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Case-mate intros cases for 2G iPod nano

Case-mate today announced two new leather cases for the second-generation iPod nano. The Signature case (shown) is a form-fit case featuring an injection molded, impact resistant plastic shell, a screen and click wheel protector, as well as a belt clip with a 360-degree swivel. The case is available in black, white, and red for $25. Case-mate’s Luxe case is identical to the Signature case, but with Swarovski crystals arranged around the click wheel. The Luxe case is available in white with pink crystals, blue crystals or green crystals for $30.

Marware offers cases for (PRODUCT) RED iPod nano

Marware has announced new versions of its Sportsuit Sprinter and SportGrip cases designed to complement Apple’s iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition. The new Sportsuit Sprinter ($25) has a black neoprene body and color-coordinated red graphics. Designed for runners and active walkers, the case features an adjustable hand strap and Velcro closure. The new Sport Grip ($10) comes in a red translucent color, and features a “grippy, specially treated exterior that helps to prevent dust collection and provides an incredibly silky texture.”

iTurbo portable power source for iPods debuts

Voxred International has announced the iTurbo, a portable power source for iPods. The tube-shaped product is reusable, runs off of one AA battery, and has an “on/off” twist feature to preserve battery power. “When an iPod battery indicates that it’s low, simply plug one end of the iTurbo adapter into the iPod and the other end into the iTurbo,” explains the company. “The blue light on top of the iTurbo will become brighter, indicating that the iPod is receiving a safe flow of energy. The amount of additional playtime supplied by the iTurbo depends upon the make and model of the iPod. For example, when an iPod nano battery is low, the iTurbo can supply up to nine additional hours of playtime.” Available in black or white, the iTurbo sells for $30-$35.

Apple posts iPod+iTunes Latino TV ad

Apple has released a new television commercial to promote the recently launched iTunes Latino section on the iTunes Store. As with the now well-known iPod+iTunes TV spots, the ad features silhouetted iPod-toting dancers in front of colorful backgrounds. The ad features an up-tempo Spanish-language song and ends with the words “Tu ritmo. Tu Musica. Tu iPod. iPod+iTunes.”

myvu video eyewear pricing dropped

MicroOptical has reduced the price of its iPod-ready myvu video eyewear headset. Originally announced at $399, the myvu will now sell for $299.

“iLounge input, our new retail partners, and the fact that we are ahead of schedule with our manufacturing gives us the confidence to reduce the price of the myvu Made For iPod edition and we are seeing a very enthusiastic market response to this move,” said Bruce Lampert, VP Sales and Business Development.

Designed to work specifically with Apple’s video-enabled iPods, the headset offers a viewing experience comparable to a 27-inch screen from six feet away, and features noise-reducing earbuds, wired remote, protective case, and a battery pack for six hours of viewing time. See iLounge’s First Look for hands-on photos and further details.

Sundance Channel comes to iTunes Store

Sundance Channel today announced the availability of select television programming on the iTunes Store. Episodes of Sundance Channel documentary series “The Hill,” “The First Amendment Project,” and “The Staircase” are available starting today for $1.99 each. Additionally, Sundance Channel said that a sneak peek of the first episode of the six-part documentary series “One Punk Under God” will be available as a free download on iTunes from December 5th through the 12th. Episodes of the series, which debuts on December 13th, will be available on iTunes the day after they air on Sundance Channel.

Griffin reveals first iPod speaker systems

Griffin Technology has provided iLounge with exclusive details and pictures of its first iPod speaker systems. As revealed in our 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide, the two new systems include a portable-sized system called the Voyager, and a larger, 2.1-channel tabletop system called the AmpliFi. Both are planned for release in the first quarter of 2007.

imageThe Voyager ($130) boasts a protective tactile rubber enclosure that also serves as a stand. The portable speaker system also offers a built-in, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, wireless remote control, an adjustable iPod dock, auxiliary input, and Dock Connector port.

imageThe AmpliFi ($150) features an acoustically tuned wooden enclosure, two 2.75” speakers for the highs and mids, and a dedicated 5” woofer and port for bass. The system also sports a universal iPod-charging dock, stereo input jack for connecting other devices, and a wireless remote.

