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iPod Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Early Next Year

ExtremeTech has revealed that XtremeMac will be releasing a Bluetooth adapter which will allow the iPod to “stream music from the player

New Burton iPod jackets and backpack

According to Japanese website A-bony, Burton are to release three new iPod jackets and a backpack. There are two men’s jackets, the Shield and Ronin 2L, one for the ladies, the Radar 2L, and the Amp Pack backpack are all expected to be announced November 1, 2003. Apple/Burton released the first model Amp Jacket at Macworld San Francisco in January 2003 and have since been discontinued. The new Burton jackets and Amp Pack use “SOFTswitch technology, which allows the iPod to be controlled through a soft, flexible control pad.” Photos and an illustration of the Amp Pack are available at the bottom of the A-bony website. We had an earlier report about the Amp Pack back in March 2003.

Griffin iFire Now Shipping

Griffin Technology is now shipping the iFire Amp and Adaptor for Apple Pro Speakers.

“Griffin iFire allows any computer with FireWire or an iPod with its charger to connect and power the popular and stylish Apple Pro Speakers. Previously, only a few select models of Apple computers could use Apple Pro Speakers. Now with the Griffin iFire, even Apple Notebooks and the new G5 computers can connect and enjoy the Harman Kardon designed Apple Pro Speakers. The Griffin iFire retails for 39.99.”

Updated: Belkin responds to Media Reader file transfer issue

Brian VanHarlingen, Sr. Technology Manager for Belkin has submitted an official statement to iLounge regarding Belkin’s position on the Media Reader transfer issue.

A reader at dpreview.com has discovered that transferring large files from large capacity compact flash cards is a slow process. A 500MB file transferred from card to Media Reader took 22 minutes. Other transfer tests indicate slow speeds as well - about 1 minute to transfer a 20MB file at 0.300MB per second. Belkin has acknowledged that there is a problem with large file transfers. Belkin is said to be working with Apple to solve the problem. If it’s an hardware issue, Belkin says it will replace the units. If it’s a software issue, Apple will most likely release a firmware update.

LCD Remote for iPod?

A reader has informed us of an Apple iPod presentation on the Apple Sales Web website (members only). Of interest, is a slide depicting a photo of an iPod with an illustrated LCD remote, radio tuner and microphone. Two of the four accessories listed in the slide are shipping - the microphone and photo card reader by Belkin. And Griffin Technology has already announced an FM tuner for iPod. This information leads us to believe that one day there may be an LCD remote released as well. One can only hope. iLounge has verified the Apple iPod presentation for authenticity and concludes it is not a fake.

Spike your iPod or put it in a corset

pic Just when you think you’ve seen all the cases available for iPod, along comes a new company with new designs. AnetaGenova has released nince new fashion forward designs, unlike any other iPod cases on the market. Some of the more unique cases are as follows; the Sid case (as in Sid Vicious) features black leather and metal spikes, the Stardust case (as in Ziggy Stardust) features silver leather and metal buckles, the Monty (as in Monty Python) features pink python leather and the La Femme case features pink leather lacing resembling a corset. The AG iPod cases start at $95 and go up to $195 for the La Femme case.

“The most luxurious leather iPod cases have arrived! Born of the latest fashion trends the AG collection of iPod cases is exciting and individualistic. If you want to dress your iPod in the latest fashion check out http://www.anetagenova.com.”

Macworld’s Jim Heid reviews the Belkin Media Reader for iPod

I’ve published a review of the Belkin Media Reader for iPod at my Mac iLife site. Overall, I really like this device, though I have yet to get iPhoto or Image Capture to recognize that the iPod contains photos.

“Although the iPhoto-import issue still has me stymied, I’m impressed with the Belkin Media Reader for iPod. It’s beautifully integrated with the iPod’s software—if you know how to navigate the iPod’s menus, you know how to use the Media Reader.”

Replacement battery for 3G iPods released

LaptopsForLess has released a battery replacement for 3rd generation (docking) iPods. The kit includes battery, installation instructions and a small screw driver. We do not recommend using the metal screw driver, because it can scratch your iPod when trying to open the case. Try using a thin, sturdy peice of plastic instead. The battery kit costs $49 and includes a one year warranty.

Reader Review:  iSkin eXo case

iLounger ‘alpower’ has posted a review of the iSkin eXo case and accessories along with other useful information related to iPod.

