First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

Welcome to this week’s First Looks – a collection of previews showing brand new iPod accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. If you’re looking for earlier previews, visit our Articles page, where you’ll see First Looks dating back to the 2002 introduction of the 20GB iPod, or take a look at our more recent Sneak Peeks articles from Apple Expo Paris, and in The Free iPod Book. Here’s what’s new for this week:

XtremeMac FS1 HeadphonesClick Here for Details

These high-style versions of FutureSonics’ classic earphones boast superior bass response and a nice collection of ear molds, including a quadruple flange design, foams, and silicone rubber caps. A tiny, curved headphone plug will prove compatible with virtually any iPod accessory you can imagine.

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

Speck GripSkins for iPod 4G and miniClick Here for Details

These new comfortable black grippable cases from Speck preserve all of the features you’d expect from the company’s cases: screen protection, ideal top protection, and unique design. As promised, they feel good in your hand – despite or perhaps because of their added size.

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

Macally mTune for iPod shuffleClick Here for Details

Shuffle, meet headphones. mTune gives you the ability to listen to your iPod shuffle without carrying it around in your pocket – or elsewhere. The shuffle mounts inside one of the earcups, exposing its controls, and provides the power the headphones need for normal listening. An audio cable is included so that mTune can be used with other iPods and audio devices, as well.

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

SendStation smartCharge for iPod shuffleClick Here for Details

This new combination of iPod shuffle charger and audio output device provides a shuffe-specific alternative to Belkin’s well-known Auto Kit for earlier Dock Connecting iPods. It pivots on a relatively narrow set of angles – 36 degrees north or south of flatness – but makes the shuffle surprisingly usable regardless.

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

Macally IconUF 30 Pin to USB and FireWire AdapterClick Here for Details

This three-piece kit includes an iPod Dock Connector to USB and FireWire Adapter, plus USB and FireWire cables. It compares with SendStation’s earlier adapter designs in functionality.

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

Handstands iSnug ArmbandClick Here for Details

This black neoprene armband kit includes cases for both iPod and iPod mini, plus a detachable armband for workouts.

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

Handstands iSticky Pad XL PadClick Here for Details

This larger version of the semi-adhesive iPod car holder formerly known as iGrip sells for the same price as its predecessor, but has more surface area for bonding with your car’s dashboard and iPod.

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

 

First Looks: XtremeMac FS1, mTune, GripSkins, smartCharge, iSnug Armband & More

We’ll have plenty more to say on these new iPod accessories in the days to come – and there are some other surprises in store, too. For other great accessories, again, check out the Free iPod Book, available now! Earlier features on Nyko’s Movie Player and iLounge Loves Japan are stil available online, as well.

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