Just a personal note, one of my biggest pet-peeves is when companies do not publish their physical address anywhere on their website. Are they in North America? China? Who knows? I like to know where my orders come from, and I don't do business with companies that feel they need to hide their physical whereabouts.

Posted by Number 5 on September 25, 2005 at 10:01 PM (PDT) Comment 1

Santa Clara, CA
877 476-3763,
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

It is on their store page.

Posted by Doctor Geek on September 26, 2005 at 7:11 AM (PDT) Comment 2

I agree with the first comment so I contacted the company to see why they didn't have the information on the web site. They said it was an omission on their part and certainly not intentional. The gal in sales said that as soon as they read that earlier comment they made the change. She said that they are very proud of the fact that their product is manufactured in the United States and want to let everyone know. Without comments like yours, "Number 5", they wouldn't have noticed it.

BTW...I ordered one and can't wait to see it.

Posted by Woody38 on September 27, 2005 at 5:07 PM (PDT) Comment 3

As pointed out above, A-1 is a California company that produces everything in the US. I've spoken personally with two folks from the company, and certainly feel comfortable that the omission was purely accidental.

I managed to get my hands on one of the early chrome/black units as well as have a look at some of the more colorful designs (referred to as blue and purple multi-colored custom on the website -- both are more impressive in person). This is an excellent product. Sporting one of these, I now feel comfortable carrying my nano... which I wasn't prepared to do after seeing the array of scratches that came from one weekend of carrying an exposed nano.

If you are one of those who absolutely HAD to have a nano as soon as you saw it... and was then suitably disappointed at how it fared in the scratch category... this is the answer.

Posted by tjr on September 27, 2005 at 10:42 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Question is... will the maganets used have and adverse effects on the electronic device inside? I am always weary of using anything magnetic around my electronic device.

Posted by odietamo on September 30, 2005 at 11:35 AM (PDT) Comment 5

their website doesn't mention the dimensions of the case. want to know the overall thickness especially.

they want $9.45 for shipping bringing the cheapest model up to $50.

Posted by rswst8 on September 30, 2005 at 1:11 PM (PDT) Comment 6

Some guy from CompactFlash talking about magnets and flash memory…

…most modern storage devices, such as SD and CompactFlash memory cards, are immune to magnetic fields. "There's nothing magnetic in flash memory, so [a magnet] won't do anything," says Bill Frank, executive director of the CompactFlash Association. "A magnet powerful enough to disturb the electrons in flash would be powerful enough to suck the iron out of your blood cells," says Frank.

The same goes for hard drives. The only magnets powerful enough to scrub data from a drive platter are laboratory degaussers or those used by government agencies to wipe bits off media. "In the real world, people are not losing data from magnets," says Bill Rudock, a tech-support engineer with hard-drive maker Seagate. "In every disk," notes Rudock, "there's one heck of a magnet that swings the head."

Posted by opus on October 1, 2005 at 9:03 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Oh, and I should be getting mine on Monday. I got black-front/polished-back to match my 4GB black nano. =)

Posted by opus on October 1, 2005 at 9:04 PM (PDT) Comment 8

Quality product but, beware no all headphone jacks will fit through cutout

Posted by mjhx2620 on October 3, 2005 at 5:54 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I just got one of these (in blue) and I have a few concerns. Not sure how I feel about it yet.

The finish is really nice -- I just hope that it doesn't scuff up over time (better than the nano scratching, but if the case scratches too...) I can already see flaws where the keychain ring rubs across the surface, but this isn't too bad at all, as long as that's as bad as it gets.

The fit is slightly loose. You can hear the nano rattle a bit inside. In a way, this is good, because I was worried about the case being able to fit over a nano with a PowerSupportUSA sticker shield set on it. For now I slipped in a piece of heavy paper behind the nano, which seemed to work out, but it would be nice if A1 had built the case with a thin gasket inside, or rubberized the interior or something.

The magnets seem pretty strong, but if you drop the case, and it bounces just the wrong way, it can open up allowing your nano to fly out. I flung the closed (and empty) case to the ground pretty hard and it popped open on the 4th fling (on carpet).

And how long will the magnets last? Plus, if your nano is a keychain, are you likely to carry it near a credit card? The instruction slip says to keep it away from them.

It looks good, and it's nice to have a rigid case. We'll see how it goes.

Posted by sarandipt on October 3, 2005 at 7:27 PM (PDT) Comment 10

Those are all good points.

For me, the biggest reasons I got it were:

-Another layer against scratches (I accept some scratches, but not a lot.(

-Protection from breaking (My motorcycle is my primary vehicle and I listen to music constantly. My nano moves from one bag to another, or pocket to pocket a lot.)

-Some way to clip it to something. I might use a lanyard at some point, but I'm not going to pay $30-40 dollars for one.

I don't think I'll *ever* put it on a keychain. The most I'd do is hook it to a carabiner or something.

I really like my case a lot. I did put a screen protector on my nano, though. I'm leaving the scroll wheel exposed.

Posted by opus on October 5, 2005 at 12:39 PM (PDT) Comment 11

Works Great!

Also a little tip.

For added screen and click wheel protection, cut thin sheet of clear plastic to fit inside the face half of the case. There ya go! Your Nano is now scratch proof.

Posted by bgm62 on October 12, 2005 at 8:24 PM (PDT) Comment 12

This may no longer even be an issue, as the number of quality nano cases has multipied recently, but I highly discourage anyone from getting this case. I purchased a black anodized iKeychain nano case and used the case for less than a day when I realized that it was SCRATCHING MY IPOD.

I purchased an agent18 case (, and I am MUCH MUCH happier with it.

Posted by ckim on October 21, 2005 at 1:00 AM (PDT) Comment 13

firstly, they have the best customer service.

i did notice that it scratched my nano, but i remember even the rubber case scratching my ipod. i should have used common sense that the case material must be harder than what ipod nano's made out of... so i used a layer of screen protector from my old newton to line the inside. now it fits better and i'm sure it won't scratch.

design wise, i think this is the best looking nano case. it's well built, simple and lines are clean. i know most of the case will scratch nano, but this really looks sturdy and i feel i can carry it in my bag, etc without being worried about nano being breaking in two.

i wish them lots of success. a great case!

Posted by ProtoDAda on October 27, 2005 at 11:15 AM (PDT) Comment 14

Does anyone know what's up with A-1's website? It seems presently impossible to complete a purchase... there is no payment method available to select, but the error message "You must select a payment type" appears when you try to proceed.

I tried calling them, but had to leave a voice message. I also emailed them. I haven't received a reply from either one yet.

<whine mode off>

Posted by PScooter63 on February 1, 2006 at 12:35 AM (PDT) Comment 15

I just got my case and it's GREAT. I will not attach my keys to it, but I did hook up a carabiner. Now I'm not worried about the iPod if I crash while riding my mountain bike. This is top-notch. Well-worth the $$$.

Posted by T-Ski on May 23, 2006 at 12:24 PM (PDT) Comment 16
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