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New iPod Books Released

The famous ‘For Dummies’ line of books is now offering iPod & iTunes For Dummies by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes priced at $11.89 at Amazon.com. Also new is the iPod Companion book by Tony Bove priced at $17.49.

Dension ice-Link for iPod mini-review

“The Dension Ice-Link for iPod sets out to link your ipod to your car head unit, providing control over the iPod either from the steering wheel buttons/stalk or the head unit itself, and, of course, the iPOD sound plays through the vehicles speakers.

The unit consists of a silver metallic box, slighlty larger than a box of matches, a cable to connect into your head units CD changer socket and an encapsulated PCB that connects the silver convertor box to the iPod and provides iPod charging. [click ‘Read more’]

Lajo announces iSkin 2 for 1 Special for older iPods

picLajo is offering a buy 2 for the price of 1 on iSkins for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

“12,000 plus Lajo designed Protec and ISK5 iPod silicone cases, the cornor stones of iSkin’s rise to fame are being offered to the faithful. Now you can get 2 ISK5 for only $15 and or 2 Protec for only $20. Make your selection early to get your choice of colors. A special Lajo TPU zip case designed for an ISK5’d and a Protec’d iPod will be available at a 2 for 1 price of $10.00 for those that want further zip up protection.”

Speck Products Announces iStyle Leather Case

picThe new Speck Products iStyle Leather iPod case features a flip-lid design with snap closure, clear plastic screen shield , access for headphone & FireWire/dock ports, fits all new 3G iPods and comes in black and powder blue. The case is available now for $34.95.

Speck Products iPod Accessories Now at CompUSA and Best Buy/Future Shop

Today Speck, Products announces that the iPod Skin and FlipStand cases will be available at CompUSA, Best Buy/Future Shop Canada stores, while CompUSA will also stock the iSport exercise waist pack. In addition, Speck Products has signed a national distribution agreement with Navarre Corporation, a leading distributed of consumer technology products.

Javoedge Announces JavoScreen Protector for iPods

Javoedge, makers of PDA accessories has released the JavoScreen protector for all model iPods. The JavoScreen features a non-adhesive, non-reflective, scratch-proof material which keeps your screen clean for $5.95, and includes a free cleaning cloth and instruction card.

Editor’s note: After emailing Javoedge, they informed us that the $10.95 price was a mistake. The price is $5.95 instead, and Javoedge “is deeply sorry for all of the inconvenience caused.”

iPods and more in Japan

Jeremy Horwitz, part of the iLounge review crew has sent in some photos of his recent travel to Japan.

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Best-Selling Author Neil Gaiman on the iSkin

“As a side comment: I loved the iSkin for the original iPod. It made the thing better: harder to scratch or to damage, harder to touch keys by accident, it made it easier to transport, and look cool. [...]

The trouble is, the new iSkins make the thing work less well. The bottom of my iSkin has now been cut off to allow it to sit in the dock of the iPod speakers. The recessed keys are harder to get to and to press properly (and the “lock” key is almost impossible to get to). The microphone-notes attachment doesn’t work with the iSkin in place.”

Engineered Audio RemoteRemote is fixed, updated units shipping next week

Engineered Audio has emailed another update reporting that they have fixed the RemoteRemote to work with iPods using firmware 2.1, and the shipping of units will begin next week.

Engineered Audio to fix RemoteRemote

Engineered Audio has sent us another notice following a recent statement regarding the RemoteRemote receiver being incompatible with iPod firmware 2.1.

“11/06/2003 Update ... Currently we have identified where the problem is and why it is related to v2.1 of the iPod firmware. While we can not get into exact details (due to various NDA agreements), we are confident that we understand the problem and the necessary corrective actions. Today (and perhaps tomorrow) we will be testing an updated version of our firmware, and will start fixing inoperative receivers beginning next week. We will post further details on how to send back units later this week.”

Lajo Releases eXo2 Case

picLajo creator of the iSkin silicone case, zip case, iShades, and recently the Xskn2 case has announced yet another new case, the eXo2 which updates the existing eXo case with silicone protecting the touchwheel on 3G iPods. The eXo2 is available now for preorder and includes zip TPU case, a removable belt clip and iShade (crystal) screen protector for a special introductory price of $32.50. There are currently ten colors to choose from, but more will become available with each week. Shipping will begin sometime this month.

Update: RemoteRemote conflicts with iPod firmware 2.1

Engineered Audio emailed us the following:

“We’ve been working on this (between last night and this morning) (several electrical engineers…) and are now convinced that this is an issue specifically related to version 2.1.

