updated 10:50 am EST, Wed December 28, 2005
FoneGear iPod accessories
today announced tuneGEAR--its line of iPod and audio accessories--and introduced its "podBLING" accessories. TuneGEAR products will initially include headphones, charging solutions, carrying solutions, FM-radio transmitters, and "Music Experience Enhancements." All tuneGEAR headsets include basic ear buds, “audio-foam” cushioned headsets with volume control, ear-clip sport ear buds with volume control, and ear buds with volume control in a lightweight aluminum housing, offering high fidelity stereo sound. FoneGear's "podBLING" is a diverse array of sparkly accessories to "dress up" Apple's iPod, as well as other MP3 players. PodBLING consists of full rhinestone covers in a variety of colors and patterns for the video iPod, iPod mini, iPod shuffle, and iPod nano.
The company is expected to offer charging solutions for many of Apple's music players, including the iPod Mini, and the iPod nano. FoneGear Products include 12-volt vehicle chargers, retractable USB sync/charging cables, and home-and-away travel chargers. FoneGear also offers a computer dock that allows the player to sync and charge with a computer while displaying the iPod upright.
TuneGEAR cases are expected to be available in premium leather in both clear-front pouch and protective cover flap versions for the Apple iPod music players, the iPod mini, and the iPod nano. FoneGear is also expected to introduce a premium leather case with a protective flap for the iPod Shuffle. The company says it will roll out durable tuneGEAR leather holsters for the Apple iPod, the iPod mini, and the iPod nano, as well as a universal armband kit to provide four holders in one package for carrying any iPod music player on an included elastic armband.
FoneGear plans to initially release three tuneGEAR FM-radio transmitters, which includes the "3-in-1" 12-volt transmitter--a vehicle cradle for the video iPod, iPod Mini, and iPod nano--allowing users to play their iPod over a vehicle’s FM radio, charge their iPod, and safely cradle it at a viewable angle. The "3-in-1" 12-volt transmitter for iPod shuffle is a vehicle cradle that allows users to play the device over a vehicle’s FM radio, charge the iPod, and safely cradle it while driving. The tuneGEAR battery-powered FM-radio transmitter is a universal device for any music player with a 3.5mm audio jack that uses two AAA-sized batteries to transmit to any home or vehicle FM radio.
"Music Experience Enhancements" include dashboard sticky pads, signal splitters to allow multiple users to listen to the same player, and compact portable speakers that fold for travel and work easily with any iPod, MP3 player, notebook computer or CD player with 3.5mm audio jack to provide clear, room-filling sound.