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30 December 2015 @ 01:35 pm
Technological Triumph!  

When we moved into this house we bought a new Samsung stereo, one which we could theoretically dock our Samsung phones right into and play music on them from. It has backup CD/DVD/USB/JPG/whatthefuckall options as well, but in theory one could download an app and stick the phone on and voila.

Apparently it works really well if you have an iPhone or iPod, but it works for shit with an actual Samsung, which makes no freaking sense at all, but there you have it. I’ve tried in a desultuory fashion for the past several months to Make It Go, but mostly we’ve been putting the occasional CD in it and mostly not using it at all. Part of the reason I rearranged the TBR shelf was so I would also have somewhere to put the stereo in the living room, because there was really nowhere, and this morning I gave Making It Go another shot.

I succeeded this time, although I ended up using a bluetooth connection instead of the hard dock I was going for. However, since it 1. WORKS, and 2. has SO MUCH BETTER SOUND QUALITY than the CDs did, I’m almost totally satisfied with the solution. (Not totally because it’s fucking stupid that the hard dock doesn’t freaking work. But almost totally.)

And in not unrelated news, the Pitch Perfect soundtrack is still wonderful. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Autopopeautopope on December 30th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
Your mistake was in buying ANYTHING more complex than a refrigerator that was made by Samsung. And not all fridges are safe -- apparently they market one that has a display and hooks into Google Calendar (so you can share a shopping list with your family) but doesn't get software updates, so it's currently broken and won't sync, while being unpatched and insecure ...

Seriously. Samsung product software quality is just shit. I speak from experience: won't buy their toys again unless there is absolutely utterly no alternative available.

(Got a Galaxy Note 2 a few years ago; in the end I had to install an entirely different OS on it -- CyanogenMod -- to get rid of all the crudware and advertising trackers. Got an external USB SSD to back up my laptop; turns out it won't work unless you install their own funky device drivers on each machine you use it with: only Mac OS X and Windows 7+ are available. Got a fridge, no internet-of-things nonsense ... it's working okay so far, but the vegetable box freezes up when the interior temperature's set to 7 celsius.)

I think it's a corporate culture thing; they don't understand software quality or security and once you've bought the product their job is to force-sell you an upgrade, not provide ongoing maintenance and customer care.
kitmizkit on December 30th, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC)
This failure to communicate between these two Samsung products is the only trouble I've ever had with them. :)
Autopopeautopope on December 30th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
You've been lucky so far, then; trust me though, the Curse of Samsung will get you eventually if you keep using their stuff.
silkiemom on December 31st, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
I've had good luck with their flip phones. I put my first one through the washer and dryer and it still worked! I had to get rid of it because my phone provider refused to give me a plan for it. :( The current Samsung flip phone is tough. I got it because I dropped my phone more often than I sent texts. I haven't tried washing and drying it yet, though.
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on December 30th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Honestly the bluetooth is great anyway. You can still USE your phone while it's playing music!