updated 03:55 pm EST, Thu January 8, 2009
Tuneblocker iPod cable
Matais has come up with a simple solution to a minor annoyance that affects every iPod and iPhone user -- the unwanted sync. Tune Blocker allows users to charge their devices through USB, without having to sync through iTunes. The cable comes with a built-in switch, so users can choose whether or not to sync.
If you've ever been in a hurry trying to hook up an iPhone for a quick charge -- the syncing process can be tedious. The problem gets more complicated when syncing with someone else's computer. One mistake here and an iPod could be completely erased and loaded with someone else's music. Tune Blocker provides an old-school analog solution -- a hardware block.
Shipping in March, the cable is somewhat pricey. Tune Blocker will ship in two lengths -- 3ft for $25 and 6ft for $30. Pre-orders are being accepted now.