Guitar Rig 2 Software Edition

Pick a component from the left, drag it to the right, and you're ready to rock. Guitarists used to say that nothing beats a good effects pedal - digital guitar amp and effects emulators just can't match the results. Then came Native Instruments' Guitar Rig, a guitar amp and effects emulator that impressed with its ability to make sweet music that's just as good as that from its analog counterparts. Guitar Rig 2 offers even more effects and amp emulations in a friendly interface. Get in line to get your copy, you purists.

DiscLabel 4.1.2

DiscLabel has more design tools than your typical disc label software. Label your CDs and DVDs like a pro.You put a lot of effort, time, and consideration to make that music mix CD for your sweetie or BFF, so don't ruin it with a Sharpie and illegible scrawl across the top. For about $33, DiscLabel makes it easy to create professional-level labels for your discs.

Daylite 3 Productivity Suite

Find the true meaning of multitasking.

Concealed and Compact Surge Protectors

Manage your mess of power cables with these better-looking surge protectors.

AccountEdge 2007

Meet a likable underdog in the numbers game.

First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

Photoshop CS 3 interface An under-the-covers look at the most dramatic upgrade ever wrought on the world's most popular image editor.

17-inch MacBook Pro

This supersized MacBook Pro is not for wimps - or wimpy wallets.

XRB

Over 2,000 percussion samples to send 'em to the dance floor. XRB is a collection of 2,007 invaluable percussion samples for Mac musicians who specialize in dance music. The drum samples include excursions into Latin and vaguely hardcore beats, but the majority are catchy dance-floor riffs, each with a number of variations so you don't have to chop the basic loops. The variety and sound quality are excellent, though there are a few nutty moments (cats squealing and women groaning, for example). Of course, with a little treatment to hide the samples' origin, these could add spice to a dance track.

TuneView for iPod

For such a pricey iPod accessory, it doesn't look very iPod-esque. Keyspan's TuneView is an iPod dock and remote control combo that lets you listen to your music on your home entertainment system. Unlike other products of its ilk, this remote has a color LCD that lets you navigate your iPod from your La-Z-Boy. Unfortunately, the remote's dated, inelegant design detracts from the overall package.

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Audio Stereo Tower

For people who like their speakers tall, dark, and handsome. You already know that you have many choices - too many, really - when it comes to speaker systems for your iPod. There are a few things you might not know about mStation Audio's Stereo Tower, a 100-watt floor-standing iPod speaker and dock with a built-in 5.25-inch dedicated subwoofer. First, it's a substantial piece of stereo equipment: It isn't overly large (43 inches high by 14 inches wide), but it seems much heavier than its 21 pounds. It will fit nicely in a corner of your living or family room, but unless your taste in interior décor runs to the bachelor-pad, black-leather, chrome-and-glass-end-tables motif, it might not exactly blend in. That said, a black iPod looks pretty sweet perched on top of the extruded aluminum and black metal Tower.