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Photos: This year's would-be iPod rivals

Apple Computer's lineup of iPods has long been king of the hill among digital music players, but a new generation of rivals aims to claim a bigger piece of the glory. Shown here is the iPod Nano, released in September 2005, which comes in 2GB and 4GB models, with prices starting at $199. It's also notable for its physical proportions: just a quarter-inch thick and 3.5 inches tall.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...