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Covertec releases iPod III case

picCovertec has launched a new iPod III leather case for 3G iPods. The iPod III case features flip-top design with magnetic closure, storage for credit cards, license, etc. and the Covertec belt clip ‘Wips System’. The ‘Wips System’ belt clip rotates 360° and when removed it leaves the back of the case flat without any protruding hardware. iPod III retails for $39.95 and is available in black, red, tan and black/orange. Covertec also sells a similar case for classic iPods for $39.95 in black, red, brown and black/orange. There is no indication which classic iPod model fits the case.

DIY Infiniti G35 iPod Install

pic iLounger ‘kloh’ has skillfully installed an iPod dock into a center console compartment in his Infiniti G35 coupe. The dock has been permanently mounted within the compartment with a Belkin FM transmitter connected via the line out port. ‘Kloh’ notes that as soon as Blitzsafe completes the AUX kit for iPod, he’ll connect the dock directly to the car stereo’s input.

Terforma releases iSleeve for iPods

picTerforma has informed us that they have released a new type of case for iPod named iSleeve. Made of molded rubber, the iSleeve encases the iPod like an armored exoskeleton. The iSleeve features a retractable HipClip™ belt clip, StoBand™ for holding the case in your hand and StoPhone™ for storing earbuds. The iSleeve retails for $49.99, is available in black (nox) or white (mono) and comes in two models; G1 for older iPods and G2 for all new iPods. Terforma is currently taking pre-orders and a representative said, “We anticipate shipping by the end of this month if not sooner.”

RadTech debuts iPodsleevz

pic Christian Heber of i-Pod.de emailed information regarding a new case he discovered while attending Apple Expo Paris. RadTech debuted their new iPodsleevz for iPod. According to the photo, the cases seem to be made of a synthetic suede material and covers the face of the iPod. Christian reports that the touch wheel and buttons are functional while the iPod is in the case. iPodsleevz feature a clear screen protector, access to the top of iPod, and an access hole for the dock connector. iPodsleevz will be sold in a multitude of colors (see photo) for about $18 and are ready to ship. Note: The RadTech website has not yet been updated with iPodsleevz information.

iTrips in the UK

I’ve done some extensive searching and managed to find two UK retailers that stock iTrips. The first one is Alta Technology, and they have stock of iTrips for 1st and 2nd generation iPods. The iTrip for new 3rd generation iPods are not yet shipping. Join the email list to be notified. The second retailer is Everything iPod UK, and they have stock of iTrip for older iPods for £40. The new iTrip (albeit at £43) for new 3rd generation iPods are not yet shipping. Join the email list to be notified. Don’t forget the iTrip is illegal in the UK due to the UK Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949. You can own one, but you can’t use it.

Free iShade and eXo to test drivers in Illinois

Allabouttheaccessories.com is offering 35 iShade colored screen protectors and 5 EXO Cases available to Illinois members for test drives. The first 5 people to respond to me will receive an EXO case and a colored iShade. The remaining 30 people will receive one colored iShade protector. Please respond to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your iLounge user ID and I will reply with details on how to get the free stuff. Thanks

Belkin releases Leather Holster and Flip Case for 3G iPods

picBelkin has posted information on two new cases for use with 3G docking iPods. The Leather Holster features an open face design, swivel clip and retails for $24.99. Belkin notes the Holster ‘complements’ only 10 and 15GB iPods. The Leather Flip Case features a Velcro cover which swings out-of-the-way for docking, PVC screen protector, swivel clip and retails for $29.99. Belkin does not say, but we assume the Flip Case fits all docking iPods. iPoding notes that Apple Store online has the Leather Holster listed for $19.95.

Sendstation PocketDock Now Shipping

picI just received an email from Sendstation, makers of the PocketDock FireWire adapter. It states that preorders for the PocketDock are now shipping. The website states that shipping time to the USA and Canada is 4-7 weekdays, shipping within Europe is 1-4 weekdays and the rest of the world is 4-14 weekdays. The PocketDock costs $18.95 for a single adapter and is also available in a 3-pack for $52.95.

iSkinWorld UK offers free iShade for iSkin eXo

pic iSkinWorld is offering 35 iShade coloured screen protectors available to the UK for test drives. The first 35 people to email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with their name, iLounge user ID and a UK address will get to choose one of 7 iShade colours. iShades are designed to be used with iSkin eXo cases and together create an individual look and offer great protection for 3rd Gen iPods.

