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iPod nano and ROKR: The iPod Economy Reacts

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, September 12, 2005
Articles Categories: Reports

As with every major iPod introduction, iLounge has polled leading iPod accessory manufacturers for their opinions on the newly introduced Apple hardware, and this time, Motorola’s ROKR E1 iTunes Phone as well.

iPod nano

Q: What’s your general reaction to the new iPod nano?

Answers:

John Grzeskowiak of RadTech
I really like it, but do miss the inclusion of a clip case.

Ryan Arter of MacResQ.com
It’s great, and very cool.  The smaller the better!  If Apple can just make them waterproof now…

Ron DeCamp, Belkin
We’re very excited about the new Apple iPod nano. Building in a color screen and photo capabilities was ingenious and moving to a flash-based architecture not only increases the product’s durability but also extends the battery life. It typifies Apple’s unique ability to push the limits of innovation.

Laurent Bui, Pacific Rim Technologies
We think this a great new iPod that will become an instant classic. This will indeniably help maintain the iPod economy and indirectly our growth. Still today, for every MP3 player sold there are two CD players sold: time to convert these people!

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
“Looks much nicer than the iPod Mini.”

Michael Lowdermilk, FastMac
Fantastic product. Extremely well designed. It’s amazing how Apple engineers can make the impossible possible.

Wells Brimhall, Logitech
The new iPod Nano will certainly be a great addition to the iPod line-up. It combines several new features at an incredibly attractive price.  We’re excited that all of Logitech’s existing iPod and mobile music products work with the iPod Nano.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
This is a beautifully designed product; Apple has done a great job decreasing the size compared to mini, and yet adding features like the color screen, and full photo support, while not resorting to a “stripped down? design like shuffle.  Now Apple has an iPod for all (almost) occasions – except when the user wants to play video – I guess we’ll just have to wait!

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
It is a sharp looking product.  I see it as a hybrid.  It has the small profile and Flash storage of an iPod Shuffle and the features of an iPod mini/iPod Photo.

Adina Jacobs, STM Bags
It looks and sounds like a great product. Capacity wise it seems like a step backwards from the mini.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
A beauty with features we all been looking for.

Shannon Jean, TechRestore
Positive. Another hit that we think will be a huge seller for the holidays.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
Must have one!

Jack Featherly, a.b. sutton
We like it quite a bit.  It’s a new niche and the color screen and size are amazing.  This is where iPod technology is heading.

Mark Balinski, Ignitek USA
Smaller size than the Mini, but 1/2 the capacity for the same price ( 2G Nano vs. 4G Mini @ $199).  Hmm, I’m sure they will sell tons of them. Where does the line start?  It’s probably the model that will kill the Shuffle in my humble opinion.  Photo feature is nice, but the size…

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
We think that Apple’s continual innovation and addressing consumers needs is a benefit to the iPod product line, customers, our company, and the entire MP3 player market. We are excited to meet the challenge that the new innovations bring to our product line of Apple iPod rugged sport cases.

Kevin Muoio, iPodmybaby.com
Think its great—kind of wild that Creative Zen has a “Nano” product already.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
The mini is iPod’s best selling device, so it will be interesting to see if the Nano can keep up with or surpass the mini’s popularity.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
I am personally just as thrilled about the iPod nano as what I was back in 2001, when I got my hands on the very first iPod. Back then I thought, “Well, this can’t get any smaller.” I really wonder what we will have in 5 years from now on.

Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies
Cool product; it’s going to do well.

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
Answers some of the critics’ concerns about small size, display of shuffle. Good addition to the iPod family. Perhaps a bit pricey given size of storage.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
We are very excited about this new platform. It is a small/compact device with great features that would previously only be found on higher price iPods. We think it will allow lots of other people to enjoy the world of iPod.

Edgar Matias, Matias
In a word:  Wow!

I was expecting the phone, but the nano came right out of left field.

I was disappointed to see the iPod mini go.  I think it had a lot of life still left in it.  It was a great form-factor and (obviously) hugely successful.  The capacity increases for microdrives will probably continue to outpace flash memory on a dollar/meg basis.

However, I do understand Apple’s choice to dump the mini.  They want the nano to succeed.  The last thing they need is competition from the top-selling older model.

Anyway, getting back to the nano, I think it’s a marvelous piece of engineering, Apple was smart to do it.  It will definitely head-off competition from the Super-Shuffles of the world.

