Best Apple iPod accessories you need to buy in 2011
Whether you own an Apple iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle or iPod Touch. there are a number of cool accessories that can help transform your modest music player into a mechanical beast. Here are some of the best accessories for Apple's iPod devices
On October 21st 2011, Apple will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPod. In that time, we think it's fair to say the portable multimedia device has revolutionised the way we listen to 'music on the go' forever.
Helping you make the most of your iPod in its prestigious tenth year, we've scoured the Hot 100, the glowing reports from the T3 reviews team plus the tech nominated in the 2011 T3 Gadget Awards, to bring you the iPod accessories to grab in 2011.
50 Cent Platinum Headphones
Following in Dr Dre's Beats-shaped footsteps, the can collaboration between 'fiddy' and Sleek Audio deliver the first ever headphones "that offer top-level performance, style and new technology," according to Mr Cent.
Link: Sleek Audio
AIAIAI consulted 25 of the world's best DJs when creating these no-logo cans. They dish up plenty of meaty bass, with a punch that's ideal for mixing in noisy clubs. they're also refreshingly free of overt branding.
Link your TV to all your Apple devices with this beermat-sized music- and video-sucking device. Also lets you stream HD films and TV from t'web.
This eight-inch dock packs powerful 90W amplification borrowed from Arcam's high-end hi-fi components. A rechargeable battery means you get up to eight hours of play outdoors and there's 3.5mm, composite and USB connections, as well as optional wireless dongles for your iPhone, Touch, Mac or PC.
More: iPod docks: Group Test
Atomic Floyd Mini Darts
Beats By Dre made black and red the default colour option for the fashion-conscious headphone shopper, but Atomic Floyd has added function to the fashion, with a dual-filter mic for iPhone and BlackBerry chat, and comfy dual-injected silicone eartips for two-way isolation.
B&W Zeppelin Air
Why settle for a square box? Version 2.0 of B&W's thing of otherworldly beauty adds AirPlay streaming and upgraded amplification.
Link: Bowers & Wilkins
More: B&W Zeppelin Air review
Dock your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad and you'll soon realise that the unique design is for a reason: the conical speaker shape reduces standing waves by filling up the entire room with rich sound.
Link: Bang & Olufsen
A hi-fi and a half, the Ceol is the Midi system of the tenties, or whatever we're calling this decade. It's an AirPlay- and DLNA-enabled streamer, an iThing dock, a web radio and a CD player - ask your dad. The sound quality is as impressive as the spec.
Geneva Sound S
The minimal iPod dock with massive sound, the Geneva S has touch-sensitive controls and a 2x15W digital amplifier producing full-bodied, bouncing basslines that only improve as you dial up the volume.
More: Geneva Sound S review
Griffin Adidas MiCoach armband
Compatible with a wide array of leading portable devices from the full range of iPhone and iPod Touch releases the Griffin Adidas miCoach Armband allows users to listen to music via the top mounted headphone ports or monitor their runs via one of the many smartphone friendly fitness apps, such as the Adidas miCoach.
Link: Griffin Technology
T3 Gadget Awards 2011: Gadget Accessory of the Year: Vote for the Griffin Adidas MiCoach armband