As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Apple is being a little cheap when it comes the accessories that ship with the new 5G iPod. And, the Apple branded accessories are a bit overpriced, in my opinion. But, there are alternatives out there. You don’t have to buy from Apple.
The picture above has 3 types of cables that I consider to be necessities… An iPod wall-charger, an extra USB-to-iPod cable, and an AV cable. If you buy them from Apple, you’ll spend $67. I found a great site, called Hand Held Items, that carries a wide variety of iPod (and other gadget) accessories for far less then what Apple charges.
I don’t want to mislead you. There is actually a noticeable quality difference between Apples products, and the no-name counterparts. Apple’s products have thicker molded plastic and wires. But, I have tested the no-name items thoroughly and haven’t had any problems. I would recommend them as a lower cost alternative. I’m happy with the cables that I bought.