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TidBITS: iPod Gift Offerings, Part 1

“The iPod is one cool gadget; in fact, it’s the best-selling hard drive-based music player in the world, with millions of units sold since its release. So chances are either you or someone you know owns one. Use that to your advantage this holiday season and buy your favorite music lover (or yourself) something to accentuate their iPod.”

Jack in your helmet and hit the slopes

piciLounger Jesse has informed us about snowboard/ski helmets by Giro with built-in headphones and cable for use with iPod. “The Audio Series helmets feature TuneUps earpads, a premium-quality set of specially designed headphones that are built seamlessly into the earpads so you can dial in your favorite sounds anywhere on the hill without the hassels of earbuds or extra cords. Just plug in youyour player and go.” We Googled several online retailers and the Fuse helmet can be had for about $155, the Nine.9 helmet for about $135 and the Nine.9 MX helmet for about $125.

Griffin iTrip Station Finder 2.0 Released

Griffin Technology today announced the iTrip Station Finder 2.0 for Mac & PC. It helps iTrip owners find a clear frequency in over 200 US cities, and now includes frequencies for 15 additional countries, interactive map navigation, and user submission of new frequencies. The new iTrip Station Finder 2.0 for Mac and PC is available now for free.

Sik Announces imp and FireJuice for 3G iPods

SiK today announced the imp car charger with line level output and a new version of the FireJuice multi-mode power injector for iPods with dock connector. “Imp’s unique design offers unmatched flexibility for using your iPod on the go. Imp provides unadulterated line level audio output and charging when used with iPod with Dock Connector.” The FireJuice “makes possible the use of bus-powered devices on computers with un-powered FireWire ports. FireJuice for iPod with Dock Connector is available in both 4 and 6 pin versions.” imp and FireJuice for iPod are available for pre-order today. imp is available at the special introductory price of $25.95 (MSRP $29.95.) FireJuice for iPod with Dock Connector is available at the special introductory price of $33.95 (MSRP $39.95.)

iSkin, Inc. Releases Statement on REVOClip Problem

“iSkin Inc. acknowledges that some of its iSkin eXo2 customers are experiencing a problem with their REVOClip disc pegs becoming dislodged. This problem has been reported to our product development team and is being addressed at the point of manufacturing.

iSkin Customers who have experienced this problem are asked to contact iSkin Inc., via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange for a replacement REVOClip disc. Please use the subject “REVOClip Disc Replacement” in your email so that your request may be routed correctly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your understanding.”

XtremeMac Announces Xtremity iPod Accessory System

XtremeMac today released information about its new Xtremity iPod Accessory System for 3G iPods with dock connectors. The Xtremity system features the Xtremity iPod Case, Xtremity ClearShield - removable, optically- clear Lexan flex-cover, Xtremity Low-profile Dash-Mount, Xtremity Swivel Belt-clip, dock connector dust plug and adhesive adjustment pad - used with thinner iPods. The complete system sells for $29.99 and is available now for shipping by Christmas.

“The foundation of the Xtremity system is the Xtremity iPod Case, designed to be a natural extension of the iPod. It forms the basis for seamless integration with a number of add on accessories such as battery packs, FM transmitters, Bluetooth Wireless Transmitters, belt- clips, dash mounts and more. All of the add-ons simply slide in place on the back of the Xtremity case and “disappear” behind the iPod, maintaining its elegant design.”

Editor’s note: Notice that XtremeMac has mentioned ‘Bluetooth Wireless Transmitters’ in the above quote. Here is a recent news item about XtremeMac releasing a Bluetooth transmitter in early 2004. The Xtremity webpage states that the Bluetooth transmitter is coming soon.

DLO Announces TransPod FM for 3G iPods, Accepting Pre-Orders

picDigital Lifestyle Outfitters today announced they are introducing TransPod FM, the newest version of their patented wireless car solution for all 3rd generation iPods with dock connectors. TransPod FM broadcasts the iPod through a digital stereo FM Transmitter, comes equipped with an auxiliary output for a cassette adapter, and charges iPod via the car’s power receptacle. The TransPod FM mounts to the car by pushing its adjustable power stick into the car’s power receptacle. DLO is now accepting pre-orders for $99.99 with shipping expected to start on December 17.

SimpleSpeaker and iPodSaver Art Edition Released

picHigoto, manufacturer of specialized accessories for mobile computing based in Germany has announced the SimpleSpeaker and iPodSaver Art Edition (neoprene case) for iPod. The SimpleSpeaker ($10) is a small stereo speaker system that requires no batteries and draws its power from the iPod’s headphone port. The iPodSaver ($25) is a grey and black neoprene sleeve case with artwork by Thomas Schostok {ths} on the front of the case. Both products are available in the U.S. at Madisonline.com and in Europe at Higoto.de.

