If the widespread popularity of the Internet has done anything other than introduce the greater population to easily accessible compromising and embarrassing photos and videos, it has introduced the world to new and wonderful experiences that normally would never have made it through the corporate system. Granted, it has also introduced us to new and wonderful compromising and embarrassing photos and videos, but there are only so much of those sites that anyone can view.

Assuming you ever get tired of those other sites, there is a new world of movies, literature and opinions that have spent all those long decades hidden in local art houses, independent bookstores and street corners. Perhaps the biggest success story is the wide world of niche musicians and musical styles that can now have their music heard by listeners around the world. For some of us, our new favorite band may be in a genre that we never knew existed just a decade ago. Perhaps the next great musical style or artist is just waiting for the world to hear them.

If you think you may have it in you to create the next big thing or just a next good thing, there is a Nintendo DS title you should check out. Technology-savvy musicians and music-inspired gamers may have already heard of the original “Korg DS-10 Synthesizer,” but XSEED has the next great thing. The “Korg DS-10 Synthesizer Plus” takes the original program to all new levels, but like the original, this is no game.

In case you missed the original, this unique synthesizer program can be used to create unique jams in a professional audio editing environment. Admittedly, when you first launch the program, you will probably be overwhelmed and perhaps a bit scared by how straightforward and not user-friendly the interface looks. Despite the fact that this is on the Nintendo DS – a system often criticized like its Nintendo brethren for being too child-themed – “Korg DS-10 Synthesizer Plus” leaves out the pretty visuals and offers no tutorials short of the instruction manual and some YouTube videos.

Assuming you can get past the admittedly cold and scary interface, the program actually gets you into the musical creation process from the first couple of stylus strokes. Between the keyboard interface, the sequencing aspects and the ability to create musical phrases just by drawing shapes with your stylus, you might actually feel a bit guilty. With a few more clicks, you can lay out drum beats and adjust the tone and tempo to your own speed.

Perhaps the most unique aspect about this title is that it is one of the few cartridge-based DS titles that actually has expanded gameplay when played on the Nintendo DSi. When you plug the cartridge into the DSi, it offers you the “Dual” mode of audio design, allowing you to craft your music as if you were working with two Nintendo DS devices. Needless to say, this opens up even more unique audio opportunities.

If you are more interested in listening to your own personal favorites than designing your own, you can still add your own personal style to the musical experience. iFrogz is already known for creating music-friendly accessories, but their latest headphone line – the “EarPollution CS40” Comfort Series – mixes the designer’s love of personalization with one of the most comfortable sets of headphones on the market.

When you first look at the flat cups over the earpieces, it is easy to believe that these will actually be less comfortable than the concave covers on conventional headphones. Once you slip them on, though, you’ll notice that the soft, flat covers actually offer that extra distance between the speaker and your ear to reduce the pinching effect that most headphones have. Even if you wear these headphones for hours, you can experience the strong sound quality without the cramping in your ears that you get from other headphones.

Admittedly, the headphones do not offer the deep degree of customization that some of iFrogz’s other lines do, but the five color schemes the CS40s come in offer a look that is eye-catching without coming off as over-the-top or gaudy. The music quality is not the top of the line, but it is surprisingly good for a $40 pair of headphones. More importantly, the lightweight design and the flat cups stay comfortable without hurting the audio quality, making the CS40s a great pair of headphones for those of us who listen to music for long periods of time.