Remember that not-so-great day in gadget history when buyers of the iPod shuffle discovered that they could only use the official Apple earbuds, or later, third-party headphones built specifically for the device? Yeah, maybe Apple shouldn’t have put the volume controls on the headphones after all.
Fortunately, the good people of Belkin have created a headphone adapter for the iPod shuffle, which allows you to use any standard pair of headphones or earbuds. I’m sure it is not the only of its type, but it is relatively inexpensive at $20 a pop. Check it out at the Belkin site if you are a Shuffler who desires an upgrade of sound for your headphones.
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Apple has lowered the price of its 1GB iPod shuffle. The musical mini-player has been reduced to $49.00 to make way for its soon to be released 2GB brother. At a size of about half a cubic inch in volume and a weight of about half an oz., the shuffle will come in silver, blue, green, purple, and a (Product) Red Special Edition, and will carry a price of $69.99. We like the idea that as more products are released, Apple has the sense to lower the old shuffle’s price, rather than charge more for the new one. Maybe they will do the same with their next iPhone.
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There are already a number of water-resistant MP3 docks and speakers out there. But this is the coolest-looking one we’ve seen in quite awhile. It’s the TearDrop iPod Water-Resistant Bathroom Speaker. Shaped as…yep…a teardrop, the speaker holds any MP3 player smaller than 2.55W” x 4.17H” x .78D” (or, in iPod-speak, the nano or shuffle). Futuristic-yet-mod-looking for all-around coolness, and there’s a built-in headphone jack for personal use. Plus, the speaker is battery-operated, so you can show it off outdoors. Unfortunately, the website doesn’t indicate which type of battery, or how many. Available in 3 colors, for $58 USD.