No need to make an appointment with your optometrist. You’re not seeing things. The upcoming PlayDock i500 and TravelSound I speaker docks are Creative’s first products for the “Made for iPod” line of accessories. You may recall that this was part of the 100 million dollar settlement from last summer, so this is just Creative making good on its promise.
There must not have been anything in the settlement about original accessories, though, because the speakers are just the made-for-Zen PlayDock Z500 and TravelSound Zen V with iPod dock connectors.
The PlayDock i500 and TravelSound I will be available later this month in Japan for $256 and $153, respectively.
[AV Watch (Japanese) via Engadget]
Indicative of the global success of Creative’s Creative Zen V and V Plus flash players is the TravelSound Zen V speaker system/docking station announced yesterday in Japan (and don’t forget about the upcoming TravelDock Z500 either).
The TravelSound Zen V is designed exclusively for use with the V and V Plus, allowing simultaneous music playing and battery charging. Priced at an incredible $109, the speakers measure 9.3″ x 5.3″ x 2.2″ and are bundled with a wireless remote control, AC adapter, stereo audio cable, carrying pouch, quick start guide, and other paperwork. The unit itself weighs 1.7 pounds, is equipped with an antenna for the FM tuner built into the V Plus, and features surround sound, mute button, volume controls, and a mode button (for what, we have no idea: I studied Japanese for over 10 years, but I’m still very rusty).
The TravelSound Zen V should be available in Japan in early December, with preorders being accepted in late November.
[Press Release via epiZENter]