Friday, September 15, 2006

Memorex Enters iPod Accessories market

Fla Memorex Electronics is entering the iPod accessory market with a line of docking speaker and video products.
Shipping this month is the iFlip, a portable video player that docks with any video iPod. Similar to a clamshell-style portable DVD player, but without the DVD, the iFlip has an 8.4 inch display, built-in speakers and a tilting universal iPod dock. It comes with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that lasts up to five hours. Memorex claims the iFlip has one of the largest screens on the market for this type of player. Suggested retail is $199.
Memorex also recently began shipping a new iListen home speaker docking system for all iPods at $199 with AM/FM radio and universal adapter. It has a detachable stand so it can be wall-mounted. It is joined by the iMove boombox with an AM/FM radio and iPod docking system at $99 suggested retail. The iMove offers six hours of playback using standard batteries.

Microsoft presents ipod concurrent : zune

Microsoft has been laying a little low on the Zune front in the past few months since they encountered a bit of fallout when spy photos revealed that the first Zune player was actually a re-branded and slightly altered Toshiba 1089, also known as the Gigabeat S30/S60. That's not necessarily a bad thing actually, and now that Apple has apparently been unable to get a widescreen video iPod ready for a holiday release, the Gigabeat / Zune's very nice 3 inch screen looks rather appealing. Microsoft will also be partnering with the usual iPod accessory designers like Griffin Technology for all kinds of Zune add-ons this holiday season.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Miuro – the semi-autonomous robotic boombox

It’s been billed by some media as an over-the-top iPod accessory which is being somewhat unfair to the JPY108,000 (US$924) Miuro robot. Yes, it does accept the iPod, but as it’s much smarter than the average boombox, and it has its own wheels, it can be summoned from wherever it might be by remote control. Equipped with Kenwood speakers, it will stream any audio format (MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AIFF including web radio) wirelessly (802.11 b/g) from your home computer, has AM and FM radio, can follow set routes around the house, or remember the optimum spot to position itself in each room. It’s a new concept – a mobile, semi-autonomous boombox, which combines your MP3 collection, AM/FM and web radio and brings it to you.

The result of a joint venture between Japanese robot company ZMP (makers of Pino, e-nuvo and nuvo) and audiophilic icon Kenwood, Miuro can be reserved via the internet, as of yesterday, but only if you’re living in Japan. They’re promising delivery before Christmas 2006, with overseas availability expected in the second half of 2007 – we expect there’ll be shopping outlets on the internet with it the minute it becomes available in Japan.

Monday, August 28, 2006

ipod accessory : Griffin Technology Hi-Way for Ipod

Pros: A protective ballistic nylon carrying case for the iPod Hi-Fi, providing one zippered pocket, two open mesh side pockets, and access holes for all of Hi-Fi’s key components (speakers, iPod dock, rear power and audio ports). Interior is padded and decently reinforced against some common knocks and scrapes. Includes detachable padded arm strap and nicely padded hand strap. Least expensive Hi-Fi case we’ve seen.

Cons: Looks like cheap luggage in many of the specifics, including wispy mesh interior and exterior pieces, and passive elastic access point to rear ports. Only one of pockets actually closes with a zipper. Not as protective as it could have been.

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Harman Kardon's iPod Accessory : Ipod Bridge, Same 'ole Crap

This is the iPod Bridge made by iPod accessory extraordinaire, Harman Kardon. It is really the same as every other home audio dock controller out there but worse, because it limits you to compatibility with only Harman Kardon audio equipment. "The Bridge" allows you to use your existing Harman Kardon remote—they must assume everyone buys their overpriced audio equipment—to control the iPod from across the room. It can display the iPod GUI on the receiver display or on the television screen itself. Woohoo! The unit is compatible with Harman Kardon's AVR 140, 240, 340 and 740 receivers. It will set you back 40 bones, which is pretty reasonable considering brand name markup. –

Source : Travis Hudson

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Ipod Accessory : USB port enhances car stereo

I have a tool in my 2002 Ford that prepares me for any gadget I may one day want to use in my car: a USB port.
Built into the faceplate of my Father's Day gift, an aftermarket car stereo made by JVC, I can plug an iPod, or a thumb drive filled with MP3 files, directly into the USB port. The songs play through the car stereo, and I can control the volume and song selection directly through the unit, not the iPod.

