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  • Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts better sound, thinness & power management

    Soli said:
    venti21 said:
    "One problem with a single port on the device, be it USB or Lightening, is that you can't do 2 things at once -- say, charge your device and use wired headphones or transfer data."

    .... this is not true. Apple in the past has circumvented this issue by creating a dongle that extends the singular input port into a power + port output. This was done on the 30-Pin for including HDMI output plus power and also for lightening to HDMI + lightening ( ). another example of this port expansion can be found in apple USB-C digital AV multiport adapter for the new Macbook. ( )
    Let's not forget the magnetic Smart Connector, or another method of charging, not to mention BT headphones when one is making the argument "you can't do 2 things at once" in reference to the device.
    Easily my biggest issue. I listen to music with my iPhone plugged in all day at work. I'd prefer not to have to purchase one of Apple's exorbitantly priced dongles to do what I can already do. The Smart Connector would be a brilliant workaround -- but rumors seem to be pointing to the SC only being available on the iPhone 7 Plus, which sucks!

  • Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts better sound, thinness & power management

    auxio said:
    emoeller said:
    So one concern that is just now popping up ( ) about removing the analog 3.5 mm jack is that once everything goes digital it becomes subject to Digital Rights Management (DRM).  Apple once touted that with a Mac and iPod one could rip (music) and store it in your pocket, thus securing iPod dominance.   Now that Apple is in the content provider business, they are tightly controlling DRM for their content (think Airplay).  Once analog options are removed, and there is ONLY digital data streaming (which could be secured by DRM) then content producers and providers will be obligated to enforce DRM.   The "nightmare" scenario is that DRM is end to end over everything (wifi, bluetooth, USB, etc.).  
    This isn't a new issue -- digital audio is no different than digital video (which already incorporates DRM).  One just needs to look at how the DRM for digital video content is handled to see how it'll work for audio.  It's also relevant to look back to the history of DAT and the Sony MiniDisc recorder.
    I don't see why a digital connector would warrant Apple adding DRM back to their music files. They removed it in 2009 and the files are already easily readable/copiable/shareable at will on computers. If the music industry doesn't consider that a threat, why would a Lightning headphone jack be any different?