vr3 mp3We have to admit that most FM transmitters for digital audio players offer pretty mediocre sound quality — especially in urban areas where the spectrum is crowded. That said, we could go for the VR3 FM Modulator, a $30 unit that plugs directly into your car's lighter port and gets its storage from any USB flash drive (a similar model came out in Japan a year ago — for $115). It also includes an audio-in cable so you can use it as a transmitter with other audio players. Given the number of flash drives we've got lying around, $30 seems like a reasonable price to give them a new lease on life, and for that price we can live with FM's limitations as well.

Sony hooking up with XM and/or Sirius?