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NANOBOOK       HOLIDAY 2005 EDITION




The book for the iPod nano user
    who needs everything...
  Advice • Tutorials • Insight
...plus hands-on reviews of more than
  one hundred iPod nano accessories!
  The iPod Garage NANOBOOK Holiday 2005 Edition is sponsored by...


                                                    LoadPod
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  IPOD GARAGE NANOBOOK                                   HOLIDAY 2005 EDITION

                     You’ve Come a Long Way, iPod...
                      by Bill Palmer, iPod Garage Publisher and Founder

Has it only been four years? It seems like just yesterday that the original iPod was first launched to
a chorus of skepticism and quizzical looks, with everyone from the media to the public asking what
anyone would need with a thousand songs, and why anyone would want to put them all into their
pocket. The original First Generation iPod was a success, for sure, but precious few people were
using words wuch as phenomenon or revolution.

A few of us were lucky enough to figure it out early on, and for us the original iPod was very much
a revolution indeed. For those of us who had spent decades fussing with everything from the
walkman to the discman to the CD changer to the twelve-song MP3 player, the iPod represented
the first time in human history that we would in fact take our entire music collection with us. Our
pocket was exactly where we wanted our thousand songs, and at just shy of an inch thick, the
original iPod seemed impossibly small for its capacity.

Come to think of it, maybe there’s a reason that the majority of today’s thirty million-plus iPod
users didn’t get on board until the later generations. By the time the Third Generation iPod rolled
around, the original seemed rather bulky in comparison. And when the iPod mini made its
diminutive debut in early 2004, it brought a whole new math to the size to capacity equation.
Suddenly, not only could you fit a thousand songs into your pocket, there was room left over for
your car keys. And it made the original iPod look like an outright brick in comparison.

In fact, the introduction of the iPod mini was enough of a landmark that it led to the launch of the
iPod Garage just twelve days later. It was clear at that point that the iPod was to be not just a geek
toy but instead a godsend to music lovers everywhere. But all good things must come to an end,
and by late 2005 Apple had figured out the magic formula to shrink the mini to insanely small
proportions. To commemorate the event, Apple threw out the mini entirely and in its place
launched the first iPod with a funny name, the iPod nano.

You know the rest. In just a few months time the nano has started the revolution all over again, so
small it looks like it belongs in your wallet not your pocket, and so advanced you suspect it arrived
via time machine. The nano has been such a smashing success that Apple has already quickly
worked to remold the full-size iPod line in the nano’s image, and the iPod accessory market has in
turn reinvented itself with more than one hundred nano-specific and nano-compatible accessories.

Never has an iPod model had this much impact in such a short period of time. We here at the
iPod Garage knew that gift givers would be scrambling to learn about the nano prior to the
holidays, and that nano recipients would be scrambling to learn about the nano shortly thereafter.
So we’ve taken everything we know about the nano and placed it all into this free book, from
advice on how to get started with the nano, to detailed info on those hundred-plus nano
accessories. Enjoy, and be sure to visit www.iPodGarage.com each day to continue learning!




            ...a thousand songs,
                then and now                  Bill Palmer, iPod Garage Publisher and Founderdi


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               iPod Garage NANOBOOK
                   Table of Contents


garage                               noun
a style of unpolished energetic rock music associated with suburban amateur bands. garage band.




          How-to articles and tutorials – pages 6-22


             Commentary and insight – pages 23-32


               NANOBOOK photo contest – page 33


       iPod nano accessory reviews – pages 35-158


                          The last word – page 159


nano        combining form
denoting a factor of 10 −9 (used commonly in units of measurement) : nanosecond.
denoting a very small item. ORIGIN via Latin from Greek nanos ‘dwarf.’




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                 About the iPod Garage
 The iPod Garage is the voice of the iPod generation, offering readers the widest
     variety of iPod-related original content available anywhere on the internet.
 Published daily for nearly two years now, iPod Garage original content includes
   iPod and iTunes commentary, hands-on accessory reviews, up to the minute
iPod and iTunes news, music reviews, humor pieces, tutorials, Q&A sessions and
 more. With more than three million page views per month, iPod Garage is one of
 the world's most prominent iPod websites. iPod Garage has the largest full-time
 staff of any iPod website, and has been mentioned by mainstream media outlets
                 ranging from Fox News to BusinessWeek Magazine.


                 The iPod Garage Team
Bill Palmer - Founder, Publisher, "Garage Insight" Columnist, Product and Music Reviewer

                 Stephan Fassmann - "Garage Engineer" Columnist

           Zach Littleman - "Garage Youth" Columnist, Forums Moderator

                       Eric Nguyen - "Garage Gags" Columnist

                     B.J. Abernethy - "Garage Friday" Columnist

            Matt Saye - "Garage Q & A" Columnist, Forums Administrator

              Todd Page - Chief Music Reviewer, Forums Administrator

                             John Monahan - Webmaster

                        Alyssa Perkins - Daytime News Editor

                            Dan Uff - Morning News Editor

                      Mike Strum - Special Events News Editor

                            Jared Burns - Music Reviewer
  IPOD GARAGE NANOBOOK                                    HOLIDAY 2005 EDITION

            How-to guides and tutorials


tutorial                                adjective
 an account or explanation of a subject, printed or on a computer screen, intended for private
study..



Page 7 – How to decide whether the nano is the right iPod for you

    by John Monahan, iPod Garage Webmaster


Page 9 – How to Get the Most out of iTunes 6.0, the Official Software of the iPod

    by Stephan Fassmann, iPod Garage Columnist


Page 17 – So You Have an iPod nano - Now What?

    by Eric Nguyen, iPod Garage Columnist


Page 19 – How to Become an Expert in Your Field of Choice using an iPod nano

    by Stephan Fassmann, iPod Garage Columnist




guide                 noun
a thing that helps someone to form an opinion or make a decision or calculation : here is a guide to the
number of curtain hooks you will need.




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           How to decide whether the nano is the right iPod for you
                 by John Monahan, iPod Garage Webmaster
I recently had to weigh all the factors in deciding which new iPod model to get to replace my aging
3rd generation iPod. Hopefully this article will help you in your iPod purchasing decisions as well!

First off, I absolutely LOVE my iPod. But it's getting a little long in the tooth: it doesn't have a color
screen, can't show pictures, doesn't keep bookmarks of where you were listening to podcasts (a
big problem for me), and also has a loose headphone connection which makes the audio jump
back and forth from stereo to mono (this is very frustrating, especially while jogging.) Plus, the
features on the new iPods are finally compelling enough for me to upgrade. The thing is, what
features do I need?

                                         iPod Product Matrix
                   iPod shuffle              512 MB = $99               1 GB = $129

                     iPod nano               2 GB = $199               4 GB = $249

                  iPod (w/ video)           30 GB = $299              60 GB = $399

Well let's look at the iPod shuffle. It would be fantastic for working out; you just slap some
random music from your workout playlist onto it and take off. You don't really need a screen, as
you're actively doing stuff - just hit next if you encounter a song you don't want to listen to. You
can drop it, and no harm, no foul. Heck, you could probably run an iPod shuffle through the
washing machine and it'd come out OK (don't try this at home though!).

Either the 512 MB or 1GB shuffle would hold enough songs for just about any workout, but they
wouldn't have room on it for podcasts, plus you wouldn’t even be able to tell how to get to a certain
podcast you wanted to listen to. Podcasts would require more room and a screen, i.e. a 2nd iPod
– and with my current budget, I just can't justify having 2 iPods. (In fact, I'll have to sell my old 3rd
Gen. to cover some of the cost of my new iPod.)

So could the iPod nano be the iPod for me? After all, I don't need all of my 17.6 GB music library
on the same device. I suppose I've gotten used to it, and it is nice to be able to play DJ and pull
up tons of random and obscure songs, but really, how often do you listen to all of that stuff?
Besides, I tend to forget about all the music I have, and instead focus on just a few playlists (these
happen to be 'Recently Added' and 'Purchased Music' - i.e. new stuff). I very rarely dip down and
listen to the older stuff. (On a side note, I guess that's what iPod and iTunes is all about - to get
you turned onto new stuff, and be constantly mixing it up.)



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So I could deal with having 2 GB of music and podcasts on a nano, but I would have to be
constantly managing my playlists, and I think that is the big tradeoff. With music alone I would be
ok, as I could just have it update my purchased music from the iTunes Music Store, and perhaps
one or two other playlists. But I have over 1 GB of podcasts - and these are ones that I frequently
listen to. I also go through and delete all the old ones I've listened to, so it's not like I can have
less than 1 GB of podcasts on the nano - leaving me with only 1 GB of music. Interestingly, my
‘Purchased Music’ playlist is 2.44 GB. Yikes! That's much more money than I thought I'd spent on
iTunes!!

Anyway, I suppose I could deal with having 1 GB for music, but then I would have no room left
over for photos, and I'm guessing those take up quite a bit of space. Moving up to the 4GB nano
would give me more breathing room, but at $249 that is also creeping into the ‘iPod video’s’
territory.

Speaking of the iPod video, it’s an interesting proposition. At $299, you get 30 GB – which should
be big enough for almost anyone's music, podcasts, and photos. Video is another story
altogether.

When I first got my iPod, I had no clue how much I would use it. With the advent of video on the
iPod, I think we're all in the same boat. Will we actually watch a lot of video on it? If so, those
movies take up a lot of space. You can rip your own movies and convert them at low quality, but
those will still take up quite a bit of space. At $399, the 60 GB iPod Video is a big jump, but
definitely worth considering.

Personally, I think I'll go with the 30 GB model. I would have 17 GB for my music, 1 GB for
podcasts, and then roughly 12 GB each to use for photos and video. I'd have "one iPod to rule
them all" and do everything I need. As usual with the iPod, I may not think I need some of the
features that high-end models have, but once I got them, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to do
without them!

Odds are, your needs will be much different than mine. You may not need video or photos, your
music library may be much smaller (or larger), you may not listen to podcasts, etc., etc. These are
just a few of the things to consider when shopping for a new iPod. Bear in mind that spending a
little bit more to get the iPod that really does what you want is more than worth it. Don’t forget to
use all the great articles on iPod Garage and the helpful advice in the Forums. Plus, if you’re
really stuck, see if you can borrow a friend’s iPod for a day (if you can pry it away from them).

After all, your iPod purchase isn’t a decision to make lightly! Well, unless of course you’re in the
Apple Store and have to make an impulse purchase - by all means go right ahead, we won’t stop
you there!

John Monahan is Webmaster of the iPod Garage and is also the Publisher of 2 Guys, a Mac, and a Website



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 How to Get the Most out of iTunes 6.0, the Official Software of the iPod
            by Stephan Fassmann, iPod Garage Columnist
If you are new to the iPod and to iTunes there are some things you'll want to know about before
you get started. iTunes has been updated to version 6.0 with the introduction of the Fifth
Generation iPod that supports video capabilities. This is a tour of iTunes if you are not familiar with
it.

Getting to Know the iTunes Controls

At the top of the screen you have basic controls (from left to right): Rewind, Play, Fast Forward,
Volume, Track Information, Search bar, and Browse.

At the bottom of the screen there are other controls, on the left: Create Playlist (holding down the
opt or alt key will change this into Create Smart Playlist), Shuffle, Loop, Show Artwork/Video
Viewer, and Library/Playlist Information.

And on the right: Show Equalizer, Show Visualizer, and Eject.

If you attach an iPod two additional buttons are added on the right: Display iPod Options and Eject
iPod.

The Browse button is special as it will change depending on where you are. If you have selected
Podcasts as your source it will change to an Update button which will manually check and
download the latest episodes of your subscribed podcasts. If you have selected Party Shuffle as
your source then it will change into Refresh which will refresh your playlist with different songs. If
you select a Smart or regular playlist or put in a burnable CD then it will turn into a Burn Disc
button.

Show Equalizer brings up a small window with a Preamp, 12 band equalizer, and a drop-down
menu of presets that you can turn on and off and adjust as you desire. If you make changes to any
of the presets the drop-down menu will change to a setting called manual. At the top of that menu
you can select Make Preset... to save that preset and use it for all or any of your songs. By default
iTunes uses the currently selected preset for all songs. If you want different presets for different
songs you'll have to go into File>Get Info>Options to set it for each song individually or if you have
a whole bunch with the same presets you can select all of them and use Get Info to set them in
groups.

Visualizer is a fun light show that is great at parties – start up the tunes, turn on visualizer and set
it to full screen in Visualizer>Full Screen and darken the room. Pressing ? while it is running gives
you information about how to change what you see on-screen.
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iTunes Main Screen

When you open up iTunes you will notice that there are three major sections that the screen is
divided into: Sources, List and Controls. On the left there is the Source List which is a list of
playlists that you are using to organize your tracks. The first eight are special default ones that you
can't delete.

These includes:

Library is the total list of everything.
Podcasts which are the podcasts you're subscribed to.
Videos lists all the videos you have downloaded into iTunes.
Party Shuffle which is a special kind of randomized playlist, you can easily add to with a right-click
or ctrl-click. Radio which allows you to access a variety of Internet streaming radio stations. Music
Store which takes you to the iTunes Music Store (iTMS). Your iPod which shows you what is on
your iPod and only appears if there is an iPod connected. CDs will also show up here but only if
they are mounted.

Then come the Smart and Regular Playlists. These are where you will organize your tracks into
whatever form you want. On top are Smart Playlists which are simply playlists that you define
criteria for, which will be used to update them automatically. Finally, Regular Playlists contain
songs that you add manually. You can use these sample Smart Playlists to create your own
personalized Smart Playlists, just right-click and select Edit Smart Playlist.

The sample Smart Playlists are:

90's Music: Created in the 90's
My Top Rated: Has a rating higher than 3 stars.
Recently Added: Songs added in the last 2 weeks
Recently Played: Songs played in the last 2 weeks.
Top 25 Most Played: 25 of the most often played songs.

You can use these as starting points to create Smart Playlists that do amazing things, which we'll
discuss later.

You can create folders to store your playlists in File>New Folder, and drag and drop them in and
out as you want.

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Getting Music into iTunes 6

To rip CDs into iTunes all you have to do is insert the CD into the computer's CD drive and iTunes
should open up for you. If it doesn't you'll need to open iTunes yourself and select the CD, then
select the Import CD button on the upper right.

Say you have a couple dozen or so CDs that you would like to rip. You can set iTunes preferences
to rip them as soon as you insert them. That is the easiest and fastest way to go.

iTunes rips CDs as AAC files by default which sounds just fine to me and doesn’t take up too much
space. You can also do MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV. Does it matter which one you use?
Generally not. If you know you want something different then you probably know more than this
quick tour will give you.

If you already have some audio files on your harddrive iTunes can import them for you, it asks you
if it can search you home folder the first time you bring up iTunes. After that you can add new files
by double clicking them, or dragging and dropping them onto the iTunes browser window or by
using File>Add to Library.

You can, of course, download music from the iTunes Music Store (iTMS), which has a very large
library of songs, audiobooks, podcasts, music videos, TV shows, short movies and movie trailers
for viewing and downloading.

If you want to see how that works, the iTMS has Free Music Tuesdays where they give away one
free song each week; that is found in the lower left corner of the iTMS screen. You need to have or
create an Apple ID or AOL ID, which is easy, of course.

Power of the Playlist

You can have some fun naming playlists. I usually use moods or activities for the playlist name
and put it in a folder for my iPod. For example, I generally name playlists for things like: Calm,
Inspiration, Romantic, Drive Time, Exercise, Concentration, Work or Noise Abatement.

I also have a toddler who sometimes needs some calming, I have a _Lullaby playlist. The
underscore (_) moves that playlist to the top of the list. That way I never have to worry about
finding it in a hurry. It is at the top of the list so I can spin to the top of the playlist and hit play to get
lullabies in a hurry. I learned this the hard way when my daughter had pulled up a vent cover and
cut herself on it. I happened to have the iPod handy. And while lullabies were on it, they took a
very long time to get to, but they helped calm her down on the way to the doctor's office. It has
come in very handy since then to help calm down toddler melt-downs.

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So using things like ~, _, -, : and . to organize your iPods playlistings is pretty good, though I would
stick to keeping only one at the very top. You can also use "Z"s to force playlists to the bottom of
the list.

A playlist can can be created quite easily by just selecting a bunch of songs and selecting
File>New Playlist from Selection. You can select discontinuous songs by option or alt clicking.

