Some people just don’t like change. Whether it’s an unwanted redesign of your favourite website; a new, healthier recipe from your snack food brand of choice; or a poorly considered decision from America’s most popular Cupertino-based smartphone manufacturer to remove a ubiquitous and egalitarian connection method, change can hurt.
This holiday season, make the transition as painless as possible for your loved ones, and hook them up with some tech that alleviates one of the most frustrating obstacles presented by the march of progress: Listening to music without a damn headphone jack.
Griffin iTrip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter
Your favourite wired headphones, the ones you love to take with you on flights and road trips, are still capable of delivering jams to your eardrums if you have a jack-free phone. Use Griffin’s iTrip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter as a mediator between the wired past and the wireless future. The iTrip Headphone Adapter can clip to your shirt, belt or pocket, and connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone.
Apple iPhone Dock
Just because the latest iPhones are missing a headphone jack doesn’t mean you have to abandon the connector entirely, at least when it comes to playing tunes at home. Apple’s own iPhone dock still has a 3.5mm jack, making it the perfect interface for your brand new iPhone and your obsolete aux cord. You can use it to charge your phone while you kick back with your high-end cans, and stick it to the man while you embrace all 3.5mm of nostalgia.
If you’re ready to jump headfirst into the future of wireless music, you may as well get some decent headphones. Check out the Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset, a pair of on-ear headphones adored by basically everyone on the web (including more than a few Lifehacker staff members) for their better-than-average sound quality. They’re inexpensive, deliver solid bass, and come in three different colours to match your look. That eight-hour battery life gives you more than enough time to power through your journey back home after the holidays, too.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphones
AIAIAI’s TMA-2 modular headphones are sure to satisfy the proclivities of the audiophile in your life thanks to the ludicrous level of customisation. Every part of the TMA-2 is modular, and you can pick and choose from a variety of speaker units, earpads, headbands and cables. While every model features 3.5mm compatibility, you can add wireless support with the Bluetooth-enabled headband, giving you the best of both worlds.
Dealing with a USB-C port on an Android phone? AIAIAI makes a compatible USB-C cable for its headphones. Buying a Secret Santa gift for your music-loving coworker? Get them a Tidal gift card. Buying a gift for your significant other who hasn’t stopped complaining about the disappearance of legacy technology? Get them these headphones (and tell them to shut it).
Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom 2
Your buddy can’t hand you the aux cord at their house party if you have nowhere to connect it. But you can provide your own bass-blasting tunes with the right wireless speaker (or two). The Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker delivers loud, party-friendly sounds, no cables required. If you’re snagging more than one, you can pair multiple Boom 2 speakers for stereo or multi-room audio. There’s also Siri and Google Now voice integration, which is more than you can say about your party host’s boombox.