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Dec. 6 Bluelounge Design Kii Keychain Lightning MFI USB Charger $4 shipped, Exp Unknown

Nov. 28 Amazon: [Apple MFi Certified] ZeroLemon Lightning to USB Plastic PVC Cable $5, Exp Unknown

Nov. 21 eBay: JVC CD Apple iPod and Satellite-Radio-Ready $50 shipped, Exp Unknown

Oct. 12 Walmart: Haier SBEV40-3D 40in 5.1-Channel Soundbar $40, Exp Unknown

Oct. 10 Amazon: Bluetooth Headphones, Blackzebra HP-S2 Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Stereo Sport Earphones $8, Exp Unknown

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iAudio M3 20 GB Digital Music Player with FM Tuner & Voice Recorder
List Price: $299.99
Amazon Price: $299.99
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Ipod Shopping Guide

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Since it's introduction, iPod has become one of the most popular hard-drive based digital music players (also known as Jukeboxes, see our mp3 player shopping guide for other types). 

iPod Key Specifications

Music Formats MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible(6), and AIFF formats
Playback modes Random play,Program play,One track repeat,All tracks repeat
Skip protection upto 25mins
Built-in display Greyscale, 2" w/ white backlight, 160 x 128 resolution, adjustable contrast
Display menu languages Dutch,Danish,French,German,Korean,English,Finnish,Italian,Spanish,Swedish,Japanese,Norwegian,Portuguese,Chinese (simplified),Chinese (traditional)
Battery Life Claimed over 8 hours, normal use 6 hours
Charge Time 3 hours (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
Ports Dock connector, remote connector, stereo minijack
connectivity Mac and Windows compatible, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector
Additional features Bulit-in alarm clock, Hold button,Date display,Upgradeable firmware,Rechargeable capability, ID3 tags support, variable bit-rate compatible, play while connected to computer
  10GB 20GB 40GB
size 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.62 inches 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.62 inches 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.73 inches
weight 5.6 ounces 5.6 ounces 6.2 ounces
Included accessories Earbud headphones 
AC adapter
dock connector to FireWire cable
4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter
Dock, carrying case w/ belt clip
Remote, earbud headphones, 
AC adapter, 
dock connector to FireWire cable
4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter.
Dock, carrying case w/ belt clip
Remote, earbud headphones, 
AC adapter, 
dock connector to FireWire cable
4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter.
Included Software iTunes for Mac, iTunes for Windows

iPod Pros and Cons


  • Cool body design, smallest hard-drive based digital music player.
  • Convenient, intuitive and sensitive one-hand controls.
  • Large capacity
  • Dock for easy charge, easy sync
  • Wide selection of very useful accessories that can make it work as a digital photo album, voice recorder, etc.


  • Short battery life considering the large capacity. Battery is not replacable. battery charger
  • Easy to scratch and included case not satifying (once the iPod is inside the case you lose the ability to control it.) other cases
  • Controls to sensitive for some people (use hold feature)
  • Expensive

Major Improvements (comparing with older iPod)

New body design: 

  • 1/4 inch thinner than previous version, weight is also reduced to incredible 33- 33 ounces.
  • white backlight for LCD screen
  • smoother edges for a rounder and sleeker looking and feel more comfortable in pocket. 
  • 4 orange-backlit buttons controls: skip backward/rewind, menu, play/pause, skip forward/fast forward
  • The scrollwheel no longer spin. Works just like its previous version w/ acceleration, but this new design makes the control more immune to sand and dust.

New docking station included in the package: It allows convenient battery charge and easy sync with Mac/PC. It also includes a line-out jack for direct connection to a stereo, bypassing the iPod's volume circuitry. It's a added comfort, but not a must -- you can still connect your iPod with computer with the included cable without the dock. A handy dock plug cover is also included to dust and dirt out when dock is not in use.

New dock/accessory/interface connector: It replaces the previous firewire port. Allows many very useful accessories to connect to iPod easily. See useful accessory section for more information.

New On-The-Go Play List Maker + smart-playlist feature: Now you can create playlist on your iPod without Mac/PC. MusicMatch Jukebox software also has some enhancements for easier creation of playlists. The smart-playlist allows you to rate a song (1-5) and plays the higher-rating ones more frequently.

Redesigned Earbuds : smaller, more comfortable with same audio quality.

iTunes: Put iPod in dock and iTunes automatically syncs it to your music collection. It can also create MP3 and AAC files from CDs, resample (for specified bit rate), normalize (volumn leveling), and digitally enhance songs during the transfer, create and update playlists, buy new songs from iTunes Music Store for $.99 per song or $9.99 per album. 

New Note feature: Allows user to store small text files as memo.

New Games: Parachute(parachute landing battle game) and Solitaire in addition to the previous Bricks.

Where to Buy iPods:

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Latest Hot iPod Deals

Free laser engraved personalization on Ipod MP3 Player by Apple, exp 12/27. A perfect gift idea.

Main iPod Competitors

NOMAD Jukebox Zen NX

Popular iPod Accessories/software

iPod cases: iPod's surface is prone to scratches. But the case Apple provided is not satifying given the fact that you won't be able to access any controls of iPod with the case on. Here are a few iPod cases we recommend to our readers:

Apple iPod Dock Connector to FireWire and USB 2.0 Cable (Windows PC only) for best Windows connectivity, charging and connects at same time.

Auto Kit w/ dock connector: allows powering and recharging of the iPod. It also comes with an adjustable amplifier that works like a volume control when used in conjunction with the Belkin TuneCast or Mobile Cassette adapter.

GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY iTrip FM Transmitter Play your music through any FM radio

TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter: plug the FM Transmitter into the headphone jack of iPod (or any audio source including your PDA, MP3, CD, or cassette player, evern PC or laptop computer). Tune your car stereo or receiver to the clearest FM frequency, and enjoy your digital music with full sound and convenience.

BELKIN F8E461 Media Reader for iPod with Dock Connector: Turn your iPod to a digital photo album. Easily transfer digital photoes from your digital cameras. Reads CompactFlash (CF I&II), Secure Digital(SD), SmartMedia, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard(MMC), powered by 4 AAA batteries.

Belkin iPod Voice Recorder: Record memos, lectures, interviews or conversations on your iPod,  Review audio notes using the built-in speaker, your earbud headphones, or your Computer, also works as a travel alarm clock. 

Belkin Backup Battery Pack for iPod w/ Dock Connector: Giving your iPod 7-8 hours extra playtime (claimed 15-20 hours, maybe it has added the iPod's own 7-8 hours to it's estimates) w/ 4 AA batteries. A bit expensive but really a nice and handy addition.

Macally Retractable Headphones for iPod: If you find iPods' own headphone's cord too long (one of the common complains), this could be your choice.

Skullcandy SCB-3B LINK Universal Backphone System: Fills your ears with MP3 music, switching to cell when a call comes in! / For Samsung, Motorola, LG & most other phones

Monster Cable iCable for iPod

XPlay (software) An good solution pack for Windows users and an alternative to iTunes which is not limited to 1 computer like iTunes. Your iPod will work like an external hard drive, just drag and drop ANY file (including documents, data files, contacts etc) to and from iPod. You can also play music on iPod with any music software on your computer while connected. Other playlist editing, title editing, song editing features are similar to iTunes.


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