Probably the biggest dissappointment of 2007 has been the TuneStudio. Announced in January this year and back then we were told that it would be available in the summer. Well the summer came and went, and even though it won various awards it still hasn’t seen the light of day.

The other thing that bothers me is the price rises. Originally it was announced at $180, and is now on the Belkin site at $399, which is a really big jump.

When it was first announced the TuneStudio looked like such a cool idea such an excellent way to extend your iPod, but perhaps events and iPod design overtook Belkin. Now their site shows the following for compatibility:

TuneStudio is currently
compatible with:

iPod classic: 80GB 160GB
iPod nano (3rd generation) 4GB 8GB
iPod 5th generation (video) 30GB 60GB 80GB
iPod nano (2nd generation) 2GB 4GB 8GB

So if it does ever become available, will it sell with the latest price tag of $399? Well, I might have gone for one at $180 – $200 but not at $399. Let’s face it, you could buy quite a lot in terms of mixing for $399, in fact you could buy an Alesis iMultimix 8 for $299.

Although not as portable as the TuneStudio it is more functional.

So, I hope they do something about it and finally bring it to market, and reduce the price. I’d love to see them pull something really unexpected out of the bag for TuneStudio, but most of all I hope it isn’t one of those products that never makes it out to consumers.

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