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Photos: MusicGremlin rides on Wi-Fi

Portable player uses a wireless link to directly access the music store--freeing people up from having to use a PC to download tunes.

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Basic features

The MusicGremlin portable player lets people use a direct Wi-Fi wireless link to access its music store--meaning they don't need a PC to buy and download songs.

A $14.99 monthly fee lets you grab all the music you want--or at least all that will fit on the 8GB MusicGremlin device--from the MusicGremlin Direct online store. Community features let you browse other Gremlin owners' downloads and swap songs with friends.

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Dimensions

The MusicGremlin measures 4.1 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.8 inches and offers a 2-inch, 220-by-176-pixel color screen. The front and back are glossy black, while the contoured sides and the selection pad have a matte finish and a rubbery feel.

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Side-mounted controls

The rubbery center selection pad lets you move between menus and choose songs and options, while the on/off/hold switch is on the left side. The volume, play/pause, and forward/reverse controls are on the right. The MusicGremlin also has dedicated volume and player controls.

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Connection ports

The bottom of the MusicGremlin has line-in (not an active feature), standard mini-USB and power ports. The weak internal speaker is also found on the bottom.

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Connnection light

A small light on the upper left of the player also shows your connection status, glowing green for Wi-Fi and blue for ad-hoc. Both the display and Wi-Fi connection lights are easy to see during the day. When the green connection light is on, you get a certain satisfaction knowing that others can "see" you and that you're downloading songs.

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