JoeSoft has released Jax, an iTunes plug-in that adds numerous enhancements to Apple's media software.

Jax lets users load their iPods with lyrics, YouTube videos, RSS Newsfeeds, one module will even speak your email, says the company. It also simplifies managing album artwork, offering a choice of covers specific to your country.

Jax also has the capacity to search for and offer the lyrics for iTunes tracks. Simply click the correct ones and it will add them to your iTunes library and copy them to your iPod.

In the coming weeks, JoeSoft will release tools to developers that will enable them to build their own Jax iPod widgets.

The software is being distributed in the UK by AM Micro and costs £34.95 (including VAT).