Best Gear 2003: Sound Wave

Music aficionados, take note: it's never been easier to manage your digital record collections

Yamaha MusicCast

Keep it in one room, listen to it anywhere. MusicCast's server stores all your music in one location, then streams it--wirelessly--to "client" players, shown above, around the ($2,800)

Creative Nomad MuVo2

This MuVo is for those who like big sounds in small packages. It holds 1.5 GB of music--a fraction of an iPod's capacity--but its sleek form could make it the apple of many music lovers' eyes. ($230)

Rio Nitrus

Like the MuVo2, this "minipod" holds 1.5 GB, or up to 375 songs. At two-thirds of an inch thick, it's the only hard-drive...

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