Microsoft to offer TV shows, movies through Xbox service

Microsoft has announced plans to sell TV shows and rent movies that can be downloaded onto an Xbox 360 through the company’s Xbox Live online video game service. Beginning Nov. 22, Xbox Live users will be able to choose from select shows distributed by MTV Networks, CBS, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System, and Ultimate Fighting Championship. The programming, which will come in standard-definition and some in high-definition, includes shows such as “South Park” and “CSI,” and movies such as “V For Vendetta” and “Superman Returns.” Pricing of the content was not announced, though it is expected to be similar to iTunes Store pricing.

Mix: Santa Steve, Shuffle Case, Cars/Pirates, Microsoft Zune

All Apple employees, from corporate to retail, will reportedly receive a second-generation iPod shuffle as a gift from the company. According to AppleInsider, Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent out a company-wide email last week telling employees to expect their new shuffles by the end of the month.

A member of the Instructables website has found that the case that comes with Apple’s iPod In-Ear Headphones will also work great as a travel case for the second-generation iPod shuffle.

New 2G iPod nano cases debut in iLounge Buyers’ Guide

Several new cases for the second-generation iPod nano made their debut in iLounge’s 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide, which was released last week. Among the new cases are offerings from Marware, Pacific Design, Power Support, PDO, H20 Audio, Sena, A.B. Sutton, Sumo Cases, and Core Cases. Be sure to download the free guide to check out all of the gear, as well as exclusive reviews and feature articles.


Marware Slyder (1)
Made of crystal clear polycarbonate, the 2G nano case features a slide-down Click wheel access system and rotating Dock connector port cover. It sells for $25.

Pacific Design Molded Leather Skin (2)
The $30 leather case will come in at least three color combinations—pink/white, green/white and black/gray—and features a carabiner hook. It’s expected in early 2007.

Power Support Silicone Square Type, Round Type, and Crystal Jackets
Power Support has three protective cases coming out for the 2G nano. The Square Type ($25) is made of surgical grade silicone, the Round Type ($25) is made from rubber, and the Crystal Jacket ($20) is made from hard plastic. Each case includes Click Wheel protection, Crystal Film screen protectors, a detachable plastic clip, and a silicone Dock Connector port cover.

PDO Aluminum N2 (3)
Constructed of anodized aluminum, the case features a clear hard plastic screen protector and a silicone rubber Click Wheel guard. Three black cases will be available with black, pink, or blue Wheel covers. A silver case with a black guard will also be sold. The cases will sell for $30.

H20 Audio Outdoor Housing (4)
The $40 accessory is an “all-element resistant” (not waterproof) case targeted at active sports enthusiasts. The case, shipping in December, will come with an armband and Click Wheel control panel.

Sena MagnetFlipper (5)
The $35 leather case features a flip-shut lid that covers only the Click Wheel, leaving the screen showing with a clear integrated protector. More than 15 leather options are available, each sealed with a magnetic clasp.

A.B. Sutton Slip
The handmade Slip case ($68) features a cotton inner layer and leather exterior. The case features an integrated screen protector and a “cable tuck” on the back for earbud cord.

Sumo Cases Click Flip
The $30 case sports a full-grain leather exterior with a color-tinted Click Wheel protector, a magnetic latched flap, and neck strap. It will come in five colors—pink, black, blue, green and red.

Core Cases Aluminum Case
An updated version of Core’s aluminum case, it features a two-piece slide-in/slide-out design and features an anodized front and a polished back. Black and silver versions will be available for $20.

Nvidia to acquire PortalPlayer

Nvidia has agreed to buy PortalPlayer for about $357 million in stock. PortalPlayer, which supplies the audio chip used in the fifth-generation iPod, was hit hard this year when Apple picked Samsung to power the second-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod shuffle. Analysts said the news was the company’s “worst nightmare” because Apple accounted for more than 90% of PortalPlayer’s revenue at the time. Interestingly, it was reported earlier this year that Nvidia had beat out Broadcom to supply the multimedia chip inside the next-generation video iPod. “We believe the Nvidia chip adds 3D graphics functionality in addition to all of the existing features (such as H.264) that Broadcom supported with the existing vPod,” American Technology Research analyst Satya Chillara said at the time.

iDisguise intros theft deterrent iPod cases

iDisguise has introduced a new line of iPod cases designed to deter theft. The iDisguise anti-theft cases are made to look like candy tins and hold 1G and 2G iPod nanos securely. “While other iPod security products call attention to the device, iDisguise aims to avoid it,” explains the company. “By disguising your gear in what seems to be a candy tin, it will not appear to be something worth stealing.” The iDisguise cases are available in Wintergreen and Peppermint designs and sell for $11 each.

iSkin releases tokidoki Vibes for 30GB iPod

Reteaming with tokidoki for updates of the graphics found on its earlier Vibes art cases for the iPod shuffle and iPod mini, iSkin has announced Vibes for the 30GB fifth-generation iPod ($30). The playful, Asian-inspired plastic holders come in eight different versions, and now include separate silicone inserts (“iSkin Si”) to grip the iPod inside. A RevoClip2 belt clip is also part of the package, and can be attached or detached as you prefer.

