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ProClip announces in-car holders for iPod mini

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“Quickly responding to customer requests, ProClip is now providing holders for the newly introduced Apple iPod Mini. These holders expand ProClip’s product line of custom mounts for several generations of the Apple iPod.

ProClip holders for the iPod Mini are designed to provide a perfect fit and make these digital music players even more portable. Holders are available with or without the tilt swivel feature, which provides easy adjustment and better viewing of the display and to avoid unnecessary light reflection.”

iSkin announces new iSkin mini case

piciLounge has received an exclusive, advanced press release from iSkin, Inc. announcing their new iSkin mini silicone case for the iPod mini. The iSkin mini features “goose bump” gripping on each side, the new plastic rotary RevoClip, rear pores for heat dissipation, screen protector, integrated docking port cover, anti-slip surface, hand and neck straps (sold separately), and will be available in a variety of colors including the new ultra-Glo glow in dark skin tones. The iSkin mini is also compatible with iTrip or similar devices connecting to the top of the mini via the headphone port. With the iSkin Tattoo service, companies, organizations and institutions can have their logo printed on the front above the scroll wheel. The iSkin mini is expected in late March and the price is yet to be determined.

Belkin announces Universal Microphone Adapter

picYou can now achieve high quality recordings on your iPod player. By connecting your own external microphone via the Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter ($39.99) to your iPod, recordings of your conversations, lectures, interviews, or memos will be cleaner and clearer. You can also listen to these recordings with your headphones or powered speakers. This Adapter will begin shipping on March 17 in North America. The Universal Microphone Adapter connects to your iPod and to any audio microphone with a 3.5mm plug. You can use the iPod player’s abundant storage capacity to store hundreds of hours of audio, and easily review your audio notes using the built-in 3.5mm jack with headphones or your computer. Copy recordings to your computer for easy storage, editing, or to send in e-mail.

XO Play announce adventure game for iPod

XO Play today launched their first long awaited game for the iPod. ‘The Rise Of The Lost’ is an adventure story game. It puts you in the role of Sir Jacob Zaviour. Your mission is to travel through lands and fight the evil Wizard Sazque. As you read through the adventure you will be asked to choose your destiny by selecting from a number of options found at the bottom of the page. Similar to the ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ series. The game costs $29.99 is played via the notes section of your iPod.

Speck Products announces SkinTight iPod mini skins

picToday, Speck Products announces it’s shipping the newly designed rubberized skin for the iPod mini. The SkinTight Mini Skins features a removable lanyard and a super-slim profile that emphasizes the mini’s core values; small & fashionable. They come in 5 translucent colors (Pink, Clear, Gold, Lime, Blue) and are sold individually for $19.95 and as a 3-Pack (Clear, Lime, Blue) for $29.95.

iPod battery for $45

Dealmac: Today only, Small Dog Electronics offers dealmac readers replacement iPod batteries (for both original and third-generation models) for $45 each. That’s $3 off and the lowest price we know to be available. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included.

iPodResQ offers 24 hour repair and battery replacement

piciPodResQ is offering two new 24 hour services; iPod Repair Program and “iQ” Battery Replacement Program for all iPods. “The price for this service [repair] is just $29 and includes the iBox, the 3-Way overnight shipping (iBox to you, iPod to us, iPod back to you), and the detailed diagnosis. Should you elect to perform the repair, we’ll also offer you a discounted iQ battery replacement for just $40! If you decide to not have your iPod repaired, we’ll return it to you overnight with no additional charges.” The iPod battery service costs $79 and includes overnight shipping, battery replacement and cleaning. Call 1-877-Pod-Repair or visit iPodResQ.com for detailed instructions, FAQs and customer comments.

Marware announces new iPod mini cases

picThe SportSuit Runabout ($29.95) is a small, lighweight Neoprene case for wearing the mini on the wrist like a watch. The Runabout features an all-access design, screen protection, adjustable wrist strap, and cord management for earbuds. Tentative availability is scheduled for the third or fourth week of February.

