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I've got the music with me
The iPod from Apple Computers Inc., Cupertino, Calif. (www.apple.com), is for those who can't think of leaving home without their favorite tunes. The MP3 player plugs into a Macintosh or PC and downloads music at the speed of 10 sec/CD. It comes in 5, 10, and 20-Gbyte versions that hold between 1,000 and 4,000 tunes. A rechargeable lithium-polymer battery gives 10 hr of power. The iPod automatically recharges using a FireWire cable when connected to a Mac or PC. All iPods carry iTunes software with automatic synchronization that keeps music and playlists up-to-date.
The iPod measures 4.02 3 2.43 3 0.78 in. and weighs only 6.5 oz. It sits in a polycarbonate/ABS top with a polished stainless-steel bottom. Its large, high-quality LCD is illuminated by a white backlight for viewing up to six lines of text. A touch-sensitive scroll wheel adjusts scrolling speed based on song-list length. A 60-mW amplifier is said to give CD-quality sound with a wide dynamic range. iPod headphones carry neodymium transducer magnets for bass response, smooth midrange transitions, and accurate high-end reproduction. Price: $299 for 5-Gbyte version; $399 for 10 Gbyte; and $499 for 20 Gbyte model.