MacDevCenter.com: iPod as Digital Photographer’s Best Friend

“Based on what I’ve already discovered in Panther, I figured there had to be more possibilities than that. So I got my hands on the Belkin reader and started testing every scenario I could think of. Bottom line: my hunch was right. You can do a lot with this setup.

What’s interesting to me isn’t so much that you can upload pictures from a memory card to a portable storage device. As cool as this is, that functionality already exists with other tools. What makes the iPod scenario compelling is that it plugs into Panther, allowing you to leverage some of its powerful technologies. And that’s what I’m going to explore here today.”

Vaja Launches New Website

Vaja, makers of fine leather cases for MP3 players (including the iPod), PDAs and cell phones has launched their newly redesigned website along with a new company logo.

ColorWave offers custom painting for iPods and more

The Screensaver’s Yoshi DeHerrera has a review of ColorWares custom painting service for PCs, iBooks, PowerBooks, and iPods. Also coming soon is custom painting for G5 desktops. You can watch the ScreenSavers at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern.

“The iPod is painted without taking it apart. This means the warranty is not affected. Considering how clean the job is, I thought the iPod was taken apart and painted. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. The paint quality is the kind most people would be happy to have on their car.”

Pyrim Announces i-Track Holiday Special

Pyrim Technologies, Inc. Announces a Special Holiday Offer on the i-Trac: The iPod Travel Case. From now until January 5, 2004, purchase the “Holiday Special” i-Trac and receive a wireless FM transmitter, which is now available in white, at no additional cost—a $19.99 value. Hurry because supplies are limited. While at the site, be sure to also check out the new Ear Buddy and take a look at the new lower price on the i-Caddy (formally called the Ear Buddy).

iTrip Station Locator Launched

I daveloped an iTrip station locator together to help the iPod & iTrip users out there.  It was a pain to go through the MANY stations to find the best one to use with my iPod. Now you can add your favortie iTrip station to the list so others may easily find the best station in their city!

Griffin to release iTalk - iPod voice recorder

Based on my conversations with a Griffin Technology representative at the Mac Expo London, I have discovered Griffin Technology is about to release a new product, called the iTalk. The iTalk is to be a device similar to Belkin’s Voice Recorder, but with more advanced functionality.

inMotion Speakers makes Best Product of the Year list

In an article about how companies are embracing modern design to drive sales, Fortune magazine has named the Altec Lansing inMotion speakers for iPod one of its 25 Best Products of the Year.

Why they’re so cool These battery-powered, paperback book-sized speakers are the iPod’s dream home. They look sharp, travel well, and perform like rock stars.”

iSkin, Inc. Announces all-new iSkin eXo2

piciSkin, Inc., formally ackNOWLEDGE, today announced the all-new iSkin eXo2 protective skins for 3G iPods. The new exo2 features a stainless steel belt clip, screen protector, beveled holes for button access, integrated FireWire/dock port cover, coated with an anti-static agent, rear heat holes for heat dissipation, anti-slip grip and comes in four colors;  Arctic (clear white frosted), Sonic (vibrant electric blue), Ebony (solid midnight black) and Carbon (dark grey). More colors and glow-in-the-dark series will be added later. The exo2 is available now for $29.99.

Savier Studio Backpack

pic Savier have fitted the Studio backpack with an amp and ultra-thin Si-5 NXT technology speakers. The speakers have 360° projection and work just as well whether they are folded out or zipped away. There is a concealed Board Chute deck holder and a compartment designed to take a portable music player. The Studio BackPack retails for $89.99.

New iPod Books Released

The famous ‘For Dummies’ line of books is now offering iPod & iTunes For Dummies by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes priced at $11.89 at Amazon.com. Also new is the iPod Companion book by Tony Bove priced at $17.49.

Dension ice-Link for iPod mini-review

“The Dension Ice-Link for iPod sets out to link your ipod to your car head unit, providing control over the iPod either from the steering wheel buttons/stalk or the head unit itself, and, of course, the iPOD sound plays through the vehicles speakers.

The unit consists of a silver metallic box, slighlty larger than a box of matches, a cable to connect into your head units CD changer socket and an encapsulated PCB that connects the silver convertor box to the iPod and provides iPod charging. [click ‘Read more’]

Lajo announces iSkin 2 for 1 Special for older iPods

pic#### is offering a buy 2 for the price of 1 on iSkins for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

“12,000 plus #### designed Protec and ISK5 iPod silicone cases, the cornor stones of iSkin’s rise to fame are being offered to the faithful. Now you can get 2 ISK5 for only $15 and or 2 Protec for only $20. Make your selection early to get your choice of colors. A special #### TPU zip case designed for an ISK5’d and a Protec’d iPod will be available at a 2 for 1 price of $10.00 for those that want further zip up protection.”

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