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Survey: Possible underwater audio system for iPod planned

Diver Entertainment Systems, makers of the H2O Audio – underwater MP3 audio systems is requesting iLounge readers take the survey for the possibility of developing a system for the iPod. Current products include systems for the iRiver series of MP3 players which include specialized headphones, and are rated for a depth of 200 feet. All paticipants in the survey are entered for a chance to win an iPod mini. Prices for the current line of products range from $300 to $600.

Lajo announces exomini-fb case

pic####’s exomini-fb the last of the series of 7 exomini cases has just been released in time for ####’s Mom’s Week 50% Off Special which will start on Monday. This is the fourth flat back case #### has released for the iPod mini and it can be converted to belt use with ####’s new TwistClip which rotates to 7 positions. It will be available mid May. Exomini-fb sells for $15 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world and for a limited time next week you will be able to buy it for $7.50.

inMotion Adapter for iPod mini now available

picAltec Lansing has released the inMotion Adapter for iPod mini for inMotion speakers. “Allows the iPod mini to securely dock in the inMotion™ portable speaker system.” The adapter is free, but shipping and handling is $3. Limit of 5 per customer. Shipping available to US and Canadian residents only.

Engineered Audio announces RemoteRemote2

“Engineered Audio, LLC. announced its RemoteRemote 2, the newest in RF wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod. Like its predecessor the RemoteRemote, the RemoteRemote 2 uses RF technology, allowing the consumer to control an iPod around corners and through walls. RemoteRemote 2 is scheduled for delivery this spring, and will retail for $49. Engineered Audio is taking pre-orders immediately.”

i-magine UK accepting pre-orders on Griffin iTalk

“i-magine is accepting pre-orders on Griffin’s latest release in the UK - The iTalk. Once again, the website is offering the product cheaper than anywhere else in the UK. This accessory transforms your iPod into a dictaphone as well as also supplying you with an built-in miniature speaker to either playback your recordings, or even your music. i-magine is also running a promotion offer, selling the iTrip and PowerPod together at a 10% discount - suprisingly, cheaper than anywhere else in the UK!”

Future Sonics announces SofterWear custom earphone sleeves

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“Future Sonics is proud to announce the release of our new SofterWear™ custom fit sleeves for use with our universal fit product line. This option provides an affordable option for those who want custom fit personal monitoring and is a good “stepping stone” to our Ear Monitors® brand custom fit professional products. “The SofterWear™ product is designed for use with our Future Sonics Ears™ and the Sennheiser IE3 models on the pro-audio side, plus provides an affordable custom option for digital media product users who are embracing our products on the consumer side,” reports Marty Garcia, company founder and president.”

Belkin announces Digital Camera Link for 3G iPods

“Free up disk space on your camera so you can take more pictures. Just move your images to your iPod with the new Belkin Digital Camera Link. By connecting with a USB cable, the Camera Link works with mass-storage DCF-format and PTP-compliant digital cameras. Joining Belkin’s extensive iPod accessories line, this addition will ship on May 1 in North America.

Simply connect the Belkin Digital Camera Link to your iPod. Then connect it to your camera with your camera’s USB cable. Using software support that is already built into your iPod (with software version 2.1 or later), your pictures transfer quickly and you can begin shooting again. When you return home, just connect your iPod to your computer to retrieve the images. It is like having virtually unlimited storage space for all your photos.”

Sonnet announces PodFreq FM Transmitter for iPod

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“Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh computers, announces the new PodFreq, a portable FM transmitter designed for serious music freaks with iPods (with dock connectors). PodFreq easily tunes with any available FM frequency, and transmits music from the iPod with a very high-quality signal. The PodFreq is ideal for anyone wanting to listen to the music on their iPod through a FM car stereo, home sound system receiver, or any portable FM radio device.

The PodFreq will begin shipping in May 2004, with an MSRP of $99.95. A Japanese version will also be available in May 2004.”

Griffin iTalk Voice Recorder now shipping

“Griffin Technology, Inc, innovator of exciting accessories for iPod like the iTrip, today announced the iTalk Voice Recorder for the iPod is now shipping - on schedule. This stylish accessory snaps directly on top of the iPod and turns it into a fully functional voice recorder and playback device. In addition to it’s superior built in microphone and internal speaker; the iTalk has a connector that supports both headphone monitoring and the use of an external microphone. Recording control is handled directly on the iPod and recording time is limited only by the iPod’s size. The iTalk retails for $39.99 and is available now at www.griffintechnology.com

Belkin Digital Camera Link for iPod debuts

picA reader notes that Belkin has updated its website with information about the new Digital Camera Link for iPod with dock connector. The Digital Link has a USB port for compatible digital cameras as opposed to the currently shipping Media Reader, which does not. You can download photos from camera to iPod. This product is not yet available, but will sell for $89.99 at Belkin’s online store.

“Storing digital photos is fast and easy using the Digital Camera Link for iPod. Now you can leave your PC at home and stop worrying about using up your camera’s memory. With this portable innovation you’ll easily transfer thousands of digital images from your camera to your iPod, and free up disk space to take more pictures. Belkin brings a new dimension to your iPod device - it’s not just for tunes anymore.