The Sportsuit Safari ($19.95) is a line of pouch type cases featuring a quick-release lanyard and exotic, fuzzy animal patterns in panther (black), polar bear, giraffe, flamingo, lion and leopard. Tentative availability is scheduled for the third or fourth week of February.

The Sportsuit Basic ($19.95) for iPod mini is a smaller version of Marware’s current Basic case for iPod featuring the Multidapt clip system, plastic inserts in back for protection, 2mm neoprene, lined interior and access to headphone and ‘Hold’ switch. Tentative availability is scheduled for the third or fourth week of February.

The Sportsuit Convertible ($39.95) for the iPod mini features a removable molded front cover, clear plastic screen protection, access to the mini’s screen and jog wheel, a grommet for cable syncing while in the case, and a pocket for headphones, or other small accessories. The SportSuit Convertible is available in black, graphite, blue, pink, green and gold. Tentative availability is scheduled for the third or fourth week of February.

The SportSuit Sleeve ($19.95) features 2mm neoprene, plastic inserts - front and back, lined interior, Multidapt clip system with attachments for belt, bike, or auto, side straps for arm and shoulder strap attachments and comes in black, graphite, blue, pink, green and gold. Expected to ship by Feb. 16.

Griffin announces iTrip software for Windows

Today Griffin released iTunes for Windows iTrip software installer for the iTrip FM Transmitter. “This small free application automatically installs all available iTrip frequencies into iTunes for Windows. Users then have access to over 250 FM frequency options for the US, Japan and European countries - the most frequencies available to any iPod FM Transmitter in the world.”

DLO announces pre-order for new iPod mini accessories

picDLO has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders for its new line of iPod mini accessories, including the silicone DLO Jam Jacket mini ($19.99), DLO Jam Jacket Pro mini ($24.99), DLO Jam Jacket Pro mini 3Pac ($34.00), DLO Jam Jacket mini 3Pac ($39.00), leather DLO Podfolio mini ($29.99), and the Neoprene DLO Action Jacket mini ($29.99). The armbands are sold individually for $9.99 and come in black, pink, gold, green, and blue. We package the black armband with the Action Jacket for iPod, the Action Jacket mini, the Jam Jacket Pro mini, and the Jam Jacket Pro mini
3Pac. All new iPod mini products are due to ship the first week of March.

New iPod auto installs and photos

After the overwhelming response received from the Explorer iPod dock install, I have been pushing the docked iPod for the car concept like crazy. I was already planning on doing one in my Volkswagen GTi, but also couldn’t resist adding one to an H2 that I had in the shop in the meantime. You guys asked for more, so here they are. By the way, the VW piece is the first one of these that I have done to date that could actually be built to order and shipped out so that nearly anyone could install it. While the Explorer took extensive in-vehicle work, as did the Hummer, the VW requires no modification to the vehicle beyond removing the factory ashtray and replacing it with the dock base. The finish could be whatever anyone wanted as could the lighting, logos or
whatever, just to let everyone know.

“Hardware Hacking” book includes iPod

Recently released from Syngress Publishing, “Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty” is a veritable how-to guide to hacking your electronics. An entire chapter is dedicated to the iPod with sub chapters such as; “Opening the iPod”, “Replacing the battery,” “Upgrading a 5GB iPod’s Hard Drive,” “From Mac to Windows and Back Again,” “iPod Diagnostic Mode” and “Additional iPod Hacks” including installing Linux on an iPod, repairing the FireWire port and scroll wheel fix. “Hardware Hacking” is available at Amazon.com for $27.97. You can download the table of contents (PDF) or sample chapter at Syngress.com.

iPods and iSkins at the 2004 Grammy Awards

At this year’s 46th Annual Grammy Awards, the iPod will be attending again accompanied by the iSkin EXO 2. iSkin, maker of silicone skins for the iPod, will be part of lavish gift packages offered to artists invited to the event. The 2003 Grammy’s featured a 20,000 gift package and lounge arranged by Distinctive Assets.

