As much as the new Intel-powered Macs were the technology hit of this year's Macworld, the show's increased numbers for both exhibitors and attendees was due to the unprecedented success of the iPod players and the iTunes Music Store. As a result of their popularity, there were more than 60 booths dedicated to customising whatever iPod you happen to own. Even Apple introduced new iPod gadgets at the show. It released the iPod Radio Remote, which is a device that allows you to remotely control a nano or a fifth-generation iPod. The remote also contains an FM receiver and a shorter set of earbuds to complement the length of the wired remote controller. It is nothing earth-shattering but where Apple was deficient in new podgadgets, the other attendees were not. For example, Razer, the company which makes precision and high performance mouse controllers, announced a combination keyboard and iPod dock. Though it will not ship for another month, it is the most elegant and natural docking solution I have seen yet. Another drool-worthy product that will ship in the next few weeks is the MicroMemo made by XtremeMac. It records high quality voice audio directly into your iPod nano. With one-touch recording, built-in high-quality microphone, instant playback, and visual recording timer, this is perfect for nano owners who need to record voice notes. The same company is also shipping the coolest iPod dock/audio amplifier thus far, called the Tango. When your iPod is inserted into the shoe-box-sized device, it delivers awesome sound. If your iPod is the video version and the Tango is connected to your TV, it displays your iPod content on the TV. It comes with a remote control and will pre-amplify your music library for your home stereo as well. Of course, the big weakness in the iPod is its battery life. For instance, on this particular Macworld trip, I spent five hours in the plane waiting for takeoff. The cure is Tekkeon batteries whose MP1100 clips to your iPod and powers it for 42 hours of audio entertainment. If video is your diversion, then it extends your play time to more than nine hours. If you are going to spend a long time listening to your iPod, you better have some good earbuds, and the show had no shortage of vendors vying for your ears. The most remarkable were the Etymotic 6i isolating earbuds. They are more comfortable and deliver better sound quality than any other at the show with the exception of the yet-to-ship Shure E500 earphones. These delightful earphones have three drivers - two woofers and one tweeter - in each bud instead of just one or two like the lesser units. The base and mid-range sound is impressively dimensional. In addition to great sound, they will ship with an optional connector that acts as a microphone so you do not have to remove the phones every time someone talks to you. Just press a button, and the music is muted and the microphone is activated. I personally think these earphones with optional connector will replace traditional hearing aids because they look so cool attached to an iPod, and deliver clearer sound. Now, I must point out that these babies are luxury items, and although they are among Shure's lower-end earphones, they are not inexpensive. When they ship, they will go for US$499. The optional PTH (push to hear) microphone that normally sells for US$59.95 and works with other earphones will be included with the E500 for only US$1. Of course, if you have the new iPod with video, you will need eye-phones as well. Actually, no one makes eye-phones yet but they do make a media viewer called myVU, which is essentially two tiny monitors built into a stylish visor that plugs into your video iPod or other portable video device. This eliminates the need to squint into a tiny 2-inch screen to see your favourite shows, as the visor gives the impression that you are viewing a single, much larger screen. In a short time the iPod has created its own impressive economy and a seductive style. No one knows what all the sensations we will come to experience from future iPods will be, but I'm sure looking forward to next year's Macworld and the next generation of podgadgets.