iPod Accessories Are the Rage at Apple Expo

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2005-09-20 Print this article Print

Apple Expo Paris may not be a big event, but for iPod fans there is plenty to see. Check out the slideshow of new iPod accessories.

PARIS—Apple Expo Paris is not a huge show. Substantially smaller than the January Macworld in San Francisco, still, it holds a strong place in the Apple and iPod world—even more so now that Macworld Boston has been canceled. The show is an interesting mix of digital music, Macintosh-based business software, iPod accessories and other digital devices. Even though Steve Jobs declined to speak, Apple had a significant presence at the show, occupying nearly a quarter of the show floor with a huge central booth. Jobs was even rumored to be walking the floor himself—just like in the old days.
Like Jobs, I roamed the floor on Tuesday, shortly after the show opened, looking for new iPod accessories. The Nano was on everyones mind, as the holiday season begins in just two months. I found some interesting new products, and—in more than one case—a nifty upcoming solution for the Nano. Check out the slideshow for fascinating new iPod accessories, including speaker systems, headphones and even a DJ station. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.
With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including ExtremeTech.com, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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