One good playlist to make is one that is Just Music without audiobooks, podcasts, sound effects or
anything that is not an actual song. Point Party Shuffle at this playlist to start a party anytime.

Generally you don't have to bother creating playlists by Artist, Album, Genre, or Composer
because they are automatically sorted as selections on the iPod and you can use the Browser in
iTunes the same way.

I don't have the room to discuss all the things you can do with a smart playlist so head on over to
Smart Playlists ( www.smartplaylists.com ) where there is a lot of great information on doing great
things with playlists.

Filling your iPod nano

Now that you have music and audiobooks on your computer, you need to put them on your iPod. If
you have little enough music to fit it all on your iPod then it is easy, just load it all on.

iTunes will detect if your library is too large for your iPod and offer to fill it for you. I wouldn't do that
since it will just fill it all the way up more or less randomly.

If you are like me and your library is larger then the capacity of your iPod then you have a couple
of choices to make. You can add songs to your iPod manually, which works just fine but you can
end up spending a lot of time doing that trying to make the prefect playlist.

I prefer letting the computer do most of the work. By using Smart Playlists you can let iTunes do all
the work. For example, I like listening to audiobooks that I have ripped from CD, but I don't have
enough time during the day to listen to the whole things. So instead of carrying the whole book I
just have a Smart Playlist that holds the next two hours worth of unread chapters.

The simplest way to do that is to create a regular playlist with all the parts to a particular
audiobook. Then I make a Smart Playlist that points to that playlist and tell it to limit to 2 hours of
least often played. That way what I haven't heard before is at the top of the list.

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I use the same formula for Podcasts, If I've listened to it, it pops off of the top of the list and the
next one is on top so I only have to listen to what I haven't heard before. I just name the playlist
iAudiobook that way they are all together when I move them to the iPod.

By using folders of podcasts it makes it easy to change what is on your iPod. Some suggestions
are:

Work-a-day, filled with the music and audiobooks and stuff you use most days.
Dance Party, stuffed with dance music.
Road Trip, with all the best tunes and audiobooks for a long drive across country.

iTunes Helpers

iTunes is really a fast and simple database application for finding and sorting music and video. By
itself that is really good but it can do a whole lot more. With some helpers it can be amazing.

The real power in iTunes is AppleScript. While that is Mac-only, there is some functionality for
Windows included as well. The best site for iTunes related Applescripts is Doug's AppleScripts for
iTunes ( www.dougscripts.com/itunes/index.php ), a massive library of scripts you can use to
control and manage all your music. He also has a section on what to do if you are using Windows.

My favorite is Make Bookmarkable - it takes an AAC file and changes it so if you go listen to
something else for a while you can come back and pick up where you left off. I do that with a lot of
the lectures I've found online. Others will find album cover art or lyrics, find and delete dead or
duplicate tracks and much more.

Another (but less related) piece of software is Konfabulator ( www.konfabulator.com ) which gives
you widgets to watch and control things on your computer or on the web, including iTunes. There
are iTunes remote controls and What's Hot and album art finders and much more.

Those are not the only sites with iTunes related helpers, VersionTracker
( www.versiontracker.com ) has a dedicated selection of iTunes and iPod related programs for
your perusal and download. It has programs for Windows and Macintosh that are freeware,
shareware and commercial.

Information, Please

There are a lot of things you can do to songs in iTunes and the place to do that is in Get Info. We
talked about this a little before and now it is time for the tour.


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When you select a song and select (File>Get Info) you get a tabbed screen and the first one is
Summary, which tells you all about the track. Things like title, artist, bit rate, sample rate, kind and
where it is on your hard drive.

The next pane is Info. You can change some things in here, things like name and artist and year.
You can also add Comments and assign it a Genre. I often come here to when I have downloaded
a teleseminar that doesn't have all the information listed in the file.

Options is next and this is where you can adjust the volume of a particular song. iTunes does have
a Sound Check feature that will try to equalize all the songs in the library so they are at about the
same level. You don't want one song really quiet and the next one really loud, but it doesn't always
work so if you want to make that change yourself this is where you do it.

You can also assign it an Equalizer Preset which we talked about before and a Rating. You can
also change the Start and Stop Times of the track but I generally want to listen to the whole thing,
and you might too.

Remember Playback Position keeps track of how much of a track you have listened to and lets
you pick up where you left off. This is very useful when listening to podcasts or audiobooks. There
is nothing worse than listening to two hours of a book and then having to start over because you
wanted something else for a while.

Skip When Shuffling will exclude a track from a random shuffle of a playlist.

The next pane is Lyrics. This is a fun little feature but iTunes doesn't have a built-in way to get
lyrics. Fortunately there are people who have taken care of this. There are lots of lyrics on the web
already and all it takes is a search to find them. There are several ways to get lyrics into iTunes. I
like using pearLyrics from pearWorks ( http://www.pearworks.com ). This is a neat little app that
searches the lyric databases and inserts them into iTunes as you listen to your songs, if it can't
find a set of lyrics then you can tell it to search Google. The best part is that if you want it will even
find guitar chords so you can play along.

Finally there is the Artwork pane. This is where an image of the cover art can be stored. Many
iTunes helper programs can do this, but if you just want one or two you can just go Amazon.com
and get the artwork from there. The slider allows you to set its size and the buttons allow you to
Add from a file on your computer or delete the artwork.

At the very bottom there are 4 buttons: Previous and Next take you to the previous and next tracks
and Cancel and Ok are obvious.

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What's on the Menu

The menus in iTunes are fairly straightforward. It is worth memorizing the keyboard shortcuts for
the controls from the Control menu.

Some of the more interesting menu items are:

File>Import is for importing CDs while File>Add to Library is for adding audio files already on your
hard drive.

File>New Folder creates a new folder that you can fill with playlists merely by dragging and
dropping. Folders can be placed inside other folders.

File> Create iMix allows you to share the selected playlist with everyone on the web by sending
information about the tracks in the playlist to the iTMS. You can find plenty of examples in the
Music Store.

Edit> Show Search Bar. If you search through your library a lot this bar can be a time saver by
allowing you to focus you searches by All, Music, Audiobooks, Podcasts, Videos and Booklets (pdf
files with linear notes from albums) that you can sort by All, Artist, Album or Name.

Edit> Show Duplicate Songs is useful if you have a very large library and you don't want the same
song several times. This shows you the tracks that are the same.

Edit>View Options allows you to select what information you want to see when browsing your
library and playlists. These can be different for each playlist, so you can sort your music by rating
and your podcasts by date added.

Advanced>Open Stream is for subscribing to an audio stream, like the radio sources, but one that
is not on the iTunes list. Just copy the URL from the site you found and copy it in here and you'll
start listening right away.

Advanced>Subscribe to Podcast. If you come across a website that has a podcast you don't have
to go searching for the feed in the podcast directory in the iTMS, just copy and paste the feed in
here.

Advanced>Consolidate Library. This command is quite powerful and not undoable, so be sure that
you want to do this. This will take all the music you have on your computer and move it into your
music folder and organize it by artist and album. If you've spent time organizing a folder structure
the way you want it this is not the command for you. If you don't really care then go for it.

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Advanced>Deauthorize Computer... When you buy tracks from iTunes what you are doing is
authorizing that computer to play that track. You can have that track on up to 5 computers by
authorizing them on each computer. But say you want to sell your computer and buy a new one
with the proceeds. You need to de-authorize that computer first so they can not listen to your
music for free and allows you to listen to it on your new computer.

What's Your Preference

By setting your Preferences you can have iTunes behave the way you want it to. We've already
talked about setting options for your iPod, now here are a few others.

Podcasts: if you have signed up for podcasts you can change how they behave here. You can
have the computer check for them hourly, daily or weekly or you can do it yourself. It can download
all episodes, just the most recent one or do nothing. And it can keep all episodes, the unplayed
episode, the most recent or the last 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 episodes.

Playback lets you add and adjust Crossfade Playback so one song merges with another. Sound
Enhancer makes tracks sound better. Sound Check will adjust all tracks to about the same
loudness level. Smart Shuffle allows you to change the randomness of how songs shuffle so you
are more or less likely to hear particular groups of tracks. The cool thing is that you can shuffle by
songs, albums or groupings. The fun thing is that groupings are often not set so you can group all
kinds of songs together yourself.

If you are on a network, Sharing allows you to listen to other people’s libraries and you can allow
others to see your library or just parts of it. An office or dorm game that is going around right now
is to share a playlist under a nonsense name and your coworkers/roommates try to guess who
posted what.

Generally you won't need to change anything in Advanced but typical things are if you want to
change the iTunes Music folder location to a separate hard drive if it is very large you find that
under General. Under Importing you can change which encoder is in use. If you are having trouble
burning a CD you can try reducing the Preferred Speed which often helps that problem. You can
also set it to create Audio CDs, MP3 CDs or Data CDs.

Finally, if you have children, Parental controls allow you to restrict access to Podcasts, the Music
Store, sharing music and exclude explicit content.

Stephan Fassmann is the author of the weekly “Garage Engineer” column, which can be
read every Wednesday at www.iPodGarage.com . Stephan’s book “So You Wanna Learn
          How to Podcast: A Step-by-Step Guide to Podcasting” is available at
                        www.storesonline.com/site/1024420


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             So You Have an iPod nano - Now What?
                    by Eric Nguyen, iPod Garage Columnist

The iPod nano is the smallest, thinnest, lightest iPod with a screen yet. In accordance
with its trend-breaking form factor, there are some cool new uses for it that simply weren't
possible with the old iPods. Here are a few:

(Note: I'm not responsible for any damage you may do to your iPod as a result of this)

Ninja Throwing Star

The nano is thin enough (thinner than the shuffle!) that you could use one as a throwing
star, to good effect. This was a very good move on Apple's part, as it helps them to attract
the coveted Ninja Assassin demographic. However, the normal user may have problems
with the blood and guts scratching the iPod's screen, and so will want to buy a thin case or
screen protector when assassinating someone with their iPod.

Lock Pick

The thinness of the iPod means that it would be an excellent tool for an aspiring burglar.
With a few do-it-yourself modifications, a nano could become a very good, yet quite
inconspicuous lock-picking tool. However, this usage also runs the risk of scratching the
screen, so buying a screen protector would be advisable.

                                      DIY iTunes Phone

                                       Considering the limitations of the ROKR phone from
                                       Motorola, it would be a lot easier to just buy a really
                                       thin phone (such as the Motorola RAZR) and duct
                                       tape your nano to the back. This helps in two ways
                                       – first, it prevents fingerprint accumulation on the
                                       back of the nano, which is quite important to some
                                       people. Second, it's much more powerful than an
                                       iTunes phone, and much more stylish, too. As
                                       always, two cool gadgets are way better than one.

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Pickpocket Bait

Since it's so amazingly tiny, the iPod nano is the second iPod (after the mini) that I've seen
a lot of people hold in their hand as they walk around. Some people do it with older, larger
iPods, but more definitely prefer to put those in their pockets. Since you're holding it in
your hand, it would be a lot easier for someone to 'accidentally' knock it to the ground.
After it's on the ground, it would also be easier for someone to 'accidentally' lose it in their
shoe or pant leg. You can use this to your advantage, carrying a Taser or a can of Mace
with you. After all, a pickpocket stealing an iPod nano should react to Mace the same way
as a pickpocket stealing an old first-generation iPod.

                       Install Linux

                       This is probably the most mainstream-yet-nerdy thing you can do
                       with your iPod. While it's not officially supported, people are using
                       certain applications on them. I've done it on my iPod, and nothing
                       seems to have broken yet. Doing this gives you the chance to waste
                       even more time with your iPod, adding games such as Tetris, Doom,
                       Asteriods, and Pong to the iPod's already-existing set of games. As
                       if I needed any more reason to waste time with my iPod.

Swiss Army Knife

Some creative sharpening of the iPod nano's edges can have some very useful side
effects. Imagine being able to use the nano as a razor blade or Exacto knife in times of
great need (namely, opening those pesky plastic boxes that are impossible to open by
hand). However, doing so could make your iPod a bit harder to get through airport
security. Likewise, if you're doing lots of Do-It-Yourself projects (like assembling stuff from
Ikea), you could form a crude screwdriver out of the top of your iPod. Doing so would
definitely void your warranty, and very probably end up breaking your iPod, but it would be
really, really cool while it lasted. If I ever find a non-working iPod case, now I know what
I'm going to do with it.

Eric Nguyen is the author of the weekly “Garage Gags” column, which can be
              read every Wednesday at www.iPodGarage.com




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  How to Become an Expert in Your Field of Choice using an iPod nano
            by Stephan Fassmann, iPod Garage Columnist
     "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." – William Butler Yeats, poet

Earl Nightingale said many years ago that one hour per day of study in your chosen field was all it
takes to become an expert. One hour per day of study will put at the top of your field within three
years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best
people in the world at what you do.

Did you know that it takes between 600-1000 hours of practice to become expert in a new skill?

Did you also know that most people spend between 500-1000 hours every year driving around in
their car. Almost all of that time is wasted listening to music or talk radio, but you are a smart
person and you don't want to waste that time, because you know that your time is not just valuable
but the most precious recourse you have.

1000 hours of study to reach expert level.
1000 hours a year of drive time.
Hmm. You can do the math.

If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our
society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best
educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will
transform your life completely.

So let's work on making you an expert, shall we? I'll show you how to turn your car into a rolling
university so you can leverage drive time, exercise time and if you get some noise-canceling
headphones you can even make use of the time while mowing the lawn.

Equipment

For a portable player I recommend a 4GB iPod nano, it is small so it can go anywhere with you but
big enough to hold plenty of audiobooks and music at the same time. To be able to listen in any
car get Griffin's iTrip for the iPod nano. To make carrying the nano around easier, get the lanyard
headset so you can get the iPod off of your belt. If you are going to listen while doing yardwork,
some noise canceling headphones like the Sennheiser PCX-250 are really good.

What to Listen to

The first thing we need is something good to listen to. What you should listen to depends on what
you are trying to learn.
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(...continued)
One of the first places to look is at audiobooks. Audiobooks are commonly found in bookstores on
tape or CD. You can also download them directly from the iTunes Music Store. Some great places
to get free content are universities which are providing audio lectures for free on their websites.
Some examples are:

Stanford – itunes.stanford.edu

Berkeley – www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/audiofiles.html

Brigham Young University – byubroadcasting.org

Podcasts

Podcasts are audio programs that you can have your computer download automatically and add to
your portable mp3 player, not necessarily an iPod. iTunes has a selection of over 20,000 in its
directory and more are appearing everyday. They cover almost every kind of topic around. You can
also use Yahoo! ( podcast.yahoo.com ) to find them.

Online Audio

For some subjects you can find lots of online repositories of audio content by using Google or
Yahoo to search for audio download or mp3 archive pages or some such combination. There are a
lot of religious ones out there right now. You can even try searching by file type. This is doing it the
hard way but there are some really great repositories out there.

Taking Notes

Finally, you will want some kind of recorder with you. Two things are going to happen: you will
learn something specific you'll want later or you'll be inspired with an idea that you will want to
implement.

When you are reading, having pen and paper handy to write down ideas and things that you've
learned that you can review later is very good. But if you are listening to an audiobook in your car
writing something down is downright dangerous, so get a voice recorder. A simple mini-cassette
recorder is fine, if you already have one or if not get an electronic recorder like the Olympus DS-2,
that you can download to your computer via USB.

In conclusion, if you want to become an expert in your field, you will need to study. The best place
to do that is in your car listening to audiobooks and lectures.
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Music

If you were just going to listen to audiobooks then an iPod shuffle would be enough, but
sometimes when you get a little downsy, or when there are people and activities around you that
are distracting, some music comes in very handy then.

Music has great capacity to alter our moods. One guy I knew had real problems with road rage
until he swapped out his Metallica for Kenny G. And there is nothing like some jazz to set the
mood for a romantic evening.

Sometimes our days don't go so well so having some upbeat music handy is a great thing to help
you out. Whether its "I Feel Good" or "I've Got the Power," songs can make a big difference in how
we feel at any given time. Even just 15 minutes worth can change how you feel about your day,
but I tend to keep an hours worth handy.

If there are times you need to concentrate on an important project you can again use music to
drown out the little distractions. It takes about 15 minutes of concentration to get into the zone and
really be focused on that project. Little distractions like someone talking on the phone nearby can
keep you from achieving the zone. So some background music can really help here. Something
without vocals is better then something with, and the best may be without music. I like environment
sounds like ocean waves and rainstorms.

