The Ultimate iPod Accessories Gift Guide

iPod ClassicIt’s a fact: Everyone loves the iPod. While Apple’s media player doesn’t have any incredibly special features by itself, the amount of accessories developed for it is staggering.

I don’t think I need to mention that iPod-related gifts will be top sellers for this year’s holiday season. If you’re still wondering about what to get for your favorite iPod freak this Christmas, this guide should help you find the perfect gift.

iPod Protective Gear

iPods are prone to scratching, bumping or even crushing, so getting a good-looking protective case for your precious device is not only fashionable, but wise. Here are a few suggestions that will keep your iPod in mint condition for a long time:

Belkin Clear Acrylic Case
Belkin Clear Acrylic CaseThe Belkin clear acrylic case for iPods is made out of a tough plastic that allows your iPod to resist punishment. This case is perfect for those who wish to keep on seeing the iPod’s original design and do not want to embellish it with eye candy.

iSkin Cases
Made out of silicon, these shock-absorbent cases will surround your favorite iPod with a layer of rubber-like protection.

DLO HipCase Leather Folio
DLO HipCaseThe HipCase is a leather, folio-style case that gives decent protection to your precious iPod. Featuring a flip-up cover and a leather-covered belt clip, this case will make you look classy wherever you go. It’s available for the iPod Nano, Classic and Touch.

Headphones and Earphones

While the default iPhone headphones are decent by themselves, they obviously won’t be good enough for all you audiophiles out there. That’s why you need something that will bump up the quality of the sound coming out of your favorite media player.

JBL Reference 220
Earphones have always been a smaller, more portable alternative to traditional headphones, and JBL Reference 200 Series earphones are certainly that. But these earphones are designed to perform more like their larger counterparts. Priced at around $50, they will produce crystal clear sounds that should satisfy the audiophile in you.

Grado Labs SR 60
While bigger than the JBL Reference 220, the SR 60 headphones are considered to be among the best ones when it comes to a quality/price ratio. Yes, I know, they look like a pair of headphones from the 60s, but don’t let their vintage look fool you! This is what I have at home, and I can attest that their sound-quality is more than modern.

iPod accessories for sports maniacs

Want to listen to music while working out? Here are a few accessories that will surely be of interest to you:

Belkin Sport Armband Plus
This classic iPod case/armband combo will not only protect your iPod, it will also allow you to run full speed without having to fear losing your media player. It fits snugly on your arm, and is available for the iPod Classic and Nano.

Nyko iTop Button Relocator
This great little iPod add-on will allow you to control your music playerwhile running on the treadmill. Have you ever tried playing with the scroll wheel while running? If so, then I’m sure you can imagine why this gadget came into existence. Just plug the iTop on top of your iPod, and viola, the iPod navigation functions are now easily reachable.

Home Products

Because everyone likes to enjoy their iPod at home.

Apple Universal Dock
The Apple Universal Dock offers an easy way to sync or recharge your iPod or iPhone. You can use it to connect your iPhone to a set of external speakers or even your television. It also includes a remote for easy control from across a room.

Belkin TuneStage 2
Belkin TuneStage 2The TuneStage is a Bluetooth device that will allow you to stream music from your iPod to any other audio device in your home. The TuneStage has a range of 33 feet and is compatible with the Mini, Nano and Classic iPod.

Cambridge SoundWorks PlayDock i
The Cambridge Soundworks PlayDock is a high-performance, high-fidelity dock and speaker combo for your iPod. High-end features like a wireless remote, video pass-through and adjustable bass output will make it your favorite way to listen to your iPod. It can even run on batteries in case you want to take it on vacation with you.

Bose SoundDock Digital Music System
The SoundDock system is designed to play your favorite tracks with crisp clarity—allowing you to discover subtleties in your music that used to simmer beneath the surface. A host of proprietary technologies add vitality and realism to your tracks. With Bose acoustic design, you’ll enjoy a full, rich sound that’s greater than you’d expect from a system this small. The device will also recharge your iPod while playing your favorite songs.

BOSE SoundDock

iPod FM Radio Remote
This official Apple accessory will allow you to listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient, wired remote. You also get a set of earphones with a shorter cable that’s a perfect fit for the remote. Works with any iPod except the iPod shuffle.