I bought this the other day, and have a few comments.

The foam inserts to make the 10 Gig G3 "fit" this case are not thick enough to hold it in place. therefore my 2 day old ipod front was scratched by the button holes(which if you feel them are sharp on the inside)

Also, the dock does not hold onto the firewire cable with enough force, and will only take about 1 or 2 dockings to pull it loose.

Posted by vanillacoke on December 4, 2003 at 6:35 AM (PDT) Comment 1

Wow.... sorry to hear that. I didn't experience either of those problems. In fact, I had a little trouble getting the cable into the dock because it was so tight.

Posted by azdude_15gb on December 4, 2003 at 7:14 AM (PDT) Comment 2

My ultimate question is....

Which case is better....this one or the Countour case?

Posted by Brock on December 4, 2003 at 12:31 PM (PDT) Comment 3

The Contour case looks ungly IMO, and so does this one. Excatly how much thickness does the Contour case add to the iPod? Is it as more than the Mareware CEO leather?

Posted by Sam on December 4, 2003 at 2:28 PM (PDT) Comment 4

The contour case is wayyyyyyy better. I've used both and the contour is the clear winner.

Posted by awilkinson on December 4, 2003 at 6:14 PM (PDT) Comment 5

yea, i've had about 4 other cases for my 40GB and the contour is clearly the best, hands down. i had the iSee and it was flippin great too. i bought the flipstand thinking it'd be the next iSee, but it failed me miserably and i gave it away to one of my friends

Posted by indy on December 4, 2003 at 10:58 PM (PDT) Comment 6

So the best case to get for my new ipod 10GB would be the countour? That is the absolute best choice?

Posted by Brock on December 6, 2003 at 12:17 PM (PDT) Comment 7

I disagree about the belt clip, it feels sturdy enough to me and you really have to fiddle with it to remove it. Personally, out of all the cases I have, this is my favorite. It's the only case I have that has both functionality and can actuallly keep up with the ipod in terms of style. I typically only use it when taking the bus to campus and it gets the job done nicely.

Posted by dave on December 8, 2003 at 7:10 AM (PDT) Comment 8

I also love the docking station. It can be used with or without the case and is a very convenient thing to have.

Posted by dave again on December 8, 2003 at 7:11 AM (PDT) Comment 9

Bought the Flipstand, returned it to CompUSA after playing around with it. Nice case, but after a while, just tiresome to constantly keep opening the top and bottom to attach peripherals especially when in the car. Ordered the Contour and hopefully that will be better for me.

Posted by Chomper on December 9, 2003 at 6:13 AM (PDT) Comment 10

wat is fire wire? cyuz im really confuse bout that..

Posted by fariq on December 13, 2003 at 7:37 AM (PDT) Comment 11

i tihnk if you have the ipod in your pocket and you put the rubber pad in the correct place (opposite the button holes) it is by far the best case for protection and accessability im thinking the top accessability problem could be fixed by making interchangable tops but leave everything else alone and for a "free" dock it is great could raise the walls abit for stability

Posted by Matt Schmidt on December 16, 2003 at 8:19 AM (PDT) Comment 12

Is there any sort of padding or soft rubber bumps lining the inside of the case to prevent the ipod from getting scratched (esp since i have the smaller 20gb one) ? Also does the ipod move (ever so slightly while in the case) ?

Posted by cd360 on December 17, 2003 at 11:26 PM (PDT) Comment 13

I have a 30 gig ipod and it doesn't move at all. It takes a while to even get it out it's so tightly packed in there.

Posted by dave on December 19, 2003 at 7:03 AM (PDT) Comment 14

I have the speck case and dock and both like and dislike it...for many of the passed stated reasons. I do run a heavier Extrmecmac cable to my aux. unput on my car stereo....I soon learned that the housing for hte 1/8" male jack would not fit inside the top case port was a dremel project that turned out ok with little effort. I would not have purchase the case had i known that the 20GB required the pad insert. The ads do not state the 20GB would need the pad. I find the contoured holes nice, but still a tad narrow for my meaty finger tips. I have found that i often resort to a "pointing" technique with my pointer finger. The flip stand is nice if listening with out the dock; but you would have to be doing so without the unit the docking port charger will not clear the desk. you must lay the unit on its side with the flip stand partially open. I have not had the scraping problem...but one of the above comments made me extremely nervous about it and i ran to check mine. I bought the dock connector 2.0 + firewire cable and it seems to fit fine in the speck dock. The dock I think, would be much improved if the depth of seat (mounting point for dock cable) was deeper. This would provide a more secure now, the ipod just seems to maintain its posture by bearing its weight on the dock connector alone (not good). I too am not impressed with the clip design and have all but negated this as a choice...(just lost a cell phone yesterday) to the same issue! The unit is pretty/elegant and seems to afford nice protection. It is not handy to use while in an auto however. Even after my dremel mode for the headphones to Aux. in on still have to deal with charging the ipod. The stand must be open to access the dock port...which means you just have a big mess on the seat next to in the end.

