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Hoodie cases for all iPods offered

imageUK-based Ubahn Clothing is now offering a new collection of iPod cases designed to resemble grey hooded sweatshirts. The company’s Hoodie cases come in sizes to fit all full-size iPods, the iPod mini and iPod nano. Prices start at £10. “Hoodies are a unique and stylish way to cover and protect your iPod,” says Ubahn. “Iconic grey hoodies are recognized by almost all musical tastes. They are an irresistible accessory.”

SiK debuts Lix case for 5G iPod, nano

imageSiK has announced its Lix case for the fifth-generation iPod and iPod nano. The ultra-thin hard shell case is available in clear or with full-color designs. The clear version for both the 5G iPod and nano sells for $16, while the decorated versions cost $26.

“Lix provides protection, style and versatility in an impossibly thin polycarbonate case,” says SiK. “Engineered to precisely fit the geometry of your iPod, Lix is virtually imperceptible to the touch. The two piece design offers seamless display and click wheel protection and makes putting your iPod in or taking it out of the case easy. Compatibility with virtually all iPod accessories means your iPod never needs to leave the safety of Lix.”

CoolGorilla offers iPod movie quiz game

imageCoolGorilla is now selling an interactive movie quiz game for iPods. The $5 audio game is read by New York’s DJ Thomas, and features questions on Star Wars, Spiderman, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, The Matrix, James Bond, and many more movies.

“This game will transform your iPod into an interactive sonic gaming platform,” says the developer. “It unleashes the power of your iPod to keep a track of your score throughout the quiz so you can challenge your friends to find out how much they really know about the movies. At the end of each game DJ Thomas will tell you how much you scored together with a description of how well she thinks you played the game. If you’re smart enough to get all the questions right you will unlock the secret code which enables you to enter your name on the CoolGorilla hall of fame and be the envy of all your iPod friends.”

CoolGorilla also offers a free Rock & Pop music quiz game and plans to soon relase a Rap, R&B and Hip-Hop iPod game, according to the company’s website.

AtomFilms To Go offers iPod video downloads

AtomFilms has announced AtomFilms To Go, a new section on its website that offers select original short film and animation content formatted for the video iPod and Sony PSP. AtomFilms To Go is launching with 10 titles, including “Street of Pain,” a hit comedy starring Steve Carell of “The Forty Year Old Virgin” and NBC’s “The Office.”

The site said new titles will be introduced weekly. Upcoming AtomFilms To Go releases will include “a selection of AtomFilms’ biggest all-time hits, current film festival favorites, and worldwide premieres of original projects developed by AtomFilms Studio.”

iShok Nano case announced

imageSBS Innovations has announced the iShok Nano, a new hard case for Apple’s iPod nano. “The iShok Nano is the first case to provide 360’ polycarbonate armor with thermoplastic rubber shock absorber,” says the company. “The case also features a unique secure snap closure that allows for synching your iPod in the protective case. The innovative flip-top lid lets the listener operate their iPod while fully closed. The iShok Nano Case is also water and dust resistant.” It’s available at a special introductory price of $19 until April 15th.

Mix: Pac-Man, Law & Order: SVU, Origami, Rush Limbaugh

iPodMame is a new project that uses the iPodLinux software to allow users to install and play Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man on a fifth-generation iPod or iPod nano.

NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has been added to the iTunes Music Store. Seasons 1 and 7 are currently available. [via TUAW]

Microsoft has officially announced the first Origami device. Samsung’s Q1 is an ultra-compact PC that runs Windows XP and features a 7-inch touch-screen, 40GB HD, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Gizmodo has hands on photos.

Rush Limbaugh has been working with Apple engineers to offer his paid “Rush 24/7” podcast through iTunes.

DLO debuts nanoTune for iPod nano

imageDigital Lifestyle Outfitters today introduced the nanoTune, a new accessory for the iPod nano that combines an FM transmitter, FM radio and headphone amplifier. The $70 device is available immediately. Check out iLounge’s First Look at the nanoTune for more details and photos.

“The nanoTune’s FM Transmitter allows owners to play their iPod nano’s music in the car, at home, anywhere there’s a stereo,” says DLO. “It also adds an FM radio to the iPod nano for on-the-go news, sports and weather updates. Other unique features include a headphone amplifier, an integrated  protective case that doubles as a desktop stand, and a 30-pin iPod connector for use with all existing iPod car chargers and most iPod docks.”

Sonnet intros PodFreq for iPod nano

imageSonnet Technologies has announced the PodFreq Nano, a new version of its FM transmitter designed specifically for Apple’s iPod nano. In addition to FM broadcasting, the PodFreq Nano also incorporates a protective case, integrated dock, car charger, car cradle (vehicle mount sold separately), and telescoping antenna. It sells for $100.

