an ad-free service that allows you to follow friends or the artists themselves to discover new music to sync via the cloud. Search for your favorite songs, artists, and playlists from their library of over 18 million tunes and listen as many times as you want. They offer three convenient pricing and subscription plans to fit your needs. For those looking to get it on their PlayBook you can find the workaround here.
Now that they've filled their SD card and unwrapped their accessories how about giving them some commercial free access to their favorite music stations with a subscription to Slacker Radio. Subcriptions not only eliminate pop up ads but grant you unlimited song skips. Divided into two services, Radio Plus and Premium radio, the former includdes ad-free listening, station caching, ESPN stations, and song lyrics, while the former has all that plus on-demand access to play your songs and playlists whenever you want.
7digital Music Store
As a BlackBerry user and music lover I still like to purchase and download tunes. Thanks to 7digital Music Store I can purchase new items right from my device without having to leave the couch. 7digital MP3 Music Store lets them browse the latest charts, preview tracks, and purchase high quality MP3's. Not only is it preinstalled on the BlackBerry PlayBook and available for smartphones (requiring the use of that SD Card up top) but will soon power BlackBerry 10 as well as its integrated music service.
Neutron Music Player
Are you a BlackBerry PlayBook owner looking for a professional music player to give you the sound quality you deserve? Neutron Music Player delivers not only the best music playback for audiophiles but sophisticated controls as well, including an equalizer and a clock radio. Loaded with a ton of features this is a must for any serious music lover.
StereoTube for YouTube+MP3 Music Player
Another outstanding media player for the BlackBerry PlayBook is StereoTube. It is a great way to listen to MP3's and YouTube videos. It allows you to discover related music, search through millions of songs to listen to for free, play tunes on your PlayBook, and create playlists with your own music and those from YouTube. Toss in the free updates for life and an easy to use interface and you have a great music application.
More Gift Ideas
Once that special music lover is hooked up with all these great applications and accessories make sure you fill their stocking with some of the additional items listed below. Not only can they transfer media to and from their device, but it guarantees they'll have the juice to listen to their tunes day in and day out.
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As the days grow colder and the nights become longer, we gather together amongst our friends and loved ones. It is a time of great happiness. A time when we celebrate the love and companionship we've received over the year, and a time to reflect upon the good times yet to come. It is the time of the year when we exchange gifts; a way for us to express gratitude towards one another for the simple pleasure of being a part of our lives. Though our gifts may be large or small, expensive or a bargain, they are but a token. A token of the joys of years past, a token of adventures to come. No matter the gift, I am certain it will be enjoyed. For it is but a symbol of the love, appreciation, and kindness we feel toward each other. And no gift, no matter how grandiose, can hope to equal even a small fraction of that.
Here's wishing you and yours a safe and happy Holiday Season, from all of us at CrackBerry.com
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