First introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Intel's Pocket Concert has brought retro style and ease of use to the blocky shaped and sometimes cumbersome MP3 players currently on the market.

First introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Intel’s Pocket Concert has brought retro style and ease of use to the blocky shaped and sometimes cumbersome MP3 players currently on the market.

Appearance is key for this music player, which leans toward the retro side, with a brushed stainless steel metal finish accented by dark blue lines and rounded corners. Big buttons allow easy track and volume control. And it’s sturdy. If you drop it while on the StairMaster, this baby won’t break. A set of “open-air neckphones,” that ride on the back of the head, are included with each device.

Pocket Concert has a built in FM radio and 128 MB of memory, which means there’s no need to buy an extra memory card. An EQ function allows users to set the bass and treble controls. The battery lasts up to 10 hours.

A large LCD screen scrolls song titles, track numbers, and shows the time length left in a song. Screen also displays icons that indicate when downloading songs or playing music.

While it will work with any software, Pocket Concert includes the MusicMatch Jukebox (similar to RealNetworks’ RealJukebox) package that allows CD burning and the creation of playlists.

The price of the device depends on the optional Intel Audio Accessory Kit, which includes a home stereo dock, car adapter, carrying case, rechargeable batteries and connecting cables.

Intel's Pocket Concert

Intel, $299-$349

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