“PodFreq Nano is simple to use—with its integrated, backlit display and dedicated tuning buttons, it is easy to quickly tune and broadcast to any empty station frequency without having to navigate through menus,” says Sonnet. “There are no cables to plug in and no software to install—just extend the antenna and
you are ready to Freq.”

Logitech mm50 iPod speakers go black

imageLogitech today announced that its mm50 portable iPod speaker system (iLounge rating: A-) is now available in black to match the latest iPods.

The $150 system features “Max-X” high-excursion drivers, a built-in iPod cradle, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 10 hours. You can simultaneously recharge the iPod battery and speaker battery when powered by the included AC adapter. The system works with all dockable iPods and comes with a travel case and a wireless remote control.

Mix: Scrubs, iPope, One Voice, Cingular

NBC Universal and Touchstone Television are reportedly close to signing a deal to offer “Scrubs” on Apple’s iTunes. Episodes from the current season could be added as soon as this month.

Pope Benedict XVI, who was presented with an iPod last week, is “very pleased” with the device and “likes to unwind listening to it,” according to The Sun newspaper.

One Voice Technologies announced today that it has added voice enabled commands to access and play iTunes music from within Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005.

Cingular has launched a new mobile TV service that offers subscribers of its 3G network clips from 18 different channels, including Cartoon Network, NBC, ESPN, Fox News, and HBO.

MTX intros iThunder portable iPod audio system

imageMTX Audio has announced the iThunder, a new portable boom box for all dockable iPods. The iThunder features a built-in iPod cradle, internal amplifier, ported enclosure, and a set of 4” full range drivers. It also has a spring-action pop-up handle, wireless remote, and can run off AC power or eight C batteries. The iThunder will be available in white or black and will begin shipping during Q2 2006.

“The MTX iThunder is definitely not just another MP3 player boom box,” says the company. “What separates the iThunder is that it is designed from the ground up by MTX’s own team of highly skilled engineers. Which means it isn’t just another set of repackaged drivers thrown together by a computer speaker company or another no name brand. The iThunder features the same technologies and innovations that have made MTX a leader in home and car audio products for over thirty years.”

iTunes Multi-Pass debuts; Daily Show, Colbert Report added

Comedy Central and Apple have quietly added “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and “The Colbert Report” to the iTunes Music Store. The episodes, however, are not just being sold individually like previous shows on iTunes. Apple has introduced a new feature called “Multi-Pass,” which is similar to a paid video podcast.

The Multi-Pass costs $9.99 and allows iTunes users to subscribe to a specific show in order to get future episodes automatically. The Multi-Pass for the two Comedy Central shows will get you the most recent episode and the next 15 new episodes. The new episodes will be downloaded automatically as they become available.

Update: Comedy Central and Apple have now sent out a press release announcing the addition of the shows and the new Multi-Pass feature.

“We are excited that ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ are now available to download on the iTunes Music Store,” said Michele Ganeless, executive vice president and general manager, Comedy Central. “Fans of the most trusted names in fake news can now take Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert with them everywhere they go.”

“We’re thrilled to offer ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ on iTunes,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “Our newest feature ‘Multi-Pass’ gives fans the ability to purchase a block of 16 episodes of these hit programs during the current season and have them delivered automatically to their computer after they air on TV.”

iLuv launches iPod accessory lineup

iLuv, a division of jWIN Electronics, has introduced several new iPod products, including three new speaker systems, an FM transmitter, a power adapter and an external battery pack.

imageiLuv i552 ($120; black or white)
The i552 is a portable speaker system with a built-in AM/FM radio and universal iPod dock. It features “jAura” acoustic technology, a multi-function LCD screen, USB port for iPod shuffle compatibility, line input for other audio devices, and comes with a remote control.

imageiLuv i177 ($110; black or white)
The i177 is a stereo docking system with an integrated clock display with dual alarm functions. It offers the same jAura sound, AM/FM radio, USB connectivity, remote control and backlit LCD screen. The i177 lets users sleep or wake to their iPod, radio, or buzzer.

imageiLuv i188 ($60; black or white)
iLuv’s i188 is a smaller portable speaker system with universal iPod dock. It features four full-range loudspeakers, line-in audio port and charges your iPod while in use.

imageiLuv i107 ($30; white only)
The i107 is a foldable battery charger/power adapter for iPods. The multi voltage (110/220v) AC adapter has a USB port and allows you to charge your iPod when not connected to a computer.

imageiLuv i702 ($25; black or white)
The iLuv i702 is bottom-connecting FM transmitter that lets you listen to the music on your iPod through any FM radio. The i702 tunes FM radio frequencies with the iPod controls and displays frequencies on the iPod’s LCD. The compact device utilizes PLL tuning technology and supports international FM frequency ranges.

imageiLuv i603/i604 ($84; black, white, pink, blue)
The i603 and i604 are silicone skins with integrated iPod back-up battery packs. They each feature a built-in high-capacity rechargeable lithium polymer battery that extends the playback time of the fifth-generation iPod by up to 55 hours (i604) or up to 42 hours (i603).



