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  1. Gear4 HouseParty Blu review

    Gear4 HouseParty Blu review

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    Gear4's HouseParty Blu is the latest in its HouseParty line-up, and it has the ability to stream music from A2DP-compatible Bluetooth devices in addition to slotting iPods into the dock on its top panel

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    Creative Muvo TX FM review

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    As the name suggests, the Muvo TX FM is more than just an MP3 player - Creative has also managed to squeeze in an FM radio along with 256Mb of flash memory. This gives you more musical choice if you are on a particularly long trip

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    Apple iPod Nano review

    Apple iPod Nano review

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    The Nano is a stunning piece of aesthetic design. Unfortunately like having a Ferrari that's tethered to its favourite petrol station with a steel cable, you're stuck with either iTunes or slightly clunky third party apps to manage your music.

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    Apple iPod touch 32GB review

    Apple iPod touch 32GB review

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    When Apple announced the iPod touch back in September 2007, our reaction was lukewarm. We'd already used the iPhone and the touch felt like a cut-down version.

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    Apple iPod classic 80GB review

    Apple iPod classic 80GB review

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    For us, the newly renamed iPod classic is the quintessential iPod, and on sheer value alone, it blows every other iPod out of the water. At the per-gigabyte price of the original iPod, the 160GB model should cost an astonishing £11,168

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    Jivo Utune FM review

    Jivo Utune FM review

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    After a group test and many single reviews of FM transmitters such as this one, there are a few things about this new Jivo product that strike us as a bit odd. Firstly, why do you need a battery compartment on an FM transmitter?

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    Transcend T630 review

    Transcend T630 review

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    This 4GB player is packed with functionality. Alongside an FM radio, it has a voice recorder, karaoke-style lyrics display and a timeshifter which speeds up and slows down your music while retaining the correct key, which is rather fun.

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    Apple iPod nano review

    Apple iPod nano review

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    The iPod minis with their colourful cases were incredibly popular back in their day, and with the new second generation iPod nanos, it seems things have come full circle - because colours are back

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    Bose SoundDock review

    Bose SoundDock review

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    This black version of Bose's award-winning SoundDock was launched last month. The price is unchanged from the white model; the sound is still superb, though sadly no new features have emerged to help justify the price

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    Creative Zen V Plus review

    Creative Zen V Plus review

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    Creative launched its Zen Vision range of portable media players earlier this year and gave the all-conquering iPod a real run for its money. The Creative Zen V Plus continues that run

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    XtremeMac Luna review

    XtremeMac Luna review

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    There's nothing particularly extraordinary about a digital clock radio with an iPod dock, but this one has been really well made, and has all the features you need. Some pride has gone into the design

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    Samsung YP-K3J review

    Samsung YP-K3J review

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    Everything about this player oozes sex appeal. With its chrome-trimmed exterior and sharp display, it's perhaps (whisper it) more physically desirable than the iPod Nano. The controls are excellent and the interface is a joy to use.

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    iSkin Cerulean TX+RX review

    iSkin Cerulean TX+RX review

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    Many of us have iPod speakers, but not all of them have remotes – and even the ones that do can be a pain to use. After all, if you’re sitting on the sofa, you can’t read the iPod screen from the other side of the room, leaving the remote redundant for browsing tracks

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    Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3 review

    Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3 review

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    This wee speaker, which can easily slip into a pocket, pumps out good sound and goes very loud, considering its size. The case is a single drum with a single driver inside that points out and up.

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    Shufflesome iPod Skin review

    Shufflesome iPod Skin review

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    Ah, the lonely shuffle. It doesn't get anywhere near the same sales as the other iPods, and has relatively few peripherals and accessories. One band of plucky graphic designers trying to redress the balance is Shufflesome, which has created a great range of many different sticker designs to paste onto them.

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    Macally Metro review

    Macally Metro review

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    Macally's Metro is a leather holster for the latest (third generation) Nanos. It's an odd design: an open holster for slotting in the iPod that offers no protection for the front of the player, not even a see-through plastic sheet.

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    Gear4 BluEye review

    Gear4 BluEye review

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    Do you own a new-ish iPod? Does your mobile phone boast Bluetooth connectivity? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, you have to buy a BluEye. It's as simple as that.

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    Griffin AirClick review

    Griffin AirClick review

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    There's no doubt that the iPod has made listening to music on the move easier than ever but, let's face it, even our favourite little MP3 player isn't without fault

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    Macally Sportivo Sleeve review

    Macally Sportivo Sleeve review

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    Have you managed to keep up any fitness-related New Year's resolutions? Yes? Then as a reward, here's something you could buy yourself to keep you going. It's a protective case for the latest iPod nano that works as either an upper armband and wristband, and holds the iPod tight to your body as you move about - it didn't come loose during a quick jog around the park.

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    Macally Bella Nano Sleeve review

    Macally Bella Nano Sleeve review

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    For those who would wear it, this Macally Nano carry pouch for the latest iPod nano is an inexpensive product, available in a variety of colours, that protects your iPod from drops or scratches that might harm it. It does the job, with a transparent screen that you can push commands through onto the iPod click wheel.

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    Belkin Power Dock review

    Belkin Power Dock review

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    This is the simplest iPod dock we've seen from Belkin, and that simplicity is the precise reason why we like it.

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    Harman Kardon JBL On Stage review

    Harman Kardon JBL On Stage review

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    The main problem with the On Stage is that it doesn't have batteries, so you are a bit limited as to what you can do with it and where you are able to use it, but it's excellent as far as it goes.

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    Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 review

    Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 review

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    Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 review: To us, DJing is witchcraft - transmuting Kylie Minogue into Tom Jones in any way deserves acclaim. This is why we're deeply suspicious of anything that claims to make it 'easy', or even worse 'fun'

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    Gear4 HouseParty Blu review

    Gear4 HouseParty Blu review

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    This set of external speakers allows you to play music from your laptop either from a standard 3.5mm lead or using Bluetooth. The compact design has a row of touch-sensitive buttons on the front of the unit which allow you to control volume, navigate tracks and to pair your Bluetooth device.

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    Samsung YH-820 review

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    Not all hard disk MP3 players are created equal. Exasperated, we eventually achieved something close to an enjoyable listening experience from this diminutive player, but it took three sets of headphones before we were satisfied with the output

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