If you could buy them for $5 individually, we wouldn't have made that comment, Nagromme. And calling these "custom designed" is akin to calling tube socks "custom designed" for feet.

Nagromme hasn't met an Apple product yet that (s)he felt didn't deserve adulatory praise.

Posted by Demosthenes on December 1, 2004 at 8:04 PM (PDT) Comment 21

There is such a thing as viral marketing. We're beginning to check into it.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on December 1, 2004 at 8:06 PM (PDT) Comment 22

Isnt heat an issue with these socks?

Posted by The Wozfather on December 1, 2004 at 8:40 PM (PDT) Comment 23

They're custom designed in that they're not the same as already-existing human socks--and so pricing comparison to human socks doesn't make sense, any more than comparing Marware santa cases to non-iPod holiday stockings.

I agree that making people buy 6 will deter many people. But it still comes to $5 each which is not high among iPod cases at all.

Plus, even AS a set, having a daily color choice is a feature. Some want that feature, some don't. I don't! Apple would have more inventory headache if sold separately, but I agree it would make a better product for many buyers. Bundling IS a negative. The unit price on that bundle, however, seems LOW compared to others. That was my point.

As for praising Apple products, I've already said I wouldn't buy this one and linked to what I would :D And I've criticized Apple and their products in VERY harsh terms when I feel it's deserved. I will do so again. The OS X on G3 issue comes to mind. Apple lost that lawsuit and they SHOULD have. People who say Apple was in the right on that invariable don't understand the issue.

And thanks for Googling my name and sharing the link--a fairly childish form of trolling. You'll find from that search that I'm always discussing from a point of reason, whichever side I take, and that I will never flame people or try to paint them as one-sided when they are not. And yes, my position will more often be pro-Apple than not. I switched to Macs for a reason, like it or not, and that's actually a valid choice--one which I use reason, not blind attacks, to support.

Humorously enough, you can find me criticizing Apple on page one of your own Google search, for not updating their QTVR tools for OS X :D

Posted by Nagromme on December 1, 2004 at 9:24 PM (PDT) Comment 24

This review takes these socks way too seriously. I think is absolutely wonderful that the designers at Apple came up with these silly socks. Who else could have made them?

During my recent visit at one of the Apple Stores I looked at the huge amount of iPod cases. They all sucked i.m.h.o. Ugly designs, ugly colours.

When Steve Jobs introduced these iPod socks I coudn't wait ordering them! And I did. Received them a few days ago and they look wonderful. A good choice of colors (reminds me of the Mac OS X label colors). Even the little iPod/Apple labels are designed in six different colors - every other company would have attached standard white labels I guess. Even the box Apple designed for the socks looks great.

It's the perfect gift. They're funny and give a basic protection to your iPod... when you want to navigate you just take the iPod out of its sock. iPods are designed to be touched - not to be covered in some case.

Worth every dollar!!

Found some great pictures on another

I guess they will turn into a collectors item soon.

Posted by encoder on December 2, 2004 at 1:33 AM (PDT) Comment 25

I DID think these were a joke at first. Now I'm coming to terms with hooded sweatshirts for iPods! smile

Posted by Nagromme on December 2, 2004 at 1:25 PM (PDT) Comment 26

Indeed, it is so clear what Apple is saying through these socks. People who buy an iPod only to cover it up in a ugly skin will never see how beautiful an iPod is. Like someone else said, most cases are over designed, they want to protect yet they don't protect the whole iPod because they want to use the iPod without pealing off the skin. An iPod needs to be protected when not in use, or when stuffed into your pockets (what most users do). You want to interact with the iPod? Take it out of its sock and SHOW it to everyone who wants to see it and remind yourself of how beautifully they designed the iPod. With this in mind these socks are perfect, they're fun and they come in attractive colours.

One more thing. Since there are so many cases, people might not know that you use an iPod, but the socks, if they catch on, will be as visible as the iPod itself. Keep up the hype ...

Posted by instantypo on December 2, 2004 at 1:36 PM (PDT) Comment 27

What I want to know is when are Apple going to release matching beanies? For those me and my iPod moments...

