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- Cone is the first music player that thinks: It learns what you like, and plays what you’ll love. You don’t have to look at a single screen to use Cone.
- When you speak, Cone listens. If you know what you want to hear, ask out loud and Cone will play it.
- To skip to a similar song, just turn the dial a little. To jump to something completely different, give the dial a bigger spin and see where it takes you.
- The more you use Cone, the better it gets at playing the songs you love.
- Cone gives you free access to Rdio’s library of over 30 million songs, plus thousands of internet radio stations.
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From the manufacturer
Aether Cone - The thinking music player
Cone is the first music player that thinks. It listens to your requests, picks up on your habits, and learns your tastes to create the perfect soundtrack for any mood or moment.
Whether your prefer to control things a little or a lot, Cone takes care of the soundtrack so you're free to enjoy the moment.
Cone takes requests.
When you speak, Cone listens. Press the center button and ask out loud for any artist or radio station.
Turn it a little, turn it a lot.
To skip to a similar song, just turn the dial a little. To jump to something completely different, give the dial a bigger spin and see where it takes you.
It's tuned in to you.
The more you use Cone, the better it gets at playing the songs you love.
Listen to anything.
With free access to Rdio's library of 30 million songs, plus thousands of internet radio stations, Cone can always find something to match your mood.
Airplay and Bluetooth support.
Cone also supports AirPlay and Bluetooth, so you can stream music wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac computer, even when WIFI isn't available.
Room-filling sound, anywhere.
Cone has an 8-hour rechargeable battery so you can take it with you from room to room or sync multiple cones together for incredible sound anywhere.
|Access to over 30 million songs||✓||✓|
|Turn the dial a lot for something different||✓||✓|
|Turn the dial a little for something similar||Limited to 6 skips per hour||✓|
|Say 'Play the artist Bruce Springsteen'||✓||✓|
|Say 'Play the album Graceland by Paul Simon'||Plays a similar Rdio music station||✓|
|Say 'Play the song Smoke on the Water'||Plays a similar Rdio music station||✓|
|Say 'Play the radio station KQED'||✓||✓|
|Other features||Playlists and downloads using Rdio mobile app|
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|Color||White / Silver||Light Grey||Black with Walnut Legs||Walnut|
|Item Dimensions||6.3 x 6 x 6.3 in||25.12 x 8.7 x 15.55 in||16.2 x 28 x 35.7 in||11.5 x 10 x 17.5 in|
|Item Weight||2.9 lbs||10.34 lbs||32.6 lbs||12.65 lbs|
With free access to Rdio’s library of 30 million songs, plus internet radio stations, Cone can always find something to match your mood. Whether you prefer to control things a little or a lot, Cone will take care of the soundtrack, so you’re free to enjoy the moment.
Top customer reviews
I knew Rdio and the intelligent thinking part of this music speaker would be disabled upon buying and updating, but I purchased this anyways. I haven't seen any reviews posted since the update, so here's mine. I always enjoyed the look of this music player and finally bought it now that the price is more reasonable. After updating, I can now use it with bluetooth which is great, & it works better than Airplay. I was happy to know the middle button still pauses/plays music, & that turning the dial will skip to the next song. With the update it will now work with Spotify. I switch between Spotify & Apple music, both are easy to set a playlist from my phone. It's one of the better sounding bluetooth speakers I've used. it has GREAT audio and a nice level of bass to it. There hasn't been any connection issues for me. I set it in the living room to plug in & charge. If I leave the room I just unplug it and take it with me. 10/10 for a (now) bluetooth speaker.
It has some limitations that kept it from being a five-star item. On the other hand, I have found myself going back to it and using it very regularly, and listening to more music generally than I typically did before I started testing it. So while it has a couple of frustrating points, I can't argue with the fact that it found its way into being a thing that I actually use regularly rather than shoving it back on a shelf somewhere because I don't actually enjoy it. That's really more important than anything.
Now, for more detail...
The design is striking in a good way. The copper stands out nicely against the black, and it's an unusual choice that adds a bit of extra interest and class to the device.
The sound quality is about as good as you can expect given the size of the speaker. It won't outdo a huge standing set of speakers for a home theater system, but that's pretty much just a limitation of physics. It also offers the benefit of portability (both for small size meaning you can carry it around and plug it in somewhere else, and the fact that it has an internal battery and can run on its own for 8 hours or so).
The quality of your music experience is probably going to be somewhat tied to how happy you are with Rdio. Their selection of music is pretty good, but if you hate commercials you aren't going to be happy with a free account. Upgrading to a paid account is typically about $10 a month, but you can get $5 a month if you're a student and there are other special deals available. Once you have the paid account, it has a pretty good range of music available and offers the vast majority of the popular songs I asked it for. The voice recognition can be a little quirky, though. Sometimes it's great, and sometimes I have to try several times to get what I want. There are also some songs where I can't really figure out what it would have to hear me say to get it to pick that song.
The iOS app is just decent. It lets you see what's playing, let's you see what's played recently, and lets you save some favorites. It also gives you the ability to actually type in a song or artist you want, which helps on the odd occasion that you run into something where you can't seem to get it to play the exact song you want (and it keeps picking things with the same name, or something like that). It's nice to have the option of using Airplay to send other audio to the device, but it would have been nice to have the option of using an aux cable as well so that it would be able to accept basically anything.
The connection and setup was easy the first time. A week or so into using it there was a weird little phase where it claimed that it couldn't connect to the network several times over several days, and then that stopped. I have an awful lot of devices on my network coming and going all the time, and sometimes my laptops have trouble, so that may have been something like tripping the upper limit for simultaneous devices on the router, and not an actual issue with the cone.
The way that you control it by turning the front is weirdly satisfying. It's also a nice sturdy metal piece that you actually turn, which feels good.