Attention, Christmas shoppers with too much money to spend: here are some digital music doodads that I currently lust after (in no particular order):
- Apple’s iPod. It’s the ultimate walkman. With 60GB, I could carry almost 600 CDs worth of music in my pocket. (The 40GB might be doable, too, but I own a lot of music.) The Photo model would allow me to continue harassing family with my digital photographs.
- Slim Device’s SqueezeBox. This is like a CD player, only instead of playing CDs it plays music files sitting on a hard drive somewhere on your network. It does wireless, so you can store your music files on a server in the basement and listen to them upstairs where the stereo resides. Plus it’s a fun toy for computer programmers.
- Portable MIDI keyboards like the ultra-compact Midiman O2 and the more sophisticated (but bulkier) MK-449C. Combined with a laptop and Ableton Live (which I already own,) you’ve got an unstoppable setup for performing live electronic music.
- Acoustic piano software from Post Musical Instruments, specifically the Grandioso Bosendorfer 290 virtual instrument. This is one of the most impressive piano emulations I’ve heard; install the software and you’ve got a brand new grand piano that handles jazz beautifully.