Posted by yujimbo on December 2, 2004 at 1:36 PM (PDT) Comment 28

I got my iPod mini a month ago and took no time in buying a "mobile phone sock" for it. These mobile phone accessories are popular here in Thailand, and I found one that could fit my iPod (with slight stretching). I wanted a sock for my iPod because I wanted to protect it from scratching etc. and provide some shock absorption (which it needs; I've already put a dint in the bottom left corner by dropping or knocking it into something somehow). The texture of the fabric also gives you a good grip on your iPod.

If I want to skip songs, I just flick the Hold switch off and press on the corresponding side of the Clickwheel - through the sock - and it goes to the next song. Play/Pause also works through the sock. If I wanna do more than that, I just slip the iPod out of the sock.

I prefer it to the other "skins" etc. on the market. I don't want to feel like my iPod is always wearing a mask, hiding its true, stylish form. At least you can slip the sock on and off easily whenever you want, so you can admire your iPod's design every so often.

My makeshift "iPod sock" was sold for only twenty baht. That's like fifty US cents. Of course, it's got a tear in it now lol, but that's because I'm clumsy.

Posted by tanloveschris on December 3, 2004 at 11:05 AM (PDT) Comment 29

PS. I also have a small drawstring bag that I got free with a totally unrelated household product. If I exert a little force, I can change volume through the bag, whose fabric is much thinner than the sock's. But I usually put the iPod in the sock while in the bag, for maximum shock absorption lol. The drawstring just makes it easier to carry.

Posted by tanloveschris on December 3, 2004 at 11:54 AM (PDT) Comment 30

I'd also agree with the comment that the review seems to be a bit overly serious. The idea behind these is simple -- lots of people want a simple sleeve to toss their naked iPods into when they transport them to avoid getting them scrathed. They don't want a more protective skin or case because they don't have a need for it, and this is a simple solution.

I'm that person. As I'm not using my iPod in a more aggresive/dangerous environment, a skin or case doesn't fit my needs -- I just needed something to protect it from getting scrathed while in my bag. That said, I'd also agree with the comment that the Australian-made "foofpod" bags are nicer. Same concept, but sturdier material and more fabric choices (and at about $15, with shipping included from Australia, not a bad price).

Posted by JimmyJ on December 3, 2004 at 12:04 PM (PDT) Comment 31

Sorry, I don't care if they're for an iPod or not. I consider my FEET more valuable than my iPod, and I WON'T pay $10 for a pair of socks for them!

However, if Apple makes a set out of Gore-Tex...

Posted by flatline response on December 3, 2004 at 11:02 PM (PDT) Comment 32

they would be fine for people who dont change thier music or playlists much

Posted by snowboogiethunder on December 4, 2004 at 11:15 AM (PDT) Comment 33

Thanks for the comments. Regarding whether the review was "serious," as I'm sure you already know, we take all product reviews seriously and wouldn't give a product a pass just because it carries the Apple name. To the contrary, we think that any product bearing Apple's name carries greater expectations of design and quality than the average product.

We've seen iPod cases from almost every manufacturer in the world, and few cases (save the people's socks we've seen labeled as iPod cases on eBay) are this simplistic. Even if they were being sold in Apple's own stores, I'd venture to guess that if Apple's name wasn't on them, no one here would be considering purchasing a six-set of socks for $30. Would you?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on December 4, 2004 at 10:35 PM (PDT) Comment 34

I guess I would have bought them if the design and the colours would have been the same... but then again I also buy $20 socks for my feet.

But I guess no other company would have made them.

The nice thing with the iPod Socks is they look like they belong to the iPod - same simple design-mentality (even without the iPod/Apple-label). Most other cases are trying to design a new iPod-look.

Posted by encoder on December 5, 2004 at 6:50 AM (PDT) Comment 35

i like them, im definetley gonna get some...
xmas around the corner... 5 presents for mates with iPods..... :D


Posted by GTSDave on December 5, 2004 at 8:51 PM (PDT) Comment 36

I saw the iPod Socks on Apple's website and said to my self, it's nothing but overpriced socks.I was recently was given iPod Socks by my mom.They are a convient slip-on case, but the only place to put your headphones is around the case, which detracts from the look of the case.

Posted by adidas10254 on December 7, 2004 at 4:03 PM (PDT) Comment 37

these socks are just stupid! 29$ of stupidity smile

Posted by cabo on December 8, 2004 at 7:50 AM (PDT) Comment 38

Cases need to be reviewed not to other cases but for their primary target market and use.

