If there’s one big drawback to MP3 players (and, indeed, CDs before them) it’s the fact that they force all your old 45s into unemployment. And while some of you are probably far too young to even know what a 45 is , I’ll just bet there are more of you who have a big old stack of them squirreled away somewhere. You don’t play them anymore, but it just seems wrong somehow to throw them away. What’s a girl to do?
Well, there’s always eBay, of course, but if you don’t fancy that, there’s also 45 iPod Cases, a company that makes iPod cases out of… go on, guess. When we told you about them back in January you had to choose from the selection available on their website (the one in the picture, for instance, is made from Samantha Fox’s Touch Me. Don’t all try and buy it at once.) Now, however, your choice is even greater, and you can send them a record of your own, which they’ll then work their magic on.
Made to fit iPods ranging from 20 GB to 80 GB, ‘45’ cases are made of thermoformed vinyl records, recycled felt padding, cork and an acrylic glass window. The centre hole of each case’s record is positioned to fit exactly around the iPod’s click-wheel. The ready made cases cost $45 while a custom design is an extra $7.