What do I need to plug an electric guitar into my iMac?

I understand basically that there may be some 1/4" to mini cable, or that there are USB or Firewire devices?

1/8" stereo jack to 1/4" stereo
optimum is 1/4" mono as i posted above, but that should work
Or would there be an advantage to something like a Monster iStudioLink cable?
it's nothing but an expensive adapter
I'm not looking to do anything professionally and was hoping for something under (even well under) $100.
for the few dollars, it's worth a try, if the adapter doesn't work, then look at an interface.

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