updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri November 4, 2005
today announced the availability smartCharge and earBuddy (shown at right), two new iPod accessories the company recently previewed. smartCharge ($30) is a car charger for the iPod and the iPod shuffle. Its sleek design and adjustable cradle are built with the iPod shuffle in mind, but it can also charge any other iPod model via the USB docking cable supplied with the iPod. A built-in audio-jack allows users to hook up a cassette adapter and leave it connected even when they detach their iPod shuffle for use outside the vehicle. earBuddy ($15) is an ultracompact case for earbuds, designed to withstand 200 lbs of force. About the size of a jewelry box, it is coated with ballistic nylon and has a detachable keyring. Both products are part of SendStationís 100,000 song iTunes promotion, also announced today. Also available is a bundle of smartCharge and earBuddy together for $40. As a bonus the bundle includes a free matching keyring case for the iPod shuffle.