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iPod shuffle

Small size, big music, low price. The new iPod shuffle ditches the stick-of-gum form for a glorified binder-clip design. It's a change we applaud - measuring 1.07 by 1.62 by 0.41 inches, the sleek, aluminum-encased iPod shuffle is a tiny technological treasure.

i-Station3

It's just about as big as a day planner. Road warriors like to travel light, which makes the iPod a nice travel buddy. Now your iPod can have a travel buddy of its own, thanks to the i-Station3 portable iPod speaker stand.

Audioengine 5

Also available in black - and both colors grace tremendous speakers. There's no doubt that the iPod speaker market is a lucrative one. But while the choices are plentiful, the compromise between size and quality has left an opening for the Audioengine 5 speaker system to fill a niche that's likely to start growing this very minute.

Sportsuit Sensor+

No need to buy new shoes. Not everybody wants to buy a new pair of shoes in order to use the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. Plus, we runners can be a finicky lot when it comes to our choice of shoes; some of us would rather run in Doc Martens than encase our feet in - ugh - Nikes.

Nike+ Sport Armband

In this armband, your 'Pod's running blind. We really wanted to like the stretchy, breathable Nike+ Sport armband - and, actually, while running with it all was well. Like most Velcro-based armbands, it may be a bit difficult to put on, but once it's on it feels comfortable and fits securely (though it might be a bit loose if you're a skinny-armed runner).

Nike + iPod Sport Kit

Small, light, and highly encouraging. Nike and Apple have teamed up to provide a powerful motivational tool for both seasoned athletes and casual runners: the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. Along with its companion Web site, www.nike.com/nikeplus, the Sport Kit will track your runs, help you set and meet goals, and even partner you with others in group challenges.

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iPod nano

As inspiration for the new iPod nano, Apple looked to an iPod of the past - the iPod mini. With its brightly colored aluminum casing, the second-generation iPod nano looks like a mini iPod mini, available in silver (2GB or 4GB); pink, green, and blue (4GB); and black (8GB). The new case is a vast improvement over the first-gen nano's easily scratched veneer. We carried it around in a bag for a week - crashing up against keys, coins, a camera, and other potential finish-wreckers - and it didn't pick up a single mark. Svelte at 3.5 by 1.6 by 0.26 inches and 1.41 ounces, it's even slimmer and lighter than the first iPod nano, and sturdy enough to survive being sat on by a 280-pound reviews editor when it was in his back pocket.

iPod (5.5G)

Both its software and its screen are brighter. Although it wasn't "completely remastered," as was the iPod nano, the flagship 5G iPod received a sprucing up in its latest incarnation. It shares the same software upgrades as the iPod nano, and its larger screen and larger capacity make the interface's search improvements more welcome than on the nano. Also on the software side is the addition of games (reviewed on p66), which can run on older 5G video-capable iPods, too.

Banshee

Why settle for a pair of measly speakers when you can have five? The Banshee is a surround-sound speaker set that uses five speakers to create an effect that audio is coming from 180 degrees in front of you.

Edirol R-09

You may not like the sound of the price, but you'll love the quality of the sound. With portable digital audio recording devices such as the Edirol R-09 around, there's no need to use a portable tape recorder anymore. The Edirol R-09 is small, light, and has a useful set of recording features. Is it perfect? Not quite - but it's close.