First Looks: Shuffle Art, Soundsticks, iPod AC, Travel Kit | iLounge Article


First Looks: Shuffle Art, Soundsticks, iPod AC, Travel Kit

Some of the newest accessory arrivals at iLounge include:

Harmon Kardon Soundsticks - Click Here for Details

These transparent 2.1-channel speakers with have been available for quite some time, but remain some of the most interestingly attractive multimedia speakers yet released.


iPod shuffle

Mobile Juice Shuffle Art - Click Here for Details

These new water-resistant, textured stickers transform the front and rear faces of your iPod shuffle into canvasses full of miniature art. They’re a follow-up to the company’s Skin Art (iLounge rating: C).



Full-Sized iPods

Incase Travel Kit - Click Here for Details

This update to the case formerly known as Monster’s iCase (iLounge rating: B) provides an iPod holder that’s less generation-specific, and includes a new Incase Charger with line-out.



Sumo Cases - Click Here for Details

These highly attractive fabric cases were quietly shown back in January; now they’re actually available for sale at leading electronics retailers. Two body designs and multiple textures are available; we thought the ballistic nylon ones (called Flap, Quilted, and Stripe) were great until we saw the new (yet classic) suede and leather versions called Sumo Leather Flap and Suede Flap, which are coming soon.





Vaja iVod DJ - Click Here for Details

Argentine case specialist Vaja has delivered another premium version of its A-rated i-Volution with Click Wheel Protector case[/url] - this one two-toned and with a seriously cool wheel guard that looks and feels like a record album. Now if only there was a turntable-style iPod to go with it…



We’ll have plenty more to say on these new iPod accessories in the days to come - and there are some other surprises in store, too. Check out our earlier Biggest Ever First Looks feature at this link for previews of 15 other new iPod accessories. And if you’re looking for more information and pictures for upcoming iPod accessories, be sure to check out our free downloadable 2005 Buyers’ Guide, available now!

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the AC charger will be good for anyone who has a 2g mini, but everyone else already has an AC adapter. I think many people will opt for that over the Apple USB to AC adapter. However, the apple adapters are amazing, as they will never take up more than one outlet. They are as thin as a regular plug, and if no one else has noticed, they can be plugged in regularly or upside-down and they still work. If I had to buy one, I’d still get Apple’s adapter.

Posted by jmaurand in East Amherst, NY, USA on May 9, 2005 at 7:55 PM (CDT)


I have had the Harmon Kardon sound sticks for a few months now. I use them either connected to the the iPod (in dock) or PC with iTunes.

After initially chasing down the JBL creature speakers as my intended purchase, a brief back to back test between the Sound Sticks and the Creatures revealled there was absolutely no competition. The Sound Sticks are FAR better IMHO and worth the extra cash. They are a wonderful product for an application requiring small powered speakers.

Posted by Matty.G in East Amherst, NY, USA on May 10, 2005 at 10:25 AM (CDT)


Thanks for the post Matty, I was trying to decide about the soundsticks. Looking forward to the iPodlounge review

Posted by iPodG5 in East Amherst, NY, USA on May 10, 2005 at 3:57 PM (CDT)


No problem iPodG5. I am looking forward to the review too - want to see whether I was scammed by the sales assistant during the test in the store! :-)

Regardless, I am extremely happy with the Sound Sticks. Best of luck with your decision and eventual purchase.

Posted by Matty.G in East Amherst, NY, USA on May 11, 2005 at 7:36 AM (CDT)


I was wondering how the Soundsticks compare to the JBL Encounters…

The Encounters I’ve heared and these sound pretty good. A lot better then the Creatures in my opinion, but you pay of course for the difference in quality.

Posted by eduardtee in East Amherst, NY, USA on May 13, 2005 at 4:05 AM (CDT)

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