Considering Apple's near total dominance in today's personal electronics market, it's hard to imagine a time when the iPod didn't exist. It would be fair to say that the iPod's introduction in 2001 ushered in a new era for Apple and greatly impacted millions of lives. If you don't own an iPod (or two or three!) then you probably own another mp3 player that has borrowed heavily from Apples ubiquitous champion. The iPod has gone through numerous changes over the last decade. You might say that it has grown up along side a generation that has literally grown up with it. The iPod also inspired a cottage industry around it to produce IPod accessories of every type. Let's look at a few and see what's offered.
To begin with we have to acknowledge that the iPod has gone through many versions and sizes and in fact, even the shape of the iPod has evolved over the last ten years. As we discuss the various types of iPod accessories keep in mind that there is one to fit virtually every iPod regardless of generation or model.
Whether at home, at the gym, or on the go, there is a wide variety of iPod accessories to enhance your experience. One of the best ways to make your iPod more useful is with a dock. There are many styles available but all of them will allow you to place your iPod in a safe home and let it charge quickly. It will always be were you need it and ready to go. Many docking systems incorporate speakers that turn your iPod into an instant home stereo system. The days of bulky rack stereo component systems are over.
That great sound doesn't stop when you get into the car either. Plug a USB charger into your cigarette lighter and keep your iPod going the whole drive. Some lighter chargers also serve as a sturdy holder for the iPod. With literally thousands of iPod covers and cases to choose from, you won't have to worry about it getting damaged while you are on the road. When you get to your destination, you can even take extra power with you on those long hikes or camping trips with an external power supply. Charge up one or more of your iDevices and take your music with you anywhere.
Getting through that morning run or afternoon gym session can be hard but it will go a lot easier if you have your music. Equip your iPod in a sports arm band and it will remain safe while you get in shape. The earphones that come with your iPod are good, but if you want even better audio performance there are hundreds of aftermarket headphones and ear buds to choose from. Everything from simple replacement ear buds to studio quality headphones is available.
If your iPod is ever damaged there may be hope. There are now genuine replacement parts available to breathe new life into your faithful player. Everything from new click wheels to replacement batteries can be found. Equipping your iPod with some iPod accessories will add to its versatility and your enjoyment.