Posted by Eric on December 21, 2003 at 7:25 PM (PDT) Comment 15

I bought this case at CompUSA for $29.99 since I though it looked very classy and though the included stand was a big plus, especially for only $30.

While the case does look nice, it is also quite bulky and the flip down wheel cover is rather clunky. I donít like that part at all. The buttons are also quite dificult to access if you have large fingers.

I will be returning it today to purchase the Speck products iSkin which are also available form CompUSA. Iím not sure why I need to buy three of them, but the three pack of iPod Skins is only $29.99.

Posted by Mike Palmer on December 28, 2003 at 4:32 AM (PDT) Comment 16

Having looked at more iPod cases today and failing to find anything that looked good (and worked well), I decided to give the Speck case another chance!

You could get remove the wheel cover and reduce the chunkiness factor Ė especially if you cut off and file the two small hinge bubs that remain on the case. Even without the cover the Speck case protects the iPod about as well as most other cases. With the cover in place there are only the four control buttons and the headset hole open, minimizing the possibility of dirt ingressing into the case.

Also the other hard case I was considering Ė the Contour case Ė seems to have problems with looking dirty very easily due to the while rubber coating. (Plus itís $15 or so more when you include shipping.) Given itís wide availability at CopuUSA for a reasonable price, I think the spec case is definitely worth a look.

Posted by Mike Palmer on December 28, 2003 at 12:41 PM (PDT) Comment 17

1. The reviewer is 100% wrong. The Dock does work with the USB2.0+Firewire cable which is NO different than the regular firewire cable except it has an extra lead for the USB2.0. I guess he doesn't own the combo cable, so had NO clue and made a false statement.

2. The included foam works perfectly for 3G Models. Just slide it in , fit it on the lower back inside, and done. My 10GB 3G model fits very snugly into the case with the foam, so obviously someone here who said it didn't work needs a class on inserting foam I guess.

3. The dock also fits the dock cable "snuggly", almost too snug ... so this stuff about it being loose and the cable moving is nonesense also unless you have a busted dock.

End of story .. highly recommended case + dock.

Posted by Dee Adams on December 28, 2003 at 5:53 PM (PDT) Comment 18

Well, I'm glad he came in here and set us all straight!!! LMFAO ... I'm guessing everyones wrong and HE'S right! BLAHAHAH

Posted by i r teh p0d on December 28, 2003 at 6:19 PM (PDT) Comment 19

My solution to the belt clip problem:

My solution to mounting in a car:


Posted by Paul J on January 14, 2004 at 11:55 AM (PDT) Comment 20

WARNING: I posted earlier that I liked this case, but I'd like to retract my statements. I've owned two ipods in the past three months and each time, after putting them in this case, noticable scratches appear on the screen. Rest assure I will not be using this case anymore.

Posted by dave on February 14, 2004 at 5:59 AM (PDT) Comment 21

I have a 3g 40GB ipod
Can anyone suggest a case that will work with the apple dock. I use my ipod frequently with my home stereo. So being able to protect it from dust and possibly being knocked over by a cat I need a case that works with the dock.
I am not a huge fan of the silicone "skins" cases. It seems that much lint sticks to them, which is a good thing to have it stick to the skin and not the ipod. But again being a cat person, I can only imagine a hairy ipod sitting atop my stereo.
I don't need a belt clip, I don't need to attach itrips or other of the bulkier accesories. I do however use the cd/cassette adapter in the car.
So access to the remote & earphone ports as well as being able to use it with the original dock...that is all I ask. Oh yeah, and a pony!

Posted by disneychick on February 20, 2004 at 8:03 AM (PDT) Comment 22

My only complaint wiht this case is that i did put some small scratches on the front of my 15gb G3 iPod when inserting it ito the case. This doesn't bother me much just as long as the iPod still works I am all set. I am very happy with this case.

Posted by dowjones dpk on April 9, 2004 at 6:13 PM (PDT) Comment 23

Just so you know the usb 2.0 cord WILL FIT in the dock. Also you can you CAN DRILL the top hole to fit third party headphones. and YES IT WILL SCRATCH THE IPOD if you keep on taking it out and putting it in just leave it in people

Posted by Guy on April 27, 2004 at 11:19 AM (PDT) Comment 24


Posted by JR on May 16, 2004 at 4:23 PM (PDT) Comment 25
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