Simply connect the Belkin Digital Camera Link to your iPod, and connect your USB mass-storage-class camera device. Using software support that’s already built into your iPod (with software version 2.1 or later), your pictures transfer quickly and you’re ready to start shooting again. When you get home, just connect your iPod to your computer to retrieve the images. It’s like having virtually unlimited storage space for all your photos.”

More than 200 accessories for iPod

“Like street racers who trick out their Hondas with air foils and neon lights, iPod users can buy external speakers, winter jackets or fanny packs for their pricey MP3 players.

Apple officials estimate there are more than 200 products on the market. Accessory maker Belkin Corp. (http://www.belkin.com) says one in five iPod owners has bought one of its products.

Atlanta designer Ash Arnett suspects that the iPod’s sleek white design encourages accessorization. ‘Any decision about a case or something like that is going to be a stylistic change, because there’s almost nothing there,’ said Arnett, a principal with the design firm Matter (http://www.matterco.com). ‘It’s like putting a suit of clothes on a generic, asexual mannequin.’”

$195 Gucci iPod Case

“International fashion house Gucci Group has pounced on the market opportunity inherent for third parties in the success of Apple Computer’s IPod music player—introducing its own designer IPod carrying case.

Available online through Gucci’s U.S. store, the iPod case is available in multiple colors and costs almost as much as an IPod—$195. The case is available in this season’s Gucci colors—beige/ebony GG plus with dark brown leather trim, green/red/green web carrying handle, and silver hardware.”

Lajo releases exoflpmini-fb case for iPod mini

#### has announced the exoflpmini-fb, a silicone case featuring a flat back and a flip open dock connector port cover for easy access when docking the mini. This new case is available for $19 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world. Also note #### will soon be releasing a new TwistClip for the exo mini flat back cases.

iSkin mini now available

piciSkin, Inc. today announced the iSkin mini case is now available for ordering. The new iSkin mini silicone case features; a screen protector, iSkin RevoClip, rear pores to promote heat dissipation, access to click wheel and functions, side “goose bumps” for increased anti-slip grip, compatible with iPod accessories that connect to the top of the iPod such as iTrip, and an integrated dock connector port cover. The iSkin mini costs $24.99 and comes in nine colors, including Ultra-GLO – glow-in-the-dark skin tones.

Lajo releases exo2mini-sb for iPod mini

#### has released a new version of the exo2mini-sb which features no mounting post on the back to attach a belt clip. “And because it does not have the metal implant to support SWVclip the savings from the chrome plate brass implant means a $2.50 reduction in the cost of the case and the savings are being passed onto you.” The soon to be released TwistClip allows you to wear it in both a vertical and horizontal position along with six other positions.  Exo2mini-sb costs $17.50 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world in 3 colors with more colors promised before the end of this week.

i-magine UK accepting iSkin eVo pre-orders

Although the iSkin eVo case is not being released until approximately April 19th, i-magine is now accepting pre-orders, giving customers the opportunity to be one of the first in the UK to own one of these new iSkins. The iSkin eVo silicone case comes in many colors with the addition of five new colours and costs £25.00 (inc VAT).

Pacific Rim Tech offers iShield I case with free USB cable

Pacific Rim Technologies is offering a promotion on its “iShield I” iPod case. Purchase an iShield I case between April 15 thru May 1, 2004 for your 3G iPod and receive a free USB sync cable valued at $14.99. Also note, the “iShield I” price has been lowered to $19.99 until April 30.

Trendy Geek releases Pod Shield for iPods

picToday, Trendy Geek announced the release of the Pod Shield static cling wrap for iPods. “Pod Shield consists of two ultra thin plastic films that adheres to your Apple iPod via high static. The front film is cut perfectly to cover the iPods Screen. The back film is die-cut and provides scratch protection to the stainless steel backing of the Apple iPod. Both films are 100% transparent so you can barely see them when applied. Both films adhere strongly to the Apple iPod via high static. This means you can remove them without leaving any sticky residue behind.” The 6 peice kit comes with 3 backs and 3 fronts and costs $6.99.

New iPod accessory maker needs your input

Lucid Audio Video, Inc. is the newest player in the exciting iPod accessories market. Lucid AV has just released its website and is asking for all iPod users to take part in its brief product survey. The survey focuses on the preferences of the iPod user when purchasing accessories. Lucid AV will use the survey results to create products tailored to the needs of iPod users. In return for completing the survey, participants will receive a 25% off coupon for future Lucid AV products.

Handmade iPod Cozies

pic The iPod has more cases designed for it than any other handheld device, but the iPod Cozy is a whimsical case for those looking for something different. Chuckles Central is offering made to order, hand knit Cozies in several animal motifs including a dog, bear, mouse, rabbit, fox and bunny.  The Cozies come in two sizes to fit iPods (large) and iPod minis (small) at $18 each.

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