Thought Out discloses The KEY for iPod shuffle (2G)

Thought Out has announced “The KEY” ($22), an accessory that is designed to add a standard USB 2.0 plug and keychain ring hole to the bottom of any second-generation iPod shuffle. The KEY enables users to “sync, charge, and transfer data like any standard USB drive,” and is planned for release in the early first-quarter of 2007. As with most new iPod shuffle accessories, the company’s only available imagery is art rather than actual photography.

Apple releases 1.0.1 Update for iPod shuffle (2G)

Apparently only available for PC users at this time, Apple Computer has released a version 1.0.1 Software Update for the second-generation iPod shuffle, available via iTunes 7.0.2. According to the notes accompanying the download, version 1.0.1 includes inspecific “bug fixes,” and nothing else. As of the time of posting, it does not yet appear as an update for Macintosh users of the new shuffle.

Updated: The Update appears for both PC and Mac shuffle 2G users, however, you may have to “restore” the shuffle in order for the update to appear in iTunes.

Fastmac announces “Just Say No To Crack” iPod LCD Rehab Program

Fastmac today announced its new “Just Say No To Crack” iPod rehab program featuring same day LCD replacements for iPod 5Gs & nanos. The new program offers repair and replacement of scratched or cracked iPod LCD screens, either as a Do It Yourself (DIY) kit with tools & instructional videos, or via a same day mail order service provided by Fastmac directly. According to Fastmac, the program uses only Apple original parts to guarantee quality, fit and compatibility, and is available now with special introductory pricing that starts at $39.95. Each screen carries a 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

XtremeMac introduces AirPlay Boost nano, 5G FM transmitters

XtremeMac today announced AirPlay Boost ($69.95), a series of two FM transmitters for the fifth-generation iPod and second-generation iPod nano, each available in two colors - silver or black for the iPod nano, or white or black for the full-sized iPod. Unlike most other FM transmitters for the iPod, Boost features an external antenna that “boosts signal for superior transmission,” as well as more common features such as iPod on-screen tuning, stereo and mono broadcasting features, a pass-through Dock Connector port for charging purposes, and three presets. It claims to let “you use the entire permissible FM range,” and will begin shipping on November 20th.

Apple adds 8GB nano to (PRODUCT) RED list

Following up on last month’s release of the four-Gigabyte iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition - the first red iPod, and first iPod with a charitable purpose - Apple Computer today announced the immediate availability of an eight-Gigabyte RED iPod nano for $249. “Customer response to the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition has been off the charts,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to add a second model with 8GB of capacity, enough for 2,000 songs, so customers have yet another choice in supporting this important cause.”

Identical to the prior version except for storage capacity, the new nano brings the number of 8GB color options to two - black or red - and still contributes a total of $10 from the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. The 8GB iPod nano (PRODUCT) Red is available from the online Apple Store today, and will be in retail Apple Stores this weekend.

iFixit posts iPod shuffle 2G disassembly photos

Repair shop iFixit has posted disassembly photographs of the second-generation iPod shuffle, along with notes on the unit’s various components. Though the shop doesn’t detail specifications for any of the electronic parts, the photographs show a Lithium-Ion polymer battery, an ARM processor with an Apple logo, a memory chip, and a small chip marked “AAC.” Photos and additional details are available here. (via Gizmodo)

V-Moda unveils Vibe earphones

V-Moda today announced its Vibe noise-isolating earphones. Machined from alloy metal, the in-canal earphones “provide a precise balance of rich bass, warm mids and unprecedented clarity.” The Vibe earphones ($100) are available in Gunmetal Black or FlashBlack Chrome and come with a cable manager and a leather travel pouch. “The luxurious, unprecedented all-metal design of Vibe puts the earphones on par with high fashion jewelry, while the lightweight micro-size and ultra-soft silicon fittings provide a secure, comfortable fit during the most rigorous activities,” says V-Moda. See iLounge’s First Look for hands-on photos of the Vibe earphones.

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