Call it an occupational hazard, but as CNET's senior editor for MP3 player reviews, I'm constantly being called on to loan out iPod/iPhone cables to co-workers. I'm not complaining--in fact, it's sorta nice to feel like I can save someone's day with an iPod cable. If anything, I wish I could carry an extra iPod cable with me at all times, poised and ready to bail out a friend's dying iPhone or transfer music to my iPod.
That's why I freaked when I saw the $20 FlipSync cable on display at the Scosche booth at CES. They boiled Apple's cable down to a little keychain, placing an iPod connector on one end, and on the other end, a USB plug whittled down to just the pins. No, it's not as glamorous as a 3D plasma screen TV, but as someone who's constantly keeping track of iPod cables, this thing looks like a godsend.
The FlipSync is due out in the first quarter, along with a smartphone version that doles out both mini and micro USB. To see more iPod accessories Scosche has on the horizon, head on through to our CNET photo gallery.