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iPod Offerings, Part 2

by Dan Frakes

Last week I gave you Part 1 of my holiday gift suggestions for the iPod user(s) in your life, covering Apple accessories, music, software, cases, bags, and jackets. Part 2 provides you with the best in third-party iPod add-ons, car accessories, speakers, reading, and repair options. Give your favorite iPod user even more reason to love their iPod with one (or more) of these useful items.

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To recap from last week: I've divided products into categories, and included approximate U.S. prices for each, though you may be able to find items for significantly less. I've also noted whether each product is available for the older (FireWire port) iPods, the newer (dock connector) iPods, or both. For recommendations on headphones, see "Music to Your Ears: 2003," elsewhere in this issue.

Accessorize iPod Add-Ons -- The iPod is much more than simply a portable music player, and it's more versatile than many people realize. Here are some add-ons that your iPod lover might love to own.

<http://www.sendstation.com/>

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<http://www.tentechnology.com/>

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<http://catalog.belkin.com/ IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1& amp;Product_Id=158350>

<http://www.chally.net/podpod/>

<http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ifm/>
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<http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ radioshark/>

Road Trip: Car Accessories -- To truly appreciate what it means to have thousands of songs on your iPod, you need to take a trip that passes through radio no-man's-land. Whether it's a lack of any radio stations at all, or an overwhelming proliferation of "all talk, all the time" stations, having your favorite music with you can make the trip much more enjoyable. But you need a few items to get your music playing in your car and to keep your iPod going. (In other words, setting someone's car up to be an iPod-playing-roadster is a great holiday gift.)

<http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/itrip />
<http://www.griffintechnology.com/software/ software_itrip.html>
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<http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ powerpodauto/>
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<http://store.sik.com/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD& amp;Store_Code=SS&Product_Code=03- 1004>

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Listen Out Loud: Speakers -- Apple responded to feedback when they added a line-level output to the dock base for the newer iPods; now users can get the best possible sound when connecting the iPod to a home stereo. Here are a few accessories for listening without headphones. If you have an older iPod, or a newer iPod without a dock base, you can also use these accessories; however, you must use the iPod's volume control to approximate a line-level output from the headphone jack.

<http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ cables_accessories/ipod_cable_kit.html>

<http://www.tivoliaudio.com/pPALPRL.htm>
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<http://www.tivoliaudio.com/pM2TPE.htm>

<http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/ WebObjects/AppleStore? productLearnMore=T8355LL/A>

<http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/ category.cgi?category=search& amp;item=c1md12ee&type=store>
<http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/products/aego/ aegoloudspeakers.html>
<http://www.aegoproject.org/buy.htm>

Read Up -- Although the iPod and iTunes are easy to use, you'll never use them to their full potential without some help. I suggest a little iPod leisure reading.

<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ 0321223713/tidbitselectro00/ref%3Dnosim/>

We Can Rebuild Him -- If your favorite iPod user has an older iPod, or just hasn't taken very good care of their newer one, some gifts for repair and maintenance might be appreciated.

<http://www.radtech.us/icecreme.html>
<http://www.ipodcleaner.com/>

<http://www.ipodbattery.com/>
<http://www.pdasmart.com/ipodpartscenter.htm>
<http://www.info.apple.com/support/applecare_ products/service/ipod_service.html>

<http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/ WebObjects/AppleStore? productLearnMore=M9404LL/A>
<http://www.smalldog.com/product/46133>

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gift, say thanks with a couple of bucks via Amazon or PayPal.
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