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Appendix C. iStuff: Gadgets for Your iPod

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C.1.WheretoShop

SincetheiPod'sarrivalin2001,itsaccessoriesmarkethasbeen

growingbyleapsandbounds,andthereareseveralonlineiPod

superstoresaroundnowwithahugeselectionofmerchandise,

fromstylishcasestosnap-onFMradios.Ifyouwanttosee

what'souttherewithoutevenhavingtoleaveyourdesk,the

biggerPodfocusedWebshopsinclude:

TheAppleStore(http://store.apple.com).Applehas

pagesandpagesofproductsforallitsiPodoffspring,with

easyorderingifyoualreadyhaveanAppleIDandcredit

cardonfilewiththecompanyfrompreviousiPodandiTunes

purchases.

EverythingiPod(www.everythingipod.com).Oneofthe

firstiPodshopstoopenitsvirtualdoors,EverythingiPod

sellsawidevarietyofgadgets,fromcarchargerstothe

iBoombox(SectionC.7.1).Thesitealsoofferscasesmade

byDigitalLife-styleOutfittersforeverycurrentiPodmodel;

FigureC-1showsaselection.

XtremeMac(www.xtrememac.com).XtremeMachasan

extremelylargeamountofiPodmerchandise.It'snotable

foritssportyTuffWrapcasesforactivemusicloversand

milesofsleekwhiteaudiocablestoconnecttheiPodtocar

stereosandhomeaudiosystems.

ThinkDifferentStore(www.thinkdifferentstore.com).You

canfindtonsofcases,speakersanddockshere,plusaCDrippingserviceifyoudon'thavethetimetogetyourown

musicontheiPod.

GriffinTechnology(www.griffintechnology.com).Withits



iTriplineofFMtransmittersandcraftySmartDock(both

describedinChapter10),Griffin'sforteisproductsthatget

youriPodthumpingthroughthecarandhomestereo

speakers.Thecompanyalsosellsahandfulofcasesand

itemsliketheRadioSharkandiFM,whicharedesignedto

addbroadcastradiotoyourcomputerandiPod.



FigureC-1.ThePodfolioforthevideoiPodbyDLO

(left)protectstheplayer,bothfrontandback.

ThecompanymakescasesforallmodelsofiPod,

includingtheActionJacketfortheShuffle

(center)andthefashionableFlingcaseforthe

Nano(right).Findallcasespicturedhere(and

manythataren't)atwww.everythingipod.com.



OthercompanieslikeBelkin(www.belkin.com),Kensington

(www.kensington.com)andMonsterCable

(www.monstercable.com)havehealthyiPodaccessorysections

ontheirsites,especiallyifyou'relookingforcables,docks,FM

transmitters,andthelike.

ComputerandelectronicsstoreslikeCompUSA,CircuitCity,and

BestBuyusuallyhaveasectiondevotedtoiPodcasesand



speakers.AndasasignoftheiPod'smainstreamcultural

significance,evenall-purposesuburbanbazaarslikeTargetalso

includearackortwoofiPodstuffforsale.



C.2.Cases

OnceyougetyouriPodloadedwithmusic,you'llwanttotakeit

withyouwithoutworryingaboutscuffsandscratches.

Appleusedtoincludeabasicblacksheath-typecase(withbelt

clip)forsomemodels,butnowsellsitseparatelyonitssiteand

instores.Unlessyouusearemotecontrol,however,youhave

tokeeptakingtheplayeroutofthecasetooperatethe

controlswhichisnotonlyadragbutalsoanopportunitytodrop

theiPodonthesidewalk.AniPodtakingafaceplantontothe

concreteisahorriblesight.

ThefirstiPodNanosrollingofftheAppleassemblylineproved

tobeespeciallyscratch-prone,andalthoughathinpocket

protector-stylecoverisincludedwithNanosandiPodsnow,this

slipcaseismainlytheretoprotectthePodwhenit'snotinuse,

asitcompletelycoversthescreenandclickwheel.

Whenselectingacase,keepinmindthesituationsinwhichyou

tendtouseyouriPod.IfyouusetheiPodforrunning,youmay

preferawaterproofneoprenecasewithanarmband;ifyoutake

itonbusinesstrips,youmaypreferamoreprofessional-looking

covering.Somecasesmakethescrollwheelandcontrolseasy

togetto,whileothersconcealthefrontoftheiPodtoprotectit.

Sotakeintoaccounthowoftenyouusethecontrolsfor

changingvolume,skippingsongs,orcheckingaddresses.



