Having previously developed noteworthy iPod accessories exclusively for Japanese consumers, Shibuya, Japan-based Power Support has officially opened a California-based store with an English-language product web site at Power Support USA. Additional details on Power Support’s offerings, including several impressive metal iPod stands and unique case designs, can be found at iLounge Backstage.
Australian based company, Foofbags has released several handmade “Foofpod” iPod cases made from faux fur, tweed and colorful designs in Polar Fleece. Currently they only make Foofpods for 3rd generation iPods. Foofpods sell for $12 and includes shipping. There is limited stock available.
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The new LeatherCase from JAVOEdge features access to all functions, a Velcro closure top and a built-in belt clip. The case comes in black leather and is priced at $24.95.
Reader Chris Whittier has discovered that the Apple Airport Express can charge the iPod.
“After seeing some people asking about it, I just randomly plugged my iPod mini into the Airport Express to see what happens (the USB port of course). Surprisingly enough, the Express CHARGES the iPod. So to answer that question, you CAN charge your iPod using the Airport Express (which negates my need to tote an extra power charger when traveling.)
Now if Apple could only have a way to pass through the Audio to the Express from the iPod when it’s plugged in, that would be a killer little firmware update.”
Editor’s Note: This likely applies only to USB-chargeable iPods (4G and Mini). The 3G does not charge via USB.
Griffin Technology has posted a QuickTime video tutorial on how to use the iTrip/iTrip mini with iPod or iPod mini. “The iTrip, while very flexible and powerful, is certainly not as initially easy at other simple toggle switch Transmitters with only four selectable stations. So in an effort to really help our customers get up to speed with the iTrip as fast as possible we filmed this tutorial movie in house. Just like our experiences at the trade shows, once we ‘demonstrate’ the use of the iTrip and switching stations, customers ‘get it’ and live happily ever after. And that’s good for everybody.”
Griffin Technology recently announced three new additions to their Clear Choice line of cables
Online retailer iPod Xtras has announced several special deals on iPod and iPod mini accessories such as the Griffin iTalk, iTrip mini and the STM Cocoon case for iPod. Enter coupon code “xtra4me” during checkout to receive additional savings on your order.
Incase has informed us that they recently designed iPod and iPod mini cases for musician John Mayer. The first known musician inspired iPod cases are for sale on location throughout John Mayer’s Summer Tour. The $25 leather sleeve case comes in two-tone colors with John Mayer’s embossed signature and silhouette of himself on the front. A drawstring bag and metal guitar pick with John Mayer’s embossed signature and silhouette is included.
Pacific Accessory Corporation has released the AUX-POD auto integration kit for iPod 3G and iPod mini. The AUX-POD allows you to “change tracks on your iPod from the factory radio or steering wheel (vehicles with audio controls on steering wheel). The AUX-POD automatically turns off the iPod when the radio is out of AUX-mode or when vehicle/radio is turned off. The iPod also charges the iPod when connected to the AUX-POD. The AUX-POD consists of an AUX-BOX Universal Auxiliary Audio Input interface and an Apple iPod interface connector. To use the AUX-BOX with your vehicle, you will need to order a specific vehicle harness also. Use the application guide to see if there is a harness available for your vehicle.” Retail price for the AUX-BOX is $200. Check the website for a dealer near you.
Speck Products has announced the Mini FlipStand for iPod mini featuring clear ABS plastic, access to all functions and includes a belt clip. The FlipStand doubles as a desktop stand when the click wheel cover is flipped back to its open position. The mini FlipStand is priced at $29.95 and is available for immediate purchase.
Incase, long time maker of backpacks, bags and cases teamed up with skateboard shoe maker DC Shoes to bring you a new line of iPod cases and a backpack for the urban techie. The new iPod (3G) and iPod mini sleeve cases feature a white and grey camouflage design and orange interior. You can access the dock port, headphone port and Hold switch. Pricing and shipping date is yet to be determined. iLounge has received the iPod mini case and it will soon be reviewed.
Tunewear today announced the Prie leather iPod mini case in two designs; Open Face and Classic Face. The Open Face case features an open face panel that does not cover the front of the mini, a flip-open cover with Velcro closure and access to the dock port, headphone port and ‘Hold’ switch (when cover is open). The Classic Face case features a covered front panel including screen protection, a flip-open cover, and access to the dock port, headphone port, and ‘Hold’ switch (when cover is open). The Prie cases also offer two strap styles to choose from; Strap Style A features one long and one short strap, and Strap Style B features one long neck strap and a loop on the case. With four colors, two front panels and two strap styles to choose from, there are a total of 16 Prie combinations. Pricing is yet to be determined and expected ship date of later this month.
Harmon Mutlimedia today announced the On Stage and the JBL On Tour portable speaker systems. The flying saucer shaped On Stage unit features an integrated dock, stereo mini jack, dual speakers producing 12 watts of power, and touch controls. The dock can be used to sync iPod and your computer. The On Stage will cost under $200 and will ship later this year.
The JBL On Tour speaker system works with all digital music players and features a pair of speakers producing six watts of power, touch controls, protective cover and stand, and is powered by four AAA batteries providing for more than 24 hours of music. The On Tour will be available in early August for $99.95.
XtremeMac, has announced the Xtremity Accessory Kit for iPod mini. The Xtremity Accessory Kit for iPod mini includes: Xtremity Snap-on Clip; Xtremity Neck Strap; Xtremity Swivel Belt Clip; and two Xtremity Low-profile Dash Mounts. The complete package sells at a suggested retail price of $29.95 U.S., and is available for pre-ordering.
Wondering how the new BMW Auto Adapter for the iPod and iPod mini works? Apple’s official frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for the interface is now available online, including the official street date (July 12, 2004), tips for developing up to five BMW-ready playlists (plus using the BMW’s sixth preset button to play all iPod songs), and a picture of the iPod’s new “BMW” connected screen.
“The 6i was developed for Apple iPod users with the goal of providing greater sensitivity and enhanced bass without compromising fidelity,” explained Mead Killion, Ph.D., founder and president of Etymotic Research, Inc. They come in white to complement the design and image of Apple products. The 6i is supplied with additional eartips, extra filters and a small carrying case. The black ER-6, Etymotic
Alpine USA has recently posted information describing its new KCA-420i iPod Interface solution. “Introducing the KCA-420i, the best in-vehicle interface adapter which allows you to cruise to your iTunes! Simply use the KCA-420i to plug in your iPod or iPod mini into a compatible 2004 Alpine Ai-NET head unit, and voil