Music is a fine gift. A CD by Susan Boyle is not. Tune up your Christmas plans with these melodically sound gift suggestions as the Lifehacker Gift Guide 2010 continues.
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Cost: $499 Where to get it: Sony Why it's a good choice: Strong sound, easy portability and built-in radio when you don't fancy anything on your iPod have made this a favourite in Lifehacker's home office.
Audio-Technica AT2041SP Studio Condenser Microphone Pack
Cost: $295 Where to get it: Allans Music Why it's a good choice: A condensor microphone is a crucial component if you want to set up a home studio; this double pack gives you two models to make it easier to accurately capture a range of instruments and vocals.
Cost: $99.95 Where to get it: Shop around online Why it's a good choice: We won't lie to you — the immediate appeal of these earbuds (co-designed with Adidas) is that their design is a world away from dull white or black. But they've also got a range of earpiece adaptors, and quality Sennheiser sound. Did we mention they're blue?
Cost: $20 and up (but less with a discount) Where to get it: Wherever the sale is Why it's a good choice: Every time there's an iTunes card sale on, we alert readers and suggest stocking up. So if you don't already have a stash of bargain-priced iTunes cards as gifts, you have only yourself to blame, don't you?
Cost: $21.95 Where to get it: Oxfam Why it's a good choice: It's a musical instrument that's so simple anyone can play it; it doesn't need batteries; and it raises funds for a worthwhile charity.
Avoca CD/DVD Cabinet
Cost: $99 Where to get it: Fantastic Furniture Why it's a good choice: Even if your favourite music fan buys new tunes online, they're bound to have a few CDs still around for concerts and video clip collections physical formats remain the clear choice. This cabinet stores both and adjusts easily for other items.