Update: MacMinute reports that “Gizmodo has uncovered further details on the adapter. The gadget site says it will cost around $235 installed and will only work on 2002 or later models. Any BMW with a built-in Navigation system, cassette deck, satellite radio or CD changer will reportedly not be able to use the adapter. Gizmodo also says that the iPod sits in a dock located in the glove compartment.”
“MacMinute has obtained a two-page joint advertisement from Apple and BMW for a new iPod car adapter. The ad reads: ‘The first seamless integration of iPod and automobile. Connect with your music like never before. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by BMW and Apple—now available for the BMW 3 Series, X3 and Z4—you can control your iPod through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. And no loss of control.’ The ad also directs consumers to iPodYourBMW.com, which as of this posting, is not yet live.”
“Top on our customers wish list was clear protection for the front of the iPod. We listened to our customers and have responded.” The teski roadie case now boasts a clear protective cover over the front of the iPod that allows for full unrestricted operation of the unit. Previous owners of the roadie can contact teski at teski.com for a free cover for a nominal shipping charge. The clear removable cover now ships with every roadie at no extra charge.
Macally has announced five new iPod accessories. The PodCase Waistband ($19.99) features an adjustable, neoprene waistband carrying case with flip-lid velcro enclosure with access to the headphone port, zippered storage pocket and comes in black or grey. The PodCase Armband ($19.99) features an adjustable, neoprene arm band with flip-lid velcro enclosure with access to the headphone port, storage pocket and comes in black or yellow. The PodFM FM Transmitter ($49.99) offers full spectrum FM channels from 88.1MHz to 107.9MHz, compatible with all iPods, power on/off button, quick switch frequency selector (88.1, 94.1, 100.1 and 106.1MHz), and powered by a car’s power outlet or included AC adapter. Retractable audio cable also included. The iPodCarCharger ($14.99) features a blue LED power on indicator and works with existing FireWire and iPod docking cables. The CarCassetteAdapter ($14.99) features a 4 feet cord, 3.5mm audio connector and enables the connection of iPod to a car’s cassette player. All new accesories are marked as ‘coming soon.’
Matias Corporation has released the iPod Armor case for the iPod mini featuring; an aluminum and plastic hard case exterior; black velvet interior; access to the headphone port, “Hold” switch and click wheel (when open); and can accommodate the iTrip FM Transmitter. The iPod Armor mini is available now for $49.99 (includes optional Armor Clip belt clip) plus free shipping.
Editor’s note: Read our exclusive review.
Yet another iPod accessory store has been launched for our UK readers. Available from www.ipodessentials.co.uk
are cases, chargers, voice recorders, headphones, speakers and a host of other goodies for both the iPod and the new iPod Mini. Gavin
Nicholson, 2nd Chance PC
Plugstore.net (UK) has launched iPod First Aid, an iPod replacement battery service. iPod First Aid (
As an exclusive offer for iLounge.com readers, Microphone Solutions is extending the promotion for the Shure E5 earphones. Use Coupon Code F369E5 for a $130 discount. Your price will be $369 + shipping (you pay for shipping). This promotion has been extended until June 15. Also an exclusive offer for iLounge.com readers, Microphone Solutions is extending the promotion for the Shure E2. Use Coupon Code F75E2 for a $24 discount. Your price will be $75 + shipping (aprox. $5.00). This promotion has been extended until June 15.
Global Source PDA has released several new iPod accessories including two new cases for the iPod mini. The iPod mini Metal Case ($32.99) features an anondized aluminum construction, access to all functions, and the interior is lined with neoprene. The Metal Case is apparently the same case recently released by Rhino Skin. The iPod mini Deluxe Leather Case ($27.99) features a flip-lid design with magnetic closure, access to all functions, and includes a belt clip. Global Source has also released retractable USB ($15.99) and FireWire ($16.99) docking cables for iPod. Note: The FireWire cable can be used for both charging the iPod and data synchronization, whereas the USB cable can only be used for data synchronization. Global Source PDA is now accepting pre-orders on the Metal Case and all other mini products are now shipping.
Dension Audio Systems will launch its updated ice>Link:iPod in-car interface at the UK’s Sunday Times Motor Show Live on May 27
Incase has released two new leather cases for the iPod mini. The Incase Sleeve for iPod mini features; nappa leather; earphone, ‘HOLD’ switch and click wheel access; clear screen protection; belt or strap attachment; non-scratch suede lining and comes in black. The new Incase Hancrafted Leather Sleeve for iPod mini features; hand-sewn, vegetable dyed nappa leather; earphone, ‘HOLD’ switch and click wheel access; clear screen protection; belt or strap attachment; non-scratch suede lining and comes in black, white and blue. The Incase Sleeve and Handcrafted Sleeve is available at Apple Store online and retail stores for $24.95 and $39.95 respectively. The Incase website is closed for remodeling.
Vaja has released the new iVod mini for the iPod mini. The mini case features padded, genuine Argentine leather, screen protector and access to the ‘HOLD’ switch, headphone/remote port, dock connector and click wheel. The standard iVod mini ($49.99) comes in black and will be available soon. The customized iVod starts at $69.90 and is available now for ordering. Custom iVod mini cases come in twenty-six colors, with or without belt clip, and can be personalized with your name or company logo.
OtterBox, makers of waterproof cases for PDAs has announced the oPod for 3rd generation iPods. The oPod case features an “interactive water resistant membrane,” access to the headphone port, buttons and touch wheel. There is no access to the “Hold” switch. We questioned OtterBox what could be accessed, and they replied with the following. “The case has full functionality to the keys [buttons and touch wheel] and the headphones can come out of the top of the case.
MacSkinz has released iPodSkinz, a hard plastic faceplate for all iPods and coming soon to the iPod mini. iPodSkinz feature access holes for scroll/touch wheels, and come in twenty-one printed designs - ranging from faux fur, alien heads to camouflage. MacSkinz also plans on releasing backplates in matching designs. iPodSkinz cost $20 and are available now for shipping.
Editor’s note: MacSkinz has increased the price from $12.50 to $20 and have removed the $25 minimum order requirement.
Rhino Skin, makers of PDA hardcases, has released a new aluminum hardcase for the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum hardcase features cushioned neoprene interior, access to all function buttons, Rhinoclip removable post and belt clip system, and a Stuffbak Loss Protection Service label. The new case costs $34.95 and Rhino Skin is now accepting pre-orders for June delivery.
Battery Technology, Inc. has announced the release of The iPod Battery. “The iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the 3rd generation iPod and iPod Mini and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or download time, regardles of the age or status of the original (internal) battery. The battery does NOT charge the internal iPod
Lajo has released the xrap, an ultra clear TPU iPodmini body wrap that will not only protect the body but also the screen and click wheel. Xrap sells for $6.50 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.
JAVOedge has announced the JAVOScreen screen protector for the iPod Mini. JavoScreen is made of non-reflective material