We have a number of iPods here (15 or so) and have various versions of firmware 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, and 2.1 ... and all the failures here are only related to 2.1 ... go figure!”

Engineered Audio has issued a statement regarding the RemoteRemote wireless remote for 3G iPods. It seems that users with iPods updated to firmware 2.1 are experiencing problems controling the iPod via the receiver unit. At this time, shipping of the RemoteRemote has ceased until they fix the problem. (click ‘Read more’ for the full statement)

“This issue is not fully understood at this point, however, those customers that have updated their iPod to firmware version 2.1 will most likely suffer this failure. We have anecdotal evidence that iPod firmware versions 2.0 and 2.0.1 work. The working theory right now is that this is a timing (or structure) problem with the serial data that the receiver sends to the iPod.”

More info on Burton Amp Pack and jackets

Burton recently announced new iPod compatible Ronin 2L and Shield jackets for men, Radar 2L for women, and the Amp Pack backpack. Burton has since updated their website with information on each new product including an Amp Pack video.

RemoteRemote for 3G iPod Now Shipping

picEngineered Audio is now shipping the RemoteRemote wireless remote for 3G iPods.  I received mine today.  It comes with a receiver that fits snugly into the headphone jack, and a small, light, nice-looking key-fob remote control.  Supposedly it should be able to let you control your iPod around corners and through walls. It looks cool, and well made, but I have had no luck with it at all…

Contour Design Showcase Now Shipping

We contacted Contour Design and Managing Director Chris Charyk said, “Contour Design will begin shipping of its new Showcase on Wednesday” with limited shipping starting today. The new $40 Showcase fits all 3G iPods and features a hard plastic case, clear plastic front lid, integrated shock-absorbing rubber interior, access to all iPod functions, and a removable horizontally mounted belt clip.

Update: Take your iPod for a swim

After emailing CS Ideas about their waterproof cases, they have informed us about another case, the Aquapac Connected Electronic Case ($60) for iPod, PDAs and other mp3 players.

While browsing the forums, iLounger ‘a_nona_mouse’ posted an interesting link to a company offering a $50 Waterproof Music Kit featuring a waterproof AquaTunes case with belt and waterproof earphones. “Made from Clear PVC for better visibility and operation of controls. Exclusive clamp design provides watertight seal. Comfortable webbing belt with corrosion proof, impact resistant molded buckles. Provides universal fit and is fully adjustable up to 40”. Belt extensions are also available. Full 30 day warranty.”

Lajo Releases New Xskn Case

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“Lajo the designer and manufacturer of eXo, iSkin, zip announces the release of his Xskn line. The Xskn release will start by remembering his old friend the 2nd generation 10GB iPod (with touchwheel).  Xskn-2 for the 2nd gen 10GB rounds the edges of the 2nd gen iPod and adds Xtra silicone for all around protection including the control dial (which remains full functional). Xskn comes with a free belt clip for casual wear and during the month of November you will get a free TPU zip case and a bonus of 2 iShades (screen protectors) your choice of colors.  All colors shown on www.lajo.biz are in stock ready for immediate delivery.”

Burton Announces Amp Pack and New Jackets

pic Burton has released the rumored Amp Pack backpack and three new jackets for use with iPod. The Amp Pack, Ronin and Shield men’s jackets, and the Radar 2 women’s jacket all use “SOFTswitch technology, which allows the iPod to be controlled through a soft, flexible control pad” (located on the shoulder strap on Amp Pack and on the sleeve for jackets). The new iPod line of Burton products are available in very limited quantities in November 2003 at Burton’s new online store, Apple Store online, and authorized dealers in North America, Europe and Japan. No pricing information has yet been announced. The Burton and Apple websites have not yet been updated with the new Burton products.

PodShop Announces Fall Sale, Updated Website

Today, PodShop announces its Fall Sale, with PodHolder - the company’s popular and attractive iPod stand/display - now available at an incredibly low price of $9.95 US. The PodShop website has also undergone a major upgrade, featuring the addition of many new areas, including customer comments, reviews, and frequently asked questions sections.

New Lajo Xskn Case Preview & Giveaway

picTheiStore.com has an exclusive advanced preview of Lajo’s new highly anticipated iPod case the Xskn. To celebrate the launch of Xskn, we are giving away ten Xskn for 2nd gen iPods for FREE. See site for rules and details.

“You have a chance to be one of the first people to own this highly anticipated case. For FREE. The rules are simple, somewhere on our site you will find an Apple logo. If you are one of the first 10 people to find it and click on it, you will win one of 5 Asphalt or 5 Ice Xskn cases for the 2nd gen iPod. To be fair, you should actually own one of these iPods.”

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