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More iPod Speakers, or More iPod Sneakers?

I’m really interested in getting your take on the following question:

What do you care about right now, more iPod speakers, or more iPod sneakers?

The real question I’m posing here is whether you, as an iPod owner, are more interested in traditional accessories, such as a theoretical next-generation iPod speaker/headphone/car audio integration kit, or things that are completely new and outside the box, like the Nike + iPod Sport Kit and the iPod-compatible sneakers it spawned?* [Updated: To further clarify, I don’t mean only Nike sneakers, but rather new things that are similarly innovative and unexpected.]

As we head into two upcoming trade shows, this question is weighing on us. We see crazy numbers of speakers, headphones, car accessories, and cases around here, virtually none of them breakthrough in any real way, and very few really innovative products. There is no doubt in our minds that we’ll soon be wading through aisles of similar products, looking for ones that stand out from the crowd. What do you really care about? What would you prefer that we completely ignore? I’m listening.

Bear in mind that the iLounge Poll (main page left column, in orange) has headphones, media content, speakers and cases in the lead right now, but perhaps for lack of more outside-box choices. Tell us what you think, and don’t forget to register your vote there.

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1

I would love to see more coverage on Nike+ accessories (although I think you have already covered all released items on iLounge). 

Hopefully Nike will be there to debut additional Nike+ accessories (integrated heart rate monitor, new watches with display, new iPod Nike+ software for interval training)?

Posted by ajmiarka on January 4, 2008 at 9:18 AM (CST)

2

I want to see expanded selection of games and gaming accessories, namely a dock-connected game controller.

Offering games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Bomberman show the true capabilities that an iPod has in portable gaming. With a controller accessories, this category could explode.

The portable gaming category is currently dominated by Nintendo, but Apple could easily knock Sony off the map.

Posted by Tommy on January 4, 2008 at 9:53 AM (CST)

3

Oops. I just reread the question. So as to not look completely stupid, I’d like to see coverage on “outside the box” accessories. Still, I’d like to see Apple expand on its gaming potential.

Posted by Tommy on January 4, 2008 at 9:56 AM (CST)

4

I would very much like to see innovation in EVERY field.
It’s quite true that most cases and speakers coming out right now are “me too” cases. The fact is, though that I have yet to see one design that appeals to me. Take the iPhone cases foe example. I’ve seen some nice looking ones and I’ve seen some well designed one. I have yet to see something with an elegant form and intelligent design.
The “sneaker” accessory market is also suffering from inventors block. Most of the items I see being produced are of the Nike variety, (something to help with your workout…which is just peachy if you do a lot of that sort of thing), or of the iDog variety, (which is perfectly grand if you’re ten years old).
I really want see things that interact with your iGadget. Things that expand its functionality and match of enhance it’s form.
Just a few ideas here…

Can we please get a small, bluetooth game controller, (‘bout the size of a credit card) and some decent games? Am I crazy? Is it just me who thinks that some amazing games could be designed that not only use an add on controller, but the touch screen as well? I can only wait for the SDK and cross my fingers.

Anyone see that bluetooth wristband that just came out? Sure it looked a little geeky and some people abhor the idea of having another gizmo remind them that someone wants to bother them…Think about this though, a great deal of people are getting rid of their landlines and just using their cell phone. I have, but one problem is that I leave my phone in my purse in another room or have my stereo turned up and miss the a call. (probably my Mom again telling me not listen to music too loud).
Personally, I’ld love a line of innocuous jewelry that let’s me know things discreetly. That way I might now when a roast is done or someone’s trying to call me without having to carry my cellphone or wear a device that makes me look like I got off the set of “Deadlock”.

How about some cases that provide near the same level of protection as say, an Otterbox, but don’t look like you’re taking your gadget on night maneuvers with the Navy Seals?
Now hold on there. Don’t make it over the top here. Think elegant. Think stylish. A hint of class. Perhaps a smidge of Art Nouveau.
So help me, if I see another blinged out, Hello Kitty, pink “girl power!”, Paris Hilton nightmare, iPod case, I’m going to vomit. Since when did feminine equate to style that would make Liberace wince. Cripes, I’ve seen cases that make Sigfried and Roy look butch.

...anyway just a few ideas. Back to dreaming.

Posted by Miranda Kali on January 4, 2008 at 12:08 PM (CST)

5

For me, the most important articles and reviews are those that help me improve my iPod experience. I’m most interested in new productivity and games software and “traditional” accessories.

Posted by Aceon6 in New England, USA on January 4, 2008 at 12:45 PM (CST)

6

I would like to see more coverage of the out-of-the-box products.  One of the neatest product I saw announced on iLounge was that nano belt buckle thing.  I thought that was so cool and was sad when it made so many “Worst of” lists.

I’m also interested to see development in video accessories like the MyVu - or whatever it’s called.  I scoffed at it when it was first announced, thinking that no one’s going to look like Geordi LaForge.  But somehow, now I’m drawn to that product, though it’s still to expensive to think about buying it.

Posted by alexarch in Dallas, TX on January 4, 2008 at 1:18 PM (CST)

7

I would say traditional first, with an eye toward the unique and classy.  I am most interested in how to get the most from my iPhone. No speaker docks and poor car integration options make me question my investment. I bought an iPhone to simplify my life. I already had an iPod Video and a Nano. I had a Blackberry. I still need my Nano with the Nike+ kit. I can’t access my 100 or so movies because there is too little memory, so how about an easy streaming option?

Posted by Chrystopher on January 4, 2008 at 1:41 PM (CST)

8

Innovative, but they don’t have to be Revolutionary.
The Nike+ Watch is a good example; it’s a Watch that just happens to integrate with your iPod Nano and Nike+ Sensor. At the end of your run, you can wear the Watch to work and treat it as a Watch.
Bluetooth Phone Interfaces for Conventional iPods would be a boon for those of use who don’t have access to an iPhone; Companies like iBlue were going so well at designing new products and then dropped of the iPod Bandwagon.

Posted by Daniel Woods on January 4, 2008 at 5:39 PM (CST)

9

I’d like to see more innovative “outside the box” stuff. I’ve moved past reading your case and speaker reviews and just wait to see some A rating before taking a peak. Maybe by featuring “outside the box” products and content more prominently, you can help move the industry towards innovation a bit more.

Posted by Alfredo on January 4, 2008 at 11:15 PM (CST)

10

I’m looking forward to the Apple iPod Hi-Fi 2.0.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on January 6, 2008 at 10:49 PM (CST)

11

The accessory I’d most like to see, and the one that (to the best of my knowledge) no one makes, is a clock radio with an ipod dock & satellite radio capability.  It should be compatible with both Sirius and XM.  Naturally, regular terrestrial radio would be included as well.

Any one else have thoughts on an accessory like this??

Posted by eben on January 7, 2008 at 10:38 AM (CST)

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