Roku SoundBridge allows music anywhere in your home

picAlthough this device is not directly related to the iPod, it does share a common feature – playing digital music. The SoundBridge allows consumers to listen to digital music that’s stored on their computers, in any room of their homes, whether from the comfort of the couch or the convenience of the kitchen. All that is required is a network connection (ethernet or wifi) and a connection to speakers or a stereo amp. The SoundBridge is compatible with Mac (iTunes) or PC, supports streaming music in MP3, WMA, AAC (Note: SoundBridge can not play back protected AAC files purchased from the iTunes Music Store.), AIFF and WAV formats, provides a large vacuum florescent display (VFD) and a remote control to browse and select music by artist, title, album, or genre. It’s available in two sizes, the 10” wide M1000 ($249) and the 17” wide M2000 ($499). Roku is taking pre-orders with expected shipping starting as early as this month.

Ten Technology posts new naviPlay FAQs

Ten Technology has recenly launched a new FAQ section for the naviPod wireless remote and the yet-to-be-released naviPlay Bluetooth stereo adapter. Our readers have had many questions arise from the announcement of the new naviPlay, two of which regard the transmitting range and sound quality. Included in the new FAQs is the following:

Q: What is the range of the naviPlay?
A: The naviPlay is a Class 2 device and will have a range up to 8 meters (25
feet). Actual range will depend on the amount of activity and interference
in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, as well as the presence of materials that absorb or reflect signals. The naviPlay product is intended for personal use, not as a means to broadcast over a wide area.

Q: What is the quality of the audio provided by the naviPlay?
A: The naviPlay will provide near CD-Audio quality stereo at 44.1 KHz.

Editor’s note: Here are photos of the naviPlay prototype as seen at Macworld SF.

BTI announces ‘The iPod Battery’ external pack

picAn external Li-Ion battery pack solution for iPod has been developed by Battery Technology, Inc (BTI). “Designed for all iPod users, The iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the original and new iPod and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or down-load time, regardless of the age or status of the original (internal) battery. The iPod battery from Battery Technology, Inc. (BTI) does NOT charge the internal iPod battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and go straight to the unit. This is the perfect solution for travel, long commutes or if its going to be a long time between charging access.  The iPod Battery is also great when attaching your iPod to a speaker system…less wires needed (while battery is charged).” It’s compatible with all iPod models except the iPod mini and features; an On/Off switch, belt clip, USB port for charging other devices and comes with a one year warranty. BTI is accepting pre-orders for $99 and includes free shipping within US and Canada. A BTI representative told us “the battery is scheduled to be available some time in March.”

Editor’s note: BTI has sent us email to correct their earlier claim that the The iPod Battery would charge the internal iPod battery. The iPod battery from Battery Technology, Inc. (BTI) does NOT charge the internal iPod battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and go straight to the unit.

MP3 Gym adds 36 More Exercise Routines

MP3 Gym, the first and only audio personal trainer recorded on mp3 files for Apple’s iPod and other mp3 players announced that members will now have access to 36 new illustrated exercise routine sheets. The MP3 Gym already comes with eight routines and close to 200 mp3 files for $19.95. This just adds to their ever-growing library size. They will be adding a number of new exercise mp3 files and exercise routines in the coming months. Keep checking out the website for updates at www.mp3gym.com

Lajo’s secret next-generation cases revealed

Following the success of Lajo’s eXo and eXo 2 cases for 3G iPods, iLounge can now exclusively reveal details on two new #### cases currently in development for 2004 release. (click ‘Read more’)

inMotion speakers available in UK

Something that may interest the UK podders out there. Altec Lansing’s inMotion speakers are finally available to the UK, priced at £109 plus VAT. The inMotion appear on the Apple Store UK website in the ‘Accessories - Audio & iPod’ section.

iPodminibattery.com offers replacement batteries for iPods

picMark Edmonson emailed us to inform our readers that his new online store iPodminibattery.com is offering replacement batteries for all iPod models, including iPod mini. The 1st and 2nd generation battery sells for $49 (US/Canada) and 3G iPod model also sells for $49 (US/Canada) – available to UK customers for £46.50. There is no information or pricing on the iPod mini batteries yet.

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