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Speck debuts ‘Connect and Protect’ for iPod shuffle

imageSpeck Products today announced “Connect and Protect,” a new silicone iPod shuffle skin with four connecting caps that allow you to “strap, clip, and connect your shuffle to just about anything.” The $29.95 package features a clear skin with separate lanyard cap, key chain cap, carabiner cap, and pen cap.

“Connect and Protect has your Shuffle covered and connected: around your neck, on your bag, keys, pants, tie, dress, scarf… wherever you want it! The rubberized Skin keeps your Shuffle protected—the 4 caps keep it connected.”

PocketParty turns iPod shuffle into tiny boombox

imagePodGear’s new PocketParty Shuffle is a new speaker system that turns an iPod shuffle into “the world’s tiniest ghetto blaster.” The iPod shuffle simply plugs into the top of the PocketParty via the headphone port. The device has two speakers and a status light on one side. It’s not clear if you’ll be able to control the iPod shuffle’s playback options with the PocketParty controls.

“Designed exclusively for the iPod shuffle, and taking design cues from the world’s most iconic flash MP3 player, the PocketParty can even be worn around the neck like the iPod itself,” the company says. It offers 1 watt of stereo output and up to 10 hours of battery life from a single AA battery. PodGear representatives said the PocketParty Shuffle will sell for £24.99 and should be ready within a month.

PodBuddies offers new iPod shuffle figurines

imagePodBuddies has announced a new figurine/iPod shuffle holder. “Introducing Silhouette Boy 1.0 and Silhouette Girl 1.0. Both of the pieces are a take on the popular commercial and also serve as iPod shuffle holders. Each piece is individuall numbered and signed by Ivy and will be a limited run of only 100 pieces. The piece comes on a base that will allow your shuffle to fit on nicely and not slip off.” The figurines will sell for $18.99 each.

LuxPro adds tiny screen to iPod shuffle clone

imageAfter slightly tweaking and renaming its original iPod shuffle clone, LuxPro has now added two new versions of its “Super Tangent

Griffin unveils TuneCaps for iPod shuffle

imageGriffin Technology today announced TuneCaps, three new carrying options for the iPod shuffle. The TuneCaps package — which is priced at $14.99 and scheduled to begin shipping later this month — includes a wrist strap iPod shuffle cap, a belt clip cap, and a keyring attachment.

“Slip on TuneCaps’ Wrist Strap cap for fingertip convenience. Replace the shuffle’s cap with TuneCaps’ handy pocket clip and secure it to your pocket (or belt or necktie or whatever). Slip on TuneCaps’ keyring attachment and take your tunes with you while you drive.”

DLO Action Jacket for iPod shuffle now available

imageDigital Lifestyle Outfitters today announced that it’s now shipping the DLO Action Jacket for iPod shuffle (iLounge Rating: A-). The compact neoprene case features a built-in belt clip with 180-degree rotation and a workout armband that “fits any arm size — from toothpick to python.” It also offers a clear viny protector that completely covers the iPod shuffle controls. The DLO Action Jacket for iPod shuffle is available online now for $24.99.

PodGear ships Shuffle Station

imageUK-based PodGear today announced the immediate availability of the Shuffle Station, its new portable speaker system and charging dock for the iPod shuffle. Announced in March, the Shuffle Station can be powered by four AAA batteries or from an included AC adapter. It offers line-in and line-out ports, and folds flat for traveling.

“With a MSRP of just £34.99, the Shuffle Station has every feature a shuffle owner might need while away from their computer and is only £15 more expensive than the Apple AC USB charger, making it an extremely attractive package,” notes PodGear.

MP3Band-It armband for iPod shuffle announced

imageThe MP3Band-It is a lightweight armband for active use with Apple’s iPod shuffle. “The adjustable armband is made of comfortable elastic and velcro to fit most arm sizes, providing hands-free flexibility while you move and exercise,” says the company behind the product.

The MP3Band-It is available in a 1.5-inch wide size for $18.99, and a 1-inch wide size for the same price. Both are available in black or white.

Apple offers iPod shuffle Lanyard and Caps

imageApple has quietly introduced the iPod shuffle Lanyard and Caps, a $19 package that consists of a replacement iPod shuffle lanyard cap and three replacement standard USB caps. The set is Apple’s sixth iPod shuffle accessory and the first to sell for under $29.

“You knew it would happen; we did, too,” says Apple on its online store. “Why not purchase a set of Lanyard and Caps to replace yours that have gone missing?”

DLO intros Flip Clip for iPod shuffle

imageDigital Lifestyle Outfitters today announced the availability of the Flip Clip (iLounge rating: B+) for the iPod shuffle. The snap-on clip “secures the shuffle to a person’s belt, shirt, bag — anywhere they choose — with a spring loaded clasping system that points the shuffle controls and headphones right-side up.”

The Flip Clip attaches to the iPod shuffle by locking into the shuffle’s USB cap, while the frame protects the back of the device from scratches. The $19.99 clip also provides access to the slider switch on the back of the iPod shuffle as well as the controls on the front.

Belkin USB 2.0 hub doubles as iPod shuffle dock

imageBelkin today announced its new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub, which features a top-loading port that allows you to dock your iPod shuffle for syncing/charging. In addition to the top port, the Mac and PC compatible device sports three ports on the back for connecting other various USB devices. All four ports are compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 gear.

