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Download Now: iLounge Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006

imageIt’s here: just in time for your wish list, iLounge released the free Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006, packed with all sorts of amazing iPod goodies, ratings of over 650 products, tables of used iPod prices, and much more. Click on read more for details and download links. Enjoy!


New! One page full-screen version, best for monitors under 20” and printing.

New! Two page super-wide version, best for monitors over 20” (and not for printing).

11MB | Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later.


We’re proud to announce the immediate availability of The iLounge Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006, our annual guide to the year’s best iPod hardware, accessories, and software. Here’s what’s inside:
  • Sneak Peeks: See many new iPod accessories debuted exclusively in the Book, including Belkin’s new TuneBase FM and TuneFM for iPod nano and the new iPod, Griffin’s new iTrip Auto and TuneBuds for iPod nano, Vaja’s iVod for iPod nano, Power Support’s Silicone Jacket for iPod nano, Core Cases’ Aluminum Case for iPod nano, ProClip’s Padded Holder for iPod nano, and more.
  • Re-introducing the iPod: Pick the best iPod for you, the iLounge way - 13 pages of iPod and iTunes phone hardware reviews and comparison information, with all the essential details you need. Want a new iPod? Want to sell your old iPod? Has the iPod mini really disappeared forever? The answers to your questions are here, including fair market value tables for used iPods and comparison guides to every current iPod model.
  • A Brief History of iPod + iTunes: Learn the history of the iPod and iTunes in a flash with our new timelines, now including fascinating details on the growth of iTunes from a 200,000-song store for Mac users into a 2 million-song store with over 10 million PC and Mac customers. Up to date with all key events through the date of publication.
  • iLounge Photo and Art Contests: Winners of the (amazing) Black and White Photos contest and Design the Ultimate iPod Accessory Contest, plus honorable mentions for both. Who won the $1800 in prizes, including iBall speakers, Belkin accessories, and iPod nanos? You’ll be blown away by the pictures and ideas inside.
  • The Ten Must-Have Accessories for Your iPod: We’ve reviewed over 650 accessories and iPods, and know that you don’t want to read all the reviews. So our Holiday Buyers’ Guide looks at the top 10 categories of accessories and helps you choose the best ones for your iPod, needs, and budget. Inside, you’ll find the world’s first reviews of AKG’s beautiful k701 Headphones, Altec Lansing’s iM716 and iM616, DLO’s New TransPod, Harman/Kardon’s Drive + Play, Talking Panda’s iBar, Atech Flash’s iDuo, and our famous Report Card - now with ratings for over 650 different iPod-related products.
  • Plus regular iLounge Guide features, including The iPod Directory, Backstage at iLounge, and Closing the Curtain: Voice of the People.

The iLounge Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006 is a totally free download. We’ve designed two versions - “one-page widescreen” and “two-page spreads,” but strongly recommend “one-page widescreen” for viewing on monitors under 20” in size, and for printing. Please download only one version so that others can get their copies. Please Tell A Friend or two about the Holiday Buyers’ Guide. And please do your part to share the Guide on your file-sharing network of choice, with friends through e-mail, or though a mirror link (post in comments below) - that’s all we ask.

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How about montiors right at the 20” mark? :P

Posted by angawi on November 3, 2005 at 1:51 PM (CST)


I have run window xp with my ipod. when I connect my usb (ipod to computer) nothing happens. It used to after a few minutes show the name of my ipod in the library

Posted by Rudy Little on November 3, 2005 at 3:54 PM (CST)


When trying to open your PDF, I get: “There was an error opening this document. This viewer cannot decrypt this document.”

This is caused because you saved it using 128 bit RC4 encryption which my PDF viewer (and some versions of Acrobat itself) can’t handle.  Can you please save a 40 bit version?  This way you will be compatible with the widest number of viewers.

Posted by ulysses on November 3, 2005 at 4:15 PM (CST)


Once again, your buyer’s guide hits the mark.  Being able to see upcoming products along with all the reviews, hints and guides allows us the pleasure of making intelligent decisions.

