I am not usually a big fan of pimped up gizmos that more often than are tastelessly exuberant in both price and design, but every now and then someone gets it right, and then you can just admire a beautiful piece of design. This is the case with the Diamond iPod shuffle created by jewelry designer John Harrington. Etched with Herrington’s known 'Renaissance’ motif and adorned with five small diamonds, this iPod shuffle really looks like a luxurious piece of jewelry.
Available for £ 300.
Target recently began selling special edition pink iPod Shuffle bundles, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In addition to the $79 1GB Shuffle dressed in a shade its never worn before (but otherwise the same as it's always been), the bundle includes a $15 gift card to iTunes. Your cost? Just $79.
The sets are available now exclusively at Target's brick-and-mortar stores, which is great news for anyone living in any U.S. state except Hawaii (me), Alaska, or Vermont.
Like the rest of us, some companies anticipated Jobs announcement last week of a touch-screen iPod. After the iPhone it was just a matter of time.
Today Belkin and Griffin touted their cases on the market for the iPod nano, iPod classic, and iPod. First, Belkin, if only because their press release hit my in-box first:
The collection includes the usual suspects:
- Sport Armband Plus for iPod nano (F8Z200-MBL), iPod classic (F8Z201-MBL), and iPod touch – $29.99. Made of breathable, water-wicking Coolmax material.
- Remix Acrylic Case (also available in metal) for iPod nano (F8Z215) - $24.99; iPod classic (F8Z212) and iPod touch – $29.99. Slim, lightweight, and stretchable neoprene material with a handy pocket for earbuds or a key.
- Leather Sleeve for iPod nano (F8Z204) - $24.99; iPod classic (F8Z205) and iPod touch – $29.99. Soft, durable leather with soft-suede lining.
Inspried by street warriors , AKA bike messengers, the Griffin Courier case carries your iPod and everything else you need in a rugged, yet attractive case.
It keeps your iPod close at hand with the wrap-around protective sleeve but lets you flip open the case, control your iPod, and flip it shut with one thumb. That's dexterity. The second flapped pocket holds sync cable, earphones, and even a flip-style mobile phone (no, it won't hold your iPhone). Two other interchangeable cases fit 5th generation iPod, 1st and 2nd generation iPod nano and give access to hold switch, headphone port and dock connector case. The larger case can also accommodate 4th generation iPods, though access to the headphone port will be blocked when the player is in the case.
Loops on the top and bottom accommodate a matching carabiner and allow you to hook Courier to most anything, or, in my case, hook most anything to a Courier.
$29.99 from our friends at Griffin.
Tired of the iPhone even before it's here? Join the club . . . though you know you want one.
Observant folks will have picked up from the three TV ads in circulation that the mystical iPhone will be available June 29th. While showing how easy it is to use, they still don't solve the main problem - how to actually get your hands on one. Steve Jobs is already recommending that buyers do NOT flood the Apple stores but instead swarm the AT&T outlets.
The iPhone will be offered exclusively on AT&T, with the 4GB version selling for $499 and 8GB for $599.
To tease yourself, head on over to the Apple store to watch the commericals again: Apple iPhone ads
In the time it takes me to download a CD to my iPod, I can write 2 posts, walk the dogs and vaccum the house. (Okay, I made the vacuuming up -- I'm not even sure where the thing lives.)
But the iLoad is fast -- letting you transfer material from your CDs to you iPod at 5 times faster than computer time. It makes sense to go direct from the CD to the iPod, doesn't it?
Music and track names are transferred as well. Your content is secure because using iLoad, you can back up your valuable music, video and data onto USB external hard drives or a replacement iPod. And you don't take up space on your computer as well.
On their site, they claim the iLoad device can update its system software for new features and increased performance which means it won't be obsolete in 6 months. For $299 It better not be.
Wingspan just announced that it will support the recently announced Apple iPhone. iLoad users would simply plug their iPhone into the iLoad device, insert a CD and copy it directly to the iPhone without the need for iTunes or a computer.
Except when I'm on a plane or train, I don't like using earbuds or headphones. I need to hear when something or someone is approaching me (a tree about to fall on top of me, for instance). So, I usually listen to my iPod nano through my car speaker or my home speaker system. For times when I'm moving around a lot, I attach a tiny speaker to my nano, a cheap little thing I picked up for a few bucks, and carry it around. As you would expect, the sound quality is terrible, but good enough for listening to audio books.
The DOC portable speaker system for mini MP3 players is bigger than the tiny portable speaker I've been using, but the larger size is worth it to me if I can get semi-decent sound for music. It's compatible with 2nd generation iPod nanos, runs on three AA batteries, and comes with a carrying case. Available in metallic pink, metallic green, black or white (but not red to match my red nano).