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Battery replacement kit for 3G iPods

The Laptops for Less website has posted information announcing that a battery replacement kit for new 3G iPods is under development and will be available by October ‘03. The replacement kit includes a new Li-Ion battery, tools and instructions for $49. Laptops for Less also sells a replacement battery kit ($59) for non-docking iPods and an AC adapter ($29) for all iPods.

Secrets of the iPod, Third Edition Released

Peachpit Press has announced the release of the third edition of Secrets of the iPod by Mac author and columnist, Chris Breen.

“A reengineered, all-touch interface; customizable menus; on the-go playlists; support for more (and better) audio formats; a new travel alarm clock; wired remote control; an elegant and convenient charging and syncing dock; and a trio of fun games are just some of the new features covered here. You

iTrip for 3G iPod delayed again

Here is the response to my inquiry about my iTrip order status to Griffin customer service:

“There was a delay due to unexpected manufacturing issues. The new iTrip is slated to begin shipping by the end of September. The standard protocol for shipping iTrips will be to send out the oldest pre-orders first.  The expediency to which we can get to your order will depend upon when the order was received and the availability of our inventory. We here at Griffin will work as hard as we can to get your orders to you.  We value your interest and appreciate your patience.”

SendStation announces preorder for PocketDock FireWire adapter

pic German company SendStation has announced that it is accepting preorders for the PocketDock FireWire adapter for 3G iPods.

“The tiny device allows a standard 6-pin FireWire cable to connect to the iPod

MARWARE announces CEO Classic case for 3G iPod

MARWARE today announced the release of their new CEO Classic case for 3G iPods. The CEO features top qualtiy leather, clear plastic screen protector, access to all ports and functions, and flip-lid design with earbud storage pocket.

“The CEO Classic comes with a removable low-profile spring clip. Other accessories available separately include: Lanyard, Bike Holder, Car Holder, Swivel Clip and a Leather Swivel Clip. The CEO Classic comes in two sizes, one to fit the 10GB & 15GB 3G iPods and one to fit the 30GB 3G iPod. Both cases are available in black and retail for $34.95.”

Griffin announces redesigned PowerPod

Griffin Technology has redesigned the PowerPod iPod auto adapter. “The Griffin PowerPod, the only iPod charger fully compatible with both original and new Apple iPods, now has a sleek new grey and white charger module that’s well matched with Griffin’s other iPod accessories. The new PowerPod also includes a new ultra-light ultra-flexible 48-inch FireWire cable - also in white.”

Cancom UK offering discounted DVBase LTD

Cancom in the UK are selling off limited edition DVForge DVBases for less than

Vaja announces new European distributor

Vaja announced today that Innovacases.com is their official European importer and distributor for its product line, including all iPod cases. The new French based website will be completed by the end of September.

Griffin iTrip for 3G iPod to ship early September

iLounger ‘jasonmccabe’ has informed fellow iPodders that the new iTrip for 3G iPods is expected to ship in early September according to an email from Jack C., Tech Support for Griffin Technology.

“It was scheduled for release on July 21 but we have had to delay that for a few more weeks. We hope to release it in early September. We’re sorry for the delay - but it WILL be worth it.”

Marware CEO Classic 3G Now Shipping

Marware has finally found a leather manufacturer to produce their CEO Classic 3G design. Their website states that the case is now shipping for $34.95.

“The CEO Classic case offers elegant protection for the iPod on the go. A patented belt clip system offers interchangeable clip options including belt clips, bike and car holders.”

Screen protectors for eXo released

Lajo the designer and manufacturer of eXo announces Shades, a 1.5mm soft, scratch resistant molded TPU screen protector for the 3rd gen iPod is now available and will be shipped to all distributors and resellers this week from his factory in China. Shades totally covers the screen area and a 1.0mm wide rim fits nicely under the eXo skin. The combination of Shade

Belkin Battery Pack “Can” Charge iPod

The Belkin Battery Pack states that it will not charge the iPod, rather it will just provide power to the iPod when you plug it in directly.  I’ve discovered that when you plug the battery pack into the dock, place the iPod on the dock, it will charge your iPod and allow it to function normally as if plugged into the adapter.

Editor’s note: Please click ‘Read more’ for an official comment from Belkin on the above discovery.

Pre-Order XtremeMac Deluxe for 3G iPods

pic XtremeMac has updated their website with information and photos about its new Deluxe iPod case for 3G iPods. The case has a patent pending design feature where the iPod is held in place without anything in the front covering the face of iPod. It also features a large access hole for the headphone/remote ports, and the front flap with Velcro closure can be opened without having to unplug the cable. The Deluxe case comes in Black Leather or Camel Tweed and is available for pre-order at $29.95 (includes belt clip). We asked XtremeMac when the case would ship and the reply was, “Most likely in 2 weeks, but I should know an exact date by tomorrow.” We’ll post an update if and when the ship date is confirmed.

MacMice updates GPerch iPod stand

MacMice has released an updated version to its GPerch all aluminum iPod stand. The GPerch stand mimics the design of the yet-to-be-released Apple G5 Mac and now sells for $29.99 (originally $39.99)

All clear FlipStand now shipping

Speck Products has announced that their new, all clear FlipStand is now shipping. The new 3G iPod case features a custom dock (works with existing iPod cable that comes with all iPods), doubles as a stand, access to scroll wheel, clear window LCD protection, detachable belt clip, and custom inserts for 10, 15, & 30GB models. The new FlipStand sells for $29.95.

CNET: Ultimate iPod accessories

CNET recently posted a list of ‘Ultimate iPod accessories.’ We were familiar with all but one of the items on the list, the Audi-Oh… a “superaccurate massager that connects to your iPod and vibrates to the beat of your music.” It’s not yet available online, but if you’re interested give the company a call.

Booq Announces PodPaq Nappa iPod Case

pic Booq has announced the release of a new version of its PodPaq case in Nappa leather. PodPaq nappa features pockets for earbuds, Nappa leather, belt clip, removable flip-top lid, access for headphones/charging cable and fits new 3G iPods. The case sells for $49.50 and is now available for shipping.

iSkin eXo Now Shipping

Today I received my shipment confirmation for my new iSkin eXo for my 3G iPod. The iSkin was supposed to ship a couple weeks ago, but was delayed because of quality control issues with the screen protector at the factory.

First Science: Review of Etymotic ER-4P headphones

“Ear-Bud Headphones (the type you put directly in your ears) are generally fairly useless. This seemed to be one of those universal truths that was right up there with food that tastes the best being the worst for you and computers always crashing 3 seconds before you were about to save a vital document.”

Editor’s note: You can also read our review of the Etymotic ER-4S.

iPodSkinz Coming Soon

The company that brought you MacSkinz for Apple Macintosh G3/G4 and recently announced for 12” iBook laptops, is currently developing iPodSkinz. The ‘Skinz’ are made from form fitting plastic and come in several different designs. No pricing or shipping date is set, but we’ll announce news of iPod Skinz as soon as it becomes available. MacSkinz for 14” iBook and 12” Powerbook are will also be available soon.

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