iPodweek - The Best of iLounge

This week at iLounge: As rumblings of a "true video iPod, coming soon" simmered, companies have continued to release video enhancing add-ons for current and past iPod models. Leading the pack on price is Memorex's brand new, $200 iFlip, exclusively featured in an iLounge First Look, which adds a massive 8.4" screen and two speakers to any fifth-generation iPod.

Jump fo' mo'.

Additionally, we've reviewed a new video player and recorder add-on from ATO called iSee 360i, which enables even black-and-white iPods to store and play back MPEG-4 video clips on a new 3.6" display. Some bad design decisions limit iSee's appeal, but the features are worth checking out anyway.


We also reviewed Griffin's new TuneCenter, which adds on-TV menuing features and Internet Radio (!) to any recent iPod, and looked at three new speaker systems — iHome's first-ever "under the cabinet" kitchen system iH36, 2.1-channel component system iH52, and that crazy toilet paper roll speaker system iCarta from Atech Flash. Plus, new Australian developer Gecko Gear unveiled a huge lineup of new iPod accessories, including a well-made iPod Hi-Fi case called Hi-Fi-Traveller.

In news this week, Apple and Creative Technology announced a major legal settlement. Apple said it will pay Creative $100 million to license the company's patents, while Creative said it will join Apple's "Made for iPod" program and introduce their own iPod accessories. Creative told iLounge, however, that the settlement does not mean that it will halt production of its Zen media player line, nor that the iPod accessories will be iPod-only. Plus, an iPod causes a bomb scare at an airport in Canada, ABC News programming gets added to the iTunes Music Store, and Pioneer claims Apple is introducing a Bluetooth iPod adapter.

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