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Monday, September 25, 2006

September 25 - iPod Mug

Apple. They're in the news again. Today they've been sueing people left right and center for using the word 'pod'. Podcasts, ProfitPods, TightPods, Japanesse sleeping pods, or generally any brand with the word 'pod' in. But that's not what I'm blogging about. What I'm blogging about is a rather new, nifty Musicmug. The Musicmug looks like any other mug at first glance. But before you pour your tea or cofee in, make sure that you look in the bottom at the rather well concealed charger. The music partially vents at the bottom while playing, but some reverberates inside the mug, giving a soft, toned down effect, not the echoing blurry playback you'd expect. The mug is an extremely clever speaker thingy, drawing power from the iPod itself. This means that you'll find your iPod running out slightly faster than usual, but it's a price that has to be paid for wireless playback. Still, it can't be much worse than having your headphones on at full blast. Can it? The mug has a clever sponge base, as to avoid scratches, and doesn't just support iPods. Any MP3 player that has a 3.5mm stereo jack will work, so long as it fits inside the mug. But how many MP3s are bigger than a full-size iPod? I can't think of that many. The Musicmug will be available in Japan for 3990 Yen. This is about $35 or £17.50. So it costs about the same as a couple of Frapuchinos. Not bad for this inoative little gadget.


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