AudioOutfitters has announced the earPod storage device for iPod earphones. The earPod features a felt-padded compartment, a spool for wrapping the cable around, a slot for feeding the cable through, a place to clip the iPod Remote Control on either side, and comes with the eClip for clipping to belt, pocket, etc. The earPod will be available at the end of July 2004 for $11.99. You can reserve your earPod without payment at the website.
Senacases’ new Flip Cover case for the iPod mini features; a magnetic closure, removable flip cover; access to all buttons, headphone and dock port; is compatible with Apple’s iPod mini belt clip, comes in black, blue, yellow, red, and costs $29.99. Additional flip covers are sold separately for $9.99.
iPod:Essentials announce UK availability for the Griffin iTrip Mini. The iTrip mini FM transmitter lets you play your iPod minis music wirelessly through any FM radio in your car, on the road, even at home through your stereo.
Gravis, a division of Burton has released two new leather iPod cases for 3rd generation iPods. The G-POD case features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to earphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD comes in black/g-camo and retails for $15. The G-POD BB comes in white leather and features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to headphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD BB retails for $25 and is not available online.
The Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini is an elastic, adjustable armband featuring a snap-in-snap-out clip to be used with the included Skin case, and also features cable clips to manage the earphone cord. You can pre-order the Skin Tight Armband for $29.95 with shipping expected July 3rd.
Longing for those days of the Walkman, but don’t want to give up your iPod? A couple of do-it-yourselfers at retropod.com have come up with an offbeat solution - retrofitting an old Sony Sports Walkman to accomodate an iPod inside the cassette compartment. Think of it as retro iPod armor to conceal your precious during subway rides. Retropod sells the orginal Sony Sports Walkman for $100 and the retrofit kit for $20.
Another iPod accessory shop has opened its online doors. iPod Xtras carries cases and accessories for iPods and iPod minis, many of which are now on sale.
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.”