Action Steps

First, ask the successful people around you for their best book recommendations. Whatever
advice they give you, immediately go out and buy those books as audiobooks and start listening to
them on the way to and from work, while exercising and doing yardwork.

Second, when you listen keep a voice recorder handy so you can take notes when you find
important ideas that you can use. Implement them immediately. Take action of some kind on good
ideas. Light the fire of learning within you.


Stephan Fassmann is the author of the weekly “Garage Engineer” column, which can be
read every Wednesday at www.iPodGarage.com . Stephan’s book “So You Wanna Learn
          How to Podcast: A Step-by-Step Guide to Podcasting” is available at
                        www.storesonline.com/site/1024420




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              Commentary and Insight

insight                noun
the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing


Page 24 – So Close To A nano, Yet So Far Away

    by Matt Saye, iPod Garage Columnist


Page 26 – iPod nano, Rightful Heir to the iPod mini Throne

    by Zach Littleman, iPod Garage Columnist


Page 27 – There’s Just Something About The iPod nano...

    by Alyssa Perkins, iPod Garage News Editor


Page 28 – The iPod nano and me? Music to my ears.

    by Todd Page, iPod Garage Music Reviewer


Page 29 – nano: The New iPod Revolution Is At Hand

    by B.J. Abernethy, iPod Garage Columnist


Page 31 – iPod Garage reviews I Am Santa Claus by Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio

     by Jared Burns, iPod Garage Music Reviewer


commentary                                  noun
the expression of opinions or explanations about an event or situation




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                 So Close To A nano, Yet So Far Away
                             by Matt Saye, iPod Garage Columnist

What can I say about the iPod nano that hasn’t already been said? Well, let me start by saying that I
am not given to impulse buying. When I finally convinced my wife to let me spend money on an
mp3 player, I did research for about two months before I officially settled on the iPod. Of course,
part of that was because I was waiting for my birthday, but I really did quite a bit of research on the
subject before I decided that the iPod really was the best that was out there, as well as the best
value for the money.

So I got my iPod in the beginning of October of 2004. I watched the iPod photo come, change, and
eventually merge with the regular iPod line. I saw the mini change from just four to both four and
six gigabytes and get a hefty jump in battery life. I looked on as the iPod gained a new color, a red
clickwheel, and signatures on the back. But in none of these cases did I feel an overwhelming
impulse to rush out and get these iPods. My faithful 20 gigabyte monochrome iPod was plenty for
me.

But then came the nano. Of course there were rumors swirling around before its introduction, but I
didn’t really believe a new iPod was going to be announced. All the bets were on the introduction
of the long-awaited iTunes phone. So I didn’t pay that much attention. Plus I had classes to teach
that day. But then I came home and got online. I decided to see what had happened at the Apple
special event, so I went to their webpage. But the store was loading extremely slowly. After
literally about five minutes, I finally got through, and there it was, the iPod nano. My first thought
was “wow.” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I read the dimensions and the tech specs and
thought “there is no way it can really be that small.” But it was. And still is.

I remember when the commercials began airing, my wife, who is not interested in gadgets and such
said “I can’t believe that thing is so small.” Even she fell under the spell of the nano. And a spell it
was, because I remember thinking when I first saw it that I would like one. But I had no idea the
allure of the nano until I saw one in person.

About two weeks after it was announced, I had to take my car to get worked on. I live an hour
away from the nearest Honda dealership and because I wanted to get it worked on under warranty, I
had no choice but to go there at 8:30 on a Saturday morning. I waited and waited and finally
sometime around 12:30 or so they finished. Since I was in the same town where my nearest Apple
Store is, I decided to head over there before going home so I could see the nano in person.

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When I walked into the store the nanos were prominently displayed at the front of the store, which
is where I immediately headed. As soon as I picked one up, I knew that the pictures did not do it
justice; this thing was SMALL. My first reaction was the thought that it was heavier than I
thought, but then I realized that about 70% of the weight I was feeling came from the security
device attached to the back. I couldn’t believe that there was actually four gigabytes packed into
that tiny shell.

I spent about an hour there at the Apple Store. I wandered around a little, played with the Macs,
browsed the iPod accessories, but my glance kept returning to the littlest of iPods. Now, remember
what I said, I am not given to impulse buying, it’s just not in my nature. I want to check, re-check,
and then double-check to make sure that a purchase is the right decision. I’ve been known to walk
around a cd store with an album in hand for half an hour before buying it because I am weighing
the choices. That being said, most of my time in the Apple Store was spent trying to find a way to
walk out with a nano. First I pondered over how far I could get if I just grabbed one, yanked as
hard as I could and then ran. Obviously I don’t condone theft, but something about the nano had
lodged itself into my brain so that my normally rational and law-abiding mind was actually
considering committing a felony for the few moments that I would be able to spend with “my”
nano.

My next plan was to drain my checking account, purchase the nano, and flee to Mexico so my wife
couldn’t find me and kill me. After I dismissed the thought of theft and desertion, I tried to plan a
more rational way: get an Apple credit line for the sole purpose of getting a nano. This wouldn’t
work because I knew there was no way I would be approved. What little credit history I do have
has been sullied by the fact that I live the life of a graduate student: overworked and underpaid (and
living on credit at times when the checks start to bounce).

Well, despite all my plotting and scheming, I left that day without a nano. I have yet to get a nano.
What’s more, I have yet to rationally justify that I need a nano. Why would I want to pay an extra
$200 for a measly two gigabytes when I already have twenty in my pocket? I don’t know. What I
do know is that the nano has left its mark on me. I still want one, even though I can’t justify it,
even to myself. And sometimes, when I see someone walking across campus with a nano in hand,
my mind turns back to the idea of theft.

          Matt Saye is the author of the weekly “Garage Q & A” column,
          which can be read every Thursday at www.iPodGarage.com


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       iPod nano, Rightful Heir to the iPod mini Throne
                           by Zach Littleman, iPod Garage Columnist

The iPod nano has been a great successor to the iPod mini. The nano is outstanding. I purchased my
black nano the day it was released by Apple. I purchased the black nano instead of the white
because I was ready for a change. I did not know then that the majority of the iPod nano users
would come to purchase a black nano too.

The nano was a great bump above the iPod mini. The nano is a lot thinner, has a color screen, and
has flash memory instead of a hard drive. With the size of the nano being so small, many rumors
started that you could break it in half. The nano is remarkably strong, though. I have tried to bend
mine (or one of my friends’) and it seems impossible to flinch at all.

The color screen the nano comes with is excellent. I am able to see the artwork on the album I am
listening to. I love being able to see the artwork. It is a little small, but it is sharp and the nano itself
is very small! The nano has the same great scroll wheel the mini and the regular iPods have, except
it is smaller. It took me a couple minutes to get used to but now I can’t even tell a difference and I
find the other iPods scroll wheels just too big.

The flash memory is the greatest success. With the nano not having any moving parts it is the best
for taking on a run or going to the gym. You do not have to worry about any problems of skipping
or scratching the hard drive like you do with the competing products or the regular iPod itself.

There are some downsides to the nano. With the beautiful finish the nano has it can scratch, just
like any other iPod. The iPod minis had a different finish that made them a little more difficult to
scratch. I love having my black front with the mirror-like back.

I now have a case for my iPod nano. I purchased the Speck Toughskin. So far I have enjoyed the
case very much. It gives my nano a great grip and makes it a lot more rugged. Having the top and
bottom not covered has not bothered me. If I happen to drop the nano, I do not expect anything to
happen to it, the case is so strong.

The nano overall has been great. It is a must for a gift or even a present to yourself. Even if you are
not athletic it is great, the small size makes it so easy to carry around.

       Zach Littleman is the author of the weekly “Garage Youth” column,
          which can be read every Tuesday at www.iPodGarage.com


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       There’s Just Something About The iPod nano...
                     by Alyssa Perkins, iPod Garage News Editor

I'm fortunate enough to have only one degree of separation between myself and a
glorious iPod nano. Yes: that glittering white or black device that is suspended in the
air above everyone these days, dangling like a rabbit in front of a ravenous racing
greyhound. One of my friends owns one.

I held it once. Holding it in my hand was like holding tickets to a Modest Mouse
concert. No, I don't mean a gateway to really bad music -- I speak of the "cool
factor." As I grasped it, running my thumb over the clickwheel for no reason
whatsoever, I realized I felt like I was like holding a rare Beanie Baby back in '97.
Something to be proud of, hard to come by, and undeniably cool.

There's just something about the nano. It has an insanely cool aura about it that
surely cannot be planted in a flash drive or LCD screen. For every statistic or
measurement in the world, nothing compares to the number of cool points that a
person gains by merely whipping out an iPod nano. I'd be tempted to put my
ownership of one on my resume.

I can't even imagine how altered my state of mind would be if I had the opportunity
to stroll down the street listening to a nano. I would probably go into spasms of glee.
Okay, overstatement -- but other people would at least spasm in my direction.

I hate to add to the redundancy of the nano's appeal, but think about it: the size! My
friend hardly receives any comment about her nano other than "it's so small!" Oh, a
few people have warned her to be careful with it; most likely they were so astounded
at the size that their first reaction was to protect such a fragile device. I don't blame
them; like a pearl inside an oyster, it nearly disappears in your palm.

And inevitably, everyone wants to sufficiently fondle the device, to feel the contours
of it. That's what I did, and it was a great couple of seconds.

But then it was gone, and I felt drained. My newfound prestige, my superiority, an
extraordinarily bright and colorful LCD screen -- all were painfully removed from my
grasp. Like a cheating spouse, I returned to my familiar device and it seemed to want
to know who I had been with.

A much thinner, more versatile, exceedingly exciting mp3 player, to be sure. And
damn was I cool for about five seconds.

           Alyssa Perkins is Editor of the iPod Garage News section,
               which can be read daily at www.iPodGarage.com

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                The iPod nano and me? Music to my ears.
                     by Todd Page, iPod Garage Music Reviewer

Well, I really wish I had one of these bad boys, probably more so than a video iPod.
Currently owning a Fourth Generation 20 GB model and a 512 MB iPod shuffle, the nano
would most definitely fit my lifestyle and music-on-demand needs, wherever I may be. Sure
the video iPod would be cool, and probably impress the snot out of my friends and family,
but the nano still does that and maintains that need for music on the go, size, portability, and
makes it all look damn fine!
                                      Todd Page’s Top Rated iTunes Albums
With a Nano in hand I could
take my music and my iPod           Nine Inch Nails         With Teeth       
experience to more places,
with more ease (ever try                  Enya             Amarantine         1/2
stuffing a Fourth Generation
iPod into a suit at a                 Supertramp          Retrospectacle     
function?). Ever been to that
wedding, costume ball, high
                                    Dylan Rhymes          Dead Famous        
school dance where the music          Sheryl Crow           Wildflower        
just truly sucks? Just pull out
that Nano, a two-foot 1/8th        Black Eyed Peas       iTunes Originals    
mic jack to RCA cable, and
                                                            Full reviews of these albums
now your library is ready to        Learn more...           and more can be found in the
bust a move.                                             iPod Garage Music Reviews section


 All wishful thinking and fun
aside, a black 4 GB nano would really fit an already busy lifestyle by filling that void where
I can’t lug around a 20 GB and the shuffle just won’t cut it. As well, with having no moving
parts (i.e. hard drive), it could be the perfect workout partner (if I worked out…..lol).
Instead of working out, maybe I will just play it around the house and backyard while
cleaning and cutting grass or while being dragged down the street by my overzealous and
playful boxer puppy. Wherever I may be, the nano will surely fill that need and want.

        Todd Page is Chief Music Reviewer of the iPod Garage, and his
         reviews can be read every Monday at www.iPodGarage.com
      Todd is also the Owner/Partner of the Champion Beats record label.

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          nano – The New iPod Revolution Is At Hand
                       by B.J. Abernethy, iPod Garage Columnist

I’m an Apple guy. I’ve used Apple’s products for years, and wouldn’t have it any other
way. I always like, and often love, my latest tech purchase from the Cupertino, California
based company, but every once in a while I get a new Apple product that suits my needs
and desires so well, and is so perfectly designed, that it far exceeds my expectations and
adds value to my quality of life that just can’t be measured in dollars and cents.

I’m obviously a fan of Apple’s iPods. Ever since the First Generation iPod back in 2001,
they’ve changed the way I think about and listen to music. And they’ve constantly
improved -- from the solid state scroll wheel, to the click wheel, to color screens and photo
capability, and now to video playback. But since their debut, only one new model has truly
bowled me over compared to what came before it. The iPod nano is as close to perfection
as I’ve seen in the iPod lineup. It is truly every bit as revolutionary as the original 5 gig
iPod back in 2001.

The nano isn’t my only iPod, but it could be. My nano, a gift from my wife, is the 2 gig
version (dear wife didn’t even realize there was another capacity version, and at that time
the 4 gig model was as difficult to find as a politician with the courage of their convictions),
but even at 2 gigs, it could still be my only iPod. I also have a 30 gig photo, and it’s been
relegated to permanent duty in my Bose Soundock.

When the nano was first introduced, I thought it was cool, but thought the capacity was a
little too weak to truly merit my interest. I had purchased a mini for my wife, and was
never tempted to own one for myself in comparison to the much larger capacity iPods.
The smaller physical size of the mini was cool, but it really wasn’t that much smaller to
make much of a true difference. Certainly not for the tradeoff in capacity.

But then I saw the nano in person. And I held it.

Unless you too have seen and held the nano in person, you just can’t comprehend how
small it really is. Yet it still feels solid. And even more, unlike the shuffle, the nano is
through and through an iPod. Just a way, way, way smaller iPod.

The mini was smaller than the regular iPod, and that was cool. But smaller like if I took
some credit cards out of my wallet, then my wallet would be smaller. The nano is smaller
like if I took a few credit cards out of my wallet and then threw the wallet away. It takes
something that you probably will want to have with you a lot, if not all the time, and makes
it completely unobtrusive. Unnoticeable, except when you want it.
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(...continued)

As far as accessories go, there are tons available now for the nano. You’ve come to the
right place for the lowdown on all the various nano cases and add-ons. My nano setup is
fairly simple. I have an Apple armband, which works perfectly for exercising. If I’m not
exercising, I just throw the nano in my pocket.

I know what you’re thinking -- “Whoa! Are you crazy, mister? If you put a naked nano in
your pocket, you’re just begging for scratches or worse!” True, which is why, before I ever
used my nano, I purchased and applied an Invisible Shield. It is one product that I
consider a must for the nano. I’m not going to tell you what case to buy, which
headphones are better, or who makes the best speaker system, but I will tell you to get an
Invisible Shield. It’s a bit of a bother to put it on (count on a 15-20 minute application
procedure), but once you do, you won’t be sorry. Your iPod will always look brand new.

Now as far as the capacity goes, I haven’t found the smaller capacity (and remember, I
have the 2 gig version) to be a drawback. I’ve set up iTunes with a “nanoMix” playlist that
I fiddle with when I’ve got a few spare moments during the day. It’s got about 300 songs
in it and I sync the nano every few days. Also during the sync, in addition to my nanoMix
playlist, I’ll put on any podcasts, or “specialty” type music that I might want to listen to in
the next few days (i.e., particularly stressful weeks generally see some Enya thrown on
the nano). I also have a few pictures on the iPod - maybe a dozen or so, just like one
would carry in their wallet. I haven’t had a problem with this setup. Granted, I can’t
possibly have all my music and photos with me all the time, but the tradeoff for the size of
the nano makes it hardly seem like a tradeoff at all.

While the nano is easily the best iPod I’ve ever had, there are some things I wish it had.
Although I find the capacity fine, I won’t complain when larger flash drives make their way
into the nano. I do wish it had the TV out capabilities for photos that the bigger iPods had.
And that’s about it. Other than that, I find it perfect for my needs.

So if you’re thinking about which model iPod to get, and you aren’t completely enthralled
with the thought of watching video on your iPod, I don’t see how you can possibly go
wrong with the nano. Happy listening!


      B.J. Abernethy is the author of the weekly “Garage Friday” column,
           which can be read every Friday at www.iPodGarage.com




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                 iPod Garage reviews I Am Santa Claus
                   by Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio
                by Jared Burns, iPod Garage Music Reviewer


In a change of pace, and in light of the Christmas spirit, I bring you I Am Santa
Claus by Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio. Bob Rivers, a radio DJ based out of
Seattle and famous for his sense of humor and wit, has released many albums
satirizing Christmas. Originally released in 1993, I Am Santa Claus is a great
comedy album, and has many facets with which to appeal to listeners.

