In today’s Wall Street Journal, Marcus Lillkvist writes not about the popular iPod, but it’s mostly unpopular white earphones. Many users think the earphones are uncomfortable and produce mediocre sound and have replaced them with better, aftermarket alternatives. “Still, some customers are quick to dump the Apple-supplied buds. High-school student Austin Agarwal took $390 in birthday money last year and treated himself to an iPod. But when he slipped on the headphones that come with the device, he says the the bass was fuzzy, and the high notes muffled. It sounded “like an old boom box,” he says. Less than a week after the 17-year-old who lives in Easton, Conn., bought his iPod, he plunked down $150 more for a pair of higher-end headphones.”
“It’s not clear how many iPod owners discard their ear buds. ‘We chose the 80-20 rule, as we think that the supplied headphones satisfy the big majority of our customers,’ says Stan Ng, director of iPod product marketing at Apple Computer Inc. The company recently introduced a $39 a la carte option, designed to address the fit issue. It comes with three different size caps, to ensure a snugger fit.”
Lajo has released another silicone case for the iPod mini today. The exo3mini features 0.7mm silicone, 0.5mm silicone covering the click wheel and comes in an assortment of colors. Lajo will also be releasing new accessories for all exo and exomini series cases. Exo3mini is compatible with iTrip and iTalk and sells for $9.50 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.
Peachpit Press has announced the release of Christopher Breen’s fourth edition of Secret’s of the iPod. “This updated, fun guide from Macworld magazine columnist Chris Breen offers tips and tricks for all of you Mac and Windows users on how to get the most out of your iPod and iPod mini. In addition to the inside skinny on the iPod’s all-touch interface and on-the-go play lists, you’ll also find hints for accessorizing and protecting your iPod, tips on maximizing its storage capabilities, and troubleshooting advice for when it refuses to cooperate.” Now available for $19.99.
Lajo has released the exo2mini case for iPod mini featuring 2.0mm of silicone protection on top, bottom and sides with 0.5mm of silicone covering the click wheel. It will eventually come in over 50 colors (currently 7) plus art designs. Accessories include, ishades multi colors screen protector, zip ultra clear TPU case, SWVclip which comes in over 50 color combinations, ultra clear zip TPU earphone case, multi colored TPU bungee safety straps. A new TPU arm strap is to be released in less than 10 days and a new belt clip is to be released at Macworld Boston in May. The exo2mini costs $20 (case only) plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.
“Apple iPod (digital music player) customers across the world will soon have a bluetooth wireless adaptor and headset for listening to music without the hassles of a cable hanging overhead.
Developed in India by Bangalore-based Impulsesoft Technologies, iWisa (wireless adaptor) and iWish (wireless headset adaptor) have been licensed to US-based TEN Technology to be used in naviPlay, one of the first bluetooth wireless stereo adaptors with remote control, which is attached to an iPod. naviPlay will be launched in the market in the next 2-3 months.”
I-magine, a newly launched UK based online retailer is offering iPod accessories, web design and more. “We supply the cheapest iPod accessories throughout the UK. If you can find any of our products anywhere else in the UK for cheaper, please email us and let us know.” A few of the products listed at the site are iSkin cases, iTrip and the NaviPod remote.
Disruptive Technology Channels recently announced the launch of the PodGear CarDock, a unique in-car cradle and charger and the first product in the PodGear line of accessories for the iPod. Unlike existing iPod car-chargers on the market, the PodGear CarDock offers completely cable-free charging so that your iPod remains easy to access, fully powered and no threat to in-car user safety (& iPod safety!) while you are on the road. Suggested retail price for the CarDock is
Today Lajo released a new addition to his lineup of silicone cases named the exoflp. The exoflp features button and wheel protection (like the exo3), a back slit which makes the exoflp dock friendly, and is designed to fit tight with anti tear rings at each end. Exoflp can be found at xskn.com, click just released or enter exoflp into the search engine. “Lajo designs iPod cases with the philosophy that no on design, or color, or pattern will meet every one’s needs and as a result his exo series for 3rd gen iPod has four case, over 50 colors, a variety of interchangeable accessories including screen protectors in a variety of colors and his just release SWVclip which can be color coordinated with you exoflp to make you the talk of the town.” The exoflp costs $21.50 (case only) plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.
iSkin Inc., today released the iSkin eVo, its new and improved protector for the third generation Apple iPod that the company refers to as “proof of eVolution.” Improving upon the existing eXo2 the new eVo features; a redesigned rotary RevoClip that
XO Play launches ‘BUM’ adventure game for the iPod. This follows the success of XO Play’s last two iPod games
Lajo, the designer of 3G iPod silicone cases, exo, exo2 and exo3 is pleased to present exomini. Like the exo series cases, the exomini is made from the highest grade Japanese silicone with 2.0mm of silicone protection on all sides, and features access to all functions. The exomini costs $17.50 and is currently available in Asphalt (black) only. Over 50 colors and Art designs are planned as new colors will be added weekly. Exomini accessories include iShade a TPU multi colored screen protectors, bungee a TPU multi colored safety strap and over 70 color combinations of Lajo’s newly introduced SWVclip belt clip. Upcoming accessories include an armband, hand strap, a “revolutionary” belt clip, car mount etc. Lajo accessories are interchangeable and you can use your existing or newly purchased accessories with any one of the Lajo’s exo series for the 3G iPod or iPodmini. To view a larger picture of exomini go to Xskn.com, click on just released then click on exomini.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (Everythingipod.com) has announced they are now shipping the entire line of new iPod mini accessories. The new DLO iPod mini line includes; Jam Jacket Pro mini ($24.99) silicone case with an included arm band; Jam Jacket ($19.99) silicone case featuring a built-in screen protector; Jam Jacket mini 3-packs ($39.99); Action Jacket mini ($29.99) including armband; and the Italian leather Podfolio mini. Also shipping is the new set of multi-colored (black, blue, green, pink, and gold) wristbands ($7.99) and armbands ($9.99) that work with Action Jacket mini or Jam Jacket Pro mini (not included).
JAVOedge, makers of PDA cases and accessories has announced two new leather iPod cases. JAVOLeatherCase Design 1 ($30.95) is a sleeve case made of leather with white stitching, elastic expansion band allowing for one-size-fits-all, and access to top and bottom ports. The JAVOLeatherCase Design 2 (29.95) features front access to the iPod, access to top and bottom ports and is also made of leather with white stitching. There is no screen protector and Design 2 fits iPod 15/20GB models.
Update: We have emailed JAVOedge with the concern that you can not connect headphones to the iPod while the top flap is closed on the Design 2 case. JAVOedge has informed us they are currently cutting access holes into the flap of the Design 2 case to allow the connection of headphones while the flap is closed, and should be available within a couple weeks.
din is a portable line-out and FireWire adapter for iPod and iPod mini. Access the high quality line-out audio from your iPod and connect it to your home or car stereo, powered spekers, amplifier, or other audio device without lugging around the bulky iPod Dock. din also allows you to connect the docking port of your iPod to any standard FireWire cable to sync or charge. It’s available for $21.95 at Sik.com and participating resellers.
“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.”
iLounge 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.
You 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 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.
Today, 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.