Creative has unveiled Xmod, a device that improves digital audio playback for iPods and other devices.

Xmod is based on Creative's X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio platform, which improves the music playback quality of digital music files, including MP3, AAC and WMA files.

The music boosting device is about the size of a candy bar. It connects between stereo speakers or headphones and either a Mac, iPod or sound source.

Xmod improves the sound by converting the music during playback to the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity standard – very high-quality 24-bit surround audio. It enhances low and high frequencies while improving audio dynamics for cleaner, richer sound that surpasses the original audio CD, Creative claims.

"There are more than 100 million people who listen to MP3, WMA or AAC music on their PCs, Macs or iPod or Zen players, but the quality of these compressed music are highly compromised. The Creative Xmod enables them to listen to their music with audio that sounds even better than CDs," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative.

The built in technology can analyse tracks, identifying and restoring those parts of the audio stream that have been damaged during compression.
The device costs £59.99 and should be available by Christmas.