The album does a great job of changing up the pace, keeping the listener
entertained. It has a diverse offering of styles, first and foremost cheery Christmas
tunes. But listen to them, and you'll soon understand why this album is a satire. The
second track, "Walking Around In Ladies' Underwear", doesn't leave much to the
imagination. Throughout the album, tracks like "I Came Upon A Roadkill Deer",
"Teddy The Red-Nosed Senator", "The 'What's it To Ya' Chorus", and "Didn't I Get
This Last Year" (a hilarious take on "Do You Hear What I Hear"), keep the
Christmas cheer alive from start to finish.

Sprinkled throughout the album are spoofs on advertisements and people, which is
a nice touch. "Manger 6", a Bethlehem version of Motel 6, is well-written and funny,
not at all exuding the corny vibe that always seems to plague satires. "Grabhe
Yahbalz", which makes fun of Michael Jackson's excessive crotch-grabbing, comes
off as tired and unoriginal. "A Letter To Santa", in which a mobster writes a letter to
the jolly man in red asking for protection money, made me laugh, and I was
standoffish towards the song at the beginning. Another interesting one is "The
Kids", an interview of some little tykes, in which somehow the boy equates World
War II to winning sports. "The Magical Kingdom Of Claus" is a humorous rendition
of The Wizard Of Oz. Arguably the most witty ad spoof is "The Under Tree World Of
Jacques Cousteau". The voice guy does dead-on Cousteau, and listening to him
talk about "the tiny little mammals" will make you squirt milk out of your nose.
Seriously...


                                                                        (continued...)

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(...continued)

The pinnacle of this album, at least in my opinion, lies in the rock songs they take
on and twist to comedic perfection. The title track "I Am Santa Claus" spoofs Black
Sabbath's "Iron Man" so spot-on, you'll wonder if Sabbath decided to poke fun at
their own classic. "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", a spoof on The Animals' "House Of
The Rising Sun", is also worth a listen. I particularly like "Jingle Hell's Bells", which
sounds just like AC/DC's "Highway To Hell". Whoever they brought in to sing as
Angus Young, well, I commend him. It is pulled off wonderfully.

One thing that struck me upon listening to this album was the production quality in
each and every song. According to Twisted Radio's website
( www.twistedtunes.com ), all the instruments and vocals are replicated, not
sampled. They try to use the same instruments and settings to attain a near-exact
sound. Everything is well-done, and is crisp and on the mark. Also, the occasional
NC-17-rated humor isn't loaded on too thick, so it doesn't detract from the family
aspect much at all.

The album combines Christmas, rock, comedy, and dead-on mockery into one
convenient, 16-track package, and is a viable alternative to the annual onslaught of
pop artist Christmas albums. If you are in the Christmas spirit, and have a normal
level sense of humor, give this one a listen. You won't regret it.


                    Jared Burns’ Top Rated iTunes Albums
                       Slayer        Reign In Blood     1/2
                    System of a         Hypnotize       
                      Down

                                        Full reviews of these albums
                   Learn more...        and more can be found in the
                                     iPod Garage Music Reviews section



    Jared Burns is a Music Reviewer for the iPod Garage, and his reviews
          can be read every Wednesday at www.iPodGarage.com

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      The iPod Garage nano photo contest – winners!
              contest sponsored by Proporta
In its first-ever photo contest, iPod Garage asked its readers to submit a photo which
captured the essence of the iPod nano’s diminutive size by contrasting it to one or more
real-world objects. Our five winners were chosen for their originality, personality, and
imagination, and are displayed below in no particular order. All five winners are receiving
the free iPod nano case of their choice from Proporta, whose products can be purchaed at
www.proporta.com . Thanks to the folks at Proporta for sponsoring the contest. We look
forward to many more photo contests in the future, but now enjoy the winners:



   photo by:
Santi SanPrimo
     Paris,
                                                                         photo by:
    France
                                                                      Geir Gåsodden
                                                                        Notodden,
                                                                          Norway

    photo by:
  Cécile Simon
   Montgeron,
     France


                                                                         photo by:
                                                                        Lori Gering
    photo by:                                                            Portland,
  Simon Tseng                                                             Oregon
    Victoria,
     Canada




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       iPod nano Accessory Reviews
With the launch of the iPod nano on September 7th of 2005, the iPod accessory
industry went into collective overdrive in the name of getting iPod nano accessories
to market in advance of the 2005 Holiday Season. The iPod Garage has conducted
hands-on reviews of more than one hundred nano-specific and nano-compatible
accessories, and the next hundred pages offer a detailed look at each and every one of
them, several of them Exclusive Reviews that you won’t get from anyone else.

Grouped by product type, our NANOBOOK reviews cover the positives and
concerns about each product, along with their price, current availability, and where
on the internet you can go buy them. If you still can’t quite make up your mind
about a product after reading the NANOBOOK review, you can find several pages of
additional commentary about each product by visiting the Reviews Section at
www.iPodGarage.com :

                      Page 36 – Silicone Cases
                       Page 47 – Rubber Cases
                       Page 55 – Plastic Cases
                     Page 61 – Neoprene Cases
                       Page 66 – Fabric Cases
                        Page 72 – Metal Cases
                      Page 78 – Leather Cases
              Page 101 – Stickers, Film, Grips, and Clips
                          Page 119 – Docks
                       Page 123 – Car Products
                       Page 130 – Headphones
                         Page 136 – Speakers
                         Page 144 – Clothing
                           Page 151 – Toys
          Page 154 – Cleaners, Chargers, and Miscellaneous

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     Silicone cases for the iPod nano
silicone                     noun
any of a class of synthetic materials that are polymers with a chemical structure based on
chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, with organic groups attached to the silicon
atoms. Such compounds are typically resistant to chemical attack and insensitive to
temperature changes and are used to make rubber, plastics, polishes, and lubricants.


                 Capdase Soft Bib Set – page 37

                    Apple nano Tubes – page 38

                       ezGear ezSkin – page 39

                            iSkin Duo – page 40

                   Marware SportGrip – page 41

                     Pivot PocketSkin – page 42

                  PodsPlus Nano Skin – page 43

                Proporta Silicone Case – page 44

                        Sumajin Loop – page 45

                   Boomwave Podstar – page 46


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      Exclusive: Capdase Soft Bib Set for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Capdase Soft Bib Set is a pair of interchangeable
silicone and hard plastic cases.

Positives:

- Works as a pocket case, lanyard case, or belt clip case

- Full access to screen, click-wheel, headphone jack, Hold switch

- Includes ribbed and thin silicone cases, includes belt clip and non belt
clip plastic pieces

- Magnet helps hold belt clip tightly closed

Concerns:

- Most of nano’s front face exposed (we recommend using thin clear film
in conjunction with this product)

- No access to dock connector port

Pricing and availability:

- The Classy Soft Bib Set is available from various retailers at various
prices (but not the Capdase website)

Company website: Capdase.com




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               Apple nano Tubes for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Apple iPod nano Tubes are a five-pack of silicone
slipcases for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back, top, and sides of shuffle

- Thin see-through cover over click-wheel works well

- Clever Hold switch cover works extremely well

- Tubes have same physical styling of nano (flat front face, rounded
backside edges)

Concerns:

- No protection for nano screen

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available in a five-pack from Apple for $29.00

Company website: Apple.com




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           Exclusive: ezGear ezSkin for iPod nano

Product purpose: The ezGear ezSkin is a silicone
slipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back, and sides
of nano

- Thin see-through cover over click-wheel works well

- Clear plastic plate included for screen protection

- Included detachable belt clip and lanyard work well

- Well-cut holes for headphone jack, dock connector port, Hold switch

- Choice of five different colors

Concerns:

- Belt clip leaves about an eighth of an inch bump on the case's backside
even when clip and post are detached

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available in from ezGear for $24.98

Company website: ezGear4u.com




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                      iSkin Duo for iPod nano

Product purpose: The iSkin Duo is a dual-
layer silicone case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Dual layer of silicone provides more surface
and impact protection than the typical silicone case

- Plastic covers included for screen and click-wheel

- Headphone jack and dock connector port are both protected and
accessible under "trap door" style port covers

- Removable belt clip can be rotated to twelve different notched
positions

- Textured sides of case provide firm gripping

- Choice of four color combinations

Concerns:

- Screen plate is slightly too small

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available in from iSkin for $29.99.

Company website: iSkin.com




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               Marware SportGrip for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware SportGrip is a
silicone slipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back, top, and
sides of nano

- Uses thicker, more durable silicone than many
competing thin silicone nano cases

- Comes with clear film kit for nano's screen and click-wheel

- Well-cut holes for headphone jack, dock connector port, Hold switch

- Choice of ten colors

Concerns:

- Click-wheel film doesn't stay flush over center button area (although it
doesn't impact usage)

-Unlike some competing silicone nano cases, offers no carrying options
beyond throwing it in your pocket

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $9.95

Company website: Marware.com




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                Pivot PocketSkin for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Pivot PocketSkin is a one-
piece silicone case with detachable lanyard for the
iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back, top,
and sides of nano

- Detachable lanyard provides multiple carrying
options

- Well-cut holes for headphone jack, dock connector port, Hold switch

- Choice of eight colors

Concerns:

- Beyond being about a sixteenth of an inch recessed into the body of
the case, the nano's screen is fully exposed

- Lanyard option adds a small amount of additional material to the case,
which may not appeal to those users who don't plan on using that option

- Two slats cut into backside of case detract from protection

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available in a two-pack from Pivot for $22.00 (or £12.00)

Company website: PivotHK.com




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                     PodsPlus iPod Nano Skin

Product purpose: The PodsPlus iPod Nano
Skin is a one-piece silicone case for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back,
and sides of shuffle

- Thin see-through cover over click-wheel
works well

- Well-cut holes for headphone jack, dock connector port, Hold switch

- Translucent membrane over frontside controls provides protection and
allows for usage

- Choice of twelve different colors

Concerns:

- No protection for nano screen

- Included neck and wrist straps are not easily attached

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available in from PodsPlus for $11.99

Company website: PodsPlus.com

UPDATE 11/21/05: PodsPlus has informed us that as of this date, this
product now ships with an included screen protector.


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    Exclusive: Proporta Silicone Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Proporta Silicone Case is a
one-piece case with detachable belt clip and
detachable lanyard for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back, top, and
sides of nano

- Detachable belt clip and detachable lanyard provide
multiple carrying options

- Well-cut holes for headphone jack, dock connector port, Hold switch

- Choice of four colors

Concerns:

- Beyond being about a sixteenth of an inch recessed into the body of
the case, the nano's screen is fully exposed

- Belt clip and lanyard options add a small amount of additional material
to the case, which may not appeal to those users who don't plan on
using those options

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Proporta for £11.95

Company website: Proporta.com




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             Exclusive: Sumajin Loop for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Sumajin Loop is a one-piece
silicone case with detachable lanyard for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides surface protection for front, back, top, and
sides of nano

- Includes thin clear film for nano's screen

- Rubber cover over click-wheel works well

- Detachable, adjustable lanyard is integrated into case well and
provides multiple carrying options

- Grooves on backside make for firm grip

- Choice of ten colors

Concerns:

- Lanyard doesn't include built-in fastening mechanism; you must tie it
in a knot

- Rubber over click-wheel doesn't match perfectly with controls
(although it doesn't impact functionality)

- Using Hold switch takes a bit of effort

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Sumajin for $14.00

Company website: Sumajin.com

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                Boomave Podstar for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Boomwave Podstar is a
devil-themed silicone case with detachable lanyard
for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Unique take on silicone slipcase concept, with
horns and tail which protrude from case’s sides
and back, yet don’t significantly interfere with
ability to use as pocket case

- Provides surface protection for front, back, top, and sides of nano

- Includes thin clear film pieces for nano’s front face and click-wheel

- Detachable, adjustable lanyard matches case stylistically

- Choice of eight designs

Concerns:

- Click-wheel film doesn’t stay perfectly flush

- Using Hold switch takes a bit of effort

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Podstar for $25.90

Company website: ThePodstar.com




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      Rubber cases for the iPod nano
rubber                    noun
a tough elastic polymeric substance made from the latex of a tropical plant or synthetically.
rubber boots; galoshes. Baseball an oblong piece of rubber or similar material embedded
in the pitcher's mound, on which the pitcher must keep one foot while delivering the ball.




                 Speck FunSkin Cloud – page 48

                           Speck iGuy – page 49

                 Speck FunSkin Grass – page 50

               Speck SkinTight Deluxe – page 51

                     Speck ToughSkin – page 52

                 XtremeMac TuffWrap – page 53

                     XtremeMac Iconz – page 54




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             Speck FunSkin Cloud for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck FunSkin is a one-piece
rubber case for the iPod nano which stylistically
resembles a cloud.

Positives:

- Works well both as a belt clip case and as a pocket
case

- Grooves on sides of case provide easy gripping and
additional impact protection

- Removable clear hard plastic screen protector

- Access to all ports and controls

- Choice of clear or black

Concerns:

- Thicker than most competing rubber/silicone nano cases

- Entire top surface of nano exposed, when a small hole for the Hold
switch would have sufficed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Speck for $34.95

Company website: SpeckProducts.com




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                    Speck iGuy for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck iGuy is character-shaped ruggedized
rubber case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Works well as an around the house / non-portable protective case

- Removable clear hard plastic screen protector, full access to all ports
and controls (including headphone jack through left foot)

- Allows nano to be stood upright safely on flat surfaces

- Nano can be placed in dock while still inside of iGuy

- Metal-lined arms can be bent to attach iGuy to various items

Concerns:

- Lacks much of the portability of traditional iPod cases

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Speck for $34.95

Company website: SpeckProducts.com




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             Speck FunSkin Grass for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck FunSkin Grass is a one-
piece rubber case for the iPod nano which stylistically
resembles grass.

Positives:

- Works well both as a belt clip case and as a pocket
case

- Rounded rubber nubs covering case's entire surface
provide easy gripping and additional impact protection

- Removable clear hard plastic screen protector

- Access to all ports and controls

- Choice of green or black

Concerns:

- Thicker than most competing rubber/silicone nano cases

- Entire top surface of nano exposed, when a small hole for the Hold
switch would have sufficed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Speck for $34.95

Company website: SpeckProducts.com




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             Speck SkinTight Deluxe for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck SkinTight Deluxe is a one-piece ruggedized
rubber case with holster for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Works well both as a holster case and as a pocket case

- Belt clip rotates 360 degrees and can be used vertically or horizontally

- Provides stronger protection than simple rubber/
silicone cases

- Removable clear hard plastic screen protector

- Access to all ports and controls

- Choice of clear or black

Concerns:

- Thicker than most simple rubber/silicone nano cases

- Entire top surface of nano exposed, when a small hole for the Hold switch
would have sufficed

- Bottom of nano is not recessed within case, has tendency to stick out slightly

Pricing and availability:

SkinTight Deluxe currently available from Speck for $24.95, or $34.95 for a
two-pack. SkinTight (without holster) currently available from Speck for
$19.95, or $29.95 for a two-pack (also available in pink)

Company website: SpeckProducts.com




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                Speck ToughSkin for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck ToughSkin is a
one-piece ruggedized rubber case for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Works well both as a belt clip case and as a
pocket case

- Grooves on sides of case provide easy
gripping and additional impact protection

- Removable clear hard plastic screen protector

- Access to all ports and controls

- Choice of clear or black

Concerns:

- Thicker than most competing rubber/silicone nano cases

- Entire top surface of nano exposed, when a small hole for the Hold
switch would have sufficed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Speck for $34.95

Company website: SpeckProducts.com




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             XtremeMac TuffWrap for iPod nano

Product purpose: The XtremeMac TuffWrap is a one-
piece silicone rubber case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Grooves on sides of case provide easy gripping and
additional impact protection

- Removable clear hard plastic screen protector

- Access to all ports and controls

- Choice of three different-colored three-packs

Concerns (minor):

- Accessing Hold switch through cut-out can be slightly tricky

- Lacks the built-in belt clip option of silimar competing case

Concerns (major):

- None

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from XtremeMac in a choice of three different
three-packs for $24.95 or as a single white case for $19.95

Company website: XtremeMac.com




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                XtremeMac Iconz for iPod nano

Product purpose: The XtremeMac Iconz
is a series of themed one-piece rubber
cases for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Entire front of case features a commercial design ranging from Star
Wars to the New York Yankees

- Built-in clear rubber screen protector

- Entire backside of case is visible through frosted clear rubber

- Full access to Hold switch, headphone jack, dock connector port

Concerns:

- Scrolling through click-wheel cover requires slightly more concerted
effort than if click-wheel were exposed

- Lacks built-in belt clip option

- Cut-out for Hold switch exposes a quarter-inch of nano's back, and yet
nano is still not easy to remove

- Twenty-seven other Major League Baseball Teams are absent

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from XtremeMac in a choice of seven popular
commercial designs for $24.95 or in a choice of five Major League
Baseball Teams for $24.95.

