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Mp3s

Spitfire MP3 Player

Spitfire MP3 Player
$19  Buy Comment

An MP3 player in a classic form. Has an LCD screen, SD card slot and runs on AAA batteries. Could be good as a kid’s first MP3 player – at least it’s more practical than an actual Walkman.

Beat Running Watch

Beat Running Watch

Beat is a gesture controlled concept watch/ring music player that tracks performance while running; simply move your hand back and forth to adjust volume, skip songs and check your stats.

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Rebel Alliance Headphones

Rebel Alliance Headphones
$30  Buy Comment

If you like to kick it in old school (or should we say old republic), you could try strapping a pair of these Rebel Alliance folding headphones on to show your support for the cause. (Thanks Alex!)

Kube MP3 Player

Kube MP3 Player
$35  Buy Comment

The Kube is a teeny tiny portable MP3 player that can hold up to 8,000 of your favorite tunes. Plays up to 6 hours of continuous music on one charge and recharges in an hour with included USB cable.

Cowon J3 Portable Media Player

Cowon J3 Portable Media Player

With features like a 16M color 3.3″ AMOLED touchscreen, TV-out, 64 hours of music playback and a micro SD card slot, we’re waiting happily and patiently for the slick new J3 PMP from Cowon.

UFO MP3 Player/Speaker

UFO MP3 Player/Speaker

It won’t be abducting any cows, but mobiBLU’s UFO A10 is not only an MP3 player but doubles as a desktop speaker with Bluetooth; we dig the cool blue LED lighting on its underside.

Lisse S10 MP3 Player

Lisse S10 MP3 Player

MyRacer’s Korea-only Lisse S10 does a good job evolving the minimalist touchscreen ethos first pioneered by the iPhone; the entire OLED screen is actually a four-way keypad.

Sony X-Series Walkman

Sony X-Series Walkman

Sony’s Walkman NWZ-X1000 may yet be a viable iPod Touch competitor: available in 16GB and 32GB flavors, it sports a 3″ touch AMOLED screen, Wi-Fi and digital noise cancellation.

iTunes: DRM Free

iTunes: DRM Free
$0.69+  Buy Comment

iTunes is now 80% DRM free, with all 10 million going free by the end of Q1 2009; there will be three pricing tiers ($0.69, $0.99 and $1.29) as well as a 3G/Wi-Fi store for the iPhone.

iRiver E50 PMP

iRiver E50 PMP

Brushed metal fetishists will love iRiver’s E50 PMP, due out in January; it’s pretty run of the mill otherwise, with up to 8 GB of space, an FM tuner, and a 1.8″ TFT LCD screen.

Concept: Digit MP3 Player

Concept: Digit MP3 Player

With a case that tightly wraps itself around its internals, this Digit MP3 player concept could easily be a next-gen Nano (sans clickwheel); we’re really digging those wireless earphones.

Zune Originals

Zune Originals
$10-$15 extra  Buy Comment

Microsoft has intro’d 46 new designs for Zune Originals, divvied up into Artist, Zodiac and Tattoo series. They’re available with all Zune players for $10-$15 extra. Thanks, Alvaro!

Pro-Idee MP3 Radio

Pro-Idee MP3 Radio
$77  Buy Comment

We have to admit we’re mostly smitten by the Pro-Idee MP3 Radio/Alarm’s looks; it’s got a swanky analog meets modern style, with chrome buttons, a usb port and SD/MMC card slot.

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9999 Boom Box

9999 Boom Box

William Kang’s 9999 Boom Box concept is updated for the 21st century; not only does it have a design that Apple would be proud of, but it sports both video and mp3 players.

Onkyo Wireless Headset

Onkyo Wireless Headset
~$200  Buy Comment

Forget bluetooth: Onkyo’s MHP-UW2 wireless headset uses a 2.4Ghz wireless connection in order to deliver CD quality audio; the transmitter will work with all current iPods.

