PC users join the iPod party

Finally, Apple's iPod MP3 player can work with Windows. Two new applications let PC users connect up an iPod. We compare EphPod and XPlay.

When Apple's well-received iPod hit the market last November, the majority of computer users were excluded from the party. The revolutionary new hard disk-based MP3 player worked only in partnership with Apple's iTunes and only on FireWire-equipped Macs -- no Windows systems.

Luckily, entrepreneurial software developers took up the challenge and delivered not one but two programs to rescue stranded PC users. But can either application prove as seamless a partner as iTunes?

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