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Macally announces new iPod accessories

picMacally has announced five new iPod accessories. The PodCase Waistband ($19.99) features an adjustable, neoprene waistband carrying case with flip-lid velcro enclosure with access to the headphone port, zippered storage pocket and comes in black or grey. The PodCase Armband ($19.99) features an adjustable, neoprene arm band with flip-lid velcro enclosure with access to the headphone port, storage pocket and comes in black or yellow. The PodFM FM Transmitter ($49.99) offers full spectrum FM channels from 88.1MHz to 107.9MHz, compatible with all iPods, power on/off button, quick switch frequency selector (88.1, 94.1, 100.1 and 106.1MHz), and powered by a car’s power outlet or included AC adapter. Retractable audio cable also included. The iPodCarCharger ($14.99) features a blue LED power on indicator and works with existing FireWire and iPod docking cables. The CarCassetteAdapter ($14.99) features a 4 feet cord, 3.5mm audio connector and enables the connection of iPod to a car’s cassette player. All new accesories are marked as ‘coming soon.’

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Sorry, Macally, but I’m sure that the PodFM transmitter is cool, but I’ll stick with my iTrip. I do like the fact that their transmitter draws straight from the cigarette adapter power, but I have an adapter currently for the iPod, so that when I use my iTrip, I plug the iPod into the lighter and then I don’t have to worry about battery life.

Posted by Nick in Irvine, CA on June 3, 2004 at 2:35 PM (CDT)


That FM Transmitter design is a clear ripoff of Belkin’s TuneCast.

Posted by Wired in Irvine, CA on June 3, 2004 at 5:32 PM (CDT)


all of their stuff looks like cheap crap.

Posted by pigpen65 in Irvine, CA on June 3, 2004 at 9:41 PM (CDT)


I second the iTrip.

Posted by Proud in Irvine, CA on June 4, 2004 at 2:44 PM (CDT)


Rather than bash what they’ve shown, has anyone tried this? It has functionality advantages over the iTrip (i.e. charging on the go).

The design ripoff of the TuneCase is inconsequential, for what its worth all of these accessories “rip off” the iPod visual design by using the white colour, and thank goodness for that. And the idea of combining an FM transmitter and a charger cannot be considered revolutionary.

The one difference between this and the DLO Transpod FM that I can see from the photos is that it does not provide a cradle for the iPod. Here in South Africa, that’s a good thing because having stuff like that “on show” is asking to be the victim of crime (e.g. a snatch and grab at traffic lights where kids break the window to grab at a handbag or whatever is lying on the passenger window). I’d far rather have my iPod inconspicously in its case in my centre console than on show for the world to see. And the other difference, of course, is $50!

So, is there anyone that has got their hands on one of these yet? How is it working?

Posted by David Reinhardt in Irvine, CA on June 7, 2004 at 1:27 AM (CDT)


Would love to see a review of the Arm and Waist band cases when they become available. Cant really tell from the pics but they look pretty good.

Posted by Mad Crack Monkey in Irvine, CA on June 8, 2004 at 5:21 PM (CDT)

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