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GET AN EARFUL

What is it? Panasonic SV-SD05

How much? $429.95 (www.prodcat.panasonic.com)

Why’s it cool? An MP3 player fused onto a pair of headphones. No messy cords.

Worth the $? Does someone you know really love songs-to-go? Now you can give them an earful.

MUSICAL FOCUS

What is it? Polaroid PhotoMAX

How much? $229.99 (www.polaroiddigital.com)

Why’s it cool? A digital camera with 2x zoom and autofocus

Worth the $? Take this music-playing machine on vacation — the only thing it won’t do is rub suntan lotion on your back.

DIAL TUNES

What is it? Samsung Uproar

How much? $399 (www.samsungusa.com)

Why’s it cool? It’s a wireless phone with voice-activated dialing, a built-in organizer, and Internet access.

Worth the $? Yes. Think of it as a business tool that lets you choose the songs you listen to while you’re on hold.

A REAL HANDFUL

What is it? Sony Clie handheld PEG-N710C

How much? $499.95 (www.sonystyle.com)

Why’s it cool? These sleek personal organizers can play MP3 files stored on Sony’s popular Memory Stick.

Worth the $? A state-of-the-art device that lets you carry a tune