IDG’s Playlist Announces the 2005 Playlist Plays of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 12, 2005 – IDG's Playlist, ( the ultimate iPod guide online, has named the recipients of the first annual Plays of the Year Awards for 2005.

The 2005 Playlist Plays of the Year awards are prestigious distinctions given to the year's top hardware and software in the iPod and digital music markets. The awards are chosen by Playlist's editorial staff, who have looked at nearly every new iPod- and digital music-related product released between November 1, 2004 and November 1, 2005, evaluating each product's overall quality as well as its innovation, usefulness, design, and value.

"Playlist has become one of the foremost authorities on iPod and digital music products," said Dan Frakes, senior reviews editor for Playlist. "With our staff's expertise and breadth of knowledge, along with our hands-on experience using and testing most of the products on the market, we're in a unique position to recognize those products that truly stand out from the hundreds and hundreds released over the past year. The 26 recipients of our 2005 Plays of the Year awards, ranging in price from $15 to $1000, represent the types of products every vendor should aspire to produce."

The 2005 Playlist Plays of the Year recipients are:

Apple iPod nano: Best new iPod

iHome Audio iH5: Best Convergence Product

Logitech mm50: Best Portable iPod Speakers

Logic 3 i-Station shuffle: Best Portable Speakers for iPod shuffle

Altec Lansing inMotion iM7: Best "Transportable" iPod Speakers (two winners)

Tivoli Audio iSongBook: Best "Transportable" iPod Speakers (two winners)

Klipsch iFi: Best Home Speakers for the iPod

Denon S-101/S-301: Best iPod/Stereo Integration

Belkin TuneStage: Best iPod/Stereo Connection

Sennheiser PX 100: Best Budget (under $100) Headphones (two winners)

Ultimate Ears 3 Studio: Best Budget (under $100) Headphones (two winners)

AKG K 26 P: Best Headphones for Bass-heads (two winners)

FutureSonics/XtremeMac FS1: Best Headphones for Bass-heads (two winners)

Shure E4c: Best High-end iPod Headphones

OtterBox for iPod: Best "Ultimate Protection" iPod Case

Power Support Crystal Film Set: Best Way to Protect Your iPod nano/video from scratches

DLO mini fm: Best Accessory for iPod mini

Harman Kardon Drive+Play: Best iPod/Car Integration

Kensington Digital FM Transmitter/Charger: Best FM Transmitter for the Car

Griffin iTrip LCD (remote-jack version): Best Compact FM Transmitter

Senuti: Best Way to Get Your Music From Your iPod to Your Computer (Mac)

SharePod: Best Way to Get Your Music From Your iPod to Your Computer (Windows)

MediaRage: Best iTunes Add-On (Mac)

Anapod Explorer: Best iTunes Add-On (Windows)

HandBrake: Best Way to Get Commercial DVDs onto your iPod (Mac)

Podner: Best Way to Get Your Own Movies onto Your iPod (Mac)

Playlist Plays of the Year Award winners were announced Friday, December 9, 2005 at (

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