Note:TherearetonsofcasesoutthereforeveryiPodmodel,

butthecasesvaryasmuchastheiPoddesignsdo.For

example,thevideo-playingiPodshavebiggerscreensand

thinnerbodiesthan,say,theoriginaliPodPhoto.Checkthe

packagingorinquireaboutwhichcasesfitwhichmodelsbefore

youbuy,sobothyouandtheiPodgetagoodfit.



Hereareafewcasesthatstandout.



C.2.1.

C.2.1.1.iSkin

IffearofscratchespreventsyoufromtakingyouriPodoriPod

Nanooutmuch,checkoutthelineofform-fittingsiliconeiSkin

sleeves,availableinarainbowofvibrantcolors.Thewashable

rubberiSkincasesfeatureheat-ventilationporesandtinyraised

feetonthebacktohelpaircirculatearoundaniPodlaidflaton

adesk.ThenewiSkineVo3caseincludesarotatingbeltclip

andscratch-resistantscreenprotectorforthevideoiPod.Other

casecolorsintheiSkinlineevenglowinthedark,makingit

easiertofindyouriPodat3a.m.Pricesrangefrom$20to$35

atwww.iskin.com.



C.2.1.2.MatiasiPodArmor

TheiPodArmorensuresthatnothingscarsyouriPodevenifyou

falloffyoursnowboardandtumbledownhilloverroughterrain.

AsshowninFigureC-2,thehardaluminumcasecompletely

coverstheiPodfrontandback,leavingonlyasmallholeforthe

earbudcord;alayeroffoamprotectswhat'sinside.Nomatter

whichmodelyouhave(thereisArmorforall,exceptforthe

Shuffle),youriPodwindsuplikeHanSoloencasedinthe

carboniteblock.



FigureC-2.TheiPodArmorsealsintheiPodand

keepsoutdingsanddentswithitssturdy

aluminumshell.Justpopoffthefrontplate

(right)togettothecontrols.TheiPodArmorfits



allmodelsandsellsfor$40at

http://matias.ca/ipodarmor.Inadditiontothe

Minicase,there'salsoaNanosuitofArmorfor

sale,too.



Tip:AcaseisintendedtoprotectyouriPod'ssurface,but

scuffs,smears,andscratchescanstillhappen(likewhenyou're

pullingitoutofthecase).IfyouaccidentallygougeyouriPod's

surface,trytheiCleanerScratchRemover,anonabrasive

solutionthatcanhelprestorethesmoothsurfaceoftheiPod.

TheiCleanerpackagecomeswithenoughpolishforabout20

buffings,plusacleaningtowelandinstructions.Youcangetit



for$15(andoftenless)atwww.icleaner.com.



C.2.1.3.ContourDesigniSee

Likenewparents,newiPodNanoownerstypicallyliketoshow

offtheirbabiestotheworldwhilestillkeepingthemwell

protected.Withacasedesignedfromclearplastic,theiSee

casefromContourDesignsletsproudiPoddersdoalittleof

both.Itsellsfor$20atwww.contourcase.com,whereclear

casesforotheriPodsarealsoavailable.

POWERUSERS'CLINIC

PodwearandOtherFashionStatements

EveryoneknowstheiPodisafashionstatementitself,butifyouwanttocarrythe

ideaevenfurther,youcanfindallkindsofiPod-relatedfashionstatements

availabletopurchaseonline.

Burton,knownforitssnowboardingtogsandgear,wasoneofthefirstcompanies

tomixiPodandouterwearwithits$330iPodJacket,acoatdesignedformusiclovingsnowboarders.ItincludesamoldedpocketformaximumiPodprotection,

andacabletoconnecttheplayertothecoatitself.Burton'snewlineofAudex

coatsevenusebuilt-inBluetoothconnectionstocontroliPodandmobilephone

fromthesleeve.PricesforAudextogsstartaround$600,andthecoastscanbe

foundatsporting-goodsstoreslikewww.paragonsports.com.

Forthosewhocan'tquitecoughupthatmuchcashforiPod-fusedclothing,

there'salsothe$40BurtonHeadphoneBeanie,awarmwintercapwith

headphonesbuilttightintotheearflaps.

OwnersoftheiPodShufflecanliterallyweartheirmusicplayersontheirsleeves

withtheShuffleShirt,whichincludesasnugShufflepocketontheleftarm.

ShuffleShirtsareavailablewithorwithoutwittyslogans("Ishuffle…thereforeI

am")acrossthefront;eachshirtsellsfor$20atwww.shuffleshirt.com.

AndifyouriPodfeelslikeitneedsclothes,too,considertheApple'sowniPod

Socks,asetofsixdifferentknittedslipcoverstopulloveryouriPodtoprotectit

fromscratches,dingsandotherscuffableincidents.The$29setcomeswithpink,

blue,orange,gray,purple,andgreensocks,andissoldathttp://store.apple.com

aswellasotheronlinemerchantslikeAmazon.com.Justbesuretomatchyour

iPod'soutfittoyourownorpeoplewilltalk.