One thing that disappointed me was the lack of Firewire.  Anyone with a slightly older machine that doesn’t have USB 2.0 (especially iBooks/PowerBooks) will find the iPod nano effectively useless.  It would’ve been worth keeping at least one of the older minis around just for those folks.

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
Awesome. We like it a lot and feel that Apple has (once again) strengthened their lead in the market. There’s not much to criticize the nano with and we especially love the fact that Apple continues the iPod look and feel in a compact elegant package– and with no moving internal parts. We would have like to see an larger storage capacity initially but we know its going to come.

Tim Hickman, Speck Products
Sweet! We’ve been expecting it. Rumors are rumors but we made a bet and started on designs and tooling for this 3 weeks ago.

Peter Brown, Sonance iPort
Very cool. Truly exemplifies the 1000 songs in your pocket motto. Another leap ahead making it easier for people to enjoy their music and share that passion with friends.

Jason Litchford, Griffin Technology
It’s the best iPod to date, the design is right, as well as the cost/feature set ratio. I predict it will be the best selling iPod to date.

David Thompson, MP3Band-It
I was surprised.  I didn’t think apple would take another leap to develop a new iPod so soon.  However, I think it will do extremely well with its small size and attractiveness.  I have one and really like it:  a very cool iPod!  I like the flash drive technology as opposed to the hard drive.  I’m surprised to see them let go of the mini, but this is a great replacement with lots of potential for accessory development.

Keiko Napier, Power Support USA
Wow, further proof that Apple is so far ahead of the rest of the industry in regards to design and performance.

Stanley Chu, Capdase
We had come out many creation when seen the picture of nano, initially, we will use our strongly power to make its accessories such as leather, silicone & metal and charging devices, let they can provide into market which liked Capdase asap, after that, we planned to make more new creation for it and we will try to make some difference things which the material we still not done, moreover, we also create new products which include functional use to maintain the product line and supply to Capdase’s friends.

Carrie Baylor, Marware
Very impressed, not only with the size, but the durability of the nano.  Apple has raised the bar yet again.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
Amazing tiny device, but more of a iPod shuffle replacement than an iPod mini replacement.

Q: What do you think about the new form factor?

Answers:

John Grzeskowiak, RadTech
Strikes a good balance between size and usability - feels great in the hand.

Ryan Arter, MacResQ.comSlick, it’s like a mini-photo.  It’s a perfect pocket iPod!  We’ve already received our first batch in for analysis and they are are a little tougher to open, but it looks like my technicians have got it figured out.

Ron DeCamp, BelkinThe new sleek form factor is great.  It successfully accomplishes a more attractive look while not losing its appeal to the typical iPod mini user.

Laurent Bui, Pacific Rim Technologies
We’re excited about the new form factor and especially the new universal cradle adapter. This will allow us to develop many new and exciting dockable accessories over the next couple of months.

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
We like it a lot. It resembles the regular iPod but is much smaller.

Michael Lowdermilk, FastMac
Pictures don’t do it justice and you really have to hold one in your hands to grasp what Apple has done. It’s pretty cool.

Wells Brimhall, Logitech
We think it’s great.  Making the product smaller and more portable only makes the experience better.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
It is impressive that Apple has fitted so much into a package that is now much more of a “go-anywhere? device than the mini or original iPod ever were, and yet fully featured unlike shuffle.

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
Looks sharp.

Adina Jacobs, STM BagsVisually it fits in with the iPod range better than the mini did.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
Slim and small – nicely done.

Shannon Jean, TechRestore
Great size.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
One word describes it! Sweet.

Jack Featherly, a.b. sutton
We love it.  The demise of the mini notwithstanding, it’s a great move for Apple.  Just like cell phones, the trend to slimmer will continue until it becomes a hindrance to usage.  We think what’s really happening is that Apple has created the space for the next product, which will be the REAL replacement for the Mini.

Mark Balinski, Ignitek USA
Familiar look and thinner & lighter.  Why reinvent the wheel, especially a successful one.

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
We think the new form factor is fun, compact, and because it is a flash drive, it will be more durable compared to a hard drive. The new form factor is very thin, therefore, our case will benefit customers by providing additional protection and strength to the nano.

