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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: Ultimate Ears

Website: www.ultimateears.com

Model: metro.fi 2

Price: $80

Compatible: All iPods

Ultimate Ears metro.fi 2 Earphones

As the first offering in the company's new metro.fi series of low-end but good-looking earphones, the $80 metro.fi 2 will be the least expensive in-canal design in Ultimate Ears' lineup. Each pair is primarily black with silver accents, and comes with several pairs of clear frosted silicone rubber earpieces. The company's goal is to beat the cheapie in-canal phones sold by companies like Sony, by offering audibly superior clarity and an Ultimate Ears-quality sound signature.

Ultimate Ears metro.fi 2 Earphones

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Company: Kensington

Website: www.Kensington.com

Model: Universal FM Transmitter

Price: $50

Compatible: All iPods

Kensington Universal FM Transmitter

Compatible with both generations of iPod shuffle but designed generically for use with any MP3 player, Kensington's Universal FM Transmitter is based upon the form factor of the superb Digital FM Transmitter and Auto Charger, and therefore requires a car power port to function, but lacks iPod charging functionality. Radio station tuning is accomplished via an integrated LCD screen and up/down buttons; three preset buttons are located on the accessory's face for easy memory. Once a clear station from 88.1FM to 107.9FM has been picked on your radio, the Universal FM Transmitter broadcasts your iPod's headphone port audio to that station.

Kensington Universal FM Transmitter

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Company: Toteplus

Website: www.Toteplus.com

Models: Miro, Pine, Matai

Price: $47 (each)

Compatible: iPod 5G

Toteplus Miro, Pine, and Matai Cases for 5G iPods

Available in three styles, these genuine leather cases are lined with suede and come with matching detachable metal and leather straps. The thong-like Miro for 30GB iPods is available in three color combinations, and offers the least protection; the magnet-flapped Pine case for 60GB and 80GB iPods is available in two floral-accented versions; and the universal Matari sleeve (30/60/80GB) also comes in two colors, each with a metal ring at front center.

Toteplus Miro, Pine, and Matai Cases for 5G iPods

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Company: DICE Electronics

Website: www.DICEElectronics.com

Model: iPod Integration Kit/Video Cradle

Prices: $160 (Kit) + $60 (Cradle)

Compatible: All Dock Conneting iPods

DICE Electronics Cradle with Video-Out and iPod Integration Kits

Connecting to a separately sold universal mounting cradle that's equipped with Dock Connector and video output ports (for color 4G and 5G iPods only), DICE Electronics' latest series of iPod Integration Kits ($160) are vehicle-specific - very vehicle-specific. These kits provide a line-quality audio connection and charging interface for your Dock Connecting iPod, allowing you to control your iPod through your car's existing stereo system. Some cars support the display of iPod text on their radio screens; others don't.

DICE Electronics Cradle with Video-Out and iPod Integration Kits

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