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Chapter 9. Accessories > The Clip-on iPod

The Clip-on iPod

It didn't take long after the first iPods shipped for iPod owners to notice the effect gravity can have on objects dropped from an inverted shirt pocket. These same owners undoubtedly noticed that when an unprotected original iPod shared accommodations with a pants-pocketful of loose change and keys, the iPod's shiny metal back came out worse for the wear.

Having paid careful attention to these concerns, Apple issued cases with its third-generation 20 and 40 GB iPods. (By default, 15 GB third-generation iPods remained unprotected, though you could purchase the case separately for $39. The iPod mini is protected only by an included belt clip, which prevents it from falling from your person, but offers no scratch or ding protection.) Although the case was stylish and provided some protection, it required that you remove the iPod to access the front-panel controls (not a terrible burden, considering that the 20 and 40 GB models also shipped with the remote control), and the case bore a clip that was too easy to break.


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