Kevin Muoio, iPodmybaby.com
Unbelievable—I can’t wait to get one!  So thin, this is going to be huge hit with the workout crowd.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
It’s much more sleek than the Mini and comes with a color screen which are probably going to be its best selling features.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
Awesome. A little challenge though in terms of accessory design.

Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies
Fits better with the existing iPod look. (Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
Excellent.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
The form is efficient and graceful. Apple certainly outperforms themselves with each new launch.

Edgar Matias, Matias
It’s wonderful.  Smaller is always better.  It seems to be about as small
as it can go, before seriously impacting usability.

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
Smaller is better. That means we can take it anywhere or even wear it inconspicuously. Of course such a small device can easily be lost or stolen and that means extra eye on this on is necessary. Size aside, the slim, simple and balanced design is what makes this iPod a success story.

Peter Brown, Sonance iPort
The new form factor is very nice. It may be a bit too small.

Jason Litchford, Griffin Technology
Stunning.

David Thompson, MP3Band-It
I was a little surprised; however, it will spur another big wave of accessory development for the iPod family.

Stanley Chu, Capdase
I try to answer the question since I’m not a Player, I just stand on business position, it is needed to launch New generation applied in any Digital Device industry to keep the production line in fresh and let users can follow Apple planning at Marketing position, otherwise, it is very boring and the sales may be drop down.

Carrie Baylor, Marware
It’s truly a revolutionary blending of form and function.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
Great. The Black one is best and looks like nothing else. The white one looks like an iPod ‘mini me’.

Q: How does this affect your iPod products?

Answers:

John Grzeskowiak of RadTech
RadTech Sleevz for iPod nano are nearing design completion, and should be ready for production within 2-3 weeks. Our Ice Creme / Ice Creme M products have now been certified for use with the nano.

Ryan Arter of MacResQ.com
This is the next evolution in iPod repairs for iPodResQ, and we are happy to extend our repair line in to the Nano.  Keep you eyes open for Nano specific repairs and upgrades coming soon.

Ron DeCamp, Belkin
This new product line will influence our roadmap slightly.  We will be adding several new nano specific accessories as well as ensuring overlapping compatibility, as necessary, with future iPod accessories.

Laurent Bui, Pacific Rim Technologies
With the millions of iPod mini’s out there, we will continue to support and carry related accessories. We will turn around pretty quickly and add new magnesium cases, cradles and leather cases and we will be ready for the upcoming Holiday Season.

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
It doesn’t affect any of the existing products but we have to make new holders for the nano.

Wells Brimhall, Logitech
All of Logitech’s current iPod and mobile music products will work with the iPod Nano.  Specific information on individual products are listed below.

Logitech mm50 portable speakers for iPod:  The mm50 uses the ‘dock connector’, so all of the mm50’s features of the product (remote control and recharging the iPod and speakers system when used with the AC adapter) work with the iPod Nano.  Since the iPod Nano is smaller than other iPods, it will easily fit into the mm50’s iPod cavity.  Logitech is currently developing a ‘tray adapter’ that will provide a custom fit for the iPod Nano when plugged into the mm50.

Logitech mm22 and mm28 portable speakers:  The Logitech mm22 and mm28 portable speakers work with the new iPod Nano.  When using the mm22s, the iPod Nano will fit into the tray designed for the iPod mini (with some room left over)

Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod:  The Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod work with the new iPod Nano, when the included 3.5mm pigtail is used – it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the iPod Nano. When using the 3.5mm pigtail, people will not be able to use the track-controls feature that is integrated into the headphones, because the iPod Nano only includes a dock connector on the bottom of the device, instead of the additional custom 8-pin headphone jack connector on the top of the iPod (found in all 3rd and 4th generation iPods, as well as the iPod mini and iPod Photo).

Logitech Wireless Headphones for MP3:  The Wireless Headphones for MP3 use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack – so they will work properly with the iPod Nano.

Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod:  The Wireless Music System for iPod uses a standard 3.5mm headphone jack – so it will work properly with the iPod Nano.

Logitech Multimedia speakers:  All Logitech multimedia speakers will work with the iPod Nano – as they all use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
Our current product line up is electrically compatible with nano thanks to the carry-over of the 30-pin connector; however we have encountered some difficulties regarding the relocation of the headphone jack to the bottom of the device.  Both our Cellboost and iRecharge products will respectively power and charge nano, however due to the relocation of the headphone jack, the simultaneous connection of a device using the dock connector and the headphone jack is not possible.  This poses a problem for our Cellboost device, which powers only, meaning it cannot practically be used.  iRecharge can be used to charge the nano, however the user cannot listen to the device while it charges.  We plan to introduce a sleeve to allow more practical use with iRecharge products, and a new version of Cellboost specifically for nano to overcome the above issues.

