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Next-gen iPod touch, nano, shuffle cases surface

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

You know the drill. An Apple event is imminent and lo and behold some cases turn up online. Yep, we’ve been here before. These come from Chinese case retailer X-Doria. There’s a case for what appears to be a 4th-gen iPod touch with a camera, and one that’s described as a case for a “nano 6G,” which could be for a new iPod shuffle with touchscreen.

The iPod touch case looks like it has a curved back similar to the current model, while the nano / shuffle case looks like it will hold that 1.7-inch Apple touchscreen that was rumored last month.

Scosche tapStick iPod Shuffle case

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2009

Scosche tapStick iPod Shuffle caseIf you’ve been paying attention, the latest iPod Shuffle doesn’t have any buttons on it, the controls are in the headphones, which is fine if you want to listen to it via the headphones, but what about when you want to listen to it in your car or an iPod dock? Never fear Shuffle owners, Scosche has the answer with the Scosche tapStick iPod Shuffle case.

The Scosche tapStick fits snuggly over your iPod Shuffle and adds controls to the front. Three buttons that have the same functions as the iPod Shuffle headphones. It comes with a 3 foot aux cable. Don’t let Apple take away your precious buttons. Buttons are your god-given right. If you want buttons, you can have buttons. Stick it to the man and order one today.

New Shuffle costs $22 to build

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

New Shuffle costs $22 to buildA recent report shows that the parts and packaging of the iPod Shuffle 3G cost only $21.77. That’s twenty-eight percent of the unit’s retail price. So with those numbers, you might be wondering where the clones are. According to Business Week, Samsung supplies not only the unit’s ARM-based processor ($5.98), but the storage ($6) on at least a few of the units as well. The lithium ion battery costs $1.20.

Maybe for some reason the pirates just can’t work that small yet. Who knows. Maybe they just don’t care about the Shuffle and have other gadgets to worry about.

The new Shuffle available in candy colors for $129

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

The new Shuffle available in candy colors for $129Apple only offers up the new Shuffle in grey and black, but Computer Choppers will gladly do some custom color anodizing for you.

You can get any of the colors pictured for $129, a $50 premium over the stock iPod shuffle. Those aren’t your only options, you can also get copper, rose gold and platinum, which can push the price up to $200. You know how it goes, as soon as you buy one Apple will release some new colors.

Apple confirms proprietary chip in shuffle headphones, licensing fee

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

Apple confirms proprietary chip in shuffle headphones, licensing feeA bunch of news broke over the weekend regarding the proprietary headphones required by Apple’s new iPod shuffle. Now that it’s Monday some of the info is cleared up and we can let you in on it. Both Macworld and Boing Boing Gadgets have now confirmed with Apple and third-party vendors that the new shuffle headphones contain a proprietary control chip. And that headphone makers have to pay to license it from Apple.

It’s bad news for sure, but apparently the chip isn’t encrypted, so it’s easily cloned by companies who don’t want to play that game. But those products would be pretty doomed in the marketplace.

Klipsch plans earphones for 3G iPod shuffle

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

New iPod shuffle requires adapter for third-party headphonesThe iPod Shuffle 3G isn’t a week old yet and Klipsch wants a piece of the action. They’re working on a set of earphones designed for the third-gen iPod shuffle. The revision will give users the same controls as Apple’s stock and In-Ear headphones, including triggering VoiceOver and switching playlists.

The feature set is still unknown but we’re talking a $100 price point. So the audio quality should be good. We hope. That shuffle sure is expensive if you don’t like the stock headphones.

New iPod shuffle requires adapter for third-party headphones

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

New iPod shuffle requires adapter for third-party headphonesThe new voice-enabled iPod shuffle. It’s like Stephen Hawking is there to guide you through your songs in between constantly touching your earbuds wire. I’ll be honest, I think it’s a lame move. A gimmick. One designed to get more money out of the consumer and give you nothing extra.

It has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, but it’s controlled by proprietary headphones. Non-Apple headphones will require a special adapter that includes the required three-button controller. According to Apple they are working with third parties to put other compatible ear phones on shelves.


Redesigned iPod shuffle hits 4GB, talks

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

Redesigned iPod shuffle hits 4GB, talksApple just doubled the capacity of the iPod shuffle to 4GB, but that’s not all. They’ve completely ditched the control wheel. The clip stays, but they’ve added VoiceOver, a new feature that tells you which song is playing and who performs it at the touch of a button on the earbud cable.

Great, now I’ve got Stephen Hawking palling around with me. It will also call out your playlists and let you navigate to others. The device is available in black or silver for $80. VoiceOver is available in English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. Check out the video tutorial below.

iPod Shuffle Bracelet concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2008

iPod Shuffle Bracelet conceptHere’s a followup to the iPod Touch Nano concept that’s wearable and even fashionable. Once again, it’s from designer Isamu Sanada. It’s an iPod Shuffle Bracelet with integrated Bluetooth connectivity, dock connector, and a rugged casing.

