Our Biggest First Look Feature – Ever

In the past, we used to use iLounge Backstage as our secret staging area for previews of new iPod accessories that we’ve been playing with, but we’re moving our coverage here – to First Looks – so you can get an easy front page peek at what’s come in the door. Without further ado, here’s some of the new gear that we’re currently evaluating.

Full-Sized iPods

Innova Noreve Tradition CaseClick Here for Details

The Noreve leather case from France’s Innova features soft leather and a traditional PDA-style design.

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Pacific Design 4G iPod CaseClick Here for Details

A clean full-sized iPod version of the striped iPod mini case we’ve previously reviewed and liked.

 

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Thought Out iPed 2Click Here for Details

One of the items that has us most excited –  an iPod stand that’s fully adjustable and can hold an encased iPod on any angle you desire. Some major improvements to the iPed stand we previously reviewed from Thought Out.

 

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FM Transmitters

Newer Technology/OWC RoadTrip! Plus and RoadTrip! 87.9Click Here for Details

The newest version of the RoadTrip! combines a strong FM transmitter and a power charger into a single white unit. A cheaper, improved 87.9FM-tuning version of the RoadTrp we’ve previously received is available in black.

 

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iPod shuffle

Bruddy ShuffleMateClick Here for Details

An all-in-one clip and cord management solution for the iPod, released by new iPod developer Bruddy.

 

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Pods Plus/JP’s Clip + Armband for iPod shuffleClick Here for Details

A hybrid belt clip and armband system from JP’s, similar to one previously designed and released by DLO.

 

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ShuffleClip, from ShuffleClipClick Here for Details

A simple plastic belt clip for the iPod shuffle.

 

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XtremeMac Audio Splitter for iPod shuffleClick Here for Details

A way to plug two sets of headphones into the iPod shuffle at the same time – molded to fit the top of the shuffle.

 

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XtremeMac BumperzClick Here for Details

Soft rubber iPod shuffle holders that come in a five-pack. Similar to Marware’s SportGrips, minus the add-ons.

 

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XtremeMac ShieldzClick Here for Details

Hard plastic front and side shells for the iPod shuffle, available in a wide variety of colored three-packs.

 

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XtremeMac TuffWrapzClick Here for Details

The XtremeMac silicone rubber case design for the iPod shuffle – better thought out than most alternatives, they come in colorful three-packs and include two different USB cap covers.

 

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XtremeMac SportWrap for iPod shuffleClick Here for Details

A thick neoprene armband for use with the iPod shuffle, available in four different colors (sold separately).

 

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XtremeMac SuperClipClick Here for Details

A simple plastic clip attachment for the shuffle that’s different from others we’ve seen.

 

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XtremeMac SuperHookClick Here for Details

A replacement USB cap that adds a hook to your iPod shuffle’s bottom.

 

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We’ll have plenty more to say on these new iPod accessories in the days to come – and there are some surprises in store, too. If you’re looking for more information and pictures for upcoming iPod accessories, be sure to check out our free downloadable 2005 Buyers’ Guide, available now!