updated 09:05 am EST, Thu January 27, 2005
Apple\'s \'Made for iPod\'
Apple's quiet introduction of a has several smaller iPod accessory manufacturers worried; however, Apple says that it is no plans to enter the accessory market--beyond the $29 water proof case that it announced at Macworld Expo--and says the "'Made for iPod' program seeks to formalize how accessory makers work with Apple -- while also preventing consumers from getting stuck with knockoff products that don't perform as advertised. ... Accessory makers that have been briefed about Apple's plan say it will help more than hurt....Made for iPod is essentially a way to make sure all electronics accessories work properly with the iPod. It doesn't apply to nontechnical products, such as cases or polishes. Those who agree to follow Apple's technical specifications will be able to include a 'Made for iPod' logo on their packaging," which should start appearing within a few weeks, according to the report.