Back when cassettes were one of the more popular formats for playing music, boom boxes were fashionable. You've probably seen several montages from '80s movies that show beachgoers strutting confidently down the beach, aviator sunglasses on and a boom box blaring from the shoulder.
With retro and geek chic all the rage in today's fashion, it's no surprise the boom box is making its own tongue-in-cheek comeback. A wide variety of plastic boom boxes built to carry iPods or play FM radio are available now from several developers. Many are designed as women's shoulder bags, and the designs mimic boom box speakers and knobs. Some simply hold the iPod and have holes for headphone jacks, while others actually have working speakers built into the material and play whatever you select.
If you're not strutting your stuff on the beach, the next relaxing, elaborately designed iPod accessory might come in handy for you, especially on a lazy Sunday morning. To learn about how you can keep your iPod close while you slumber, read the next page.