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
ezGear has a number of products that are Made for iPod that use the iPod dock connector that will work with the iPod nano.  ezGear will ship the ezSkin nano later this month.

Adina Jacobs, STM Bags
We have 2 iPod mini products that we will continue to sell for the foreseeable future.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
iceLink Plus is compatible – we anticipate strong demand.

Shannon Jean, TechRestore
We are already dissecting units to learn about them. We expect our iPodRestore program to announce repairs and upgrades soon.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
It comes at a very challenging time of the year, however ‘tis the season!

Jack Featherly, a.b. sutton
Well, our mini designs, which fuel our business, just got moved to another burner.  We can make a product for anything, so development isn’t a problem.  In fact, we’re excited about what we can do with it.

Mark Balinski, Ignitek USA
Looks like the same connector, so hopefully the effect will be positive.

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
Having the new product doesn’t affect our current line of products because there are still millions of customers with iPod’s, mini’s, and shuffles who need our cases to protect their Apple iPod product. However, our challenge is making sure that we produce a high-quality product and do so as fast as possible so our product meets the market’s need for iPod nano protection.

Kevin Muoio, iPodmybaby.com
I’m going to be adding a product to our line to include the Black nano baby onesie.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
We will be selling all Nano compatible accessories. Some of them will be available on ipodstreet.com starting September 12 and others will be featured by end of September.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
The nano can be charged with any of our PocketDocks as well as our upcoming smartCharge. It can be synchronized using any PocketDock with USB.

Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies
Shouldn’t hurt at all - it will work now; making a new adaptor to fit snugly.

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
It doesn’t ... new products were already underway.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
It allows us to create new designs for a great new product. It definitely has a very positive effect on our iPod product assortment.

Edgar Matias, Matias
Our iPod mini Armors are now orphaned products.  We will be announcing a
severe price drop soon, to clear out our existing inventory.

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
The addition of the nano simply gives iSkin another reason to exist. We are excited about the form factor since it gives us new challenges in keeping the nano small yet well protected. Overall the arrival of the nano simply adds to the iSkin line and have only a positive affect on the iSkin product line.

Peter Brown, Sonance iPort
The nano fits all iPort docking products.

Jason Litchford, Griffin Technology
Most of our products will have to be redesigned for the nano, and it gives us yet another great opportunity to create new, unique products, in the Griffin tradition.

David Thompson, MP3Band-It
Knowing there would be another release and not knowing how it would look, we tried to develop our initial armband to accommodate more than just the shuffle; other small MP3 players.  With the “impossibly small? design of the new nano, it worked with our simple armband. Though it covers a small part of the control wheel and a smaller part of the lower screen, the simple armband still provides a good, less expensive, solution for those taking their music with them.  Being a newer company, this new iPod only helps our potential market.

Keiko Napier, Power Support USA
We are currently working on a line of products for the nano but will keep the current line available.

Stanley Chu, Capdase
Mini products will be drop down very fast once nano released

Carrie Baylor, Marware
Our experience and relationships allow us to quickly and easily develop solutions for new Apple products.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
It works great with 4 of our currently available products: TransPod, New PowerPod Auto Chargers White and Black, and iBoom.

Q: When can customers expect updated cases/products?

Answers:

John Grzeskowiak of RadTech
Sleevz for nano should be shipping within 6 weeks, and Ice Creme is available now.

Ryan Arter of MacResQ.com
iPodResQ will announce its support on the Nano within the next couple of days.

Ron DeCamp, Belkin
We are currently expediting development so customers can expect several new products in time for the holiday buying season.

Laurent Bui, Pacific Rim Technologies
We’re expecting to launch various products for the upcoming Holiday Season such as magnesium cases, leather cases and cradles. Some of our popular products are already compatible with the new nano: our popular iCradle, retractable cables, car chargers, FM tuner and Emergency 9V charger are examples.

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
In the beginning of October.

Michael Lowdermilk, FastMac
3 months. Max by MWSF.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
We plan to introduce a sleeve to allow more practical use with iRecharge products, and a new version of Cellboost specifically for nano to overcome the above issues by late this year.

