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The Playlist Winter Gear Guide

During a recent briefing with stock market analysts, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer estimated that there were more than 3,000 iPod accessories available for purchase right now. No matter how you stack it, that’s a lot of headphones, adapters, and speaker systems. You could start sorting through assorted accessories for all the different iPod models now and have a hard time finishing before New Year’s Day.

Fortunately, we’ve done all that work for you and put it all together in one place— Playlist ’s annual Winter Gear Guide.

Just in time for the holiday season, our editors and contributors have picked their favorite iPod add-ons—hardware and software that will bolster your enjoyment of Apple’s popular music player. From headphones to car accessories to cases, we’ve rounded up the products we think will make a splash this winter. So whether you’re looking for that perfect gift idea or in the market for an iPod accessory of your own, check out our suggestions across a variety of categories.

We’re rolling out a new grouping of gear each day, so be sure to visit throughout the week. And check out our Product Guide to browse for more iPod-friendly add-ons.

  • For Your Private Enjoyment : We’ve got software for delivering video to your iPod, games for passing the time, and, of course, headphones for delivering crystal-clear sound.
  • For the Enjoyment of Others : Sometimes, you want to share the music, and these speakers will help you do that.
  • For Your iPod’s Protection : These cases will keep your iPod safe, sound, and looking good.
  • Accessory Round-Up : From iPod-compatible microphones to automotive add-ons, we share more of our favorite gear.
  • iPod Grab Bag : Clothes, software, and audio downloads round out our look at great iPod gear.
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