Accessories buyer's guide
Once you have your shiny new iPod or MP3 player make sure get the most out of it by boosting its battery, enhancing its sound and protecting it from damage. There’s a vast range of audio accessories out there, so let us point out the best of them.
Whether it’s the style-conscious white iPod headphones or basic black set that came with your MP3 player at some point, you may want to replace them. A wide range of replacement headphones are available:
High-performance in-ear headphones help you get the best from your music in noisy environments.
Overhead headphones produce a richer range of audio thanks to their larger driver units – so you can truly appreciate your music.
Sports headphones come in a variety of lightweight designs providing wraparound or securing-loops for jogging and gym work.
A number of other essential features are available on many of these designs, including:
Noise cancelling technology, which ensures that you only hear your music and not the bustle of the street.
Wireless headphones that provide extra freedom in your home, so you can relax without worrying about cables.
Inline controls, which mean you can adjust the volume or mute your tunes without fumbling for your player.
Most music players offer good battery life, but it’s worthwhile investing in an extra charger or lead to make sure the music doesn’t stop. Most players are USB based and a host of USB wall-plug adaptors are available for iPod and other players. So you’ll be able to charge your player at home, at work, in the car or at school.
On car trips why not take your player with you? There are a host of accessories to help you get the most from your portable player when you’re on the road. Cassette adaptors and radio tuners let you pipe the audio through your car radio, and to keep things powered pick up one of the cigarette lighter adaptors to charge not only your player, but any USB based device. Plus, don’t forget to stay safe on the road and secure your player with a car cradle.
Cases, docks and bundles
To add that personal touch or just to add a little protection, most people like to get a case, cover or ‘sock’ for their player. These range from minimalist clear ones to outlandish coloured covers and fun ‘socks’ to slip your iPod into. Docking stations provide a functional way to store and charge your player while you’re at your computer. To help save you money don’t miss one of the many bundles available that combine any number of these accessories into one pack.