Apple stole headlines this week with a surprise update just seven days after refreshing their Mac line. The new 4GB iPod shuffle is even smaller than the original, using an in-line remote and VoiceOver spoken tracknames to get around the absence of a display. Apple also released iTunes 8.1, while rumors of a multitouch 10-inch netbook flourished as first Chinese then US press picked up on the capacitive panel trail.
Video capable iPods have made portable media all the more accessible. Attempt to watch anything more than a short clip on one, though, and you'll be wishing for glasses or, preferably, a larger screen. That's where the iLuv i1155 Portable Multimedia Player comes in, offering not only a big display for iPod video playback but a DVD for all the legacy discs that copyright laws won't let you rip. It even manages to look attractive; is the experience as good as the promise, though?
iLuv has announced successor to its HD radio line-up with iHD171HD, adding iTune tagging feature and a brand new look. Don’t you just love the look of the old school analog style tuning knob? Much like the previous models, the iHD171 HD Radio is compatible with iPhones and iPods; has 30 programmable presets with ability to charge a connected “i-devices”; tunes legacy AM/FM radio; and can be functioned as a dual alarm clock as well.
A typical soundbar eliminates wires connection to 2nd stereo speaker, slender design with space-saving feature but the iLuv iSP200 has more to offer; the speaker bar has a built in 3 ports USB hub that can be daisy chained your auxiliary devices like the keyboard or mouse.
Looking not a little imposing (I'm thinking evil manga robot butterfly, for some reason), iLuv's new i9200 media player wants to take pride of place on your wall. As well as a somewhat B&O-inspired four CD player, capable of reading MP3 discs, there's an iPod dock and AM/FM radio.
iLuv have officially announced their latest internet radio, the iLuv iNT170, with access to 15,000 radio stations and podcasts, twin 2.5W stereo speakers and WiFi. The iNT170 has a large, dimmable monochrome display, FM radio and a dual-alarm digital clock; it can also be used with your iPod or other PMP, thanks to a 3.5mm line-in socket.
iLuv have announced a new portable stereo speaker, the suppository-shaped iSP100. Promising "explosive sound", the iSP100 runs off of three AAA batteries and has two 2W speakers; although the company is positioning it as an iPhone or iPod accessory, a standard 3.5mm input means that it will work with any sound source.
iLuv has just announced their Dual Dock Alarm Clock for the iPhone and iPod. Called the iMM173, this model will be the first from iLuv that is compatible with both the iPhone 2G and 3G.