Company website: XtremeMac.com

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       Plastic cases for the iPod nano
plastic                       noun
a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers such as polyethylene, PVC,
nylon, etc., that can be molded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.




                    Agent 18 Shield – page 56

       HandHeldItems NanShield – page 57

              Contour Design iSee – page 58

                    Speck See-Thru – page 59

          XtremeMac MicroShield – page 60




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          Exclusive: Agent 18 Shield for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Agent 18 Shield is a clear plastic three-
piece case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides hard protection for front, back, top, and sides of iPod
nano

- Entire enclosure is see-through plastic, keeping your iPod nano
looking exactly like an iPod nano

- Full access to all ports and controls

- Bottom piece comes off to allow the nano to be placed in a dock while still in
case

Concerns:

- Front and back pieces are not easy to remove

- Cut-out at Hold switch breaks from design continuity of the case

- Two faint lines along sides of screen (see explanation below)

- Does not provide as many carrying options as a similarly-designed competing
case

Important note: Case must be separated into three pieces (not two) before
inserting iPod nano. Attempting to insert nano with front and back pieces of
the case can cause damage to the nano, according to instructions on Agent
18's website.

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple.com for $19.95 (not available from
Agent18.com)

Company website: Agent18.com

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  Exclusive: HandHeldItems NanShield for iPod nano

Product purpose: The HandHeldItems NanShield is a
clear plastic lanyard case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides hard protection for front, back, top, and sides
of iPod nano

- Entire enclosure is clear plastic, keeping your iPod
nano looking exactly like an iPod nano

- Full access to screen, click-wheel, headphone jack, dock connector port

- Easier to open than any other clear plastic nano case we've tested

- Works well with built-in lanyard

- Has a built-in belt loop and includes secondary detachable lanyard

Concerns:

- Nano must be removed from case to access Hold switch

- Belt loop and secondary lanyard are only practical if built-in lanyard is
permanently removed

- Belt loop can only accommodate belts that are no thicker than about
an eighth of an inch

Pricing and availability:

- NanShield currently available from HandHeldItems for $9.99

Company website: HandHeldItems.com

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              Contour Design iSee for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Contour iSee nano is a clear
plastic case for the iPod mini.

Positives:

- Provides hard protection for front, back, and sides of
iPod nano

- Entire enclosure is clear plastic, keeping your iPod nano
looking exactly like an iPod nano

- Full access to all ports and controls

- Works well with or without included detachable beltclip

- Earbuds can be used as a quasi-lanyard

- Earbuds can be stored by wrapping them around case and tucking the
earbuds into the beltclip

Concerns:

- Beltclip can only be used with nano upside-down

Pricing and availability:

- iSee nano currently available from Contour Design for $19.99

Company website: ContourDesign.com




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               Speck See-Thru for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck See-Thru
is a clear plastic case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides hard protection for front, back,
and sides of iPod nano

- Entire enclosure is see-through plastic, keeping your iPod
nano looking exactly like an iPod nano

- Full access to all ports and controls

- Tinted models give the nano and its screen a whole new look

Concerns:

- Some users may not care for the tinted-screen look

- Two faint lines along sides of screen (see explanation below)

- Does not provide as many carrying options as a similarly-
designed competing case

- Currently available from Speck in a three-pack (clear, blue &
pink; or clear, red & black) for $29.95

Company website: SpeckProducts.com


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             XtremeMac MicroShield for iPod nano

Product purpose: The XtremeMac MicroShield
is a two-piece clear plastic case for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- See-through design allows nano to still look
like a nano when inside case

- Screen protected by plastic body of case

- Easy access to all ports and controls

- Built-in belt clip allows nano to be placed upside down or right side up
on belt

Concerns:

- Belt clip can't be detached, detracting from viability as a pocket case

- Entire top surface of nano is exposed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from XtremeMac for $19.95

Company website: XtremeMac.com




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  Neoprene cases for the iPod nano
neoprene                            noun
a synthetic polymer resembling rubber, resistant to oil, heat, and weathering. ORIGIN 1930s: from
neo- [new] + prene (perhaps from propyl + -ene ), on the pattern of words such as chloroprene.




         Incase Neoprene Sleeve – page 62


 Marware SportSuit Convertible – page 63


       Marware SportSuit Sleeve – page 64


          XtremeMac MicroGlove – page 65




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            Incase Neoprene Sleeve for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Incase Neoprene Sleeve
is a one-piece slipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Neoprene covers most of nano's surfaces

- Built-in belt clip

- Clear plastic covers protect screen and click-
wheel

- Access to screen, click-wheel, Hold switch, dock connector port (under
flap), headphone jack

- Built-in loop allows you to attach your own lanyard (not included)

Concerns:

- Scrolling is slightly impacted by plastic cover; Hold switch is not easy
to access through cut-out

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple Store for $19.95 (not available from
Incase website)

Company website: Goincase.com

Works with: Any iPod nano




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       Marware SportSuit Convertible for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware SportSuit
Convertible is a neoprene case with a detachable
front cover for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Case works well with or without front cover

- Every inch of nano is protected (other than
headphone jack), even when front cover is
removed

- Belt clip, armband, and wrist strap, all detachable, provide multiple
carrying options

- Available in black, silver, or blue

Concerns:

- Scrolling is impacted slightly by lining around clear plastic shield
covering click-wheel

- No way of attaching front cover unless beltclip or armband is also
attached

- Left-to-right nature of front cover somewhat dictates which arm the
armband must be used on

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $29.95

Company website: Marware.com


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          Marware SportSuit Sleeve for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware SportSuit Sleeve is a
neoprene pouch for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Neoprene protects every inch of your iPod other than
the headphone jack

- Internal hard lining adds extra layer of protection

- Removable belt clip provides multiple carrying options

- Front pouch allows for storage of earbuds or other small items

- Available in black or blue

Concerns:

- Cannot access screen, click-wheel, or Hold switch without removing
iPod from pouch

- Earbuds are a tighter fit in front pocket than was the case with other
(larger) SportSuit Sleeve models

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $19.95

Company website: Marware.com




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             XtremeMac MicroGlove for iPod nano

Product purpose: The XtremeMac MicroGlove
is a neoprene slipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Can be used either as pocket case or on
included hook

- Screen and click-wheel protected by clear plastic covers

- Access to all ports and controls

- Choice of five bold highlight colors

Concerns:

- Accessing Hold switch through top surface of case requires a bit of an
effort

- Bottom of case occasionally scrunches up during active use, exposing
bottom of nano and misaligning click-wheel cut-out

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from XtremeMac in a choice of five highlight colors
for $19.95

Company website: XtremeMac.com




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       Fabric cases for the iPod nano
fabric                   noun
cloth, typically produced by weaving or knitting textile fibers : heavy silk fabric | waterproof
fabrics. ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from French fabrique, from Latin fabrica ‘something skillfully
produced,’ from faber ‘worker in metal, stone, etc.’



         Aevoe Moshi nanoPouch – page 67


        Marware SportSuit Safari – page 68


        Marware SportSuit Santa – page 69


                   RadTech Sleevz – page 70


       TuneTattooz Crochet Case – page 71




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          Aevoe Moshi nanoPouch for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Aevoe Moshi nanoPouch is a one-piece
drawstring fabric pouch for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Fabric protects every inch of your nano

- Nano comes out of pouch cleaner than when it went in, thanks to
terahedron material

- Front pouch allows for storage of earbuds or other small items

- Choice of black, white, pink, or blue

Concerns:

- Cannot access screen, click-wheel, or Hold switch without removing
iPod from pouch

- Fewer carrying options than other pouch-style nano cases we've tested

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Aevoe for $19.99

Company website: Aevoe.com




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           Marware SportSuit Safari for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware SportSuit Safari is a collection of safari-
themed fabric pouch for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Built-in thin belt loop, included hook and lanyard provide multiple
carrying options

- Protects every inch of nano while providing headphone jack access

- Choice of seven distinctive patterns, from giraffe to pink flamingo

Concerns:

- Cannot access screen, click-wheel, or Hold switch without removing
iPod from pouch

- Lanyard clip is not easy to attach to case

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $19.95 each

Company website: Marware.com




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           Marware SportSuit Santa for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware SportSuit Santa is a fabric pouch
designed to look like a Christmas chimney stocking for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Built-in thin belt loop, included hook and lanyard provide multiple
carrying options

- Protects every inch of nano while providing headphone jack access

- Red fabric of pouch combined with textured white trip on top combine
to look and feel like an actual Christmas stocking

- Allows you to carry your nano while showing off holiday spirit

Concerns:

- Cannot access screen, click-wheel, or Hold switch without removing
iPod from pouch

- Lanyard clip is not easy to attach to case

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $19.95

Company website: Marware.com




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                 RadTech Sleevz for iPod nano

Product purpose: The RadTech Sleevz is an
extremely thin Optex slipcase for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Extremely thin, adds about a millimeter of
depth and width to your iPod

- Click-wheel is fully functional through Optex
layer

- Screen is easily visible through clear plastic cover

- Full access to top and bottom controls

- Choice of six colors

Concerns:

- Optex is so thin that it will protect against scratching but not drops

- Entire top surface of nano exposed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from RadTech for $14.95

Company website: RadTech.us




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  Exclusive: TuneTattooz Crochet Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The TuneTattooz Crochet Case is a hand-sewn yarn
pouch for the iPod nano

Positives:

- Works as a pocket case, belt loop case, and
lanyard case

- Protects every inch of nano’s surfaces

- Small headphone cut-out on bottom

- Velcro holds pouch closed

- Backside pouch for storing earbuds or other
items

- Choice of pink, blue, or green

Concerns:

- No access to screen, click-wheel, or dock connector port

- Some users may not care for hand-sewn yarn look

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from TuneTattooz for $19.95 to $24.95

Company website: TuneTattooz.com




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        Metal cases for the iPod nano
metal                 noun
a solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good
electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g., iron, gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, and alloys
such as brass and steel)



  A1 Quality Products iKeychain – page 73


            BoxWave Armor Case – page 74


      CoreCases Aluminum Case – page 75


        Proporta Aluminum Case – page 76


       PodsPlus Aluminum Case – page 77




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      A-1 Quality Products iKeychain for iPod nano

Product purpose: The A-1 Quality Products
iKeychain is a two-piece metal case for the
iPod nano.

Positives:

- Provides strong structural protection for the
nano on all sides

- Internal magnets make closing case
effortless

- Two slits on top allow for easy opening of case

- Removable ring on bottom allows case to be attached to anything from
a keychain to a lanyard (not included)

- Choice of several different anodized colors and combinations

Concerns:

- Screen and click-wheel are fully exposed

- Nano rattles around slightly within case (about one-sixteenth of an
inch leeway)

- Hold switch is inaccessible from within case

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from A-1 Quality Products for $39.95 and up

Company website: A1QP.com


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     Exclusive: BoxWave Armor Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The BoxWave Armor Case
is a one-piece aluminum case for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Aluminum body provides strong impact
protection on all sides

- Clear hard plastic screen cover is built into
case

- Soft internal lining protects nano from metal-on-metal issues

- Included detachable lanyard and detachable belt clip provide multiple
carrying options

- Choice of black, gold, silver, or blue -- all with smooth and shiny
surfaces

Concerns:

- Attaching or removing belt clip post requires screwdriver; threading
lanyard is a bit tricky

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from BoxWave for $25.95

Company website: Boxwave.com




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         CoreCases Aluminum Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The CoreCases Nano Case
is an anodized two-piece aluminum case for
the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Anodized aluminum provides strong impact
protection on all sides

- Clear hard plastic screen cover is built into case

- Soft internal lining protects nano from metal-on-metal issues

- Included removable belt clip and lanyard provide multiple carrying
options

- Belt clip allows nano to be placed on belt right side up or upside-down

- Choice of silver, black, green, or pink

Concerns:

- A bit more of nano's surface exposed around Hold switch than
necessary

- If not careful, backside of case can become scratched when inserting
or removing belt clip

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from CoreCases for $19.95

Company website: CoreCases.com


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   Exclusive: Proporta Aluminum Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Proporta Aluminum Case is
an anodized one-piece aluminum case for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Anodized aluminum provides strong impact
protection on all sides

- Clear hard plastic screen cover is built into case

- Soft internal lining protects nano from metal-on-metal issues

- Included detachable lanyard works well and stylistically matches case

Concerns:

- A bit more of nano's surface exposed around Hold switch and bottom
than necessary

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Proporta for £ 21.23 (approximately U.S.
$36.91) in either silver or black

Company website: Proporta.com




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   Exclusive: PodsPlus Aluminum Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The PodsPlus Aluminum Case is an anodized one-
piece aluminum case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Anodized aluminum provides strong impact protection on all sides

- Clear hard plastic screen cover is built into case

- Soft internal lining protects nano from metal-on-metal issues

- Included detachable lanyard works well and stylistically matches case

Concerns:

- A bit more of nano's surface exposed around Hold switch and bottom
than necessary

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from PodsPlus in either silver or black for $29.99

Company website: PodsPlus.com




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     Leather cases for the iPod nano
leather                 noun
a material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process.

                       DLO Fling Case – page 79
                        DLO PodFolio – page 80
                        ezGear Elite – page 81
                      Belkin Carabiner – page 82
                         Belkiin Flip – page 83
                         Belkin Folio – page 84
                      Capdase Classy – page 85
                    Incase Leather Folio – page 86
                   Incase Leather Wallet – page 87
                      Macally mPouch – page 88
                Martin Fields Leather Case – page 89
               Marware CEO Billfold Wallet – page 90
                 Marware CEO Card Wallet – page 91
                  Pacific Design Flipcase – page 92
              Proporta Alu-Leather Flipcase – page 93
                     Sumo Cases Stripe – page 94
                      Sumo Cases Flip – page 95
                Tunewear Prie Ambassador – page 96
                  Tunewear Prie TuneTag – page 97
                Tunewear Prie TuneWallet – page 98
                         Vaja AP171 – page 99
             XtremeMac MicroWallet Leather – page 100


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                  DLO fling case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The DLO nano fling is a
leather flipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Case uses good-looking puffed leather,
choice of silver or pink

- Magnet helps keep flap closed

- Access to screen, click-wheel, and Hold switch (all under flap),
headphone jack

- Mirror on inside of front flap

- Screen protected by clear plastic cover under flap

- Detachable handstrap and elastic loop on backside

Concerns:

- Scrolling slightly impacted by click-wheel cover

- Both bottom corners of nano are exposed

- No access to dock connector port

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from DLO for $29.99

Company website: DLO.com



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Exclusive: DLO PodFolio leather slipcase for iPod nano

Product purpose: The DLO PodFolio is a leather flipcase for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Case uses good-looking puffed leather

- Magnet helps keep flap closed

- Access to screen, click-wheel, and Hold switch (all under flap),
headphone jack

- Built-in belt clip matches design of case

- Screen protected by clear plastic cover under flap

Concerns:

- Scrolling slightly impacted by click-wheel cover

- Both bottom corners of nano are exposed

- No access to dock connector port

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from DLO for $29.99

Company website: DLO.com




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  Exclusive: ezGear Elite Leather Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The ezGear Elite is a leather slipcase
for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Works well on built-in hook or included lanyard

- Lanyard is adjustable and removable

- Thin design of case adds very little bulk to nano

- Clear plastic cover protects screen

- Full access to all ports and controls

- Choice of white, brown, or black leather

Concerns:

- All four corners of nano exposed

- Hook not removable, may detract from usability as a pocket case

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available in from ezGear for $39.98

Company website: ezGear4u.com




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             Belkin Carabiner Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Belkin Carabiner Case
is a leather slipcase with a hook for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Leather design of case adds very little bulk to
nano

