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This week at iLounge: The iPod accessory makers are keeping us busy this holiday season. We posted reviews of the Sonic Impact i-F2 Portable Speakers and three new wireless Scosche accessories โ€” the Bluelife iPod/Universal Bluetooth Car Kit with Hands-Free Microphone, the Bluelife Bluetooth Wireless Home or Portable Stereo Kit, and the Bluelife Bluetooth Headphones & Transmitter. We also put Griffin Technology's new lineup of cases for the fifth-generation iPod to the test โ€” the Vizor, iClear, California Roll, and Centerstage are all reviewed.

In the First Looks department this week, we checked out several cases, including the Oakley 99037 Case, the Contour Design Showcase nano, and three nano cases from Capdase โ€” the Classy Leather case, Luxury Metal case, and Hip-Hop style soft jacket. We also got our hands on the iSymphony M1 Micro Music System, which combines speakers, CD player, and AM/FM clock radio system and an iPod dock.


In iNews this week, it was reported that the Beatles may soon make their online debut on the iTunes Store, while Hollywood studios pressure Apple to strengthen its iTunes copy-protection scheme. Plus, Universal Music said they might seek a royalty from Apple for every iPod sold, Apple said it does not object to use of the "podcast" term, and checks with retail stores show that salespeople are showing Microsoft's Zune little love.