Belkin Unveils New iPod Accessories

Belkin, a producer of computer and other consumer electronics accessories, this week unveiled three new offerings for use with Apple Computer’s uber-popular iPod digital media players, and they’re expected to ship within the United States during November, Macworld.co.uk reports.

Belkin’s $79 SportCommand fabric remote straps to users’ arms—or wherever they see fit—to wirelessly control their iPods with a range of up to 50 feet, and it’s meant for use by athletes or other active users, Macworld.co.uk reports.

Belkin TuneStage II
Belkin TuneStage II

The firm’s $149.99 TuneStage II device connects with second-generation iPod nanos and iPod videos via iPod dock connectors provided with the devices upon purchase, and it enables users to wirelessly transmit their music libraries via Bluetooth 2.0 technology to home entertainment systems, according Macworld.co.uk. iPods function as remote controls, and the device has a range of roughly 30 feet, Macworld.co.uk reports.

Belkin also showed its TuneCast 3 accessory, which is an upgrade of its existing iPod FM radio transmitters, according to Macworld.co.uk. It will sell for $49.99 and feature a new status indicator, 20-hour battery life and the ability to stream audio from devices with 3.5-millimeter earphone ports, Macworld.co.uk reports.

Apple’s second generation iPod nanos
2nd-Gen iPod Nanos

Apple recently unveiled its newest line of iPods at a company event in San Francisco.

In related news, Microsoft in November will release its much-anticipated iPod challenger, the Zune music player, which will sell for $250 for the 30GB version—the same price Apple charges for its 30GB video iPod.

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