The Ecosystem of iPod Add Ons

The explosion of popularity of iPods has led to a related explosion in iPod add ons. Companies both new and established have jumped onto the business of turning out new kinds of iPod add ons. And that business is booming. With so many iPods around, the need arises for ways to differentiate their appearance. This allows friends to tell theirs apart while adding a level of coolness. Speakers, docking stations and headphones have allowed iPod users to accessorize and customize. The techies have their own kinds of upgrades that allow for battery charging, power boosting and plug-ins. Hundreds of companies have joined the market for iPod add ons with business clocked at nearly a billion dollars a year plus online sales. Much of that is in the hardware arena. Lines of clothing with pockets made to fit the various generations of iPods are doing good business, while straps and belts allow the music carriers to be fastened to arms and waists. Of course an iPod isn't of much use without content.

Suppliers and Products

Online suppliers provide tunes, videos and other types of content for download to iPods and its related content carriers. The newest fifth generation iPod have a video component and 20 GB capacity that expands the types of content that can be loaded and used. There are things that can be used by everyone like calendars, small programs and comics. These fulfill the requirements of nearly every kind of taste. Some local entrepreneurs have become suppliers of information age products, too.

The special needs of urban dwellers are being met by online downloads that meet their local needs. The dizzying array of choices in a place like New York City can be assisted by a downloadable utility called piPod which works with Google maps to direct the hungry iPod owner to the nearest pizza place. The utility includes reviews for all five boroughs and was downloaded more than 1,300 times in its first year. Filling a more universal need on the world of the iPod add ons is the Pocket Bar & Grill that fills an iPod with hundreds of recipes for mixed drinks and gourmet dishes.

The informative wiPod guide shows the available wi-fi hotspots for the area you choose. Just select your state and download. While these iPod add ons are terrifically unexpected in their range, they are obviously just the beginning. As more big-thinkers become inspired, the future capacity and abilities of the iPod are bound to grow. Already a necessity in today's world, the iPod add ons will make this device as important as air and water in the future.