SendStation Systems and RadTech have released two new PocketDock models and
for iPod mini, respectively. SendStation’s PocketDock is an adapter that allows users to connect their iPods to their Macs with standard FireWire cables instead of Apple’s docking cables. The company’s new
(US$22.95) contains USB and FireWire ports that accept standard USB cables as well as 6-pin FireWire cables. The
PocketDock Line Out
($29.95) also features a 6-pin FireWire port but adds a 3.5mm (1/8-inch) stereo jack that bypasses the iPod’s headphones amplifier for better sound quality when connecting the MP3 player to external speakers. It comes with two six-foot white audio cables. Both PocketDock models are available now and are compatible with Apple’s 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40GB iPods, as well as the iPod mini.
RadTech’s MiniSleevz are a variation on the company’s line of PodSleevz cases for the larger iPod. MiniSleevz are made from Optex fabric and wrap tightly around the iPod mini, protecting it while allowing full access to the controls directly through the case. The top and bottom are left uncovered for access to the ports and a clear window protects the display. MiniSleevz are available in light purple, indigo, ultra violet, black, titanium and red for US$17.95 each.