This week at iLounge: There's no accessory as important to your portable listening experience as a good pair of earphones. Just like the speakers that sit on your desktop, bookshelf, nightstand or floor, the tiny speakers in earphones can seriously muffle, distort, or otherwise change the way your music sounds. Since Apple's packed-in earbuds aren't exactly stunning, replacing them with upgraded alternatives is the easiest way to transform your iPod from "good" to "amazing" in a matter of minutes. We've posted the first part of our Complete Guide to Earphones to help you sort through all of the options out there — part 2 is coming soon.
Also: Our editors debate just how long Apple can hold off on releasing a dedicated widescreen iPod — you know, the one everyone's been expecting for two years, and still waiting for despite the announcement of the iPhone. Speaking of the iPhone, you can win a 4GB model, Apple TV or iPod nano in our "Wallpaper Yourself an iPhone, Apple TV, or iPods" art contest.
In Reviews and First Looks: As has become increasingly common, speaker and headphone reviews have dominated our attention this past week. We've had hands-on time with Shure's upcoming SE420 premium headphones, and reviewed its lower-end SE210 and SE310s, with surprising results. We also took a First Look at Philips' impressive AJ300D clock radio — a really clean silver iPod speaker system with an attractive $70 price tag and nice digital clock built in. A review of Lenntek's Hookup Lanyard — an affordable Bluetooth kit that lets you interrupt iPod nano music with cell phone calls — is also very much worth checking out.