Belkin Launches accessories new Apple iPod

In an exclusive partnership with Apple to design these accessories, Belkin is offering the Auto Kit for iPod, Backup Battery Pack for iPod and Mobile Cassette Adapter — all compatible with new iPodswith dock connector. All three products will be available in North America on May 1, 2003.

Belkin Auto Kit for iPod (F8V7058-APL) — ESP $39.99

The Belkin Auto Kit connects the new iPod to the car’s power source and speaker system, and includes an exclusive Belkin cable that charges the unit from the car’s cigarette lighter. The Auto Kit also provides an adjustable amplifier and 3.5mm audio-out jack that allows the user to play the iPod through the car stereo or other audio equipment while in the car. The unit is also engineered with a replaceable safety fuse to protect from potentially damaging spikes or short circuits.

Belkin Backup Battery Pack for iPod (F8E464) — ESP $59.99

The Belkin Backup Battery Pack allows the user to power the new iPod with replaceable batteries — even when the internal battery is drained. It is an ideal solution for long plane fights, hikes or for any other instances where an AC outlet is inaccessible. The Battery Pack provides 15-20 hours of playing time and incorporates a power-level indicator to signify when the batteries are running low. Additionally, the Battery Pack includes discreet suction cups (plus two spare), four standard “AA” alkaline batteries, a secure power switch and dock connector.

Belkin Mobile Cassette Adapter (F8V366-APL) — ESP $19.99

The Belkin Mobile Cassette Adapter easily connects the new iPod to a car stereo through the car’s in-dash cassette player. Providing an easy way to transfer quality sound from any portable audio equipment to a car stereo, it is designed for outstanding audio performance and use on the road. The Adapter reduces noise by automatically maintaining the correct tension within the cassette deck while driving. The device includes a 3.5mm connector and works with front- and side-loading cassette players. It also works for portable MP3, CD and cassette player, PCs or laptops.

“We’re extremely thrilled to be involved with Apple, one of the top design-conscious companies, in creating and offering the first accessories for the new iPod,” said Chris Maddox, Business Unit Manager. “With the incredible success of the first-generation iPod, we are confident that the new iPod will continue the ride to generate even more excitement and kudos.”

Belkin also offers the TuneCastTM Mobile FM Transmitter (F8V367-APL — ESP $29.99), currently available, that wirelessly connects portable music players to the car or home stereo. iPod enthusiasts can expect a full line of iPod cases to launch in June, as well.

To further complement this iPod accessories lineup, Belkin offers a host of connectivity solutions well-suited for both generations of the iPod, including the FireWire 3-Port PCI Card (F5U501-APL — ESP $39.99), FireWire Notebook Adapter (F5U512-APL — ESP $49.99) and FireWire 6-Port Hub (F5U526-APL — ESP $49.95). Also available now, the Belkin “Y” Audio Cable (F8V235-06-APL — ESP $5.99) and the Belkin Speaker and Headphone Splitter (F8V234-APL — ESP $8.99) further help users enjoy their music.

Apple’s third-generation iPods — 10GB model for $299 (US), 15GB for $399 and 30GB for $499 — hold up to 7,500 songs. They feature solid-state navigation wheel and buttons; new dock with audio out; “On-The-Go” playlist; customizable main menu; and Auto-Sync for automatically syncing the computer’s music library with iPod.

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