Steve should pay your team and put a permanent link from the Apple website.  At the very least, you should get the latest iPods of your choice for free.

Posted by Bill M. on November 3, 2005 at 10:21 PM (CST)


The laptop picture of the B&W contest was awesome and truly deserved to win, but the second one wasn’t that great compared to other pictures. For example it lacked the creativity of the one that was an ipod formed by fall tree leaves, or the context power of the one of the ipod in the fallen tree after the Wilma Hurricane. However I respect the reasons of why you choose it and I feel kind of honored that at least you used one of my pictures for the index page of the guide. :)

This is another great ipod guide, Im very glad you guys do this cause it helps a lot of people to check out diferent options of accesories and stuff

Posted by serge on November 4, 2005 at 1:24 AM (CST)


thanks - these are great for a newcomer to ipods

Posted by GoldCoaster on November 4, 2005 at 1:26 AM (CST)


Nice ! ... Downloding..

Posted by SoLiD_MasteR on November 4, 2005 at 8:49 AM (CST)


Great, user-friendly comprehensive guide many thanks.  A friend of mine is about to buy an iPod and I was recently trying to explain to her differences/pros and cons between all the models but now I have just emailed her the link to the guide and wished her lots of fun.  The history section is very interesting too, as is the price guide for used iPods (although to be fair I don’t think I’ll ever want to sell my beloved mini). Am very tempted to print the guide for myself but am feeling very guilty as it’s so long and that’s a lot of paper!

Posted by Isabelle on November 4, 2005 at 10:59 AM (CST)


Jeremy—could I suggest that you provide your guides in Web format (e.g.HTML) in the future? Even if I’m only interested in a small part of the Guide (say, the headphone reviews), I have to download the whole PDF which takes awhile, even on broadband.

PDF’s OK for dry business documents, but Web pages are more easily searched.

Posted by FloydC on November 4, 2005 at 2:30 PM (CST)


Hello!  I am a brand new to your site.  I really enjoyed your holiday gift guide “spread”!  It’s very helpful!

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Jan on November 7, 2005 at 10:09 PM (CST)


Excelent job guys,many thanks..

Posted by Ruben on November 7, 2005 at 10:48 PM (CST)


Very nice. And please stick to the PDF format. So much nicer!

And of course, a big thank you (also from all of my relatives who now know what to give me for christmas).

Posted by procreate on November 9, 2005 at 11:32 AM (CST)


ipod are the shit they hella coo i got the new nano and is the bast so far
the bast

Posted by theshit on November 11, 2005 at 1:03 PM (CST)


I’m very impressed by the guide.  Good job!

Posted by Andy on November 11, 2005 at 5:06 PM (CST)


Beautiful Job! Thanks for the Über informative article on the history of the iPod.

Posted by Freddy_Ramone on November 18, 2005 at 10:12 AM (CST)


Yes, make it a web page! I have dialup internet (ARRRGH!) and its sooooooooooo slow!

but it is an amazin guide so its worth it! ;)

Posted by iPodIzzy in Plymouth, Devon, England on November 19, 2005 at 10:04 AM (CST)


Beautiful buyers guide however I was disappointed in the lack of 5G iPod video products.

Posted by james Holloway on November 21, 2005 at 8:49 PM (CST)


So were we - that’s what happens when Apple introduces a new iPod right before the holidays. We did what we could in First Looks.

Thanks to everyone for your great comments.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on November 21, 2005 at 9:33 PM (CST)


Great I love this site!! Great sourse of information!!..

But I have a question.. With the new Ipod Video.. is their any way of downloading DVD’s from your home to the Ipod? Without a cost? If so.. how can I? Thanks.

Posted by Nia Alavezos on November 23, 2005 at 10:53 AM (CST)


great job

Posted by tamera on November 26, 2005 at 12:02 AM (CST)

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