iTunes, Windows Media and other music-management software may appeal to some, but I'm an old-fashioned guy - give me that old drag-and-drop any day.

That's pretty much the reason I don't use my iPod nano all that much, even though it's just the right size and sounds better than some of the other players in my collection. It's also the first reason my eyebrows went up when I read about Samsung's new U3 music player (no relation, apparently, to U3 smart USB drives). The second reason is that the sleek player doesn't come with a USB cable; it plugs directly into the port on its own for syncing and charging.

No cables, no software - it's like music-player nirvana for some. (Okay, me.) The U3 comes in 1, 2, and 4 GB capacities, and fashionistas can fret over whether to pick the white, green, pink, blue or black case. Better decide quick though - Samsung says they're launching the U3 sometime this month.