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The PC Magazine Buying Guide:Digital Music


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Richard .. did you get that link right? it's a yahoo messenger link and takes me to my yahoo login page. I didn't login to see where it was going after that.



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It's a PC magazine newsletter that came to my email address - I don't know how the emiticon got embedded there either. I couldn't find a specific hyperlink for the newsletter, so I'm going to try a copy and paste.
Welcome to the PC Mag Buying Guide newsletter.

This week: Everything you need to know about digital music!
Our Editors' Choice Hard-Drive MP3 Player
The Genius of iTunes 8
Ten MP3 Players Under $150
Spoil Your Ears for $75
Bargain Hunt: PC Speakers

Our Editors' Choice Hard-Drive MP3 Player
The Microsoft Zune 120GB is still the best hard drive–based portable media player on the market. In our eyes, the feature-barren iPod classic doesn't even come close to the Zune's top-notch navigation and added wireless abilities. Find out more about what it can do in our hands-on review.

Plus: The New Zune MarketplaceThe latest Zune Marketplace release adds dynamic playlists and a robust recommendation engine, but it still lags behind the offerings from Rhapsody and Apple in places.

The Genius of iTunes 8
Apple continues to polish its core media app, taking a page out of Pandora's playbook with its Genius custom playlist generation. We'd like to see a music subscription service option, and Genius could use some work, but iTunes is still a top-notch music service, particularly for the video-inclined. Find out more about this latest iteration in our in-depth review.

Ten MP3 Players Under $150If you're in the market for a new portable music companion but don't need all the bells and whistles that come with higher-end devices, you can find a terrific bargain. Here are ten of our favorites that come in under $150--in fact, most ring up for less than $100.

Spoil Your Ears for $75We know, we know, we sound like a broken record. But it's true: The headphones that came bundled with your MP3 player or PMP are likely to be subpar. Why not head back to school with a quality pair, without breaking the bank? These seven headphones--from Griffin, Sennheiser, and others--won't set you back more than $75.

Bargain Hunt: PC SpeakersIt's very possible that you listen to music on your PC more than you listen to music on your stereo. So why would you settle for the dinky onboard sound that's on most PC towers and laptops? You can upgrade your listening experience for less than you might think with one of these four outstanding speaker deals.