The hub is “smartly packaged in a white, compact shell that complements the shuffle and the Mac mini,” and can connect up to two devices without a power adapter. The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub will begin shipping on June 3 for a retail price of $29.95.

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ezGear offers wall charger for iPod shuffle

imageezGear today announced the ezPower Shuffle wall charger for Apple’s iPod shuffle. The ezPower Shuffle connects to a standard U.S. electric outlet, and lets you plug in your iPod shuffle for charging. The product retails for $22.98.

Speck announces dock for iPod shuffle

imageSpeck Products has introduced the Speck Shuffle Dock for charging and syncing your iPod shuffle with your computer. The $24.95 dock — which is $4 cheaper than Apple’s iPod shuffle Dock — works with both the 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffle models, and will begin shipping on May 6.

“Dock your Shuffle on your desk! The Speck Shuffle Dock provides a convenient and stylish stand and docking station for your iPod Shuffle. The perfect solution if your Shuffle won’t fit directly into your USB port — or if you’re just looking for an easier way to sync.”

PodGear intros JumpSuit Shuffle silicone case

imageUK iPod accessory maker PodGear today announced the JumpSuit Shuffle for Apple’s iPod shuffle. The “high quality super thin” silicone case enables iPod Shuffle users to protect their iPod shuffle “from everyday scrapes and scratches while not adding bulk or hiding its great looks.” It features an embossed area over the device’s control pad allowing it to be easily operated through the casing. The JumpSuit Shuffle comes in packs of two in four different color combinations for £9.99.

iPod shuffle ‘Wrappers’ available

imageWrappers are embroidered slip-on covers for the iPod shuffle that provide surface protection and easy access to the player’s controls and ports. They’re available in more than 40 different designs with prices starting at £8.00.

“Every Wrapper is an original, hand-made, limited edition, embroidered work of art,” explains the company behind the Wrappers. “The most complex designs have over 25,000 stitches — which works out at over 400 stitches per square centimeter — with up to ten colors. This gives Wrappers a knitted, tactile feel in your hand which you’ll love after years of shiny plastic.”

Apple takes lead in flash market, continues domination

During its second quarter conference call with press and analysts, Apple revealed that the iPod shuffle was the No. 1 selling flash-based MP3 player worldwide in February with 43 percent market share. The iPod shuffle is expected to be the top-selling flash player in the coming months, but NPD Techworld (which calculates the sales numbers) has not yet released reports for March.

Apple’s iTunes Music Store remains the clear leader in online music sales with a share of 70-75 percent, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The company said over 350 million songs have now been purchased and downloaded from iTunes.

In addition, Apple’s share of the worldwide hard drive-based MP3 player market stands at over 90 percent. With Apple’s quick takeover of the flash market, the company now accounts for more than 70 percent of all MP3 players sold.

Apple also said that Hewlett Packard’s share of the iPod market dropped last quarter to only 3 percent of iPod sales.

Tunewear intros silicone case for iPod shuffle

pic Tunewear today announced the Icewear shuffle, a new high-density transparent silicone case for Apple’s iPod shuffle. The clear case features shock-absorbing ribs on the sides, which provide protection during falls and extra grip. “Compared to traditional silicone cases, the Icewear series uses the same silicone found in diving masks which allows for both scratch protection and a clear view of the iPod’s original form,” says Tunewear.

The Icewear shuffle offers complete access to the iPod shuffle’s control pad, slider switch, headphone port and USB connector. The case comes with two cap covers, one for the regular USB cap and one for the lanyard USB cap. It also includes a removable ball-bearing style chain to prevent loss of the caps. The Tunewear Icewear shuffle will be available next month for $19.95.

ShuffleArt vinyl skins for iPod shuffle released

pic ShuffleArt has announced that its vinyl iPod shuffle skins are now available from iPodStyles.com. The skins are available in five designs — Bloody, Green, Monogram, Hawaiian Blue, and Hawaiian Pink — and are priced at $7.99 for a limited time.

“Give your new iPod shuffle a new look in seconds and protect it from abuse at the same time. All skins are repositionable - removable - reusable for a fast, easy and accurate installation and goo-free removal.”

ShuffleMate for iPod shuffle now shipping

picBruddy Designs is now shipping the ShuffleMate, its all-in-one iPod shuffle accessory that combines the functionality of a case with clips and wire management. Made of clear plastic, the ShuffleMate fits both iPod shuffle models, has a wrap-around base to reduce excess wire, and features a built-in belt clip. The accessory also comes with an industry standard “bull-dog” clip that can be attached to any side of the ShuffleMate via mounting slots. The ShuffleMate is priced at $16.95. Bruddy offers a $3 discount with quantities of two or more.

DLO intros replacement caps, lanyards for iPod shuffle

pic Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today announced the Cool Caps Replacement Caps & Lanyards for the iPod shuffle. The Cool Caps, which replace the standard Apple USB caps, come in a 5-Pack of colored caps, lanyards, and lanyard clips. The lanyard on each of the Cool Caps is adjustable and removable, allowing users to “change the length of the lanyard, mix and match colors from different caps or remove the lanyard altogether and use the caps alone.” The $29.99 Cool Caps 5-Pack includes caps and lanyards in shades of green, blue, white, purple and orange.

 Check out iLounge’s review of the Cool Caps here.

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