Still trying to come up with a Halloween costume idea? Here's some inspiration from enthusiasts who have dressed as their favorite music player with varying degrees of artistic and technical prowess. No Nanos, for now anyway, but we're anticipating their popularity Monday night.
Unimpressed with the idea of just "walking around in a box," last Halloween Jared Winick, left, went as a fully-functional iPod using a tablet PC, a rewired USB mouse, and a bit of Java code to play and display MP3s. Some battery-powered speakers provided the sound. He even won a costume contest and seemed to be having a great time.
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