V-Moda debuts polished metal earphones

imageV-Moda has introduced a new collection of polished alloy metal earphones. The Remix M-class earphones offer a “comfortable, light weight and secure fit,” and provide “warm mids and crisp highs… deep yet precise bass levels (122dB at 20Hz).” They’re available in silver, pink and blue, and feature clear metallic and color cables. The Remix M-class earphones are priced at $50.

Mix: Gigabytes, Early Show, La la Media, Tony Blair

Apple Matters has compiled some historical iPod data and found that the price per gigabyte has fallen from $80 for the original 5GB iPod to $7 for the 60GB fifth-generation iPod.

Brett Larson, technology editor for WCBS-TV in New York, was on the CBS Early Show today showcasing a number of iPod accessories.

Reuters reports: “A new online music service called La la Media Inc. aims to offer full-length CDs for $1 by letting users trade discs, in a bid to avoid legal pitfalls that face online song trading.”

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says he has an iPod, but admits that he’s “not always in control of it”. “My daughter does all the songs, I’m not very good with the technology, I’m not very good with any aspect of it,” Blair said.

Bose intros SoundDock carrying case

imageBose has introduced a new carrying case for its popular SoundDock iPod speaker system. The SoundDock travel case, which offers a padded, two-tone gray nylon design, allows users to more easily transport the speaker system and its power supply. The case also has pockets for an iPod, SoundDock remote, earbuds and dock inserts. The travel case sells for $45.

iStyles intros Silicon Screens, Overlays for iPods

iStyles has announced its Silicon Screens and Silicon Overlays for the iPod. The Silicon Screen ($7) is a dual layer screen protector that features an outer hard coat protective film and an inner silicon rubber layer. The Silicon Screen is available for 4G and 5G iPods, iPod nanos and iPod minis. The Silicon Overlay ($10) is made using the same protective material as the Silicon Screen, but comes in a three-piece set to cover the front, back, screen and click wheel area of the 5G iPod or iPod nano.

ezGear offers ezGold video cable for iPods

imageezGear has announced the availability of the ezGold video cable for fifth-generation iPods. The $20 cable allows users to view videos and photos on a TV. It’s made of shielded wires with protective sheathing and uses gold-plated connectors.

“The ezGold is the easiest way to share your iPods videos and photos with friends and family, allowing your video iPod to perform like a VCR, DVD player, or DVR. Simply plug one end of the ezGold video cable into your earphone jack of your iPod and the other to the back of your television and your done.”

Mix: Apple VP, Beverly Center, Hi-Fi window, AOL shows

Pascal Cagni, Apple VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will speak at a London digital music conference on March 15.

The Beverly Center Apple retail store in Los Angeles, Calif. is giving away an iPod, iPod nano or iPod shuffle every night in March.

Apple retail stores have rolled out a new window display advertising the new iPod Hi-Fi. It simulates a broken window caused by the sound from the speaker system.

AOL plans to sell TV programming on its website by the middle of this year. The service will sell Time Warner-owned shows and those by other programmers and networks, the company said.

Nyko debuts Speaker Dock 2 for iPod

imageNyko Technologies has introduced the Speaker Dock 2, a new compact iPod speaker system. The dome-shaped system has a top mounted iPod cradle/stand and two acoustically balanced BDD Pro speakers. The Speaker Dock 2 works with all dockable iPod with a set of included adapters, and has a line-in port for using the speakers with other devices and older iPods. It is powered by 4 AA batteries or an included AC adaptor. The Speaker Dock 2 is available now for $100.

“The Speaker Dock 2 is a stylish, compact speaker system that lets users listen to their favorite tunes in crisp, clear stereo sound while charging their iPod at the same time,” says Nyko. “The speaker system is skillfully designed to match the aesthetic of the iPod, and is small enough to fit on your nightstand, bathroom or kitchen counter, shelf, desk, or anywhere space is limited. Now you can enjoy your music while cooking, taking a shower, getting ready, at work, or just hanging out.”

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