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Invasion of the Pod People

Think music players and accessories are only for Windows and Mac? Think again.

Now that you can prove you’re hip by sporting white wires coming out of your ears, Linux users want to get into the fray, too. Apple’s iPod, the white wire-providing engine that fuels accessory sales, remains at the top of the charts for music players.

There’s no denying the appeal of the iPods with their simple yet slick interfaces, and I bought one primarily to free up enough disk space for Linux on a Windows laptop. Aside from feeding it money, you feed your iPod songs from the iTunes application that runs on your desktop. This software only supports Mac OS X and Windows. Linux users are left in the cold, unless you want to try to run the Windows version under WINE or CrossOver Office .

And, iTunes works with one online store, Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Other online music services, such as Napster , focuses on Windows users. And, with the release of Yahoo! Music Unlimited >music.yahoo. com/unlimited

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