JBL Spot

Is hot pink too garish for you? JBL offers other Wrappers for their Spot, as well. You listen to music to suit your mood, so why shouldn't your speakers reflect your mood as well? JBL's Spot speakers have interchangeable plastic shells called Wrappers that you can switch out on a whim. You get two sets of Wrappers with the Spot: one black, one white. JBL says it plans to offer Wrappers in different colors and designs, but hadn't made good on the promise at press time. We hope the company doesn't wait too long - spring is here and we're already a little bored with black and white.

Tunes Explorer

No more flying blind with iTunes. Until now, we haven't found an ideal remote for using iTunes on a Mac. Even the Apple Remote (also used with Apple's Front Row), like many iTunes remotes, is missing one major feature: You can't see the song that's playing unless you're close enough to your Mac's display to read the iTunes window. So when the Tunes Explorer arrived in our offices, it seemed like our prayers were answered - the Tunes Explorer has an LCD, albeit a tiny one.

Fatman iTube Valve Dock

Breathe more life into your digital music.

The iPlayaz (left) has a more of an urban style, and the Beetle ZipConnect (right) is for peace-lovin' hippie types. You'll run into bumper-to-bumper traffic when you cruise through the iPod speaker market. To pull away from the rest of the pack, the Beetle ZipConnect and Chub City iPlayaz VW Beetle hope to win your business by appealing to enthusiasts who love their Volkswagen Beetles as much as they love their iPods.

Audio Control 1

Have it your way - the big knob and three buttons on top can be extensively customized. The Audio Kontrol 1 from Native Instruments is close to being the perfect hardware and software bundle for musicians or audio geeks who want an easy way to connect a guitar, microphone, and MIDI synthesizer to a Mac.

Cube Travel Speakers

Not your average $20 iPod speakers.  Travel versions of gadgets such as hair dryers and irons often fall short compared to their standard, full-size counterparts. We were happy to discover that this wasn’t the case—at least not overall—with the Cube Travel Speakers from Pacific Rim Technologies.

AudioStation

This iPod speaker stand may be pricey, but it's worth it. By combining cool features with great sound, Logitech's AudioStation is set to compete with the likes of Apple's iPod Hi-Fi and Bose's SoundDock. We found it to be a worthy competitor.

Vibe

Lookin' good, soundin' good.  iPod earbuds are instantly recognizable - they also instantly tell the observer that you're using an iPod. V-Moda's Vibe e­arphones may not convey such status (which might be a good thing), but they certainly are eye-catching. And they sound as good as they look.

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.