Music

iPod Classic and iPod Nano

The new iPod nano: It's a movie theater in the palm of your hand. Darn you, Apple. You know our iPod love is fickle, and you take advantage each and every time. We were happy with the 5G iPod (a.k.a. the video iPod), but we admit, we wanted the next-generation iPod with spiffy new features. The 2G iPod nano? It was a nice little music player that also made us happy, but we knew it could do more - and apparently, you did, too. So now here we are, with a new iPod classic and iPod nano to covet. Darn you, Apple.

Griffin GarageBand Microphone Cable

The GarageBand Microphone Cable is a lot cheaper than an XLR converter box.  If you’re a podcaster who wants good voice audio in your podcasts (and who doesn’t?), you need to use an XLR microphone. Macs don’t have XLR connectors, but you can use Griffin’s GarageBand Microphone Cable, which features an XLR jack for your mic and a stereo minijack so you can plug into a Mac’s standard audio line-in port.

V-Moda Vibe Duo

Treating your ears to good vibrations.  We like V-Moda’s Vibe earphones (4 out of 5 stars), with their rich midtone reproduction, crisp high-range sounds, and punchy bass. Fortunately, V-Moda didn’t mess with a good thing when it released the Vibe Duo, a headphone/headset for the iPhone. The Vide Duo takes V-Moda’s Vibe earphones, attaches a mic to them, and uses an iPhone-friendly connector.

*without spending more than a grand

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Griffin Journi

The Journi is roughly the same size as the latest Harry Potter hardback - but if forced to choose, we’d take Harry on the road and leave the Journi at home. Weighing a little over 2 pounds, the Journi portable iPod speaker is shaped exactly like a hardback book and comes with a wraparound leatherette cover that doubles as a foldout stand. You unwrap the cover, fold it back on itself, and insert a tab into a slot built into the speaker’s plastic housing.

Griffin radio SHARK 2

We expect a 2.0 product to be deep with features, but the radio SHARK 2 lives on the surface.  Digital video recorders radically changed the way people watch TV, so why not apply those tricks to radio? Griffin’s radio SHARK 2 is a USB AM/FM radio tuner that lets you record and play radio content on your Mac. As DVRs do with video, the radio SHARK 2 buffers the audio so you can rewind and pause live shows. But it lacks other important features, such as solid Internet radio integration and dual tuners.

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Yunyu's a girl with a message and a Mac. Yunyu, a 27-year-old Singapore-born resident of Sydney, Australia, looks a lot like the Japanese anime characters she admires. Her long dark hair and big brown eyes give her a girlish but haunted air. You'd never guess that she used to work in IT.

Squeezebox 3

It'll look cool in your home entertainment center or with a set of powered speakers.  When you attach the Squeezebox 3 to your stereo or powered speakers and use the remote control to connect to your Ethernet or Wi-Fi network, you can play the music from your Mac to wherever your Squeezebox 3 is located. When we reviewed the Squeezebox 2 , we dinged it for its complicated setup and high price compared to its main competitor, the Roku SoundBridge. These complaints are still true of the Squeezebox 3, so what makes it better than its predecessor? Two things: It has a better design and it does more.  

Podcast Like a Pro

1. PODCAST TRACK: Manage an enhanced podcast's artwork and Web links here.2. LOOP LIBRARY: Click the eye icon to load your loops.3. TRACK EDITOR: Flips into Chapter Manager mode when the Podcast Track is present.4. ART-ANNOTATED CHAPTER MARKERS: Spice up your audio podcast.5. MUSICAL TYPING: Play your Mac's keyboard like a piano.6. MEDIA BROWSER: All of your other iLife stuff is right here.7. DUCKING CONTROLS: Twiddle the arrows to set which tracks cause others to duck in volume.