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For those times when you need to transform your iPod into a rudimentary grappling hook, Elecom's new retractable iPod cables could be exactly the item you are looking for. Available in 31- and 59-inch varieties. Sure, we've seen products like this before, but this may be one of the first (of an impending onslaught of) black accessories to complement the new generation of black 'Pods.

Introducing the USB-IRL series of retractable iPod cables [Elecom Japan]

Similar retractable iPod USB cable (for white iPods)