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Thursday, December 26, 2002

Pyrim Technologies Announces The Ear Buddy

Pyrim Technologies has released a simple attachment for iPod which attaches to the back and stores your earphones when not in use. The Ear Buddy features wrap-around cable management and a pouch to store the earphones. You can take advantage of the “Early-bird Special” and get the Ear Buddy for $5.99.

“In response to demand for an easier way to carry, store and use earbuds, Pyrim Technologies has designed the Ear Buddy. The Ear Buddy can be
attached to the back of the iPod, attached to an iPod case or carried
stand-alone. “

For more info…

Mac: PodManager 1.3 Released

“Pod Manager is a MacOS X application to extract music files stored on iPods. It is intuitive, easy to use and features a state of the art Aqua user interface. Being entirely MacOS X native, Pod Manager is also very fast and responsive.”

    What’s new in v1.3:
  • Better sorting for album and artist columns
  • New help file accessible from the Help menu
  • Improved ID3 tags detection
  • Help is provided for special cases (iPod isn’t connected or recognized).

License: Shareware $7.95
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.x
For more info…

iPod case with swivel belt clip for $12

Dealmac reports:

“A reader spotted the graphite Netalog Neoprene iPod Case with swivel belt clip for $11.99 plus $5 shipping at It’s among the cheapest iPod cases we’ve seen. “

For more info…

Mac: PodWorks 1.1 Released

“The premiere iPod song copying utility for Mac OS X.

    What’s new in v1.1:
  • PodWorks 1.1 combines bug fixes with a number of improvements prompted by user requests:
  • Added proper Unicode support to enable the correct display of non-Latin characters (such as the Japanese character set).
  • Added preferences to provide greater user control over file renaming.
  • Reorganized menus to be more intuitive.
  • Added convenience menu items to enable copies of all items or selected items without using drag-and-drop.

“The update is free to registered users, and can be downloaded from the PodWorks website.

Additionally, I am happy to announce that, by popular demand, the price of PodWorks has been lowered to $5.99.”

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and a Mac iPod
For more info…

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Connect iPod to Your Car Stereo

iLounger David R. emails us with information about specialized adapter cables to directly connect iPod to your car stereo. Multi Technology Equipment LLC manufactures adapters for many car makes such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Toyata, Volkswagen and more. Most factory car stereo adapters sell for $74.99 and are available for purchase at

“I’ve found something really cool for the iPod. I’ve got a 2001 VW Passat and have been searching (in vain) for a really elegant way to interface an iPod into my OEM car stereo system. Recently, I found a website that sells specialized cables for a variety of car makes. This cable lets you use a “CD changer” input as an AUX IN input, allowing an iPod to directly connect to your car stereo.”

For more info…

Monday, December 23, 2002

iPod in its Element

Honda has embraced iPod and is featuring it in a QuickTime movie to showcase the audio features of its new Element SUV. The Element features a passenger side MP3/digital-media auxiliary jack.

For more info…

Refurbished iPod 5GB for $180

Deals On The Web reports:

“If you missed out on the MicroCenter deal for the refurbished 5 Gigabyte iPod MP3 player at $179.99 that we posted last week, be sure to check your local stores for stock. Although sold out online, we have multiple reports of readers finding stock at their local MicroCenter stores this past weekend.”

For more info…


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