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Cut the cord

One major problem with traditional headphones is that they tether you to your iPod, and that connecting cord can really get in the way. Logitech has come up with a solution: its new Wireless Headphones for iPod (see screenshot). You can use these $150 headphones as far as 30 feet away from your iPod, with the aid of a Bluetooth 2.1 wireless adapter.

Molded in white plastic with chrome embellishments that complement Apple’s original iPod design, the Wireless Headphones are compatible with any iPod that uses a dock connector. They’re equipped with 40mm full-range neodymium drivers. Controls on the headphones let you adjust volume as well as control what’s playing with forward, back, and play/pause buttons. The headphones use a behind-the-head headband design and weigh 3.2 ounces (the adapter adds another ounce).

Logitech’s wireless headphones rely on rechargeable batteries that last as long as 8 hours per charge and take about 2.5 hours to recharge fully. You can charge the adapter and headphones simultaneously with the included AC adapter. —Peter Cohen

Make your iPod mount

Here are some steps to take if your iPod doesn’t mount, or if it doesn’t appear in iTunes or the iPod Software Updater utility:

1. Make sure that the iPod is plugged directly into a FireWire port, rather than a chain of FireWire devices (the iPod requires just about all the power a FireWire port can deliver), or that it’s plugged into a high-power USB 2.0 port (your Mac won’t recognize the iPod if it’s using a low-power USB port, such as the ones on your keyboard).

2. Your iPod may be frozen. Reset it by unplugging the iPod and holding down the menu and select (center) buttons on newer iPod and iPod mini models, or the play/pause and menu buttons on older iPods, until you see the Apple logo on the iPod’s screen.

3. Restart your Mac while holding down the shift key to disable startup items. If your iPod responds well to this treatment (that is, if it mounts properly), you should use the iPod Software Updater to restore the software it shipped with (note that this will delete all the music and playlists on your iPod).

4. If the iPod still won’t mount, reset it and then hold down the play and select buttons to start it up in Disk Mode (similar to the Mac’s FireWire Target Disk mode), forcing it to mount. An iPod that mounts only in Disk Mode also requires software restoration. —Christopher Breen

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