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Byline: Ellen Lee
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. _ Jo Ann Villalobos was shopping at Ikea this summer when she tried to slip one of its finger puppets onto her iPod Shuffle. It didn't quite fit, but it sparked an idea: Why not dress up her iPod?
Villalobos, a high-tech consultant with an art and textile background, spent 11 hours one day with her sister canvassing Los Angeles fabric, craft and party stores for supplies. She also teamed up with Rob King, a freelance Web designer and art student in Concord, Calif.
This month, the duo launched iAttire, an online site selling Halloween costumes for the iPod.
"I'm really coming at it from being a fanatic," Villalobos said. "I love my iPod. It's a tribute to how wonderful these products are."
It is sort of, well, spooky, how iPod-crazy we have become. Some 30 million iPods have been sold since it debuted in 2001, according to Apple Inc. Its simple design a blank slate to build on, the iconic digital music player has inspired more …