The Gadget Girl: iPod Madness
I'm one of the few people on the planet who isn't iPod-obsessed, but for those who are, the next wave of related gadgets has arrived. ROCK-OLA's iPod Bubbler jukebox (right, $6,000; rock-ola.com) was a head-snapper at CES, where I first saw it. The machine has the classic design - with eight lighted bubble tubes and four rotating color cylinders - but it's outfitted with an iPod dock and remote, so you can access and control your playlist from anywhere in the room. The jukebox also holds 100 CDs, which it spins old-school style while pumping out 360 watts through its five Peavey speakers.
To send your music to other rooms, CREATIVE's Xdock Wireless ($200; creative.com) houses your iPod and streams music to the company's X-Fi Wireless Receivers ($100 each), which can be set up in the bedroom, kitchen, or anywhere else (but must be no farther than 100 feet from the base station). The dock has composite- and S-video outputs for playback of photos and video on your TV.
Poolside with your 'Pod? Dive in with ATLANTIC's EGO Waterproof Sound Case ($200; atlantic-inc.com). Winner of a 2007 CES Innovations award, the case actually floats (it's resistant to pool- or sea-water corrosion) and houses 4G and 5G iPods as well as the Nano and the Mini.
The PHILIPS DCP850 Docking Entertainment System ($200; philips.com), a portable DVD player with an iPod dock, is the perfect combo for any room or road trip. Enjoy movies and videos on the laptop-style player's 8.5-inch swivel widescreen.
For more great iPod gear, check out our iPod Info Center.