- Removable hook provides multiple carrying
options

- Included thin clear film cover for screen

- Access to screen, click-wheel, Hold switch, dock connector port (under
flap), headphone jack

- Built-in loop allows you to attach your own lanyard (not included)

- Available in black, white, blue, or pink

Concerns:

- Upper and lower portions of nano's sides are needlessly exposed

- Lacks the belt clip option of a similar competing hook-style product

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available for pre-order from Belkin for $24.99

Company website: Belkin.com



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                 Belkin Flip Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Belkin Flip Case is a flip-style leather case for
the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Built-in belt clip works well and allow for earbud cable cord wrap

- Included thin clear film cover for screen

- Front flap unfolds such that screen, click-wheel, and Hold switch can be
accessed with case still on belt

- Magnet helps keep back flap closed

- Available in black, white, blue, or pink

Concerns:

- Bulkier than the typical leather nano case

- Top and bottom of both of nano's sides are exposed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Belkin for $24.99

Company website: Belkin.com




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                Belkin Folio Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Belkin Folio Case is a
wallet-style leather flipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Removable lanyard provides multiple carrying
options

- Included thin clear film cover for screen

- Access to screen (under flap), click-wheel
(under flap), Hold switch, headphone jack

- Magnet helps keep front flap closed

- Available in black, white, blue, or pink

Concerns:

- Bulkier than the typical leather nano case

- Top and bottom left corners of nano are exposed

- Nano must be removed from case to access dock connector port

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available for pre-order from Belkin for $24.99

Company website: Belkin.com




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 Exclusive: Capdase Classy Leather Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Capdase Classy Leather Case is a one-piece flip-
style case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Works well both as a pocket case and as a lanyard case

- Full access to headphone jack and Hold switch

- Access to screen, click-wheel, and dock connector port once flap is
opened

- Two-piece lanyard design provides multiple carrying options

Concerns:

- Both top corners of nano (and bottoms of both sides) are exposed

Pricing and availability:

- The Classy Leather Case is available from various retailers at various
prices (but not the manufacturer's website)

Company website: Capdase.com




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               Incase Leather Folio for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Incase Leather Folio is a
one-piece flipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Leather covers most of nano's surfaces

- Built-in belt clip

- Clear plastic cover protects screen

- Access to screen, click-wheel, dock connector port (under flap),
headphone jack

- Unique closure system works well

Concerns:

- Hold switch cut-out is essentially unusable

- Nano exposed on top and bottom of both sides, entire bottom right
corner

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple Store for $24.95 (not available from
Incase website)

Company website: Goincase.com




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              Incase nano Wallet for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Incase nano Wallet is a
wallet-style leather case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Wallet-style design includes single internal
credit card or business card slot

- Internal pocket for nano includes built-in
screen protector and access to click-wheel

- Hold switch, dock connector port are accessible even while wallet is
closed

- Choice of black or pink

Concerns:

- Credit card slot makes entire case three-quarters of an inch wider than
it otherwise would be

- Hold switch is not easy to use through cut-out

- Bottom cut-out for dock connector port and headphone jack borders on
being too small

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple Store for $19.95 (not available from
company website)

Company website: Goincase.com



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         Exclusive: Macally mPouch for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Macally mPouch is a
one-piece leather slipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Thin profile of case adds little bulk for a
leather case

- Full access to screen, click-wheel,
headphone jack

- Built-in belt loop adds almost no bulk to case

- Case works equally well on belt or in pocket

- Built-in clear plastic screen cover

- Choice of black or pink

Concerns:

- Top half inch of both sides of nano, including entire top left corner, are
exposed

- Unlike similar competing case, belt loop can't be undone without
removing belt

Pricing and availability:

Currently available for pre-order from Macally for $19.99

Company website: Macally.com



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 Exclusive: Martin Fields Leather Sleeve Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Martin Fields Leather Sleeve Case
is a one-piece slipcase for your iPod nano.

Positives:

- Thin profile of case adds very little bulk for a leather
case

- Full access to screen, click-wheel, headphone jack, dock connector port

- Built-in belt loop adds almost no bulk to case

- Case works equally well on belt or in pocket

- Built-in metal ring allows for attachment of a lanyard (not included)

- Choice of red, tan, or black

Concerns:

- No screen protection

- Right half of top of nano, as well as bottom half-inch of left and right
sides of nano, are exposed

- Leather on top interferes with Hold switch operation on one of the two
(supposedly) identical models tested; it's possible that each case is
being cut slightly differently from the last

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Martin Fields for $39.00

Company website: MartinFields.com

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        Marware CEO Billfold Wallet for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware CEO Billfold Wallet is a
full-fledged leather wallet for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Full-fledged leather wallet with five credit card slots,
fold-out driver license slot, and fulll-length cash slot

- Internal pocket for nano includes built-in screen protector, access to
click-wheel and Hold switch, and a headphone jack that is accessible
even while wallet it closed

- Clever design may free up a pocket for those users looking to cut down
on the number of separate items they're carrying

Concerns:

- Not safe for use in the back pocket of your pants

- Bottom corners of nano are exposed even when wallet is closed

- No access to dock connector port without at least partially removing
nano from wallet

- Societal issues regarding having your nano in amongst your license,
cash, credit cards, etc.

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $34.95

Company website: Marware.com



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          Marware CEO Card Wallet for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Marware CEO Card Wallet
is a wallet-style case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Wallet-style design includes single internal
credit card or business card slot

- Internal pocket for nano includes built-in screen protector, access to
click-wheel and Hold switch, and a headphone jack that is accessible
even while wallet it closed

- Choice of black, tan, pink, or red

Concerns:

- Credit card slot makes entire case three-quarters of an inch wider than
it otherwise would be

- Bottom corners and entire top of nano are exposed even when wallet is
closed

- No access to dock connector port without removing nano from wallet

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Marware for $24.95

Company website: Marware.com




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             Pacific Design Flip Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Pacific Design iPod Nano
Flip Case is a one-piece leather case for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Front flap is held in place via a well-hidden
magnet

- Full access to headphone jack and dock connector port

- Clear plastic shield over screen provides additional layer of protection
when flap is open

- Belt loop on back is less bulky and more secure than the typical belt
clip

- Available in four color combinations

Concerns:

- Flap must be lifted in order to access Hold switch

- Thicker than most leather nano cases

- Top inch of left and right sides of nano are exposed

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Circuit City for $29.00 (not available from
Pacific Design website)

Company website: PacificDesign.com


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 Exclusive: Proporta Alu-Leather Flipcase for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Proporta Alu-Leather Case is a leather flip-case
with an internal aluminum lining for your iPod nano.

Positives:

- Thick aluminum cover over front of nano provides strong impact
protection

- Hard leather clips on sides help hold nano steady within case

- Case works well with or without detachable beltclip

Concerns:

- Sides and bottom of nano largely exposed

- Hold switch only accessible when snap is undone and flap is lifted

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Proporta for £ 22.94

Company website: Proporta.com




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             Sumo Cases Stripe Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Sumo Cases Stripe Case
is a flip-style leather case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Leather design is eye-catching, with
alternating colors, stitched edges, and a
distinctive horizontal stripe

- Works well with or without included handstrap

- Velcro strap holds case closed well

- Access to screen (under flap), click-wheel (under flap), headphone
jack, dock connector port

- Does a good job of protecting top and sides

Concerns:

- Once front flap is opened, no additional screen protection

- No access to Hold swtich

- Bulkier than the typical leather nano case due to dual layer of leather
on iPod's front face

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available at Apple Retail Stores for $29.99 (not available
from Sumo Cases website)

Company website: SumoCases.com


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             Sumo Cases Flip Case for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Sumo Cases Flip Case is a
flip-style leather case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Leather design is eye-catching, with visible
stitched borders

- Works well with or without included handstrap

- Access to screen (under flap), click-wheel (under
flap), Hold switch (under flap), headphone jack, dock connector port

- Does a good job of protecting all of nano's surfaces

Concerns:

- Once front flap is opened, no additional screen protection

- Some users may find permanent loop across nano's front face
annoying

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available at Apple Retail Stores for $29.99 (not available
from Sumo Cases website)

Company website: SumoCases.com




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         Tunewear Prie Ambassador for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Tunewear Prie Ambassador is a
leather slipcase with hook and clip for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Leather design of case adds very little bulk to nano

- Hook and beltclip provide multiple carrying options

- Clear plastic covers protect screen and click-wheel

- Access to screen, click-wheel, Hold switch, dock connector port (under
flap), headphone jack

- Built-in loop allows you to attach your own lanyard (not included)

Concerns:

- Scrolling is slightly impacted by plastic cover

- Tag interferes with dock connector port (minor issue)

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Tunewear for $49.95

Company website: Tunewear.com




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             Tunewear Prie TuneTag for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Tunewear Prie TuneTag is a
leather slipcase with leather strap for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Leather design of case adds very little bulk to nano

- Detachable leather strap provides multiple carrying
options

- Clear plastic cover protects screen and click-wheel

- Access to screen, click-wheel, Hold switch, dock connector port (under
flap), headphone jack

- Built-in loop allows you to attach your own lanyard (not included)

Concerns:

- Scrolling is slightly impacted by plastic cover

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Tunewear for $29.95

Company website: Tunewear.com




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          Tunewear Prie TuneWallet for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Tunewear Prie TuneWallet is a leather wallet for
the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Doubles as a nano case and a real wallet

- Protects nano properly on all sides

- Internal plastic covers protect screen
and click-wheel

- Hold switch fully accessible without having to open wallet

- Pull-tab makes removing nano from wallet easy

Concerns:

- Scrolling is slightly impacted by plastic cover

- Wallet may not be large enough to replace a user's existing wallet

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Tunewear for $39.95

Company website: Tunewear.com




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                    Vaja AP171 for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Vaja AP171 is a botttom-
loading one-piece leather slip case for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Uses high-quality, good-looking leather

- Clear plastic cover over screen; click-wheel is easy
to operate through translucent cover

- Hook and belt clip options work well

- Custom-built in your choice of nineteen different color combintations

Concerns:

All four of nano's corners exposed; not easy to slide nano out of case

- Belt clip, hook, and click-wheel cover all cost extra; hook is not
removable

- Up to twenty days of manufacturing time once you place your order

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Vaja for $34.00 and up depending on
configuration.

Company website: Vajacases.com




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  Exclusive: XtremeMac MicroWallet Leather for iPod nano

Product purpose: The XtremeMac MicroWallet
Leather is a flipcase for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Can be used either as pocket case or on belt

- Unique alternative to most leather nano cases

- Internal soft suede layer prevents scratches
when it comes into contact with nano

- Access to all ports and controls (Screen, click-wheel, Hold switch all
under flap)

- Choice of four colors

Concerns:

- Top and bottom half-inch of nano's sides exposed even when flap is
closed

- Adds an inch of width to the nano

- Nano can only be placed upside down on belt clip

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from XtremeMac for $29.95

Company website: XtremeMac.com




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       Stickers, Film, Grips, and Clips
              for the iPod nano
film             noun
material in the form of a thin flexible sheet : clear plastic film



                      Invisible Shield – page 102

           BoxWave Cleartouch Crystal – page 103

              HandStands Gadget Grips – page 104

        Macally Clear Protective Overlay – page 105

                             QuikClip – page 106

         TuneTattooz Scratch Protector – page 107

            TuneTattooz TuneTatoo Kit – page 108

                   Tunewear PopTune – page 109

sticker                  noun
an adhesive label or notice, generally printed or illustrated.




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                 Invisible Shield for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Invisible Shield is a clear thin film kit for the
iPod nano.

Positives:

- Separate pieces for backside and front face combine to cover front,
back, sides, and portions of top and bottom

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Thicker, more durable material than most other thin
clear film products

- Available with or without click-wheel cut-out

Concerns:

- Nano’s corners unprotected

- Thickness of film may interfere with ability to fit nano
into tight-fitting cases

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Invisible Shield for $19.95

Company website: TheInvisibleShield.com




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 Exclusive: BoxWave ClearTouch Crystal for iPod nano

Product purpose: The BoxWave ClearTouch Crystal
is a clear thin film kit for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Separate pieces for backside, front face, outer
click-wheel, and central button

- Includes cloth wipes for cleaning nano’s surfaces
prior to applcation of film

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Thin enough so as not to interfere with the ability to put the nano
inside a case

Concerns:

- Nano’s top, bottom, and sides unprotected

- Front and back pieces slightly smaller than nano’s front and back faces

- Outer click-wheel cover doesn’t stay perfectly flush mounted

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from BoxWave for $13.95, or in a three-pack for
$30.11

Company website: BoxWave.com




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Exclusive: Handstands Gadget Grips for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Handstands Gadget Grips attach to the backside
of the iPod nano (or other device) and keep it from sliding around.

Positives:

- Helps keep nano steady when placed on flat surfaces, especially in
moving vehicle

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Inludes grips cut in a variety of shapes and sizes

Concerns:

- Material is just thick enough that it may interfere with ability to fit
nano into tight-fitting cases

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from HandStands for $5.99

Company website: HandStands.com




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Exclusive: Macally Clear Protective Overlay for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Macally Clear Protective Overlay is a clear thin
film kit for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Single piece wraps around to protect front, back, and sides

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Thin enough so as not to interfere with the ability to put the nano
inside a case

Concerns:

- Nano’s top, bottom, and corners unprotected

- Back pieces slightly smaller than nano’s back face

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Macally for $4.99

Company website: Macally.com




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      Exclusive: QuikClip for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The QuikClip is an adhesive-mounting belt clip for
the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Attaches firmly to nano's backside, stays attached during active use

- Can be attached horizontally or vertically anywhere on nano's backside

- Adhesive leaves no mess behind when removed

Concerns:

- Can't easily be detached or reattached

- Provides no protection for nano whatsoever

- Can't be used in conjunction with a case

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from QuikClip for $10.95

Company website: QuikClip.com




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  Exclusive: TuneTattooz Scratch Protector for iPod nano

Product purpose: The TuneTattooz Scratch Protector is a clear thin film
kit for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Single piece wraps around to protect front, back, and sides

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Thin enough so as not to interfere with the ability to put the nano
inside a case

Concerns:

- Nano’s top, bottom, and corners unprotected

- No click-wheel protection

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from TuneTattooz for $7.99

Company website: TuneTattooz.com




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  Exclusive: TuneTattooz TuneTattoo Kit for iPod nano

Product purpose: The TuneTattoo Kit from TuneTattooz is a decorative
sticker set for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Single piece wraps around to protect front, back, and sides, with
separate pieces for click-wheel and screen

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Thin enough so as not to interfere with the ability to put the nano
inside a case

- Choice of dozens of distinctive designs

Concerns:

- Nano’s top, bottom, and corners unprotected

- Slightly smaller than nano’s front and back faces

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from TuneTattooz for $7.99

Company website: TuneTattooz.com




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        Exclusive: Tunewear PopTune for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Tunewear PopTune is a twelve-pack of
decorative front-face stickers for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Fits front face of nano well

- No sticky residue upon removal

- Thin enough so as not to interfere with the ability to put the nano
inside a case

Concerns:

- More for decoration than for protection -- nano's screen, click-wheel,
top, bottom, sides, and entire backside are left unprotected

- Not realistically reusable

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Tunewear in a twelve-pack of various colors
and designs for $19.95

Company website: Tunewear.com




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          Armbands and Travel Cases
              for the iPod nano
armband                            noun
a band worn around a person's upper arm to hold up a shirtsleeve or as a symbol.



                 Apple nano Armband – page 111

      BoxWave FlexiSkin with Armband – page 112

                        MP3 Band-it – page 113

       Speck SkinTight Armband & Skin – page 114

                  Nike Sport Armband – page 115

                   DLO Action Jacket – page 116

           HandStands iSnug Armband – page 117

           HandStands iSnug Nano Set – page 118




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                    Apple Armband for iPod nano

    Product purpose: The iPod nano armband from Apple
    is a one-piece neoprene armband for the iPod nano.

