Some of the Latest iPod Accessories

Apple’s iPod has become the de-facto standard MP3 player. A large number of manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon and are offering a huge number of accessories ranging from speaker audio amplifiers to advanced wireless audio products. I will take a look at some of the latest gadgets including wireless headphones which will open up a new range of possibilities for your iPod and iPhone and give some advice for buying these accessories.

Headphones are used by the majority of iPod users to listen to songs. However, loudspeakers are often a better option for indoor use. A large number of vendors manufacture speakers with an iPod docking cradle. Most of these speakers, however, have fairly low output power and low audio quality.

A better option, therefore, is picking a good-quality stand-alone bookshelf speaker and using a miniature amplifier to connect your speakers with the iPod. Active speakers are another option. Regardless of whether you pick passive speakers and a mini amp or active speakers, make sure the amp has low harmonic distortion, a high signal-to-noise ratio and high power efficiency. This will ensure optimum sound quality and keep the amplifier cool during operation.

One of the drawbacks of iPods are the headphone cords which become entangled and therefore some manufacturers are offering solutions for this problem. The newest models of iPods and iPhones have built-in wireless. This enables cutting the cord by streaming audio wireless to a set of wireless headphones or wireless speakers. Bluetooth headphones and loudspeakers supporting the Bluetooth Audio Profile will work with all iPods that have built-in Bluetooth.

For iPods without built-in wireless, wireless audio transmitters are available that connect to the iPod and send the audio to a remote receiver or headphones. Some of these transmitters can send to multiple headphones at the same time. iPods with built-in WiFi wireless can connect directly to your home wireless network to transfer songs between your iPod and PC rather than using a USB cable or docking station. Using iTunes software, you can access some functions remotely and change your settings similarly to having your iPod connected by USB cable.

Getting music for your iPod can be a hassle and expensive. As opposed to ripping CDs, more and more users are buying music online from stores such as iTunes or download songs from file sharing networks. Some vendors are offering more practical and hassle-free solutions for building an iPod music collection by recording online radio stations. Some of the most advanced software will not only generate properly cut songs which match songs ripped from a CD but also automatically add title, artist, music category and album information to each track and insert the album cover picture of each track. These tracks can then be imported into iTunes and transferred to an iPod.