CREATIVE TRAVELSOUND, $130
ASSETS: This palm-size device can be used as either a stand-alone MP3 player or a speaker for other players and computers.
LIABILITIES: Built-in 32MB memory may not be enough for mega-music collectors.
BOTTOM LINE: The combo of speaker and MP3 player in one small box offers convenience and portability.
BELKIN’S VOICE RECORDER FOR IPOD, $60
ASSETS: You can record memos or conversations directly into Apple’s iPod. And as an added bonus, it doubles as a travel alarm clock.
LIABILITIES: No microphone plug; built-in mic works best for personal dictation. Compatible only with iPod.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s an easy add-on business application that turns your iPod into so much more.
FM TRANSMITTER, $40
ASSETS: This sleek, metal, buglike FM transmitter pipes MP3 files into your car or home audio system.
LIABILITIES: Runs on (pricey) CR2 batteries.
BOTTOM LINE: Relatively inexpensive gadget eliminates need for separate home, car, and jogging audio boxes.