NEW YORK – How fashionable are iPods? So chic that designers from Pucci to Coach have created gear to help enthusiasts tote their tunes about in style.
If you have any dough left after buying the actual iPod, consider these accessories:
Burton Amp Jacket: Burton Snowboards and Apple teamed up to create the Burton Amp, the first jacket with a sound and control system for iPods so you'll never have to hit the slopes without your own "xtreme" soundtrack.
Control the iPod through touch-sensitive fabric on the sleeve — no need to take off gloves, reach into pockets or fumble with wires. The iPod itself is stowed away in the chest pocket of the Gore-Tex jacket.
$499. Available in August at Apple.com.
Pucci: For fashionistas who want to carry their iPods with flare, Emilio Pucci's iconic multicolored print has been turned into an iPod case.
The cases are exclusively sold through French retailer Colette, but there's no need to board a plane — you can order one off the Web site and have it delivered straight to you.
About $100. Available online at www.colette.fr.
iSkins: Never again worry about your iPod slipping out of your hands or not being able to see it at night. The company's multicolored and glow-in-the-dark silicone covers slip over iPods to protect against accidental drops (especially when running) and everyday use scratches, dirt and oils.
With seven glow-in-the-dark colors and twenty-five regular colors, they're sure to be a conversation piece.
$24.99. Available online at iskinprotect.com.
Groove Bag: Now you'll never leave home without it. Felicidade's pleather Groove Bag (in tote and purse format) transforms your iPod into a fashionable boom box through built-in speakers that plug into the headphone jack. The device itself slips into a see-through zippered pocket on the front of the bag.
$144. Available online at drbott.com.
Coach: For a hands-free way to carry your music in style, try Coach's calfskin leather MP3 player case, complete with strap and dog-leash style clip. In red and white.
$68. Available online at coach.com.