It even sports a built-in rechargeable battery for 16-hours of continuous playback. Hey, why not? As long as we are playing make believe. This is actually something that the ladies would love, in fashionable pastels. Who knows, one day Apple may get behind it. But we aren’t holding our breath.

Apple releases 2GB iPod shuffle for $69

Posted in iPod by Darrin Olson on February 19th, 2008

Apple releases 2GB iPod shuffleHold the phone. If you just saw our post about Apple dropping the price of the 1GB shuffle to $49 and were contemplating picking one up, you may want to consider forking out another $20 and getting double the storage. This morning Apple launched a brand new 2GB iPod shuffle for $69 which is still less than yesterday’s $79 price for the 1GB shuffle and can house closer to 500 songs on a tiny player that clips almost anywhere. Apple says the new 2GB shuffle will be available yet later this month, coming in all the same colors as the 1GB, including the RED version. (The lower priced 1GB is available now.)

iPod shuffle price dropped to $49

Posted in Media Players by Darrin Olson on February 19th, 2008

iPod Shuffle price cut to $49 from $79The iPod shuffle, still the tiniest of iPods, has just seen a price cut of $30 bringing the formerly $79 media player down to $49. The shuffle has no display with a 1GB capacity, the ability to hold around 240 songs and is coming at the $49 price in a multitude of colors.

Last we noticed there wasn’t anything else from Apple showing any price changes, but at the time of this posting the Apple store is actually down. This, especially on a Tuesday, is usually a pretty good indicator that something is happening. We’ll keep you posted…


Expect iPod Shuffle Speaker

Posted in iPod,iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2008

Expect iPod Shuffle Speaker
Speakers for iPod Shuffles are harder to find, compared to speakers for iPods, Nano’s and even iPhones. Expect is here to help, with an update on the Cuby iPod Shuffle Dock. They have released some cool looking iPod shuffle speakers for the 2GB iPod Shuffle. They come in either pink or silver. Enjoy your tunes and charge all at once. It is powered via USB or batteries for a more mobile experience.

It’s made to fit the 2nd generation iPod Shuffle and is designed to be nice and compact. It’s kinda cute too. You just snap the Shuffle into the speaker dock and you’re all set. It will only cost you $27.

Gold iPod Shuffle

Posted in iPod,Shuffle by Darrin Olson on July 19th, 2007

Gold iPod ShuffleFor some the available choice of colors for their iPods are just not enough, and a few can take that to a whole new level. In this case it’s a level with a price tag of a little more that $19,000. A company called Xexoo makes a number of Apple products and accessories that are covered in 18 carat gold and one of them happens to be this gold iPod Shuffle.

The golden iPod Shuffle works the same as any other Shuffle except that it’s a little less resistant to scratches and dents and is priced equivalent to what it might cost you to get about 240 silver iPod Shuffles. For the $19k you also get a special box that the gold shuffle is delivered in and unlimited 24/7 concierge service should you forget how to use it at some point. They will also replace it …

SwimMan Waterproof iPod Shuffle

Posted in iPod,Outdoors by Darrin Olson on February 14th, 2007

Waterproof iPod ShuffleThat’s right, this is a second generation iPod shuffle that is waterproof! This waterproof Shuffle does not require a case, but has the waterproofing applied on the inside allowing normal use of the device at its original size.

This Shuffle is water resistant for depths up to 10 feet which makes it safe for showering, bathing or swimming as long as you keep it relatively shallow. SwimMan, the originator of the modified waterproof Shuffle, also has waterproof headphones to go along with it for your underwater listening enjoyment.

The iPod Shuffle with applied waterproofing is available now, and $250 gets you the 1GB Shuffle, the waterproofing technology and a set of waterproof headphones along with a limited warranty (Apple’s warranty is most likely void with this).

SwimMan via Engadget

iPod shuffle Now in Five Colors

Posted in Apple,iPod,News by Darrin Olson on January 30th, 2007

iPod Shuffle from Apple now has 5 colorsApple announced today four additional colors that are available for the iPod shuffle, adding pink, green, blue and orange to the original silver color to make a total of 5 different colors available.

“iPod shuffle is the world’s most wearable digital music player,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product marketing in a press release. “Music fans can now choose iPod shuffle in one of five brilliant colors, or they can buy one of each.”

The iPod shuffle contains 1GB of memory, weighs only one ounce and is half a cubic inch in size. The new colors are available immediately worldwide from the online Apple store and from Apple retailers and come with a shuffle dock and earbuds.

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