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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: Allsop

Website: www.Allsop.com

Model: Splash Pack Dri Pod

Price: $20

Compatible: iPod 1G-5G (Large), iPod mini, nano, shuffle (Small)

Allsop Splash Pack Dri Pod Protection from Water, Dust and Sand

This inexpensive new bag-like waterproof iPod case is sold in two sizes (large/small), each permitting access to an iPod's screen and Click Wheel through a flexible plastic material. The front of Dri Pod is clear, the rear is frosted, and both an adjustable lanyard necklace and headphone port extension plug are integrated into the case. Water is kept out through a system of three "Sure-lock seals" (think Ziploc bags with a Velcro wrap at the top), and Allsop rates Dri Pod as submersible to 9 feet (3 meters), assuming you provide your own waterproof headphones. Sand and dust are also kept away from the iPod while inside, however, the company warns against heat and sunlight damage.

Allsop Splash Pack Dri Pod Protection from Water, Dust and Sand

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Company: Logiix

Website: www.Logiix.net

Model: GX4 Pro Digital Music System

Price: $115

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, nano, 1G/2G*, shuffle*

Logiix GX4 Pro Digital Music System

This smaller SoundDock-alike speaker system from Logiix features an iPod dock and remote control, and uses the familiar stark metal front speaker grille/curved casing and dock styling pioneered by Bose. iPod nano, 5G, and general dock adapters are included in the package, as well as audio input and USB dock synchronization cables.

Logiix GX4 Pro Digital Music System

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Company: Sound2Go/Advanced MP3 Players UK

Website: www.Advancedmp3players.co.uk

Model: SoundBag with PowerBank

Price: £39 (approx. US$73)

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, nano, mini, 1G/2G*, shuffle*

Sound2Go SoundBag with PowerBank for iPod

This blue-colored semi-hard carrying case for iPods zips open to reveal a NXT flat-panel speaker system and battery charger, which connect to most iPods through a Dock Connector port on the case's bottom. SoundBag's internal lithium-ion battery provides power for both the iPod and speakers, running for a promised seven-plus hours with a fully charged iPod, less with a discharged iPod. There are input ports for auxiliary audio-in - if you're using, say, an iPod shuffle or early iPod - and power-in from an Apple wall charger, which the company presently includes in the package, but future buyers may have to supply themselves.

Sound2Go SoundBag with PowerBank for iPod

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Company: AVA Showcase

Website: www.Ava.com.sg

Model: Sportskin/Sports Case Combo

Price: $20

Compatible: iPod nano

AVA Showcase Sportskin for iPod nano

As contrasted with the company's nicer LAVA series of iPod nano cases, this generally unremarkable silicone rubber case and armband package includes two bands and a clear lanyard necklace, both unceremoniously pushed through holes left on the case's rear surface. A flip-open Dock Connector cover provides easy access to the iPod's data port, while a full-time headphone port hole is used to limit your need to open or close the cover. Textured sides and two color choices (all black or white with blue straps) are the only semi-novel features here; a magnetic cord manager ("cable grip") is included as well.

AVA Showcase Sportskin for iPod nano

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