JanSport Audiopack – a backpack for your iPod

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JanSport has been a staple of the students for years and their new LiveWire line include features for the various electronic devices students (and adults) now carry around full-time. Too many devices I think.
JanSport’s Audio Pack, available in black, blue with gray trim, or pink with gray trim, is a traditional bookbag backpack—it doesn’t include a laptop compartment or sleeve. The audiopack includes iPod integration, you place your dockable iPod in a zippered, neoprene pouch inside the bag’s main compartment. Two plugs—one for your iPod’s dock-connector port and the other for its headphone jack—connect your iPod to the bag. Near the top of the right-hand shoulder strap is a standard stereo miniplug, into which you plug your headphones; lower on the strap is a set of soft-button iPod controls: Play/Pause, Volume Up, Volume Down, Forward, and Back. Styling aside I like this product but if you are like me you expect a quality bag to last for years. I wonder if we will still see use from the integrated controls in a few years or even next season. Bags may soon have the same rapid obsolescence as all the gadgets we buy. About $100.00US.