Smart debuts i-move car with iPod connectivity

We recently reported that Daimler Chrysler’s European Smart division will announce tomorrow the new i-move car at Apple Expo Paris featuring an iPod connectivity kit. Smart has launched a website with information (although in French) about the new i-move car and iPod Kit. As noted by MacMinute, the connectivity kit consists of a “dock, found just above the gear shift, takes advantage of the new iPod’s bottom connector and appears to be connected directly to the car’s audio system, allowing you to control volume and tracks from the head unit.”

Engineered Audio explains shipping delay for RemoteRemote

Engineered Audio, developers of the RemoteRemote wireless remote controller for iPod have sent iLounge an open letter explaining its delay in shipping. The demand for a shipping product has been intense since its announcement. Please click ‘Read more’ for the open letter.

Tom’s Hardware reviews iSkin eXo

Tom’s Hardware has posted a comprehensive review of the iSkin eXo case for 3G iPod.

“Overall, the iSkin eXo is a great case product that enhances the beauty of the iPod while providing a far better level of protection than most other cases. The silicone design and shape should protect it from many common mishaps far better than other cases. While this design may not appeal to everyone, ackNOWLEDGE, a Canadian company, presents a new twist on case design and protection with style.”

E&B release Slipper iPod case

pic E&B Company, makers of cases for PDAs and handheld devices has released a new case for iPod named Slipper. The all black leather case features a flip-lid design, magnetic closure, access to all functions/ports and a removeable leather pouch for earbuds. The Slipper comes in two versions; with belt clip for $49.95 and without belt clip for $46.95. Both versions are in stock and shipping for 10, 15 and 30GB iPods.

Shinza announces ZeroShock case

picShinza has released a line of accessory cases for digital devices including a small size said to be perfect for iPod. The ZeroShock Mobile Accessory cases feature “high-resistance polyurethane foam that provides superior absorption of external impact force”, two mesh pockets, comes in three sizes (small, medium and long), and is available in black or grey.

New XtremeMac iPod Deluxe case announced

XtremeMac has released the new iPod Deluxe leather cases for 3G iPod models. The case has a patent pending design feature where the iPod is held in place without anything in the front covering the face of iPod. It also features a large access hole for the headphone/remote ports, and the front flap with Velcro closure can be opened without having to unplug the cable. The Deluxe case comes in Black Leather or Camel Tweed and is available for $29.95 (includes belt clip).

ProClip announces auto mounts for iPod

pic ProClip, makers of custom made accessory mounts for automobiles has announced new mounts for iPod. “ProClip mounting brackets are clip-on devices, that attach to the car or truck’s dashboard or console, and can be self-installed in seconds. Once the bracket is in place, a custom designed holder is attached to provide a perfect fit for the Apple iPod.” ProClip holders for 10, 15 and 30GB iPod are available for $34.95 and cost for mounts vary depending on model.

VAJA Outlet sells cases at 50% off

Argentine case maker Vaja has opened an outlet on its website to liquidate cases at 50% off regular pricing. “There are over 100 cases and over 15 leather combinations, all first class products which the same Vaja purchase terms and conditions, shipping and warranty policies as the rest of our products in the website.” There are only cases available for 5GB and 10GB iPods. There are no cases available for new 3G iPods.

Battery replacement kit for 3G iPods

The Laptops for Less website has posted information announcing that a battery replacement kit for new 3G iPods is under development and will be available by October ‘03. The replacement kit includes a new Li-Ion battery, tools and instructions for $49. Laptops for Less also sells a replacement battery kit ($59) for non-docking iPods and an AC adapter ($29) for all iPods.

Secrets of the iPod, Third Edition Released

Peachpit Press has announced the release of the third edition of Secrets of the iPod by Mac author and columnist, Chris Breen.

“A reengineered, all-touch interface; customizable menus; on the-go playlists; support for more (and better) audio formats; a new travel alarm clock; wired remote control; an elegant and convenient charging and syncing dock; and a trio of fun games are just some of the new features covered here. You’ll also find hints for accessorizing and protecting your iPod, tips for maximizing its storage capabilities, and troubleshooting advice for when it refuses to cooperate.”

iTrip for 3G iPod delayed again

Here is the response to my inquiry about my iTrip order status to Griffin customer service:

“There was a delay due to unexpected manufacturing issues. The new iTrip is slated to begin shipping by the end of September. The standard protocol for shipping iTrips will be to send out the oldest pre-orders first.  The expediency to which we can get to your order will depend upon when the order was received and the availability of our inventory. We here at Griffin will work as hard as we can to get your orders to you.  We value your interest and appreciate your patience.”

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