By Suzanne Allen
Have you recently bought an iPod? Or are you on the verge of
Take a look around next time your out and about. iPods are
becoming as prolific as cellphones. Of course they are! The
iPod is such a great gadget! Do you know the first thing you
must do after buying an iPod?
You need to protect it! Most people don't. Even though the
owner spends as much as $30 - $60 USD on iPod accessories.
That's 30 to 60% of the original iPod price.
The majority of people are buying fancy accessories such as fm
transmitters, docking stations, wireless remote kits. Don't
the wrong idea these are great gadgets BUT the first accessory
you should be buying is protection for your iPod.
Get the basics before getting the fancy goods. iPod skins and
cases come in a huge variety of styles and quality. Whatever
your style - there is a case for you!
By purchasing a Skin or Case you'll be protecting your iPod
from these common problems:
* Click wheel scratches
* iPod screen scratches.
* Mirrored back scratches.
Despite the superiority of the Apple iPod, it still suffers
from some major issues. Being easily scratched and short
battery life. These issues lower the resale value of an iPod.
This may not seem important but if you want to trade in your
older one for a newer one, these things will matter. Aside
that, who wants their own pristine, beautiful iPod all
up? Every time you take your iPod out of your pocket it causes
There are many accessories out there but most do not fulfill
the basic needs of your iPod. Protection. You need to protect
your iPod before anything else. Make sure you first equip your
iPod with a good quality case, skin, or sleeve.
The most popular iPod cases are as follows:
Cellphone sleeve converted to a case.
This is the most common and are most easily available.
Unfortunately the mirrored back of the 3G and 4G iPod are
easily scratched by the sleeve as the rub against it. If you
can afford a 3G or 4G iPod then you can afford not to go this
route. Protect your purchase and buy something specifically
iPod Silicone skin.
This is the most common case today. They come in every shape
and size, color and texture. Be aware though there are mass
produced low quality cases produced in China with questionable
materials that tear easily. The cheap silicone skins also pick
up dirt and lint easily. You can find better and branded
products from the USA or Japan.
iPod Leather Cases.
iPod leather cases are also extremely popular. Unfortunately
people have reported that the Apple branded one scratches the
mirror back and does not have a cover flap. There are many
quality leather case suppliers on the web. Check the stitching
on the case for good workmanship. Belkin and Digital Lifestyle
are a few that come to mind.
Water and Shock Resistant Cases.
There is an increasing need for these types of cases due to
active and mobile lifestyles. There are a plethora of cases in
this market also but be forewarned that a case can only be
water resistant not water proof. Water resistant means it can
withstand water splashes certainly not to be immersed in water
and definitely you would not bring diving! There are many
aluminum cases available that offer superb shock resistance.
With the new knowledge you have, you are now ready to find the
case that best fits your needs and most importantly your
Happy case hunting.
About The Author: Suzanne Allen is a lover of iPods and other
nefarious gadgets. She is also the owner of
shop.ipodidiom.com and its sister site