Natural look may not flatter the iPod

Wood just isn't for everybody

Tokyomango

Given the countless ways that have been devised to encase the iPod , we're surprised that it's taken so long for the latest trend to reach the ubiquitous music player: lumber.

As wood has become popular for everything from computers and laptop cases to TVs and cameras , it seems no-brainer to apply sylvan designs to iPods and MP3 players, as Tokyomango notes that Japanese toy maker Asuka Kobo has done. Then again, maybe it has something to do with the way they look. Somehow, wood just doesn't seem appropriate for the sleek design of the media player, no matter how nicely stained or varnished it may be.

But it could always be worse: They definitely aren't in the category of the " iDear ." And if it's a natural look you're going for, there's always the " iStone ."

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