    Positives:

    - Thin, lightweight, and compact, much like the nano
    itself

    - Armband material feels comfortable; almost feels as if
    you're not even wearing it

    - Can be used on bicep, forearm, or wrist

    - Clear shield allows for full usage of click-wheel through armband's
    surface

    - Easy access to Hold switch and bottom headphone jack

    - Choice of five colors adds variety to the black-and-white nano lineup

    Concerns:

    - Completely exposes nano's screen, top, and most of both sides

    - No headphone cord management system

    - Nano is positioned right side up within the armband, but should instead
    be upside-down; trying to use armband upside down to achieve this
    result is somewhat futile (see explanation below)

    Pricing and availability:

    - Currently available on Apple website website in red, green, pink, grey,
    or blue for $29.00

    Company website: Apple.com


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Exclusive: BoxWave Flexiskin with Armband for iPod nano

Product purpose: The BoxWave Flexiskin
with Armband is a silicone slipcase with an
armband and lanyard for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Silicone body provides protection on top,
sides, front, and back

- Included detachable armband and lanyard provide multiple carrying
options

- Lanyard connects at two points, distributing nano's weight evenly while
on neck

- Built-in click-wheel cover works well

- Available with or without click-wheel cover; choice of seven colors

Concerns:

- Armband, although adjustable, may not fit larger-than-average arms

- No screen protection

- Two slats on backside of case for attaching armband detract from
protection when used as pocket case

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from BoxWave for $26.95

Company website: BoxWave.com


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             MP3 Band-it for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The MP3 Band-it is an
elastic armband for the iPod nano, iPod shuffle,
and other small MP3 players.

Positives:

- Elastic material feels comfortable on arm

- Compact, lightweight, simple design
complements

- Works equally well on left or right arm

- Works equally well right side up or upside-down

Concerns:

- No protection for surface of player

- No headphone cable wrapping system

- Partially covers iPod nano screen and/or click-wheel; although it’s
being marketed as such, it isn't really a nano armband in our opinion

Pricing and availability:

- 1.25 inch version currently available from MP3 Band-it website for
$16.95 in white or black; 1.5 inch and 1 inch versions also available at
reduced prices.

Company website: MP3Band-it.com




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     Speck SkinTight Armband & Skin for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Speck SkinTight Armband
& Skin is a one-piece ruggedized rubber case with
detachable armband for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Works well both as an armband case and as a
pocket case

- Skin provides access to all ports and controls,
stronger protection than simple rubber/silicone cases

- Armband is adjustable and made of soft, comfortable material

- iPod nano can be positioned either right side up or upside-down on
arm

Concerns:

- Skin is thicker than most simple rubber/silicone nano cases

- Entire top surface of nano exposed, when a small hole for the Hold
switch would have sufficed

- Bottom of nano is not recessed within skin, has tendency to stick out
slightly

Pricing and availability:

- SkinTight Armband & Skin currently available from Speck for $34.95

- The same armband, but designed to be used directly with the nano
with no skin involved (not tested), is available for $29.95

Company website: SpeckProducts.com


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      Nike Sport Armband for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Nike Sport Armband is a fabric
armband for the iPod nano and iPod shuffle.

Positives:

- Armband material is lightweight and comfortable;
almost feels as if you're not even wearing it

- Provides full protection for all surfaces of nano or shuffle

- Nike's Dri-FIT system absorbs sweat while exercising

- Nano's screen and click-wheel visible and accessible through front
surface of armband (as well as shuffle's frontside controls)

- Access to nano's Hold switch, headphone jack, and dock connector port

- Choice of two sizes and two color combinations

Concerns:

- No headphone management system

- Front surface of armband is translucent, making screen a bit blurry
(though still readable)

- Shuffle's backside controls not easily accessible

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple in either Black/Gray or Gray/Orange,
and either Small/Medium or Medium/Large, for $39.00

Company website: Nike.com

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               DLO Action Jacket for iPod nano

Product purpose: The DLO Action Jacket is a one-piece
neoprene case with detachable armband for the iPod
nano.

Positives:

- Works well both as an armband case and as a belt clip
case

- Case covers every inch of nano, other than small cut-outs for Hold
switch and headphone jack

- Full access to screen, click-wheel, dock connector port (under velcro
flap)

- Armband is adjustable

- iPod nano can be positioned either right side up or upside-down on
arm

Concerns:

- Belt clip not detachable, making case not practical for pocket use

- Scrolling is impacted slightly due to clear plastic cover

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from DLO for $29.99


Company website: DLO.com




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 Exclusive: HandStands iSnug Armband for iPod nano

Product purpose: The HandStands
iSnug Armband is a combination
leather slipcase and arbmand for the
iPod nano.

Positives:

- Design allows user to easily go back
and forth between thin leather case
and armband

- Armband is adjustable

- Nano can be positioned right side up or upside down on arm

- Full access to ports and controls

Concerns:

- Leather slipcase exposes all four of nano's corners and its screen (we
recommend using a clear thin film with this product)


Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from HandStands for $19.99

Company website: Handstands.com




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 Exclusive: HandStands iSnug Nano Set for iPod nano

Product purpose: The HandStands iSnug Nano Set
is a combination leather slipcase and hard shell
cocoon for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Design allows user to easily go back and forth
between thin leather case and hard outer cocoon
shell

- Included thin clear film cover for entire front face of nano (except click-
wheel)

- Leather case or outer cocoon can both be used via built-in belt loop or
included lanyard

- Internal mesh pouch allows for storage of earbuds or sync cable

Concerns:

- Outer cocoon shell is a bit wider than perhaps necessary

- Leather slipcase exposes all four of nano's corners

- Using earbuds while nano is within cocoon could be more elegant

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available for pre-order from HandStands for $39.99

Company website: Handstands.com




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                 Docks for the iPod nano
dock                 verb
attach (a piece of equipment) to another : the user wants to dock a portable into a desktop computer.




          Apple nano Dock – page 120




    Apple Universal Dock – page 121




 Kensington Stereo Dock – page 122




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                   Apple Dock for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Apple iPod nano Dock
sets the nano upright on your desk and
provides a line-out port for use with external
speaker systems.

Positives:

- Keeps nano upright, viewable, operatable,
and scratch-free while it’s on your desk

- Allows for syncing and charging (via
computer)

- Line-out port allows for ideal sound quality
when connecting your nano to external
speaker systems via eighth inch jack

Concerns:

- Does not allow for use of any current third-party remote control
products

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple for $29.00

Company website: Apple.com




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     Apple Universal Dock for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Apple iPod Universal Dock
sets the nano upright on your desk, provides a
line-out port for use with external speaker
systems and a video-out port for use with
televisions

Positives:

- Keeps nano upright, viewable, operatable, and
scratch-free while it’s on your desk

- Allows for syncing and charging (via computer)

- Line-out port allows for ideal sound quality when connecting your nano
to external speaker systems via eighth inch jack

- Can be used inconjunction with Apple Remote Control

Concerns:

- Significantly larger than nano-specific dock

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple for $39.00

Company website: Apple.com




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   Kensington Stereo Dock for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Kensington Stereo Dock is
an iPod dock that offers enhanced functionality
over Apple's standard iPod dock.

Positives:

- Included remote control adds significant
functionality to the Stereo Dock over Apple's own
iPod dock

- Chrome-and-white styling matches that of full-size iPod

- Built-in wall charger means that Apple's charging brick is not needed

Concerns (minor):

- A variety of small quirks with the remote's design and functionality

- No ability to sync iPod to computer while in dock

- No functionality when not plugged into an electrical outlet

- Eighth-inch to eighth-inch line-out cable not included (although third-
party cable can be used)

Concerns (major):

- None

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Kensington for $89.99, but can be found
significantly cheaper at other online and retail stores.

Company website: Kensington.com



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      Car products for the iPod nano
car           noun
a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine
and able to carry a small number of people : we're going by car



                Capdase Car Charger – page 124


                 SKProducts CarClip – page 125


                   Griffin PowerJolt – page 126


            SendStation smartCharge – page 127


               Kensington Digital FM – page 128


                           SiK imp – page 129




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    Exclusive: Capdase Car Charger for iPod nano and others

    Product purpose: The Capdase Car Charger is a
    combination iPod car charger and USB sync cable
    for iPod nano and other iPods

    Positives:

    - Works well as a car charger for both iPod and
    iPod shuffle users

    - USB sync cable built into product may come in handy for iPod users

    - Charging implementation for iPod shuffle is compact with no cables
    involved

    Concerns:

    - Not fully compatible with all iPod car stereo options

    Pricing and availability:

    - Capdase Car Charger currently available from a variety of retailers (but
    not Capdase website) for a suggested retail price of $15.99. Also
    available without USB cable for use with iPod shuffle.

    Company website: Capdase.com




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   Exclusive: CarClip mounting system for iPod nano

Product purpose: The SkProducts CarClip is a clear plastic
iPod nano vehicle mounting system that hangs from the
rear view mirror.

Positives:

- Keeps iPod nano at eye level while driving

- Rubber band system keeps nano largely steady

- Bendable second mount and adhesive strips are included
for use with non-standard mounting angles

Concerns (minor):

- Proximity to windshield, slight sway when going around corners, in-
your-face bling factor, and exposure of iPod to potential thieves may not
appeal to some drivers

Concerns (major):

- Works awkwardly with some products that connect to the nano's dock
connector port

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from SKProducts for $19.95

Company website: TheCarClip.com




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        Griffin PowerJolt for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Griffin PowerJolt is a combination iPod car
charger and USB sync cable for iPod and iPod shuffle.

Positives:

- Works well as a car charger for both iPod and iPod shuffle users

- USB sync cable built into product may come in handy for iPod users

- Charging implementation for iPod shuffle is compact with no cables
involved

Concerns:

- Not fully compatible with all iPod car stereo options

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Griffin for $24.99

Company website: GriffinTechnology.com




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  SendStation smartCharge for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The SendStation
smartCharge is a 72-degree adjustable car
charger designed for the iPod shuffle but
usable with any modern iPod (including iPod
nano).

Positives:

- Adjustability frees shuffle users from being locked into the angle of
their particular cigarette lighter

- Charging implementation for iPod shuffle is compact with no cables
involved

- Audio-out port on side facilitates usage with any iPod model with a
dock connector port

Concerns:

- Only adjusts 36 degrees in each direction for a total of 72, not 72 in
each direction

- Shuffle pulls up from socket slightly if you try to adjust it by grabbing
shuffle directly (see explanation below)


Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from SendStation for $29.95

Company website: SendStation.com




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 Kensington Digital FM Transmitter / Auto Charger for iPod

Product purpose: The Kensington "Digital FM
Transmitter / Auto Charger for iPod" does exactly
what its name says.

Positives:

- Best sound quality, clarity, and consistency of
any FM transmitter we've tested

- Built-in car charger alleviates the need for a
third-party charger

- Crisp, backlit LCD screen makes it immediately apparent what station you're
using

- Up and down buttons are easy to use, three preset buttons are easily
programmable

Concerns (minor):

- Screen is non-adjustable and can not be viewed from an angle steeper than
90 degrees

- Can not be tuned to 87.9 frequency

Concerns (major):

- None

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Kensington for $79.99 (including free "protective
case" -- not reviewed), but can be found for as little as $55 at other online and
retail stores.

Company website: Kensington.com


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      SiK imp car charger for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The SiK imp is a combination iPod car charger and
line-out cable for use with any iPod with a dock connector port (including
iPod nano).

Positives:

- Works well as both a car charger and a line-out port

- Allows for use of your own cassette adapter or other line-out car stereo
product

- Charging implementation for iPod shuffle is compact with no cables
involved

Concerns:

- Not compatible with iPod shuffle

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Griffin for $29.95

Company website: SiK.com




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       Headphones for the iPod nano
headphones                              plural noun
a pair of earphones typically joined by a band placed over the head, for listening to audio
signals such as music or speech.




       Apple nano Lanyard Headphones – page 131


    Macally IceBud Lanyard Headphones – page 132


                          Fuzion Noiz – page 133


                       Griffin EarJams – page 134


   Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones – page 135




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        Apple Lanyard Headphones for iPod nano

Product purpose: The Apple Lanyard Headphones are a
lanyard with built-in earbuds for the iPod nano.

Positives:

- Sound quality equal to that of standard iPod earbuds

- Eliminates cable clutter associated with lanyard and
earbud use

- Adjustable length lanyard

- Earbud cables place no restrictions on head or neck movement

- Can be used in conjunction with Apple nano Tubes and several other
open-bottom cases

Concerns:

- Incompatible with any third-party case which doesn’t provide a single
open hole on bottom exposing both headphone jack and dock connector
port

- Some users may consider having two unattached cables running
around back of neck to be inelegant

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Apple for $39.00

Company website: Apple.com




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    Exclusive: Macally IceBud Lanyard Headphones
                for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Macallly IceBud
Headphones are in-ear earbuds with an
integrated lanyard and clear rubber carrying case

Positives:

- In-ear earbuds provide enhanced sound quality
over standard earbuds

- Integration of earbud cable and lanyard cable
cuts down on clutter

- Choice of three different-size covers for varying
ear canal sizes

- Come with clear rubber slipcase which keeps nano looking like a nano

Concerns:

- Provides more bass than some users might be expecting

- Earbud cables are somewhat short, may not be comfortable for users
with tall necks

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available for pre-order from Macally for $19.99

Company website: Macally.com




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             Exclusive: FuzionLabs Noiz for iPod

Product purpose: The Fuzion Labs Noiz Earphones are blue or pink
replacement earbuds for any iPod.

Positives:

- Color options allow for a level personalization that standard white iPod
earbuds don't provide

- Aside from color, they retain the aesthetic look of standard iPod
earbuds

- Better-than-expected sound quality from $20 earbuds

Concerns:

- Although they come close, not quite the same sound quality as
standard iPod earbuds

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Fuzion Labs for $19.95

Company website: FuzionLabs.com




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         Griffin EarJams for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Griffin EarJams snap onto your iPod's earbuds
and turn them into in-ear headphones.

Positives:

- High-quality sound rivals that of true in-ear headphones

- Low cost is significantly cheaper than the least-expensive in-ear
headphones on the market

- Choice of three different-size covers for varying ear canal sizes

- Comes with carrying case that holds EarJams and earbuds

Concerns:

- EarJams provide more bass than some users might be expecting

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Griffin for $14.99

Company website: GriffinTechnology.com




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      Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones for iPod

Product purpose: The Shure E2c Sound Isolating
Earphones are in-ear earbuds for the iPod.

Positives:

- Rich, high-quality sound

- Adept at blocking out external noises

- Six different-sized earpieces help ensure custom fit

- Hard zippered carrying case included

Concerns (minor):

- Inserting earbuds isn't as simple as with "standard" earbuds

- Overall cord length is more than a foot longer than standard iPod
earbuds, may hang a little low when iPod is attached to belt

Concerns (major):

- None

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Shure for $99, as little as $79 elsewhere.

Company website: Shure.com




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  Speaker Systems for the iPod nano
speaker                        noun
short for loudspeaker : : an audio player with speakers.




                  iHome iH5 Clock Radio – page 137


                         irock! MusiCase – page 138


                         Griffin TuneBox – page 139


                        Macally IceTune – page 140


                       Macally PodWave – page 141


                           Mythix iChant – page 142


                  Tivoli Audio iSongBook – page 143




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    iHome iH5 Clock Radio for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The iHome iH5 Clock Radio
is a dockable iPod speaker system with built-in
AM/FM radio and alarm clock.

Positives:

- Works well as an iPod speaker system, AM/
FM stereo system, and alarm clock, transitions
easily amongst the three

- High-quality sound rivals that of some more
expensive iPod speaker system

- Wake to any song on your iPod; alarm defaults to buzzer if you forget to insert iPod

- Clock stays set to correct time even when iHome is unplugged

- Adapter plates for custom fit with iPod nano and various other iPods

- Charges iPod while docked, giving you a fully-charged iPod each morning

- Built-in audio-in and audio-out ports for flexibility with audio sources and external
speakers or headphones

- Choice of white or black to match the nano

Concerns:

- Significantly thicker front-to-back than most iPod speaker systems

- AA batteries can only power clock, not stereo

- No ability to sync iPod to computer

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Tivoli Audio for $99.95

Company website: iHomeAudio.com




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             irock! MusiCase iPod speaker/case

Product purpose: The irock! is an iPod case
with built-in speakers.

