POD PEOPLE What's better than an MP3 player that holds 2,000 CD-quality songs? One that can also store 1,000 names and addresses. Apple's newest iPod ($499) has double the storage (10 GB) of its predecessor and meshes elegantly with Macs. Plug it into your computer, and it instantly recognizes and transfers songs at a rate of 100 a minute.
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INFLATED SOUND Big speakers for a Walkman don't make sense since they defeat the music player's portability. The brilliance of the rad-looking Ellula Hotair speakers ($50) is that they're inflatable: blow them up and they're about nine inches high; deflate them and they're a mere two inches. The air-filled casings pack an audio punch. And the speakers pack neatly in your coat pocket.