Three reasons for iPod users to rejoice

Apple's iPod has created its own cottage industry of items that attach to or work with the popular music player.

Apple's iPod has created its own cottage industry of items that attach to or work with the popular music player.

My daughter wanted to play her iPod mini in the car, so we were both anxious to try iConcepts' 3 in 1 Car Kit for iPod and iPod Mini. (That name could use a little work.)

The 3 in 1 plugs into a car's cigarette-lighter outlet and then transmits music from the iPod to one of several unused radio frequencies you can set it for.

My son, the hot-shot college guy, had warned that some devices that do the same tend to lose the signal in urban areas, so we were wary.

But the 3 in 1 didn't suffer that problem in Chicago's Loop. The sound quality was good to excellent no matter where I used it, except when we went under a railroad bridge.

The device has an adjustable arm which enables the plug to be maneuvered to unusual angles if your lighter outlet is somewhere other than on the dashboard, as it is on some cars and SUVs.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

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