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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.

DLO announces new Jam Jacket mini, Action Jacket mini and TransPod insert for iPod mini

picDigital Lifestyle Outfitters has developed two new cases for the iPod mini. The Jam Jacket mini case will feature a screen protector and will come in an array of colors. The Action Jacket mini will feature a new elastic armband and swivel belt clip. DLO also announced a new insert which allows the iPod mini to fit into existing TransPod FM transmitter/auto mount. DLO’s leather Podfolio will also be available in mini size and the AutoPod auto charger for iPod is compatible with the iPod mini. The new products should be available for shipping mid-February and DLO will be taking pre-orders for Mini products over the next few weeks.

NYTimes looks at the Griffin iTalk

“To make recordings, the iTalk relies largely on voice memo software that is supplied with the iPod. However, the unit contains its own system for automatically adjusting the microphone’s sensitivity. Andrew Green, the vice president for marketing and design at Griffin, said the automatic gain control feature enables the microphone to record voices up to 100 feet away.”

Updated: Audio Outfitters looking for beta testers for new iPod product

“Audio Outfitters - Audio Outfitters, LLC, a leading provider of audio products announced today that they are looking for current Apple iPod owners to participate in market research for a new iPod product. According to Charlie Bernstein, President of Audio Outfitters, ‘This new product is the first of its kind and a product that is a long time coming.’

In order to participate in the Beta test and market research for this product, please send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  A non-disclosure will be sent to you.  Once filled out, a representative from our company will contact you with instructions.  Make sure your voice is heard and contact us today.

Audio Outfitters is a leading provider of Audio products for the Apple iPod.”

Pacific Rim Technologies announces iShield II aluminum case

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“Pacific Rim Technologies, a global supplier of innovative products specializing in iPod, PDA, Pocket PC cases, today announced the introduction of the iPod ‘iShield II’ hard case made of aircraft aluminum, available in multi-colors and compatible with Apple iPod 10, 15, and 20GB. It will be shipping in quantity in late February.  In addition Pacific Rim Technologies is running a quarterly promotion offering free ‘Stuff Bak’ a loss protection service for your iPod or other device when you purchase a hard case from Pacific Rim Technologies.”

TEN Technology readies Bluetooth naviPlay remote

“Impulsesoft, the leading Bluetooth(R) Audio solution provider, today announced that TEN Technology has licensed its Bluetooth stereo technology. TEN Technology, the company that introduced the naviPod(TM) wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod, the leading digital music player in the world, demonstrated the TEN naviPlay(TM), the first Bluetooth stereo adapter and remote control designed specifically for the iPod, on January 6, 2004 at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA.

‘Superior audio quality and long battery life are critical for naviPlay to meet the high expectations of iPod owners. Impulsesoft’s iWISH and iWISA deliver 44.1KHz and 48KHz stereo audio with a long battery life,’ said John Lin, CEO of TEN Technology.”

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

JAVOedge announces JAVOeBuds retractable earphones

picJAVOedge has released retractable stereo headphones called JAVOeBuds and features; 3.5 mm headphone jack, and retractable cable (47 inch max.). The JAVOeBuds are on sale for $18.95 (expires 2/18/04).

Belkin releases new Sport case and Mobile Power cord for iPod

picBelkin has released a new Neoprene Sport case and Mobile Power cord with dock connector on its website. The Neoprene Sport case ($24.99) features; 360-degree motion with swivel clip, top-loading design with drawstring, and clear PVC cover. The new Mobile Power cord ($24.99) for your car features; replaceable safety fuse, DC input jack (works with F8V3080-APL TuneCast II Mobile FM Transmitter) and comes with a Belkin Lifetime Warranty.

New watertight, floatable liliPod case announced

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“So what’s a LiliPod?  Glad you asked.  It’s a water resistant, hard shell casing that fits snugly around your iPod.  It’s made from the finest materials.  Engineered to the highest of standards.  And it allows you to safely listen to your iPod during activities never previously possible—from skiing to sailing, mountain biking to beach bumming, and everywhere in between.  The watertight future of iPod protection has arrived.  And it’s arrived in swanky style. Available for $34.99.”

Teski debuts new iPod roadie case

picTeski, fashion apparel and case designer/manufacturer, has released a new hardcase for 3G iPods. The roadie case is made of PC ABS plastic and features; an interchangeable design for use with an armband or low profile belt clip, access to ‘Hold’ switch, headphone and docking port and provides full access to the front of iPod. The case comes in two-tone white/black on sale for $19.95, and comes in two sizes; 10/15/20GB and 30/40GB. You can purchase an additional 3-pack of front panels (orange, black and clear) for $9.95

Lajo announces exo3 thin case for 3G iPods

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“#### the designer and manufacturer of eXo (sold over 70,000 and going strong) and eXo2 is proud to announce the release of his eXo3 3rd gen iPod case. As eXo and eXo2 it is not a new improved eXo but a new #### case designed to meet the needs of iPod owners who want an extremely thin case. Exo3’s main features are: it is made for the same top quality Japanese silicone as ####’s eXo and eXo2, the main body is 0.7mm thick with only 0.2mm covering the menu and touch wheel and it has a totally flat back. You can view eXo3’s colors and features by going to www.####.biz/#### and click on new releases.  For those that want to be on the list of owners you can place a backorder on his site, no money will exchange hands, you will be auto notified the moment your color comes into stock and then it is up to you to return to his site to place your order. Available now for $9.50.”

Griffin PowerPod Charger now ships with Dock-To-FireWire cable

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“Griffin Technology Inc, innovator of exciting hardware and software products for the Mac and PC market, today announced that the PowerPod iPod Auto Charger now includes a separate Dock-to-FireWire cable. Recently redesigned, the Griffin PowerPod is still the only iPod charger fully compatible with both original and new Apple iPods. It also works perfectly with the recently announced iPod mini. The new PowerPod now includes a new ultra-light ultra-flexible 48-inch Dock-to-FireWire cable. In addition to its use as a charger cable, the PowerPod’s Dock-to-FireWire cable can be used for normal syncing and docking operation. The PowerPod Auto Charger for all iPods is available immediately for $24.99”

Solar powered tech jacket can charge iPod on-the-go

“ICP Solar Technologies Inc. (ICP), the world’s largest developer of solar products for consumers, and SCOTTeVEST LLC (SeV), the leading Technology Enabled Clothing® (TEC) company, will unveil the first solar power jacket prototypes designed to allow wearers to carry, connect and charge their portable digital devices, at the 2004 International CES, January 8-11, Las Vegas.”

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