I'm one of those wannabe Luddites who doesn't even own an iPod. I nearly scoff whenever I spy those telltale white strings dangling from ADHD-afflicted ears around town. Nor do I use any other MP3 player in public; the ambient sounds of belching engines and Super Mario Bros ring tones are street music to these ears. But if I did have an iPod Nano 1.0, I'd probably get one of these $15 recycled plastic Jimi cases. The U.S.-made, polypropylene and polycarbonate Jimis come in red, blue, clear, and orange flavors. You can keep … Read more
Practically every other day we see a new article of clothing that can support the iPod. So why not actually make clothes out of the iPod itself? Apparently someone has finally made a reality out of that logical extreme.
Shiny Shiny happily reports that a company called PodDress is offering several types of iPod Nano patches that it claims are the "first and only embroidered cases" for the ubiquitous music player. The line ranges from "Classic" (black and white) to various neon colors and--of course--the "Swarovski Special Editon." Is there anything that Swarovski won'… Read more
It's not too often that iPod accessories make you feel like you've just stepped into a slick sci-fi spy movie. But the Myvu Personal Media Viewer from MicroOptical sure does. This $299 device is a piece of eyewear with attached earbuds that lets you view your iPod's video content on a screen in front of you. It plugs right into a video media player or compatible cell phone and lets you view video that, according to the company, appears to you as though you were two meters away from a 27-inch TV. Plus, it comes with a … Read more
Is that a cell phone in your garter or you just happy to see us? Sorry, we couldn't resist.
Put on this black velvet cell phone garter and you'll feel ready for anything, says the blurb on A Little Lingerie Company, which sells the holder for $34. It's "ultra sexy with slit skirts or minis, or wear it over jeans," suggests the site. OK, the jeans look might be a little too Madonna in 1986 for our taste, but we can see some appeal in the whole accessorizing-like-Lara-Croft thing.
The elasticized band can hold most … Read more
Snapping digital pictures while snorkeling has been a reality for some time with underwater casings for cameras, but what about being able to listen to music while surfing?
H2 Audio has made underwater casings for the iPod available for $90 from Jack's Surfboards.com or directly from H2 Audio. That's pretty reasonable considering an underwater casing for a point and shoot camera starts at around $200.
As new iPod cases are churned out all the time, everyone is trying to outdo each other with increasingly gaudy designs. But iPodMods, as Uncrate points out, is clearly going in the opposite direction.
Taking a cue from classic skeleton watch designs, iPodMods' iVue Crystal Case shows off the beauty of the media player's internal mechanics--exhibiting an unabashed appreciation for the true geek asthetic. Sometimes, less is indeed more.
At the risk of being called an Apple fanboy, a Microsoft basher and a dog kicker, I gotta say the Zune does not impress me.
Microsoft recently sent an emissary to CNET with three Zunes to demonstrate Redmond's new offensive against the Apple/iPod juggernaut. While the Zune certainly has some interesting features, such as Wi-Fi capability and a decent-sized screen for a front-pocket device, the overall theme of the day appeared to be that this should be a considered a first-generation device that nails the basics and is easily expandable through software to learn new tricks.
Fair enough, … Read more
If you aren't careful, your iPod could easily get stolen. It's a fact of life, right? Well, it doesn't have to be, according to the creators of the iDisguise iPod Nano cases. They're cleverly designed to look like they're for toting around breath mints, not music players. Inside, a foam core keeps your iPod snuggly and scratch-free, and if all goes well, potential thieves will ignore the camouflaged iPod entirely (assuming, of course, that they aren't trying to steal mints). The iDisguise comes in both peppermint and wintergreen variations.
Anti-theft implications aside, it could … Read more
GelaSkins offers an arty alternative to the many iPod skins, cozies and rubber casings owners have resorted to in an effort to protect their notoriously scratchable screen.
These GelaSkins iPod Art Skins come in a wide choice of graphics that include classic art, as well as designs from new artists. (Click here for CNET Review.) Choose a classic Art Deco Lempicka, or a Hokusai to envelop your iPod.
Underscoring the unmatched marketing prowess of Steve Jobs once again, the crimson Nano will be getting another round of press--and the addition of an 8GB model--as it makes its debut on Apple's online store today. As you'll recall, $10 of each sale will be designated for Bono's (Product) Red campaign against AIDS in Africa.
The only question is whether any will be left if Oprah places another order.
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