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Levi's tailors jeans to fit iPod

Is that an iPod in your pocket or... oh, forget it

Jeans-maker Levi Strauss has designed a pair of denim trousers with an integrated iPod remote control. The jeans also provide an iPod dock and retractable earphones.

The hardware tucks into the trouser's special side pocket - neatly side-stepping those bottom-broken back-pocket iPod Nano blues. The controller is located in the watch pocket, itself tucked into the right front pocket - which is surely going to lead to male users getting some very odd looks while they innocently switch from Whitesnake to Johnny and the Hot Rods.

A more sensible arrangement, perhaps, is ProductM's newly announced TuneBuckle iPod Nano belt. As the company's name suggests, the iPod clips securely onto the belt's specially designed "high-grade aluminium" buckle holster, ready for easy access. The strap is made of leather and available in black or white.

Levi's hasn't revealed what it will charge for its iPod pants, but it confirmed that the strides are due to go on sale in the autumn under the RedWire DLX brand. TuneBuckle will cost $49.95 when it ships in the US. ProductM didn't say when TuneBuckle will ship. ®

TuneBuckle iPod Nano belt

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