Bluetake has announced the i-PHONO, an iPod-compatible Bluetooth wireless stereo headset featuring DSP noise reduction, fold-out microphone for use with phones, collapsible behind-the-neck headband design for carrying and storage, and changeable color plates. More interestingly, because it can be paired with multiple Bluetooth devices, you can receive and make phone calls while listening to music. i-PHONO is priced at $249 and “coming soon.”
Seidio has released retractable FireWire and USB Sync & Charge cables for iPod. Both cables feature iPod data syncing, charging and expand from 4 inches to 30 inches. The Retractable USB Sync & Charge Cable is available for $21.95 and the FireWire Sync & Charge Cable for $19.95.
Pacific Rim Technologies has released a new dock fitting 3rd generation iPods or iPod mini. The iCradle for iPod features a USB 2.0 port, FireWire port, audio line-out port and includes a free USB 2.0 cable all for $39.99.
Gadget Accessories has released an iPod External Battery Pack featuring a dock connection for 3rd generation iPods, On/Off switch, LED power indicator, and uses four AA batteries. It also charges the iPod’s internal battery while connected to the battery pack. The price is $32.99. Gadget Accessories also carries a USB to dock cable for iPods for $11.99.
Griffin Technology today announced iTrip Software Version 2.0 is available for download. The free software for Mac and Windows installs all available US frequencies on an iPod or iPod mini. Users can then change the broadcast frequency of their iTrip or iTrip mini directly from their iPod. This new software greatly improves the installation experience and adds 87.7 as an available frequency to US iTrip owners.
The Mini iStyle features a bright metallic leather-like finish that matches the iPod mini. The case features full screen protection and cutouts for in-case access of the scroll wheel, headphone jack, hold button, and FireWire sync port. They come in 4 different colors (black, pink, blue and silver) and cost $34.95 for a 3-Pack or $19.95 each. Speck is accepting pre-orders with shipping expected July 3rd.
Apple and BMW today officially announced the BMW iPod Adapter. “Connect with music like never before behind the wheel of your BMW 3 Series, and X3 and X5 SAV, Z4 Roadster or MINI. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by Apple and BMW, you can now control your iPod or iPod mini through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. No loss of control. The BMW iPod adapter can be installed in 2002 or later 3 Series, X3 and X5 SAVs, Z4 Roadsters and MINIs with compatible audio configurations.” The BMW iPod Adapter is priced at $149 (plus installation cost) and will be available at BMW centers as of July 12, 2004.
Apple and BMW said they have also launched a large “iPod Your BMW” marketing campaign that includes print, outdoor, online and television advertising (a TV spot has already been posted in QuickTime format on Apple’s site).
The new RadTech miniSleevz is constructed from a unique Optex fabric and features: a covered click wheel; access to the headphone port, ‘Hold’ switch and dock connector; and can be used with an Apple-supplied belt clip or armband mounts. MiniSleevz are available for $17.95 in six colors, both online, and wherever RadTech products are sold.
SendStation Systems has released two new PocketDock adapters for iPod and iPod mini. The PocketDock Combo features USB and FireWire ports, and accepts industry-standard USB cables and 6-pin FireWire cables. Also announced today, the new PocketDock Line Out offers a 6-pin FireWire connector, and adds an industry-standard 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo jack for high-quality audio output. “The stereo jack connects directly to the iPod
Teski, makers of the roadie iPod case, have released a new black Executive Leather Case for 3G iPods featuring full-grain Nappa leather; a brushed aluminum front insert; access to the headphone port, dock port, function buttons, and touch wheel; and a post to attach the Ultra Swivel Clip belt clip. The inside front cover has a slot for credit cards. The Executive Leather Case sells for $19.95.
iPoDonut is a silicone backed sticker that covers the touch wheel on 2nd and 3rd generation iPods. iPoDonut comes in nine glow-in-the-dark designs and several colors; a plain glow-in-the-dark version; and a LCD screen protector is included with purchase. Each iPoDonut costs $9, and iPod mini iPoDonuts are expected to be released in late June.
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.
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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 (