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Strike a Cord


Posted September 15, 2005
Cordster is, quite simply, a cheap little plastic piece of brilliance. Take a look at it and you'll automatically want one. (You'll also automatically think, Why didn't anyone think of this before?) It does one small but important thing really well: It keeps your iPod (or other MP3 player) headphone cords from getting all tangled up. And the beautiful thing is that it's actually really thoughtfully constructed. Cordster's plastic body is totally solid, and you can snap it on and off your iPod thanks to a Velcro-like fastener. (The 3M adhesive that adheres the fastener to your iPod is rubber-based and won't leave any residue if you decide later that you want to pry it off.) It's narrow enough that it'll fit the new iPod nano, it comes in three colors (white, gray, and black), and it was invented right here in New York City by a guy named Drew Zoller who plays trombone in a local band called The Tri-State Conspiracy. At the moment he's selling direct through his website and the Chelsea Apple shop Tekserve, but the minute he gets a mega-retailer (hello, Amazon?) to pick it up, he's going to make a mint. Because everyone I've shown Cordster to loves it.

$5 at cordster.com. Also available at Tekserve, 119 W. 23rd St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves., 212-929-3645.

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