Inventor turns Pez dispenser into MP3 player

By Matt Hines
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Rap impresario 50 Cent may be riding atop the Billboard charts on the strength of his hit single “Candy Shop,” but music lovers of all kinds will soon be able to mix their passions for beats and sweets if one gadget maker’s plans come to fruition.

That’s right, the candy market’s best-known handheld device, the iconic Pez dispenser, is about to go digital. Under a recently granted licensing agreement with Pez Candy, gadget design company Lincoln West Studios is producing a prototype of an MP3 player modeled after the big-headed plastic treat sleeves. If the design gains the final approval of Pez Candy, Lincoln West hopes to soon begin selling the device.

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