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Aether Cone - The Thinking Music Player

3.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
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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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Color: Black / Copper
  • Brand Name: aether
  • Model Number: CNUS01
  • Color: Black / Copper
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wireless

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Dimensions 6.3 inches x 6 inches x 6.3 inches 13.39 inches x 5.51 inches x 6.69 inches 17 inches x 7.26 inches x 7.26 inches 7.4 inches x 14.4 inches x 6.2 inches
Item Package Weight 5.15 pounds 9.29 pounds 10.3 pounds 1.85 pounds
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Product Description

Color: Black / Copper

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.

Product Information

Color:Black / Copper
Product Dimensions 6 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Aether
ASIN B00MCVPIJI
Item model number CNUS01
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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3.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #86 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Multiroom Digital Music Systems
#6,697 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Wireless & Streaming Audio
Date first available at Amazon.com November 20, 2014

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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'
Ad-free listening
Other features Playlists and downloads using Rdio mobile app

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Color: Black / Copper Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The fact that this is a relatively new product definitely shows, but after giving it a few weeks to really get a feel for it, overall I'm impressed with its potential. That said, at this point I would mostly just recommend it to people who already use Rdio (and ideally iOS devices). It'll probably support more things in the future, so if it's been a while since I posted this, it's worth looking into what's changed.

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.
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Color: Black / Copper
I love Cone. This is one amazing product. I've had mine since summer and I use it nearly every day.

I had it delivered to my office, and when it arrived all of my coworkers gathered to stare in admiration (it just looks so great!). Once it was set up -- which was a SUPER simple process -- the party really started. Everyone had so much fun using the voice command to request songs and spinning the dial to see where Cone would lead us next. We discovered new songs/bands that we'd never heard of and we were reminded of old loves we had forgotten. Needless to say, everyone was sad when I took it home with me at the end of the day.

Once at home, my roommates did the same thing my coworkers did -- they played, partied, sang and danced -- effectively turning our living room into a dance hall (the sound easily filled the room). It was a relief when I finally had Cone to myself. It's true that it takes time for Cone to learn your listening habits, no argument there, but once it figures you out: magic. In the mornings, Cone knows exactly what I need to hear to get moving out of bed and in the evenings it knows just what to play to relax me after a long day. Even when it is not playing music, it still makes me happy just to look at it because the design is so stunning.

I would highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a music player of their own or for great gift ideas.
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Color: Black / Copper
I'm somewhat biased here as I've been lucky enough to own Cone since it first began shipping, but have been using it daily since then and can likely shed some insights into how it works over a long period of time. In short -- my wife and I love it, and continue to use it throughout our home every day.

Cone's recommendations really do get better over time, and it gets to know the people listening to it. For example, my wife loves to listen to our local NPR station in the kitchen and living room after work -- guess what Cone plays every time within a few spins of the dial or a quick voice request? Or, if I bring it into the living room on Sunday morning, chances are it'll play something more my style. We've caught ourselves talking to it (IE: "Nice one, Cone!) more than once.

It's also a total conversation starter -- all of our friends and family that come over love using the voice control, spinning the dial and picking it up to move it from room to room. The social aspect of Cone (since it doesn't really *need* an app to use) makes it more popular in our house than our multiple Sonos speakers, which are now relegated to party duty and rarely listened to otherwise.
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This is the first review I've ever decided to write, and only doing so because this product has been so damn frustrating. I would not recommend it to anyone I know.

I'll explain why...

"Thinking"
This thing is billed as a "thinking" music player, but that's insanely far from the truth. Instead, it has really really primitive AI that seems to pretty much just guess popular songs, regardless of whether I like them or not. I've never once asked it to play a podcast, but those seem to come up 50% of the time on random rotation.

Voice Control
The other gimmick of the Cone is the voice control. Unfortunately, this doesn't work well either, because lots of artists have uncommon names or spelling. Good luck requesting "Nas" or "Die Antwoord" or "SBTRKT" (or even worse are song names) and having the primitive voice recognition figure out what you're saying. And, as another reviewer pointed out, you can't ever tell whether it's because the Cone didn't understand you (most often) or because Rdio doesn't have the song or artist in their catalogue...

The App
At first I thought, "Okay no worries, the cutting edge stuff has troubles, but I can always fall back to using the Aether app for my iPhone." Well, no luck there either because the app is extremely buggy and slow, so using it becomes extreeeemely frustrating very quickly. Every time you open it you need to wait five seconds for it to refresh what the currently playing song is. Half the time pressing pause/play doesn't work. And it doesn't even have any sort of "recently played" or similar lists to help you out, you have to manually type out searches for every thing you want to hear.
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