Mighty Vibe Trio
Mighty what? The Mighty Vibe is the best iPod Shuffle replacement you’ve never heard of. Screenless, refreshingly analog, but with high tech touches, this little music player is your new best friend.
What Is It Again?
You might remember that I wrote about Mighty Vibe previously. Hardware wise, not much has changed (yet…that’s another story for another time). It’s Mighty’s second-gen portable player. This tiny rubberized square has navigation buttons on its face, a clip on the back, a headphone jack on the top, and no screen. If you want to interface with the device, you’ll need to use the Mighty app on your phone.
But just because it looks analog doesn’t mean it isn’t high tech. There may be a 3.5mm jack on the top of the device, and you can use it for headphones, but Might Vibe is Bluetooth-enabled. So grab your favorite pair of wireless headphones, connect it in the app, and you can listen to your tunes without bothering with wires.
The Mighty Vibe now comes in four colors, black, blue, red, and fan-favorite, Shamrock Green.
So What’s Changed?
Mighty Vibe Black
The big news here is that you no longer have to pay for a Spotify Premium account to use Mighty. If you have Amazon Prime Music or Music Unlimited (which, yes, I know you need to pay for, but you have at least one of those anyway, so shush), you can now load your songs and playlists onto the device, no extra subscription needed.
The most visible change in the app is that can select either Amazon or Spotify. You can’t use both yet. Though, chatting with Mighty’s CEO, Anthony Mendelson, the ability to use both services side-by-side may be coming in the future.
Also coming are APIs…which may not sound all that interesting to the average user, but what it means for us is nothing short of every streaming service out there being able to add themselves to Mighty’s service. That makes Mighty look pretty, well, mighty.
Once you select your music, functionality is the same. You sync your playlists in the app, hit the playlist selector button, and press play. In a tech landscape where nothing is single-use, Might Vibe is refreshingly simple.
Do I Have To Buy A New One?
What’s nice is that this is a software-only update. Your current Mighty is completely backwards compatible with Amazon. Just select it in the app and you’re good to go (well, after you sign in, which you have to do every time you switch).
There are tons of options. In addition to playlists you’ve created, you can select Recommended and Recently Played tracks. What I really love though is the Workout category. It contains 60 premade playlists for all kinds of activities and music tastes, from Classical Yoga to Running with Madonna.
The only thing you can’t sync at the moment is audiobooks. But Mendelson assured me they’re talking to Audible (an Amazon company) to make that magic happen at some point in the near future.
Before you ditch your Spotify Premium membership, there are two things to consider. One: Spotify commercials are awful. Two: You can always switch your streaming service back to Spotify and resync your playlists.
At around $80 retail, Mighty Vibe is a leap of faith. But when what you get is five hours of uninterrupted music on the go, without interruptions from calls or notifications, the price doesn’t seem all that bad. Especially if you’re going out for a long run (Mighty Vibe is water and drop resistant), it could mean the difference between training frustration and workout zen.
I’ve been using Mighty Vibe for months and I absolutely love it. Something about the form factor just makes you want to use it, even when you could ostensibly do the same thing from your iPhone or Apple Watch. Mighty has taken a gamble by bringing high tech to a low tech solution and now, with the addition of Amazon Music and more options on the horizon, that’s paid off. Just get it for your stocking. You won’t be disappointed.