Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2006, 09:32
If you’ve been living in a (broadband-less) cave for the past couple of days you may not have heard that Apple has released a slew of iPod updates (along with a new version of iTunes).
All three designs are attractive, but by far the most gorgeous is the completely redesigned iPod Shuffle. Clad in brushed aluminium, this triumph of miniaturisation weighs in at just over half an ounce. Its dimensions are about as small as you can get while retaining a play button and a headphone socket! It has plenty of room (and battery) to play over 10 hours of music, and the £55 price tag includes a tiny docking station.
It is a superb example of what Apple does so well. I’m still trying to think of a good reason for getting one!
(Contributed by: Brett Jordan)
Now that you can buy movies from the iTunes Store and sync them to your iPod, the whole world is your theater. With a 30GB or 80GB iPod in hand, those movies fit comfortably next to TV shows, new iPod games, podcasts, audiobooks, photo albums, and, of course, an entire library of music — up to 20,000 songs, in fact. Now starting at $249, iPod is a pocket-size prodigy.
SendStation Systems is giving away 1,000 free PocketDocks FW, the legendary thumbsized iPod FireWire adapter. Offer available while supplies last or until September 13, 2006, limited to one PocketDock per person. To get the free PocketDock simply fill out their order form.
US and Canadian customers can also purchase a smartCharge iPod Car Charger, including 25 free iTunes codes for only US$24.95.
The PocketDock FireWire is an indispensable add-on for the iPod & iPod mini, Apple’s sensational and wildly successful MP3 player. The tiny PocketDock FireWire lets you connect the new iPod’s docking port to a standard 6-pin FireWire cable, thus delivering on the iPod’s promise of freedom and independence.
When you’re on the road with your iPod, listening to your favorite hits, you may unexpectedly want to connect to another Mac or PC — to exchange files, or maybe just to charge the iPod’s battery. When you need it most, you’ll probably find that you didn’t bring the special iPod docking cable — it’s at home connected to your computer.
MCE Technologies, LLC (a PowerPage sponsor) is now distributing the iTube-201 a combination FM transmitter, cigarette lighter charger and flexible dock for the iPod video and nano. MCE is repping the US$75 transmitter for Digiana of Seoul, Korea.
The iTube-201 is a FM transmitter, auto power adapter and iPod dock built around a flexible steel-neck stand that can be manipulated into several different positions.
My favorite feature is the little button beneath the blue-backlit LCD station display. It allows you to easily switch between up to four FM presets between 88.1MHz and 107.9MHz – a boon for city slickers. Readers of the site know that I’m not a big fan of FM trannies because of how often they force you to flip around to find a good station. The four presets really help in this department.
Once tuned in to a strong station the iTube’s sound quality is more than acceptable. The only drawback is that a 60GB iPod video is a little heavy for the cigarette lighter connection and it moved a little on me while driving. On the other hand, it worked perfectly with the iPod nano.
The iTube-201 works with the iPod 5G and nano, requires no batteries and is available for US$75 from MCE Technologies.
The DuoBand is an iPod nano armband from iSkin. The DuoBand is different than other nano armbands (like the XtremeMac SportWrap I reviewed in May) because it is comprised of a thin silicone iPod skin that snaps into a hard polycarbonate frame.
Armband are a nice complement to the diminutive size of the iPod nano and are practically a requirement for the gym. The DuoBand keeps sweat away from the nano’s click wheel by completely covering it with the silicone sleeve. The wheel is still accessible through a hole polycarbonate in the frame when being worn.
‘ve not seen one in ‘the flesh’, but the first images of the miniscule (think ‘iPod shuffle-size’) music player look very nice indeed. In particular, the OLED LCD display (similar to that used by the latest Sony music players) manages to be both attractive and clear.
Reviews have been mixed so far, software is PC-only, it won’t play AAC files, and the software and documentation appear to be flaky. But if Apple added this display techology to the iPod Shuffle…
(Contributed by: Brett Jordan)
DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that a new iPod “may have wireless capabilities.” But then at the end of the same article they contradict themselves by noting that Apple Taiwan has denied it. While Wi-Fi might be cool, I sure don’t want Bluetooth wireless headphones…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
AtechFlash market a range of flash memory-related prodcuts. What inspired them to add this to their range is a mystery, but it did make me smile, in an incredulous ‘what the?’ kind of way.
iCarta (a ‘Stereo Dock for iPod® with Bath Tissue Holder’) will ‘Enhance your Experience in any room with your favorite music from your iPod.’ For those of you who are thinking ‘I can only think of one room in my house where I want a ‘Bath Tissue Holder’, think again… the ‘Integrated Bath tissue holder that can be easily folded as a stereo dock’… clever!
Features also include: ‘4 Integrated high performance moisture-free speakers’, presumably ‘moisturised’ speakers will be made available as an optional extra in the future.
Oh, and before you reach for your credit card, the iCarta ‘Requires AC Power (AC Adapter included)’. So, if your WC is lacking in a mains socket, you’re out of luck!
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.