By George Johnson
The large accessories market that has built up around the iPod
is sometimes described as the iPod ecosystem. A host of
different companies produce accessories that are designed to
work with the iPod.
Companies such as JBL, Bose, Altec Lansing, and Kensington all
make speakers that are designed specifically to work with the
iPod, using the iPod's thirty pin dock connector.
Other companies, such as Griffin Technology and Monster Cable,
make add-ons that allow the iPod to record sound, recharge "on
the go," play music over the radio, or be used wirelessly with
One of the most useful iPod accessories is a protective case
which protects your iPod's screen and back from scratches and
scuffs. Cases come either in clear or in a number of colors to
match your style and personality.
With Apple's release of the iPod Nano and the iPod Video,
are becoming more and more popular. They're wonderful little
gadgets, but they become even more useful with one of many
accessories that can personalize your mp3 player and tailor it
to your needs.
Another way to protect and carry your iPod is with an arm
which makes it easy to rock out to your music while working
at the gym.
On the way home, instead of sitting through the chatter of
radio DJs in traffic, you can listen to your iPod in your car.
Various FM transmitters can allow you to listen to your iPod
your car stereo, and power adapters let you plug in for the
No more screwing around with racks of tapes or CDs in your car
in order to listen to your music; now thousands of songs are
These transmitter/power combinations can be the perfect iPod
accessory for long commutes or cross-country road trips.
Once you make it back to your home or apartment you can drop
you iPod into a speaker set and listen to your music at home
too. Many speaker combos are compatible with the iPod base
station, which charges your iPod and allowsyou to connect it
your home stereo or television.
Of course, the new iPods with video and photo capabilities
allow for a wholenew host of iPod accessories. A/V cables
you to share photos directly from your digital camera to your
iPod, and allow you to connect your iPod to your television to
transport your movies and show them on the big screen.
You can even get a wireless remote to incorporate your iPod
into your home stereo or theatre, putting thousands of songs,
videos, and photos at your fingertips.
Other iPod accessories expand the boundaries of what you
thought your iPod could do. The Griffin iTalk allows you to
take voice and audio recordingsleaving yourself audio with
iPod, making it a handy tool for tasks from reminders to
dictating letters and documents directly to mp3 files.
With the hundreds of iPod accessories on the market, you can
quickly turn any iPod into your iPod and have a customized mp3
player to fit all of your needs.
About The Author: Learn about the large iPod accessories
that has built up around this very popular digital device.