Positives:

-Unique product idea precludes the need to
buy a separate carrying case and speaker
system

- Included belt loop and lanyard allow for multiple methods of carrying

- Although bulky, still small enough to be carried on belt or around neck

- Surprisingly good sound for a portable enclosure

- Internal pockets hold iPod or iPod shuffle well; other pocket can be
used to store earbuds or other items

Concerns:

- No way to adjust iPod settings (including volume) without opening
zipper

- Mesh covering of pocket is not conducive to operating iPod's controls

Pricing and availability:

- irock! is currently available from First International Digital for $24.99

Company website: myirock.com




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              Griffin TuneBox speaker system for iPod

    Product purpose: The Griffin TuneBox is a compact
    speaker system for the iPod shuffle, which can also
    be used with other iPod models (including iPod nano)
    as well as non-iPods.

    Positives:

    - Surprisingly good sound for a $39 speaker system

    - iPod shuffle-specific docking mechanism charges shuffle's battery

    - Significantly more compact than other iPod-specific speaker systems
    from Altec-Lansing, Bose, JBL

    - Can also be used with iPod, iPod mini, or any other device with an
    audio-out jack or headphone jack

    Concerns:

    - Can not be used when not plugged in to wall socket

    - Side locations of power jack and audio jack add unnecessary bulk to a
    compact product; should have been on the back

    - Shuffle moves backward slightly when its controls are pressed; the two
    tiny plastic tabs holding shuffle in place should be larger and/or stronger

    - Music does not go from shuffle's USB port to speakers; instead, audio
    cable runs from speakers to top headphone jack of shuffle, which looks
    unattractive

    Pricing and availability:

    - Currently available from Griffin for $39.99

    Company website: GriffinTechnology.com

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             Macally IceTune iPod speaker system

Product purpose: The Macally IceTune is an iPod dock with two
speakers for your iPod or iPod mini.

Positives:

- At $69, the IceTune costs a half to a third as much as the higher-end
iPod speaker systems from companies such as Altec-Lansing or JBL

- Dock and speakers can be positioned separately on your desk, or
stacked securely on top of each other

- Provides competent sound quality

- Loud enough to fill a small room with music

- iPod charges while docked

- Stylish look matches iPod and adds something with blue light under
dock

- Line-in port allows for use with iPod shuffle, computer, or any other
audio device

Concerns:

- Doesn't produce the same kind of sound quality as the speaker
systems mentioned above

- No remote control; no ability to sync iPod to computer

Pricing and availability:

- IceTune currently available from Macally for $69.99

Company website: Macally.com


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         Macally Podwave portable iPod speaker

Product purpose: The Macally PodWave is a small
portable speaker for use on bottom of the iPod nano
or on top of the iPod, iPod mini, or shuffle.

Positives:

- At $31, the PodWave costs about one fifth as much
the higher-end iPod speaker systems from
companies such as Altec-Lansing or JBL.

- Runs on its own AA battery, meaning that it doesn't drain your iPod's
battery

- Tiny size only adds one inch of height and a half inch of depth to the
iPod, making it the most portable iPod speaker system we've seen

- Loud enough to fill a small room with music

- Can be used while is clipped to belt (in some cases)

Concerns:

- Doesn't produce the same kind of sound quality as the speaker
systems mentioned above

- Doesn't attach firmly to top of iPod, rather sits on top of it

- No battery level indicator

Pricing and availability:

- PodWave currently available from Amazon for $30.39 (not available for
purchase from Macally website)

Company website: Macally.com

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     Mythix iChant portable active speaker for iPod

Product purpose: The Mythix iChant is a small
portable active speaker for use on bottom of the iPod
nano or on top of the iPod, iPod mini, or shuffle.

Positives:

- At $33, the iChant costs about one fifth as much the higher-end iPod
speaker systems from companies such as Altec-Lansing or JBL.

- Runs on its own AA battery, meaning that it doesn't drain your iPod's
battery

- Tiny size only adds one inch of height and a half inch of depth to the
iPod, making it the most portable iPod speaker system we've tested

- Loud enough to fill a small room with music

- Can be used while iPod is clipped to belt (in some cases)

Concerns:

- Doesn't produce the same kind of sound quality as the more expensive
speaker systems mentioned above

- Doesn't attach firmly to top of iPod, rather sits on top of it

- No battery level indicator

Pricing and availability:

- iChant currently available from Mythix for $32.99

Company website: Mythix-inc.com


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     Tivoli Audio iSongBook for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Tivoli Audio iSongBook is an
iPod stereo speaker system with built-in AM/FM radio.

Positives:

- Works equally well as an iPod speaker system and an
AM/FM stereo system, and transitions between the two
gracefully

- High-quality sound; speakers can be turned loud enough to fill an entire house
without noticeably losing sound quality

- Right speaker detaches and can be placed up to six feet away; speaker can also be
positioned upright or sideways

- Sophisticated wafer-thin remote control allows you to change iPod albums and
playlists

- Can operate on six AA batteries; will automatically recharge your rechargeable AA
batteries while plugged in to wall socket

- Employs Apple's Universal Dock system for compatibility with any iPod with a dock
connector port

- Built-in clock, alarm, sleep function, auxiliary-in port

Concerns:

- iPod is off to one side, may not be quite as user-friendly as center-mounted systems

- Most of the radio buttons are useless while in iPod mode (see explanation below)

- No ability to sync iPod to computer

Pricing and availability:

- iSongBook currently available from Tivoli Audio for $329.00

Company website: TivoliAudio.com




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             Clothing for the iPod nano
clothing                           noun
clothes collectively : an item of clothing | [as adj. ] the clothing trade. ORIGIN Old English (only
recorded in the past participle geclāded), from clāth (see cloth ).




           SCOTTEVEST Classic Vest 4.0 – page 145


           SCOTTEVEST Ultimate Hoodie – page 146


                   SCOTTEVEST TEC Hat – page 147


                    SCOTTEVEST T-shirt – page 148


                      Muzikwear T-shirt – page 149


                iPod My Baby One-piece – page 150




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SCOTTEVEST Classic Vest 4.0 for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The SCOTTEVEST Classic Vest 4.0 has the
appearance of an ordinary ski vest but features an iPod-sized balanced
zippered pocket and internal lining for earbud cables, as well as the
ability to intelligently store a variety of other items in other pockets.

Positives:

- High-quality vest feels comfortable when worn

- iPod pocket is barely noticeable beneath
zipper

- Balanced design of pocket keeps iPod from
feeling heavy during use

- Earbud cables run comfortably through
internal lining of vest and exit at collar

- Internal loops and clips for keeping earbuds in place when you take
them out of your ears

- Total of twenty-nine pockets intelligently hold devices ranging from cell
phones to PDAs, all pockets stay closed via magnets

- Two-way main zipper is covered up nicely by system of mangets

Concerns:

- No accessibility to iPod controls while in pocket

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from SCOTTEVEST for $139.99

Company website: SCOTTEVEST.com

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SCOTTEVEST Ultimate Hoodie for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The SCOTTEVEST Ultimate Hoodie has the
appearance of an ordinary hoodie but features an iPod-sized balanced
zippered pocket and internal lining for earbud cables, as well as the
ability to intelligently store a variety of other items in other pockets.

Positives:

- High-quality hoodie feels comfortable when worn

- iPod pocket is barely noticeable hidden beneath zipper

- Balanced design of pocket keeps iPod from feeling heavy during use

- Earbud cables run comfortably through internal lining of hoodie and
exit at collar

- Internal loops for keeping earbuds in place when you take them out of
your ears

- Total of six pockets intelligently hold
devices ranging from cell phones to
PDAs, all pockets stay closed via
magnets.

Concerns:

- No accessibility to iPod controls while
in pocket

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from SCOTTEVEST
for $69.99

Company website: SCOTTEVEST.com

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      SCOTTEVEST TEC Hat for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The SCOTTEVEST TEC Hat has the appearance of an
ordinary baseball cap but features an iPod-sized balanced zippered
pocket and a system for routing the earbuds to your ears.

Positives:

- High-quality adjustable hat feels comfortable when worn, designed
such that it doesn’t feel like you have an iPod up against the side of your
head

- iPod pocket is barely noticeable hidden beneath zipper

- Internal loops for routing earbuds to your ears

- Additional small pocket under bill of cap for storing small items

Concerns:

- No accessibility to iPod
controls while in pocket

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from
SCOTTEVEST for $19.99

Company website:
SCOTTEVEST.com




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       SCOTTEVEST T-shirt for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The SCOTTEVEST T-shirt has the appearance of an
ordinary T-shirt but features an iPod-sized balanced zippered pocket and
internal lining for earbud cables.

Positives:

- High-quality T-shirt feels comfortable when worn

- iPod pocket is barely noticeable hidden beneath zipper

- Balanced design of pocket keeps iPod from feeling heavy during use

- Earbud cables run comfortably through internal lining of shirt and exit
at collar

- Internal loops for keeping earbuds in place when you take them out of
your ears

Concerns:

- No accessibility to iPod
controls while in pocket

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from
SCOTTEVEST for $19.99

Company website:
SCOTTEVEST.com




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        Muzikwear T-shirt for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Muzikwear T-shirt has the appearance of an
ordinary T-shirt but features an iPod-sized balanced zippered pocket and
internal lining for earbud cables.

Positives:

- High-quality T-shirt feels comfortable when worn

- iPod pocket is barely noticeable in left sleeve

- Earbud cables mount at back of neck, allowing them to run
comfortably up to ears

- Choice of three colors

Concerns:

- No accessibility to iPod controls while in pocket

- Fill not fit any ipod larger than a nano or mini

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Muzikwear for $29.99

Company website: Muzikwear.com




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         iPod My Baby one-piece shirt for toddlers

Product purpose: The iPod My Baby one-piece is an iPod-themed shirt
for toddlers.

Positives:

- Click-wheel design on front is likely to bring smiles

- Three different sizes, for 6 to 24 months

- Choice of white, black, pink, or blue matches iPod nano or mini

Concerns:

- Nothing available for toddlers older than 24 months

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from iPod My Baby for $15.95

Company website: iPodMyBaby.com




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                  Toys for the iPod nano
toy           noun
an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something


                        Hasbro I-Dog – page 152




                             Zizzle iZ – page 153




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             Hasbro I-Dog interactive musical toy
                  for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Tiger/Hasbro I-Dog is
a dog-shaped speaker whose head provides
interpretive responses to the music being
played, and can also respond to music being
played from another device's speakers.

Positives:

- I-Dog's responses to various types of music
are lively and unpredictable

- Can be connected to any iPod or any other audio device with an audio-
out port or headphone jack (via included cable)

- Thanks to a built-in microphone, can also respond to any music being
played anywhere in the room

- Patting I-Dog's head or pulling its tail provides additional responses
somewhat similar to that of a real dog

- Compact enough that it might not be out of place on an adult's desk

Concerns:

- Built-in speaker has limited sound quality

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Hasbro for $29.99

Company website: HasbroToyShop.com




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                Zizzle iZ interactive musical toy
                    for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Zizzle iZ is a creature-
shaped speaker whose eyes and snout provide
interpretive responses to the music being
played, and can also respond to music being
played from another device's speakers.

Positives:

- iZ’s responses to various types of music are
lively and unpredictable

- Can be connected to any iPod or any other audio device with an audio-
out port or headphone jack (via included cable)

- Thanks to a built-in microphone, can also respond to any music being
played anywhere in the room

- Buttons embedded within iZ’s stomach allow for
advanced control

- Choice of red, green, or blue

Concerns:

- At ten inches tall, may be too large to
appeal to anyone but kids

- Some parents may not care for a toy that
burps and farts

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Amazon for $37.99

Company website: Zizzle.com

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                 Chargers, Cleaners,and
                 Miscellaneous products
                    for the iPod nano
miscellaneous                                     adjective
(of items or people gathered or considered together) of various types or from different sources




                     Griffin PowerBlock – page 155


                       Griffin RocketFM – page 156


                  RadTech IceCreme v.2 – page 157


                     Upcoming products – page 158




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       Griffin PowerBlock for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: The Griffin PowerBlock is a wall charger for USB-
based iPods (including the iPod nano).

Positives:

- Allows iPod’s battery to be charged when no computer is present

- Includes cable for dock connector-based iPods

- Allows shuffle to be plugged in directly

- Only sticks out about an inch from socket, significantly less than that
of Apple’s iPod charging brick.

Concerns:

- Size of brick may block
surrounding outlets on a surge
strip

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from
Griffin for $29.99

Company website:
GriffinTechnology.com




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             Griffin RocketFM transmitter for iTunes

Product purpose: The Griffin RocketFM transmits
sound from your computer to any FM radio,
allowing for the broadcast of iTunes music or any
other audio content.

Positives:

- Works well with either Macintosh or Windows PC

- Allows choice of any frequency on FM band

- Small, weightless, doesn't require wall socket because it draws power
through USB port

- Comes with attractive stand

- Surprisingly good quality, roughly equivalent to that of FM radio

Concerns (minor):

- Must go to computer to adjust any settings beyond volume

Concerns (major):

- None

Pricing and availability:

- Currently available from Griffin for $39.99

Company website: GriffinTechnology.com

Works with: Connects to USB port of any Macintosh (withMacOS X
10.2.8 or later) or any PC (with Windows XP), requires iTunes.

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   RadTech Ice Creme v.2 for iPod nano and others

Product purpose: Ice Creme v.2 by
RadTech is designed to remove scratches
and blemishes from both the front and
back of your iPod.

Positives:

- Significantly more effective than original
IceCreme v.1

- Separate cleaners for iPod's metal back and acrylic front (including
screen) are included in the same product

- Included cloth pads save you from having to use your own

- Most minor scratches can be removed from iPod's front

- Overall look of metal back can be significantly improved

Concerns:

- Deep scratches may not be able to be removed, especially from metal
back

- Using product is time-consuming and directions must be followed
precisely

Pricing and availability:

- Entire Ice Creme M kit available from RadTech for $25.95

- Polish for lighter damage (no metal finishing pad) available on its own
for $20.95

Company website: RadTech.us


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                Upcoming iPod nano products
                by Bill Palmer, iPod Garage Publisher and Founder

Why stop at one hundred? Here’s a brief look at some upcoming iPod
nano accessories that didn’t arrive in time for inclusion in the Reviews
Section of the NANOBOOK. Please note that we have not yet tested any
of the following products. Once these products are released, you can
read full reviews at www.iPodGarage.com :


            Griffin iTrip nano                           Macally Icesuit
            FM transmitter                              Silcone nano case
            GriffinTechnology.com                        Macally.com




             Macally mTUNE                                Macally FMCup
             iPod nano headphones                         iPod car product
             Macally.com                                  Macally.com




             Macally Battery                              SwitchEasy Capsule
             External battery                             Plastic nano case
             Macally.com                                  SwitchEasy.com




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                   You’ve come a long way, reader...
                     by Bill Palmer, iPod Garage Publisher and Founder

No, it’s not another full-length article. After reading one hundred and fifty-nine pages of all
things iPod nano, you’ve come far enough that I’ll keep The Last Word short and sweet. If
you’ve enjoyed the NANOBOOK (and if you’re still reading, then you undoubtedly have),
then I’ll offer just a few pieces of advice on what you can do next:

1) Spread the Word – let your favorite iPod nano user know about the HOLIDAY 2005
NANOBOOK so that they can put it to good use.

2) Give the Gift of Knowledge – if you’ve giving someone an iPod nano as a holiday gift
this year, be sure to give them a copy of the NANOBOOK as well. Burn it to a CD-R, print
it on your laser printer, or simply send them to iPodGarage.com so that they can download
it themselves.

3) Let Them Know Where You Came From – if you decide to invest in any of the
products featured in the NANOBOOK, let the vendors know how you heard about their
product. This helps put us in a position to make future iPod Garage books even better.

4) Get Yourself One – think the nano isn’t for you? Think again. Even if you already have
a full-size iPod or a shuffle, the nano’s combination of small size and full feature gives you
an opportunity to integrate your music into your life in whole new ways. Of my seven
iPods, the nano is the one I reach for most often. Consider adding one to your own iPod
collection, or ask for one as a holiday gift.

5) Make it a Daily Thing – if you found the NANOBOOK to be of value and you feel kind
of disappointed that you’ve reached its end, don’t worry...this book is just a snapshot of
what we do every day. You can find daily insight from the same columnists featured in this
book, daily hands-on product reviews and music reviews from the same reviewers, as well
as User Forums and up to the minute news from the iPod and iTunes universe by visiting
the iPod Garage each day at www.iPodGarage.com.

Thanks again for taking the time to download and read the HOLIDAY 2005 NANOBOOK.
I’ll see you at the iPod Garage.




                                         Bill Palmer, iPod Garage Publisher and Founder vv



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