iLounger Larry W. has informed us that Griffin Technology has announced it has canceled the production of the iFM Radio for iPod in an email to customers who pre-ordered. The Griffin website has also removed the iFM from its products page. Click ‘Read more’ for the letter from Griffin.
Radtech and Geekshelter partnered up to bring you an after Christmas give-away. We thought those lucky ones who got an iPod from Santa would need a case to keep their precious iPod in, so we are giving away five (5) PodSleevz! Please enter your information [at the link] for a chance to win a PodSleev with the color and size of your choice!
The people that brought you MacSkinz for Apple computers is soon to release iPodSkinz. iPodSkinz are formed plastic “Skinz” that snugly fit over the front of your iPod. “Our first release will be a few solid tones for all sizes of the original iPod only. The newer iPods will be “Skinned” sometime after the beginning of 2004. They cover and attach to the iPod just like our MacSkinz cover the iBooks and PowerBooks. The price will be $12.50 each with a 3+ quantity discount at $10.00 each.”
iLounger ‘thericky’ shares his step-by-step integration of iPod and his 2004 Honda Accord. You’ll find this and many other auto installation discussions in our ‘iPod-In-Car Solutions’ forum.
“I recently installed the Soundgate SNHOND3 into my brand new ‘04 Honda Accord EX V-6 so that I could use my iPod in the car. I’ve been using an FM transmitter for a long time in my old car and was tired of hearing static and trying to find stations that worked.
Here you will find step-by-step, picture-filled instructions on how to install the SNHOND3 unit into your ‘03 or ‘04 Accord. They are identical installations.”
iLounge has spoken with a representative from company ‘X’ about a Bluetooth headphone set being developed and we will be one of the first to beta test the device. No further details can be divulged at this time, but we’ll post more at a later date.
Lajo, designer/manufacturer of exo silicone cases has announced that Pepsi has recently purchased 600 indigo exo cases to dress up iPods in their company colors for a major give away to be announced soon. Lajo says that this marks the beginning of companies like Pepsi using exo and exo2 to represent their company colors or to carry their logo in 2004, a year of iPod giveaways. Apple and Pepsi are expected to give away over 100 million free songs from the iTunes Music Store and it’s announcement is scheduled for February 1, 2004.
Monster Cable Products has released several new iPod products in addition to the recently reported iCarPlay Wireless. The Monster iCase Travel Pack ($70) is a large carry case which comes with a Monster iCarCharger to charge your iPod, a Monster iSplitter to share music with a friend, and room for all your gear. The Monster iSpeaker Portable ($60) is a portable speaker system for iPods and laptops and features eight hours of playtime on a set of four AA batteries and includes a three foot mini to mini stereo cable. The Monster iSportCase ($20) features a white translucent rubber case with an open-face design, belt clip and self-adhesive car mount for use in the car. The iSportCase comes in small (10, 15, 20GB) and large (30, 40GB) size for all iPods with dock connectors. As of this posting, Monster Cable does not yet have any of the new accessories available for purchase, but Apple Store online has the iCase Travel Pack for $69.
iLounger ‘Indolering’ has informed us that Monster Cable Products has quietly released a new FM transmitter for 3G iPods on its website. The Monster Cable iCarPlay Wireless - FM Transmitter features an inline, one-button FM channel selection with eight available channels, Smart Digital Charger and 24k gold contacts. “ Plug the iCarPlay Wireless charger end into the 12v outlet (cigarette lighter) in your car and plug the other end into the dock connector on the bottom of your iPod. Select an FM station on the iCarPlay Wireless, and find the same station on your car stereo; pick your favorite song on your iPod and you’re ready to roll. Your music transmits wirelessly to your car stereo using FM radio frequencies.” The iCarPlay is available now at the online Apple Store for $69 with an estimated 1-2 business days for shipping.
The men’s Burton Shield ($380), Ronin 2L ($360) and the women’s Radar 2L ($360) jackets are now available for purchase at Burton’s online store. All jackets feature “an updated, flexible SOFTswitch
Best Buy has the Belkin TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter F8V367-APL for only $30 - $10 rebate (exp 12/13) = $20 w/ free shipping. Plug it into your iPod’s headphone jack and the signal is broadcast via FM.
Tune Belt today announced the iPod Armband Carrier. “The innovative design is engineered to fit iPods in upside down so that when the arm is raised slightly with the flap open the LCD reads right side up! Other design features include open access for the touch wheel and touch buttons, a clear protective window for the LCD, an opening in the bottom for the headphone jack or remote cord to come out, and a zip pocket on the flap for personal items or the earbud headphones when not in use. A diagonal reflective accent strip enhances the sleek look even more and provides nighttime safety as well. The arm strap is easily adjustable with one hand up to 20
iSkin Inc. today launched its iSkin Tattoo Service. Organizations, businesses and institutions can now order iSkin products with their logotype, web site address or company message printed on it to create a unique, functional branding solution. The minimum order for the Tattoo service is 50 pieces. Prices vary based on individual print locations and quantity color.
iLounger 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 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 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. 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.
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.
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.