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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: PumpOne


Model: PumpedForLife

Price: $59-69 online, $40 (Level 1) in-store

Compatible: iPod 4G, 5G, nano*

PumpOne PumpedForLife Total Body Conditioning Digital Fitness Trainer

This software package for the iPod - also compatible with other screened portable devices - provides photographic on-screen workouts for strength, weight loss, endurance, flexibility, heart health, and yoga, spread out across 6 days of different activities. PumpOne's goal is to provide the on-screen equivalent of a personal trainer that won't interrupt your music playback, and can be viewed at your personal pace. Tip screens give you instructions to help you properly perform the depicted actions. Three versions are available - Level 1 to Level 3 - and sold for $59 to $69 a piece online, or $179 collectively. The Level 1 box shown here is available for $40 at retail stores.

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Company: iMojo


Model: nano Sweats 2-Pack

Price: $25

Compatible: iPod nano

iMojo nano Sweats for iPod nano

Following up on last year's shuffle Sweats for iPod shuffle, iMojo has returned with nano Sweats, two-packs of machine washable terrycloth forearm bands with iPod nano holders and cord managers built in to their fronts. Now available in two sizes - "one size fits most" and XL - the nano Sweats come in two colors (white and/or black), and allow you to insert either 1G or 2G nanos upside down or rightside up, depending on your preference. Still sold in two-packs, the new version is more expensive than before, and includes a clear plastic iPod nano shield on its front surface.

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Company: Gemini Sound Products


Model: iTRAX

Price: $230

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, nano

Gemini Sound Products iTRAX iPod Mixer Console

If you've seen Numark's 2005 mixing product iDJ, you alredy have the basic idea behind Gemini's iTRAX, a dual-dock mixing station for iPods designed to allow disc jockeys to blend two iPods worth of music together, and into audio coming from non-iPod sources. In addition to separate, top-mounted left and right iPod controls for gain, high, mid and low EQ adjustments, volume faders and red LED-based VU meters, the top also has a crossfader, master volume control, and switches to toggle between iPod and line-inputs for each audio channel. Gemini's design allows you to replace the crossfader if you prefer - the company's RG45 is standard, while an RG45-PRO adds scratching.

iTRAX also includes front-mounted mic and headphone ports, volume and EQ controls, a cue selection fader and cue volume control, plus rear ports for multiple audio inputs, video out (for iPod 2 only), and USB connectivity if you want to use the system as a computer dock for both iPods. Three sizes of cradles - iPod, mini, and nano - are included for both docks.

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Company: Gecko Gear Australia


Model: gecko glove

Price: AU$30 (approx. US$23)

Compatible: iPod 5G (30GB)

Gecko Gear gecko glove Silicone Protection for iPod

Yet another silicone rubber case for fifth-generation iPods? Yes - but this one has textured diagonal stripes called Gecko Grip, to prevent the case from slipping out of your hand. It's made only for 30GB iPods, and doesn't include screen or Click Wheel protection. Opaque black and clear frosted versions are available.

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