When my iPod is plugged in, the car stereo charges the music player as it plays. And the song information scrolls across the stereo's screen, telling me the artist, song name and album title.
Playing an iPod is the obvious use for my JVC KD-G720. But the possibilities with a USB port in a car seem limitless. With this technology, I could power up a DVD player, a laptop or a mobile phone. And perhaps one day a USB-based Wi-Fi setup could turn my Ford into a rolling hot spot.
Those uses aren't listed in the manual now, but it's not a huge leap in engineering at this point.
My car stereo can do other neat stuff, too. It can receive satellite radio from XM or Sirius, spin CDs (in WMA and MP3 formats if I burn the discs myself) and, yes, play terrestrial radio stations.
It even comes with a remote control. (I thought a remote was silly, but it is actually very useful for skipping to the next song, switching to the radio and pumping up the volume while keeping my eyes on the road, not the stereo.)
How does my car stereo sound? It's just like playing a CD, far superior in quality to the various schemes of iPod adapters I once used in the car.
The cost: Roughly $200, not including installation.
Compare that with likely $20,000 or more for a car, what Ford and GM are selling as the ultimate iPod accessory. Their hope is that consumers will jump for joy about this audio feature in many 2007 models and rush out to the local dealer to buy a car because you can bring your iPod along for the ride.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Pioneer, Apple | Ipod accessory : The Ipod Bluetooth Love Triangle

A spokesman for Pioneer is claiming that Apple will be releasing an official Bluetooth adapter for the iPod. This adapter will be able to connect to Pioneer's DEH car stereo head units to stream music wirelessly among other abilities. This just adds to the plethora of iPod Bluetooth shenanigans that have been lingering around the rumor mill for years. Does this potential ipod accessory release mean Apple has some bigger Bluetooth plans for their next-gen iPod? What ye' think, loyal Gizmodoites?

– Travis Hudson

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Apple serves up iPod radio remote

OK, so you were the first one on the block with an iPod. But to be cool, you're going to need something more.

To jump on the iPod bandwagon, companies have tried to capitalize on one thing the music player lacks -- a radio receiver. Now, iPod maker Apple Computer has launched its own.
With the iPod Radio Remote ($49), FM waves are a click away. The device, which has controls similar to the iPod's click-wheel, is the size of a postage stamp.
It comes with a cable that connects to the port of the iPod nano or iPod with video (make sure to have current software). The remote also has a jack for the included earbuds.
Within seconds of plugging in the accessory, users can scan the airwaves with the iPod's on-screen display and save their favorite stations.
The iPod screen also displays the title and artist of a song if it's available from the Radio Data System information transmitted by certain stations. While the iPod Radio Remote works for FM stations, it doesn't support the AM band.
Users can adjust the volume, switch stations, switch songs on their playlists and scan videos with the remote.

Copyright 2006

Apple rival`s shares jump on settlement

SINGAPORE, Singapore (UPI) -- Shares in Singapore`s Creative Technology Ltd. soared on news that Apple Computer Co. was paying it $100 million to settle a lawsuit.
Apple said it will pay Creative the money for a 'paid-up license' to use Creative`s recently awarded patent in all Apple products. The settlement resolves a total of five lawsuits between the companies.
Apple can recoup a portion of its payment if Creative is successful in licensing this patent to others, the California company said.
In addition, the companies announced that Creative has joined Apple`s 'Made for iPod' program and will be announcing their own iPod accessory products later this year.
Creative`s share rocketed up as much as 38 percent on news of the settlement.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Welcome to Ipod accessories


On this blog we are going to discuss all the ipod accessories .

Check the apple site for the official ipod accessories !