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Apple Expo iPod accessories

The Apple Expo was held in Hall Five of the Porte de Versaille. Outside a whole flotilla of Segways were promoting Logitechs new wireless headphones. I cant tell you much about the headphones, though, because unlike the Segway staff, the Logitech boot

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Wireless music was one of the key themes from Apple Expo Paris. Oregon Scientific rolled out a nifty wireless speaker system called the iBall. Plug your iPod, mini or shuffle into the base, and then carry the music ball around with you. The sound is OK

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Theres even a generic version for less. The Music Sphere uses a standard two-channel mini plug to wirelessly extend any audio source—including non-Apple MP3 players, TV sets and more. You can?t fast-forward or pause the audio, but the device costs

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Looking for a slightly different wireless solution for less money? Belkins upcoming Tune Stage uses Bluetooth to extend any iPod or mini (but not Nano or Shuffle) wirelessly up to 30 feet. You connect the Tune Stage base station to a stereo or other a

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Belkin has expanded its TuneBase lineup to include the Shuffle. The new TuneBase shuffle plugs into your cars cigarette lighter and cradles the Shuffle at the end of a flexible neck. An included cassette adapter lets you listen to the Shuffle through y

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Speaking of cars and iPods, mod kits were all over the floor at the Apple Expo. But the outside of the cars were more interesting than the inside—all I saw was a tired parade of plugs, adapters and controllers. (SOURCE: Jim Louderback)

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Wait, I take that back. There was one interesting car adapter product introduced at the show. Harmon Kardons new Drive + Play extends your iPod with both a separate screen and a round controller reminiscent of BMWs i-drive. The iPod itself sits safe

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

The Drive + Play controller is a cool-looking black and blue. Press the controllers center to access the iPod menus—which let you select artist, playlists, genres and other higher-level commands. Then use the four raised silver buttons to select t

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

In Motion also showed off an update to its original In Motion speaker system. The IM5 will cost $150 when it ships in October and adds a composite video port on the back, so you can hook an iPod photo up to your TV. It also includes a subwoofer port that

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Vinyl is so old school. And now so are CDs. Looking to DJ that next rave, and spin some wild tunes for fun or profit? Now you just need two iPods and the new iDJ from NuMark. This $400 device lets you segue from one playing song to another, control ea

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Surprisingly, Sony was hawking its Walkman MP3 players on the show floor right next to the iPods and accessories. However, no one seemed to be interested—at least while I was watching. (SOURCE: Jim Louderback/Ziff Davis Internet News)

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

I was particularly taken with the guys from British accessory maker PodGear. What started as two guys in a garage seems to be taking off in Europe. This compact speaker system for the iPod shuffle shipped over the summer, and for $40 you get a nifty lit

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

This tiny speaker system, also designed for the Shuffle, comes from Madson Line. It costs just $30, and also runs on one AA battery. Because its just a mini plug on top of a tripod, it will work with the Nano, Shuffle and any other MP3 player that can b

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

This is a nifty solution to the lack of a control port on the iPod Mini. In Motion?s upcoming SA 1 Shuffle Expander—shown only behind the scenes—snaps together to encase your Shuffle and turns it into the size of a standard iPod, along with the

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

In Motion also showed off an update to its original In Motion speaker system. The IM5 will cost $150 when it ships in October and adds a composite video port on the back, so you can hook an iPod photo up to your TV. It also includes a subwoofer port that

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Apple Expo iPod accessories

Griffin showed off its new iFM device, which adds an FM radio to any iPod—along with an external iPod controller. It also lets iPods and Minis record FM music—but not the Nano or Shuffle. It costs $40 and is just so darn small and cute! (SOURCE

Apple Expo iPod accessories

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