The iPod is at once a stunning example of stylish product design and an aesthetically delicate object that seems to pick up scratches and smudges from sideways glances. So as much as you may want to show off your iPod, the first accessory most owners buy is a case to keep it safe from harm.

Cases come in many styles, from fine leather flip covers to sporty silicone skins; for many uses, from working out at the gym to carrying in your bag; and for protection against varying degrees of damage, from scratches to smashing. There are even waterproof cases that you can bring along for a dip in the pool. We’ve chosen some of our favorites of each style, and for each type of iPod, here.

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