Sony Marine Headunit

Sony Marine Headunit

Sony’s CDX-H910UI is a splash-proof headunit, and is the first to work with iPods or iPhones via a USB port; part of their Marine line, you’ll of course need a boat for this to be useful.

Nikon Media Port UP

Nikon Media Port UP
~$690  Buy Comment

Nikon’s Media Port UP headset is a combination headphone and media player with a swiveling eyepiece for watching videos; it’s controlled by tilting your head up, down, left and right.

Peachtree Audio Decco

Peachtree Audio Decco
$899  Buy Comment

Pumping out 50 watts per channel, Peachtree Audio’s Decco is a versatile vacuum tube amp with digital to analog converter, along with USB, coax, optical and two analog inputs.

Samson StudioDock 3i

Samson StudioDock 3i
$195  Buy Comment

While Samson’s StudioDock 3i isn’t particularly stylish, it is versatile: it’ll accept inputs from your iPod, PC, mini-jack or RCA inputs, and acts as a dock for your iPod.

Zune: Gears of War 2 Edition

Zune: Gears of War 2 Edition
$280  Buy Comment

Marrying two of its youngest franchises, Microsoft will be releasing a special edition Zune 120 for Gears of War 2 fans, with a laser-etched “Crimson Omen” and 244 bits of media.

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SteelSeries Siberia Headset

SteelSeries Siberia Headset
$80  Buy Comment

Known for their gamer friendly hardware, SteelSeries’ Siberia Headset is a solid, goodlooking headphone; we like the mic, which can be detached if you just want to listen to tunes.

iRiver Spinn PMP

iRiver Spinn PMP
$250-$290  Buy Comment

Our favorite PMP with the spinning doohickey, the iRiver Spinn, is finally available for sale in 4 GB and 8 GB varieties; you’ll get a 16:19 OLED touchscreen and FM tuner come 10/3.

MDR-XB700 Headphones

MDR-XB700 Headphones

Despite 3000 mW of maximum input, Sony’s MDR-XB700 headphone is designed to pamper the ears: its thick urethane leather cushion is air tight and minimizes sound leakage.

Simplifi iPod Dock

Simplifi iPod Dock
$70  Buy Comment

Hot on the heels of their AirCurve speaker, Griffin’s Simplifi iPod Dock packs three functions in one: it triples as an iPod Dock, a media card reader, and two powered USB ports.

BoomCooler

BoomCooler
$899  Buy Comment

The BoomCooler is one of the stranger mashups we’ve seen, with Sony’s Xplod audio system (600-W amp!) built into its cover. Oh yeah, it’ll store food too, but it’s gotta be dry.

iPod Boombox

iPod Boombox
$220  Buy Comment

Old school/80s fanatics will love Lasonic’s iPod boombox, usurping the cassette player with an iPod dock. It also has an SD/MMC card reader, AV output and runs on 10 D-sized batteries.

Griffin AirCurve

Griffin AirCurve
$20  Buy Comment

Griffin’s AirCurve is essentially a transparent display stand with a coiled waveguide within that acts as an amplifier: in short, this polycarbonate speaker doesn’t need power to operate.

iLuv iSP100 Speakers

iLuv iSP100 Speakers
$35  Buy Comment

Now that the iPod Touch packs its own speaker, iLuv’s battery powered iSP100 loses a bit of utility; however, it’s relatively portable and at 4W RMS (8W peak), not bad for the size and price.

Art.Suono

Art.Suono
$1,500  Buy Comment

David Wiener Ventures’ Art.Suono acts as a bridge between your iPod and sound system; the race-inspired system features an Engine Start button and shifter-like input signal switch.

Video: DaScratch

Video: DaScratch
$299  Buy Comment

Stanton’s DaScratch is an innovative controller for DJs that uses a touch interface; three modes (Slider, Circle and Button) allow you to get a lot done in a relatively small device.

2B Radio

2B Radio
$550  Buy Comment

Jonas Damon’s 2B Radio is a retro minimalist’s dream come true, with a matte black case and three vacuum tubes in place of transistors. It’ll hook up to your iPod or MP3 player, too.

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