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News: An MP3 Accessory for Your BMW

Thought your Altec Lansing InMotion speaker set was the coolest Apple IPod accessory? Think again.

Apple and BMW recently announced a new interface that enables BMW cars made since 2002 to integrate an IPod into the sound system. The interface includes a cable that resides in the glove box, plugs into the dock connector of IPods and IPod Minis, and charges the IPod's battery. The driver can also use the cable to control music selections, playlists, and volume from the dashboard sound system controls and from controls on the steering wheel. The kit will cost $149 plus installation.

News: A BMW Accessory for Your MP3s

The BMW logo adorns the new Laks Memory Music MP3 watch ($275). The water-resistant watch can hold up to 60 MP3 files or up to 256MB of data (on flash memory) from your PC or Mac. The battery is charged via an integrated USB cable, which is also used to transfer files to the watch. There's a headphone jack, and you can also record voice memos. Check it out at BMWonline.

News: An OPod for Your IPod

My IPod goes just about everywhere I go--which sometimes makes me nervous, as I've been known to drop things. Enter the OPod ($50), a "dustproof, dirtproof, sandproof, drop-proof" IPod case, claims its maker, OtterBox Products. The case comes in five colors (including white) and provides access to all IPod controls, except the Hold switch.

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