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The iPod setup provides hours of boozy, gregari-
ous fun. Half the bar crowds around the mixing desk,
offering advice or criticism or just dancing away. "It
gets pretty crazy," said Sai Blount, the lounge's music
promoter. "We have people yelling. Some people boo. A
couple of girls came in here three or four weeks in a row.
They got really good. They were like professional."
Matt Maland, a 27-year-old part-time DJ, is a
semiregular. He's even figured out how to make the
iPods scratch. By pressing the center button twice in
quick succession, the music backs up a fraction. "It's
fun," he said. "It's different. It's a challenge. You have to
think what songs go together more than vinyl because
you can't beat-match."
Digital DJ: The iPod is
increasingly becoming a tool for
DJs. Why lug around a big box
of vinyl records when an iPod
can hold thousands of songs?
Listen Up: Andrew
Andrew are a pair of New York
DJs who spin tunes with Apple
iPods instead of vinyl. The pair
not only have matching iPods,
they dress alike, eat alike, and
read the same books--simul-
taneously. When they met, the
first question Andrew asked
Andrew was, "Mac or IBM?"