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First Looks: PocketParty V2, Aural Earbuds, Cases for Apple Remote, nano, 5G

Welcome to this week’s edition of First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. For additional peeks at new iPod accessories, check out our Holiday Buyers’ Guide and The Free iPod Book, already available online. Here’s what’s new this week:

Aural New York Earbuds for iPod - Click Here for Details

These new earbuds for all iPod models duplicate the look and feel of Apple’s iPod pack-ins, but come in the black, pink, and blue colors Apple hasn’t made. Each one comes with two ear foam sets - one black, one white.

Capdase Hip-Hop Style Soft Jacket for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

This silicone rubber case for the iPod nano includes a metal belt clip, lanyard with detachable lanyard holder, screen cover and integrated Click Wheel protector. There’s also a bottom flap for easy iPod synchronization.

Capdase Metal Case for Fifth Generation iPod (30GB/60GB Versions) - Click Here for Details

Similar to the company’s prior Luxury Metal Case for iPod mini - not the more recent version for iPod nano - this Metal Case uses a soft rubber protective skin to shield your iPod inside, and a hard (sharp) stainless steel frame for the outside. Two versions are sold for different iPod sizes, and two colors (mirror black and brushed metal white) are available, each with a screen cover, Click Wheel protector, plastic cord manager, wrist strap, and detachable belt clip.

Capdase Necklace Earphone & Splitter Set for iPod Series - Click Here for Details

This combination of white lanyard earphones and a headphone jack splitter improves modestly on the super-cheap ones we’ve seen recently from China, but one the included white ear foams ripped during initial installation. We continue not to like this design anywhere near as much as Apple’s Lanyard Headphones for iPod nano.

Capdase Professional ScreenGuard for iPod nano/Fifth Generation - Click Here for Details

These separate sets of film protect the screens and Click Wheels of 5G iPods and iPod nanos.

Capdase Two-Tone Soft Jacket for Apple Remote - Click Here for Details

A first? Yes. The new Capdase 2-Tone Soft Jacket is the first we have seen for the Apple Remote - you know, the Infrared optional way to control the company’s Universal Dock and iMac computers. Both versions of the Jacket (sold separately) glow in the dark, and can be optionally worn with their included lanyard necklaces. Silly? You tell us, but our initial thought is, “insane.”

Core Cases Aluminum Case for 5G iPod (30GB/60GB Versions) - Click Here for Details

The newest version of Core Cases’ Aluminum Case is made to fit the fifth-generation iPod - different-sized versions are made for 30GB and 60GB models, as are a number of colors. These cases feature detachable plastic belt clips and lanyards, plus integrated clear screen protectors.

DLO nanoShell Crystal Clear Case with Belt Clip for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

The latest company to release a clear case design for the iPod nano is DLO, which improves upon others’ formulas by offering a slide-off clear back piece that is replaced with a slide-on belt clip. Multiple colors are available, but sold separately.

Gear4 PocketParty V2 Micro Speaker System for All iPods with a Dock Connector - Click Here for Details

This new version of Gear4’s (formerly PodGear) PocketParty connects to the bottoms of iPods rather than their tops, but does not feature a stand like the one used with PocketParty nano, and so cannot stand up while the iPod’s attached. Rather than a volume knob, a new two-position audio switch on each PocketParty V2’s rear lets you toggle betweeen high and low volume levels.

Kiwali Nanoki Cases for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

These new PDA-style leather cases for the iPod nano (sold separately) each feature interesting front embroidered animal artwork (10 different patterns are available), and include one handstrap and one lanyard for your choice of carrying options.

Kiwali NanoDeco Stickers for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

These 10 new stickers for the iPod nano - sold individually - feature stylized, detailed artwork for the nano’s front and rear faces. Side, top, and bottom stickers aren’t included.

Again, for more upcoming accessories, check out our earlier First Looks articles, our Holiday Buyers’ Guide and Free iPod Book, available now!

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Comments

1

I like almost all of those things up there.
i dont like the pink or black ear phones though.
i would like the party doch though, event hough i would go through a TON of batteries!

Posted by LawnBoy on February 13, 2006 at 4:02 PM (PDT)

2

Those last things for the nano are cool..but any word if they are removable, or for the 5G?

Posted by joemader on February 13, 2006 at 5:18 PM (PDT)

3

The “DLO nanoShell Crystal Clear Case with Belt Clip for iPod nano” is horrible.  First, the headphone hole will only accomodate Apple’s earbuds.  No headphone with an elbow connector or cassette car adapter will push in far enough to make a connection.  Second, when you insert the ipod and slide the plastic in over the back of the ipod to close the case, it scratches the back of the ipod!!!  Third, there is no hole in the case for the dock connector.  This means that you have to take the ipod out of the case every time you want to charge or sync it.  This means more scratches to the back.  I have no idea who designed this thing, but anyone wanting to keep their ipod at least decent looking should steer far away from this case.

Posted by bonetoe on February 14, 2006 at 2:39 PM (PDT)

4

Who needs a case for their remote?

Posted by punkrockavocado in VA on February 22, 2006 at 7:33 PM (PDT)

5

Those last things for the nano are cool..but any word if they are removable, or for the 5G?


I’m told that they’re working on a version for the 5G iPod.

Posted by suehae on March 1, 2006 at 9:44 PM (PDT)

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