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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: Pods Plus

Website: www.Podsplus.com

Model: TopSkin for iPod nano

Price: $12

Compatible: iPod nano (Aluminum)

PDO/PodsPlus TopSkin for iPod Nano (Second-Generation)

Currently available as the PodsPlus TopSkin, this silicone case will soon be sold under the Portable Device Outfitters (PDO) brand name. Available in five colors that roughly match those of Apple's second-generation iPod nano, each of the TopSkins comes with a hard plastic screen protector and a lanyard neck strap that attaches to the case's side.

PDO/PodsPlus TopSkin for iPod Nano (Second-Generation)

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Company: Marware

Website: www.Marware.com

Model: Sportsuit Sprinter

Price: $25

Compatible: iPod nano (Aluminum)

Marware Sportsuit Sprinter for iPod nano

Available in two mostly black versions with pink or yellow accents, Marware's new Sportsuit Sprinter combines one of the company's Sportsuit Basic iPod nano neoprene and clear plastic cases with two attachments: a small belt clip and a Velcro-resizeable hand grip. If you want to hold your iPod on clothing, attach it with the belt clip; otherwise, you can safely hand-hold the iPod with the soft padded hand strap.

Marware Sportsuit Sprinter for iPod nano

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Company: Marware

Website: www.Marware.com

Model: Sportsuit Relay

Price: $30

Compatible: iPod nano (Aluminum)

Marware Sportsuit Relay for iPod nano and Nike + iPod Sport Kit

Though Nike scored big with its excellent Nike + iPod Sport Kit, its dreary Nike+ Armband for the iPod nano begged for alternatives. Now Marware has delivered a better one for the same general price: Sportsuit Relay is a combination of a wrist- or arm-mounted iPod nano (aluminum) case and one of the company's previously announced Sportsuit Sensor+ pouches, allowing you to use the Sport Kit with any pair of shoes. You place your nano and the Nike + iPod Sport Kit attachment in the case, wrap the case around your wrist (or with the optional Velcro attachment on your arm), and place your shoe-mounted Sensor inside the Sensor+ pouch. The pouch uses Velcro to wrap around any shoelaces and provide accurate tracking of your motion - note that the sensor is shown upside down here for illustration purposes only.

Marware Sportsuit Relay for iPod nano and Nike + iPod Sport Kit

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Company: MyFatRobot

Website: www.Beatbuckle.com

Model: Beatbuckle

Price: $30

Compatible: iPod nano (first-generation)

MyFatRobot BeatBuckle for iPod nano

Described as "from the creators of NESBuckle," a way to wear an old Nintendo Entertainment System controller on your belt, BeatBuckle is a clear plastic case designed to hold the now-discontinued first-generation iPod nano (not the aluminum second-generation version) at waist level. You provide the belt (or buy a leather one for $10 from the company), and BeatBuckle attaches with a metal ring and sharp metal tooth to the belt. BeatBuckle's left- and right-side case latching mechanism is similar to the one Apple created for its excellent iPod shuffle Sport Case, and provides access to the nano's headphone and Dock Connector ports, permitting use of the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. At the time of publication, this is the least expensive belt buckle-style nano holder we've yet seen.

MyFatRobot BeatBuckle for iPod nano

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