The socks are for people who keep their iPods in three places:

In a bag.
In a pocket.
In your hand.

The socks are perfect for these. And if you are charging or have it on a table you can use the sock as an "iPod mat."

For what it is these socks are perfect. And if you are complaining about the price just split a box with a friend allright?

Posted by minty on December 10, 2004 at 7:17 PM (PDT) Comment 39

Just wondoring,when you're not using it for your iPod - Does it fit a foot?Although you are going to get a few stares.

Anyway ,product is pointless,aimless and a waste of money,it can be made at home or even just buy a nice colourful sock.

Just becuase the Apple Logo is no a tiny label on the side I do not find it a good enough reason to buy it.

(I wonder if it is comfortable....)


Posted by TheCritic on December 14, 2004 at 2:53 AM (PDT) Comment 40

These socks are typical for Apple's spirit, a little whimsy now and again. Engineering types who fuss over maximum utility and other thrilling topics won't get it. They never have.

They are fun, and function well enough. I've ordered a pack because they are different and will help keep the scratches away. If i need to use the controls. I'll slip it out. Duh!

Why buy cheap looking suedo black phone cases, with a nasty poly-plastic controls window to use with a beautifully designed peace of kit. it's like buying a bolt-on body kit for a brand new BMW.

Posted by EWR on December 14, 2004 at 11:56 AM (PDT) Comment 41

OK, to underline the silliness of comparing these to real socks meant for people's feet, how many times do the products with the word "glove" in the name get compared to real gloves meant for human hands?

For that matter, the word "jacket" is used a lot to describe iPod cases. How many of the ipodlounge reviews compare the price of the ipod jacket to the price of a windbreaker for a person?

Come on now. Let's be fair! Look at this list:

Groove Jacket
MARWARE Sportsuit Sleeve
Power Support Crystal Jacket
DLo Jam Jacket
Power Support Silicone Jacket

There are more, but this sampling begs the question: Where in the reviews do you hold the manufacturer to a pricing comparison with articles of human clothing that have the same general names?

These are a great product for those of us who don't want our iPod in a case that hides its beauty, but want something to transport it in a pocket. Yes, they are a tad overpriced and I would prefer to be able to buy a two-pack instead of a rainbow multi-pack, but $5 per sock isn't an oppressive price.

Jeez. Some of you guys pay $300 for ear-buds! Paying $5 per iPod sock is pretty reasonable!

I think you're griping because they are an Apple idea, and a pretty good one, that other manufacturers just failed to market properly.

Apple should include one iPod Sock with every new iPod, though.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on December 17, 2004 at 12:25 PM (PDT) Comment 42

do the apple ipod socks shrink in the wash?
do they develop holes?
they must lose shape at some point.

has anyone used one for a good length of time?

just interested...

had my own foofpod in my pocket for over 18 weeks now.

dirtymouse (Beta tester of the foofpod)

Posted by dirtymouse on December 20, 2004 at 3:58 AM (PDT) Comment 43

Curious about the usefulness of the iPod socks, I thought I'd try a cheaper way... I went to the toddler section of the store and bought some toddler socks!

The socks in question are Fisher Price Toddler Socks, which includes 8 PAIR for only $6.99 a pack. That's 16 socks! I chose shoe size 3-8 1/2 (or sock size 5-6 1/2.)

This isn't such a stupid idea! They protect the iPod very well, fit snugly and won't scratch or damage the iPod with their cottony goodness. They come in various colors: Purple, white, pink, orange, and blue. They look good, and they do the job.

Apple's got something here! If these Fisher Price toddler socks didn't have the bend in their shape to accomodate a foot, they'd be perfect. As it is, they're near-perfect. I can even operate the iPod through the sock!

If you want to give the iPod socks a try, but can't justify the Apple price, then run down to your local discout store and buy a pack of toddler socks! It's a great, cheap choice!

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on December 21, 2004 at 7:28 PM (PDT) Comment 44

(Oops... Continued...)

These are not a replacement for actual iPod socks, since the real deal is cut and sewn in the shape of an iPod and these are in the shape of a baby's foot, but they are a "baby step" into trying the iPod socks.

I will definitely be buying some iPod socks now. If they improve upon the human socks for storing an iPod, they've got to be great!

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on December 21, 2004 at 7:31 PM (PDT) Comment 45
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