The Plasticsmith today announced the release of tux for iPod (US$35), a new stand for Apple’s digital music player. Tux is a protective pedestal that is designed to be placed on the desk, next to the stereo, on the nightstand or any place where a user regularly listens to an iPod with headphones or connected to speakers. Available for iPod and iPod mini, it comes in two versions — upright and tilt. Its side supports are built from “extra-thick, flame-polished acrylic, slotted for a perfect fit and easy loading and unloading.” Tux suspends iPod above the base, supporting charging and syncing with iPod’s cable while secured. It is available in two color themes — black-based or white-based, with clear sides on all models and 3M non-skid pads for stability and protection of table tops.