When you think of the iPod, Apple's carefully managed marketing campaign of hip with-it 20-somethings springs to mind. But there's another side to the cult of iPod, that's growing as a "cultural phenomenon". iPods inspire silliness according to this article from the New York Times. The iPod attracts ever-growing numbers of third-party products grounded more in "cute" than function: dancing iPod daisies and other plush creations, sportscar iPod docks, pulsing music-triggered LED displays, and so forth. It's novelty over function, and it's creativity outgrowing its brand. There's a cool slideshow to watch along with the article.