What you see before you is the Julius Dance Machine, Paul Frank's answer to the iPod speaker. It's not the first piece of audio gadgetry we've seen from the monkey-loving designer, and it probably won't be the last. And as far as cutesy music accessories go, it's not our favorite, either, but this speaker is sure to be a hit with Julius lovers. After all, a little monkey cradling your iPhone or iPod has a certain appeal.
Of course, any speaker worth its salt needs to be more than just adorable. The Julius Dance Machine brings a smattering of features to the table: dual 2.5-inch full-range stereo drivers, an auxiliary line input, and an integrated battery rated for 6 hours of play time. And--hey--you gotta love volume controls built into animal ears. But from the looks of the plastic construction and speaker placement, sound quality is not going to be a shining standout here. At $99, you're paying for form over function.