C.2.1.4.XtremeMacMicroCases

Ifyou'relookingforadistinguishedwallet-stylewrapforyour

videoiPod,XtremeMachasseveraltochoosefrom,including

theearth-tonedMicroFlipandMicroFoliocasesandthemore

femininepinkorwhiteMicroFolioChiccover.FigureC-3showsa

sampleofeach,andtheycanbepurchasedfor$40from

www.xtrememac.com.



FigureC-3.XtremeMac'sMicrofamily,which

includes(fromlefttoright)Folio,Flip,and

FolioChic,bringawallet-stylesensibilitytothe

worldofiPodcases.



C.2.1.5.MarwareSportSuitConvertible

Someactivitiesarehigherimpactthanothers,andthe

SportSuitConvertiblecasecomespreparedforavarietyof

sportingoccasionsandforavarietyofiPods,includingtheNano

andthevideoiPod.Theneoprenecasehasahardremovablelid



thatyoucansnaponwhenthegoinggetsrough.TheSportSuit

Convertiblecomesinsixdifferentcolorsandincludesan

armbandandabeltclip.Itsellsfor$35atwww.marware.com,

whereahandsomeleather"CEOClassic"iPodcaseisalso

available.There'salsoafulllineofcasesforolderiPodsanda

whimsicalSportSuitSafariseriesthatletsyoudeckyourlil'

Nanooutinfurryanimal-printpatterns.



C.2.1.6.MonsteriCaseTravelPack

DesignedforpeoplewholiketotakealltheiriPodaccessories

withthemwhentheygo,thezipperednyloniCaseTravelPack

fromMonsterCablehaspocketsandpouchesgaloreonthe

insideandevenincludesafewofMonster'sowniPodproducts

tohelpfillitup.TheiCaseTravelPack(showninFigureC-4)

comeswithaniChargeriPodcarchargerandaniSplitter

connectorsotwopairsofheadphonescanlisteninonthesame

playlist.Itsellsfor$70atwww.monstercable.com.



FigureC-4.TheroadworthyMonsteriCasehasa

placeforpracticallyeverythingyoumightneedto

haveforiPoddingaroundtown.



Tip:Manywomenfindthebeltclipoptionjustdoesn'tworkwith

theirwardrobe,especiallywiththecleanlinesof,say,aDonna

Karansuit.EntertheGrooveSpeakerPurseforiPod,whichnot

onlyservesasaniPodcarryingcase,butalsoincorporates

built-inspeakersintoalargehandbag.Twodifferentpurse

stylesareavailable,andeachcostsabout$145at

www.welovemacs.com.

POWERUSERS'CLINIC

TwoforTunes

Whilelotsofthesegood-lookinggoodiesarepurelyfortheiPod,acoupleof

hardwareitemsfromGriffinTechnologycanenhancethedigitalmusicexperience

onthedesktopsideofthings.BothdevicesworkwithWindowsandMacs,and

areavailableatwww.griffintechnology.com.

ThePower-MateUSBController&InputDevice,picturedhere,lookslikeaplain

oldvolumeknobfromastereoconsole.Butwhenyouplugitintothecomputer's

USBport,youcanspinthedialtocontrolthecontentsofjustaboutanywindow

onyourscreen.YoucanprogramthePower-MatetocontroltheiTunesvolume

level,scrollthroughinsufferablylongWebpagesanddocuments,oradvance

quicklythroughcamcorderfootageinavideo-editingprogram.Youcaneven

programittoperformkeycommands.Thecontroller,whichsellsfor$45,works

withjustaboutanyapplication.

Notallcomputers,especiallylaptops,comewithanaudio-inputormicrophone

jackforrecordingyourownsoundsandsongsdirectlyontothecomputer'shard

drive.Forthosewithout,theiMic($40)universalaudioadapter,picturedhereat

right,connectstotheUSBportandprovidesthecomputerwithstereoinputand

outputjacks.

BecausetheiMicisoutsidetheloud,whirringcomputer,itoftengetsbetteraudio

qualitythananinternalmicrophonegoingthroughthesoundcard.(Software

includedcanfurthercustomizethedevice'saudiosettings.)

TheiMicusesastandardstereominiplugjackandcanrecordfromothermusic

sources,likeaMini-Discplayerorstereosystem,makingitpossibletorecord

someofthoseoldvinylalbumsontothecomputerandconvertthemtoMP3for

useontheiPod.







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