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
September 2005.

Adina Jacobs, STM Bags
We always have new products in development so its easy for us to just adjust the size to suit the nano. a new case can be expected in the next 4-6 weeks.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
Dedicated cradle may be available by spring; current dock cable works fine.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
The best I can say is soon.

Jack Featherly, a.b. sutton
We are planning on having a first design on the site within 2 days of receiving our Nano.  Once we get that out, we can start expanding on it in different design/style directions.

Mark Balinski, Ignitek USA
Too early to say.

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
We expect the new design of iPod nano case to be available in December 2005, possibly sooner.

Kevin Muoio, iPodmybaby.com
Next week.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
The cases will be different since the size of Nano is smaller than the Mini. The charger will remain the same as well as earbuds/headphones. Plus we’re launching a special earbud for the Nano model. Some products will be ready for sale starting as early as September 12. All other products will be available by end of September.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
We have many exciting iPod products up in our sleeves. First nano specific accessories should show up in November.

Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies
75-90 days.

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
1-2 months.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
In early October, if not sooner.

Edgar Matias, Matias
We’re investigating this now.  I have 2 iPod nano units on order, but they
haven’t arrived yet.

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
iSkin is committed to be among the first to release a protective solution for the nano. We’re never interested in a releasing a basic no-frills solution for the iPod and that means careful design and planning. Customers should expect everything an iSkin has always delivered, and in record time. Our development team is on overdrive to get a unique and comprehensive solution out to iPod nano customers and we will give it the same attention all other iSkin products have received.

Tim Hickman, Speck Products
We’ll make a major announcement tomorrow [Sept. 14, 2005]. But we’ll be first and we’ll be in October. Also when we ship, we’re not talking about some half backed pre-production stuff. We’ll have capacity that’s around 40,000 units a week for our top products.

Peter Brown, Sonance iPort
We’re ready right now.

Jason Litchford, Griffin Technology
Our nano projects are on the front burner, we’ll be making some announcements very soon.

David Thompson, MP3Band-It
Our MP3Band-It (compatible with the nano) is available now for purchase through our website.  We have several other iPod accessories on the way that should be available around October.

Keiko Napier, Power Support USA
Our first product release should be by the end of the month.

Stanley Chu, Capdase
They must want to get the accessories at once or when they buy nano.

Carrie Baylor, Marware
We’re already hard at work on new cases and are excited about the many design possibilities.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
Immediately. Completely new matching chargers were announced yesterday.

Motorola ROKR E1 iTunes Phone

Q: What’s your general reaction to the new iTunes phone?

Answers:

John Grzeskowiak of RadTech
I think it’s great to combine the two devices, but I’m waiting for the iTunes/RAZR flip phone!!

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
OK. Not sure about things like battery life and general usablity.

Michael Lowdermilk, FastMac
Lukewarm. Interface is slow, in my opinion. Also pricey. I am VERY sure these will get better over time.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
Nice integration of phone and mp3 – not very original, but phone/iTunes/Apple combo will likely be a winner.

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
It is a logical extension of the phone market.  Many people carry phones today and iPods.  Now they can use one device.

Adina Jacobs, STM Bags
I’ve picked up my iPod to make phone calls more than once so I think it’s a good idea in theory.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
It is a strategic partnership that signals the changes of the industry.

Shannon Jean, TechRestore
Underwhelming.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
It’s ok, but I still want one.

Jack Featherly, a.b. sutton
We are unimpressed.  We don’t do phones anyway, but it seems a rather rudimentary combination.  Fine for co-branding, but I don’t think many will replace their iPod with it.

Mark Balinski, Ignitek USA
I like the look.  I’m glad it’s not that crazy flip design (I’m a Nokia user).  100 song limit though.  Phones and iPods are so small, why not carry both?

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
We are still considering our involvement in the iTunes market and in general the cell phone market.

Kevin Muoio, iPodmybaby.com
Bland.  100 songs is pretty weak.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
This is something that people have been waiting for a while. The merging of a phone and MP3 player has already been done, but the reality is that no one’s been successful with it yet. People who really want to have a good music player with their phone – that’s who Apple is trying to target.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
I’m not impressed. It might do the job, but the outer design is only 2nd, if not 3rd class. I really hope that Apple at any point combines the nano with simple, gadget-free triband GSM phone - so no camera, just a plain phone and the iPod of course. They would shake up the GSM market, as people want simple, good looking stuff. Most of today’s mobiles just look terrible.

Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies
Like it.

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
Cool, but perhaps a little bigger than ultimately expected.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
This has been a concept in the making for some time and we are glad to see it reach the market.

Edgar Matias, Matias
It’s a start.  The song limit is a huge limit.  I don’t know if Apple fully believes in this market.  I’m not sure I do.  I’d want to keep my phone battery separate from my iPod battery.  That would suggest two separate devices.  However, I know the telcos want to jump on the iPod bandwagon, so this was inevitable.

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
Its a phone with a soul. And that means it deserves an iSkin.

Tim Hickman, Speck Products
So so.

Peter Brown, Sonance iPort
Interesting but not exciting.

Jason Litchford, Griffin Technology
I think the general consensus over here was we were under whelmed, but at least a step in the right direction.

David Thompson, MP3Band-It
I suppose there will be a little market for the phone, but I’m not super impressed.  There are other phones that can play mp3s, though not using iTunes.  I’m not a good person to ask that though:  I like a phone that is a good “phone?.

Keiko Napier, Power Support USA
Looks like a dinosaur, not up to the standard of design that I expect.

Stanley Chu, Capdase
Same as nano.

Carrie Baylor, Marware
We’ve been expecting the iTunes phone and are happy that Apple was finally able to work out a deal with a carrier.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
A good start.

Q: Do you plan on developing accessories for it?

Answers:

John Grzeskowiak of RadTech
No plans at this time.

Laurent Bui, Pacific Rim Technologies

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
Yes we will make a phone holder for the ROKR.

Michael Lowdermilk, FastMac
Yes.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
Yes.

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
Yes.

Adina Jacobs, STM Bags
Not at this stage.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
Undecided at the moment.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
We are planning to do so, however it is not the top priority.

Jack Featherly, a.b. sutton
No.

Mark Balinski, Ignitek USA
Doubtful.

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
Still evaluating.

Kevin Muoio, iPodmybaby.com
No.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
Yes, we will be a full range of accessories for this model. We already sell a full range for all current Apple iPod products.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
No.

Rich Bracke, Sonic Impact Technologies
Will probably.

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
Yes.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
We are currently developing and reviewing design concepts and will keep you posted.

Edgar Matias, Matias
Our USB 2.0 Keyboard will support it and the nano.

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
iSkin is definitely working on a solution for this product.

Tim Hickman, Speck Products
We’re going to watch industry reactions.

Peter Brown, Sonance iPort
Not at this time.

Jason Litchford, Griffin Technology
I can neither confirm or deny that.

David Thompson, MP3Band-It
Not at the moment.

Keiko Napier, Power Support USA
No.

Stanley Chu, Capdase
Our strong items first.

Carrie Baylor, Marware
Absolutely.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
Not at this time.

Q: When can customers expect cases/products for the iTunes phone?

Answers:

Bjorn Spilling, ProClip
Late October.

Michael Lowdermilk, FastMac
3 months. Max by MWSF.

Rodney Rad, Compact Power Systems
We already have an existing product that is compatible with the phone – our Cellboost for Cell Phones – model MT1 – works with the phone, providing 60 minutes of extra talktime or playing time.

Charlie Bernstein, ezGear
October 2005.

Laszlo Barabas, Dension
2006 Q3-Q4.

Rishi Persaud, iSkin
See above, Soon!

Brian Thomas, Otterbox
Still Evaluating.

Pallavi Dinesh, Moftware
Some products will be ready for sale starting as early as mid September and others will debut at the end of the month.

André Klein, SendStation Systems
No accessories planned.

Marshall Strouse, Engineered Audio
2-3 months.

Todd Wahlstrom, Incase Designs
To be determined.

Edgar Matias, Matias
Soon!

Andrew Ackloo, iSkin
Well before the holidays.

Carrie Baylor, Marware
We have several designs in the works, but no ETA as yet.

Andrew Green, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
When Apple does the hardware design wink

Thanks to all of the companies that have already responded. We will continue to update this report with additional responses from the industry as they come in.

iPods Past: For a look at past reactions to new iPod models from the industry check these links:
Industry reactions to the 4G iPod
The iPod mini Reaction Roundup
New iPod Reactions: Accessory Makers and an Author

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