Ahead Of The Curve

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Apple has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative design. With the new iPod MP3 player, the company sets another benchmark. The 6.5-ounce MP3 player features a 5GB hard disk, which lets you store up to 1,000 songs or 100 CDs of music. This means you can spend an entire weekend listening to the iPod without hearing the same song twice.

Additionally, the iPod comes with 32MB of memory cache, 20-minute skip protection, and features an intuitive scroll wheel that lets you zip through menus and songs. The iPod ships with iTunes 2 for easy music management ($399; www.apple.com).

It’s On Fire
If you’re a digital artist who doesn’t have a large, creative work space, consider the Wacom Graphire2 Cordless Graphics Tablet. The tablet provides a 4-inch by 6-inch work space, and features a pressure-sensitive pen and a cordless, battery-less mouse. For many, the pen is ideal for detail work, such as retouching photos, as well as for drawing and painting. It also provides greater control over images. The Graphire2 ships with Adobe Photoshop LE and Corel Painter Classic and runs on both the Windows and Mac operating systems. ($99.95; www.wacom.com)