“Overall I highly rate this case, having used it both at work, cycling off-road, and generally out and about. While I generally take care of the iPod and tend not to drop it anyway, this does give one a bit more reassurance from knocks, and keeps the iPod very clean and scratch free.”

iPod Media Reader Review Posted

Andrew DeVigal has posted a review of the new iPod Media Reader for 3G iPods from Belkin.

“So, again it worked well the first time out. It requires four AAA batteries but Belkin included them in the box. I took a few shots and saved it on my Compact Flash. Updated my iPod since it wasn’t up to 2.1. Put the CF into the device and plugged in the iPod. Selected Extras > Photos > Import Photos > Import on the iPod. (The photo menu only shows up when the reader is connected). I ran a few tests and every once in awhile the iPod connection had to be re-established. But it always worked.”

Belkin posts iPod Media Reader support documents

Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Media Reader. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.

Belkin posts iPod Voice Recorder support documents

Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Voice Recorder. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.

Shure E Series Earphones at Discounted Prices

iLounger David has found that the Pro Audio SuperStore is offering Shure E Series earphones at heavy discounts with free shipping. These prices are substantially lower than what Shure is offering on its own website.

  • Shure E1 Earphones $201.55 $139.00
  • Shure E2 Earphones $110.00

  • XtremeMac iPod Car Charger for $20

    Dealmac: AllAboutTheAccessories.com has the XtremeMac iPod Car Charger for third-generation iPods (with docking port) for $19.50 plus $1.95 shipping. That’s $4 less than the best price we’ve seen elsewhere.

    MacMice Releases DockCover

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    “The DockCover is being offered as an extremely limited edition of only 200 pieces, each one individually serial numbered. Each DockCover is machined from 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum, is hand polished, and is laser engraved with both the DVForge mark and a serial number between 001 and 200. The DockCover is fully described and available for paid pre-order from the MacMice Workspace Products Co. web site, will ship on November 10th, and is priced at $69.99.”

    Editor’s note: The price has been lowered to $39.99.

    First Look at Belkin Media Reader

    iPoding has posted a first look at Belkin’s new Media Reader for iPod.

    “After finishing the importing and disconnecting the Media Reader we connected iPod to the PowerBook and launched iPhoto. iPhoto recognized iPod as a camera and the and brought up the import screen.  We clicked the import button.  We should note that we had imported two rolls into the iPod and iPhoto behaved as though it was importing both.  It turns out however that only the first roll made it into iPhoto.  (Please note: As noted above, we needed to reformat the card after the first time we imported and erased the card via iPod.  Something went very wrong along the way and subsequent imports from the card to iPod resulted in corrupted files.)”

    Belkin Releases Media Reader for 3G iPods

    picBelkin has released a media reader ($100) for 3G iPods (Mac or Windows) and requires iPod Software 2.1.

    Belkin Releases Voice Recorder for 3G iPods

    pic Belkin has released a new voice recorder ($50) for 3G iPods (Mac or Windows) and requires iPod Software 2.1.

    “With the new voice recording features, iPod users can use a Belkin Voice Recorder to record and instantly review over 600 hours of lectures, interviews or notes on a 40GB iPod. Once the iPod is connected to a Mac or Windows PC, the voice notes are automatically synced with the computer just like songs and playlists are synced in the iTunes library. These audio recordings are stored in WAV file format and can be easily edited or even sent to others via email. The Belkin Voice Recorder for iPod is the first third-party voice recording accessory to take advantage of these new capabilities in iPod. Belkin

    Belkin announces TuneDok iPod holder

    Today Belkin officially announced the release of the TuneDok in-car holder for iPod.

    “The TuneDok holds your iPod in position for easy access using AirGrip (TM) suction-cup functionality. Offering three adapter cup configurations (for different-size cup holders), its flexible construction gives a perfect fit in your vehicle

    Proporta to release aluminum iPod case

    picProporta will soon be releasing a 100% aircraft-grade aluminum and neoprene case for 3G iPods featuring access to iPod ports and the ‘Hold switch’. The flip lid design also enables the case to act as a desktop stand. The Proporta website does not have any info as of yet, but we have sent an email to Proporta asking when it is to be released and pricing. Meanwhile, there are several photos of the new iPod case for your viewing. Click ‘Read more.’

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