REVIEW: Accessories to Jazz Up Your IPod

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Friday, August 18, 2006; 9:22 PM

-- OK, so you were the first one on the block with an iPod. But just having one isn't enough anymore, because everyone has one. To be cool, you're going to need something more.

AP reporters have come to the rescue by testing five accessories from $19 to $549 to help you hear better, see better and look better with your music player.

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iPod Radio Remote

To jump on the iPod bandwagon, some companies have tried to capitalize on one thing the music player lacks _ a radio receiver. Now, iPod maker Apple Computer Inc. has launched its own.

With the iPod Radio Remote ($49), FM waves are just a click away. The device, which has controls similar to the iPod's click-wheel, is the size of a postage stamp and weighs a little more than half an ounce.

It comes with a cable that connects to the port at the bottom of the iPod nano or iPod with video (make sure to have the most up-to-date software for the device). The remote also has a jack for the included earbuds.

Within seconds of plugging in the accessory, users can scan the airwaves with the iPod's on-screen display and save their favorite stations.

The iPod screen also displays the title and artist of the current song if it's available from the Radio Data System information transmitted by certain stations. While the iPod Radio Remote works for FM stations in the U.S., Europe and Japan, it doesn't support the AM band.

Users can adjust the volume, switch stations, switch songs on their playlists and scan videos with the remote.

While it is a little steep in price, the Radio Remote turns the iPod into the total package.

_ Michael Felberbaum, AP Writer


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