iPad accessories for music lovers
You love your iPad 2. You love music. Now, if only there was some way to marry the two. Luckily, for you, there are some new and exciting iPad accessories out there that every music lover should own -- or, at the very least, add to their holiday wish list this year.
All of the accessories listed are compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2.
[ See also: 15 must-have accessories for your new iPad 2 ]
Woodee's iPic Stylus
Whether you play an actual guitar or prefer to "strum" away on an app,Woodee's iPic Stylus ($14.99), is your ideal way for navigating on your iPad. The top is fashioned to look like your average guitar pick, but its tip is a soft, rubber nub, enabling you to use any capacitive touchscreen with ease. Pair with the award-winning Miso Music app (free) and you'll be comfortably -- and stylishly -- playing your own music in no time.
Partnered with the free iShred LIVE App,Griffin's StompBox ($99.99) provides you with a professional, true pedalboard experience on your iPad or other iOS device. Just connect the StompBox to your iPad through a heavy-duty dock cable and your instrument through the GuitarConnect cable. Plug in your headphones or amp through the headphone/line-out monitor to start adding effects to your music.
The Gig Easy Mic Stand iPad 2 Holder
Whether you're performing or presenting, TheGigEasy Mic Stand Mount ($69) is the perfect solution for conveniently getting your iPad on stage with you. Easily screw the mount onto almost any microphone stand and insert your iPad. Articulating arms allow you to securely adjust your iPad to your preferred viewing mode and front-back angle. The only microphone stand that this version is not compatible with is Manhasset music stands, but there is a separate version available for those who solely use this brand of stand.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Over-the-ear noise-isolating headphones
If you want to listen to your music without any outside noise detracting from your experience, Bowers & Wilkins P5 noise-isolating headphones are well worth the cost ($289.44). High-quality, evenly balanced sound reaches your ears through a durably constructed pair of headphones, featuring built-in mic and volume control. The ear pads, made from New Zealand sheep's leather, fit snuggly against your ears, thus maximizing comfort for longer periods of listening. It's enough to make any true audiophile swoon.
Alesis iO Dock
Whether you write, produce, or perform music, the Alesis iO Dock ($199) is a definite must-have. This first-of-its-kind device connects your instrument of choice to your iPad and all of its apps and processors. Connection is easy -- simply plug your equipment into the XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, MIDI jacks, and/or USB port and start recording, mixing, or adding effects. In addition to the easy and seamless connectivity, the Alesis iO Dock acts as a case, protecting your iPad, whether you're using it in the studio or on the stage.