ODDIO1 Headphones Hide iPod Shuffle 4G in Plain Sight

While I thought those wristbands they used to make for the iPod Shuffle were cool, it was a bit unwieldy to have a headphone cord running down your arm to the Shuffle. This new design takes it to the next level, since it incorporates the 4th generation iPod Shuffle in the headphones themselves.

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Trial & Error: Finding the Best Home Office Layout

It’s easy to get into a routine in your home office. And while we’d always like to believe we get things right the first time (like Mike’s setup above), it’s often the case optimizing a room like a home office takes a bit of trial and error. Which is why it’s paramount you fiddle around with the elements in your home office to discover the best possible layout. Here’s how…

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Mix Monsters iPod Shuffle Cases Have Their Eye On You

When gadgets get very small, they get pretty darn cool, but the size can also be a problem for people who tend to lose stuff. This is why these Mix Monsters iPod Shuffle 4G cases from Fred & Friends come into play. They’ll dress up your Shuffle as colorful one-eyed monsters, or as Beholders (the appropriate term would probably be Beholder-kin as these aren’t really exactly like Beholders).

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Use Any Headphone With Your iPod Shuffle While Traveling

072809_rg_ipodbelkin_01.jpgWhen you are traveling, it’s really useful to be able to use your favorite pair of headphones for your devices. Most people have a few, but it was a bit infuriating to learn that the new iPod Shuffle couldn’t be used with those. You needed to use the special ones that came with it. That was really annoying. Thanks to Belkin, you no longer have to worry.

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Customize Your New iPod in Different Ways

032709_rg_customizedipod_01.jpgiPods are great music players. Personally, I have trouble with iTunes, but maybe that’s because I don’t have a Mac yet. Still, after about 8 years and only two different iPods in all of that time, one iPod 40GB with the old school screen and one iPod Classic 160GB from last year, I’m pretty satisfied with the little gizmo. My iPod Classic has been running every day since last January, without ever so much as a glitch. The battery lasts pretty long. Even though I use it every day, I only charge it once every two weeks. That’s pretty impressive. Some people might think that the iPods are a bit sober in colors. It’s true that they tend to be black or white or covered in brushed aluminum. This is why I really find that customizing your iPod is a good idea. It makes it unique, and all of us like having stuff that is unique.

New iPod Shuffle and Earphones

You may not have heard, but the new iPod Shuffle is out, and boy, it’s tiny. The only compromise is that now all of the controls are located on the earphone cord. I threw out my last pair of earphones that came with my iPod, and I only bought my iPod Classic in January 2008. They didn’t even last seven months. That being said, the cheap $40-JBL in-ear headphones that I bought sucked and needed repairs within four months.

I was amazed at the difference in sound. In-ear headphones are really good and they deliver an nice base. As someone who’s used to over the ear headphones from Sennheiser and my Sony VDJ 700s, this was pretty surprising. I have to interject that both have their plugs broken because I used them mainly on my computer. The speakers tend to fall of the table when the cable gets caught in your feet, or something like that. I’ve learned my lesson. Right now, I use a cheapPhilips pair that I’ll throw out when they break.

I’ve moved onto Shures now. The SCL3s were $80 at my local Futureshop/BestBuy. They usually retailed for $250. I got them and I have been a bit disappointed by the bass response compared to the cheaper JBLs, but have gotten better mids and highs. Naturally, I’d want to get the Shure SE530, but spending $500 on earphones isn’t within my budget right now.

Exactly. Lack of compatibility with no-button headphones is not an outrage. What matters is whether these headphone-cable controls are a good interface for controlling a Shuffle. (I’m skeptical, as are others.) It isn’t meant to be good for everyone, it’s meant to be great for some people. That’s how Apple rolls.


I agree with Gruber. The headphone interface is going to be an issue. However, since Shuffles are designed just to play songs, kind of like fire-and-forget missile systems, there isn’t much fidgeting you’d want to do. So I agree there, that it’s a minor issue. The problem would be if this were to appear on other models. We can deduce that the only reason why they did this is to save space on the device itself. The Shuffle with the controls couldn’t be as small as this one.

Anyway, this isn’t the first player with these types of headphone combo. I know that Sony used to like doing those as well. Personally, I’m sticking with my iPod Classic 160GB because it’s the only one that can almost fit all of my music. I mean literally, all of it. That used to be the case, but I wouldn’t say no to a 500GB model. Hopefully a 500GB model with a touchscreen.

The Perfect iPod Shuffle Bracelet: Trendy and Sleek


What will the next form factor of the iPod Shuffle be? We know that it can be small, really small, and we’ve heard of integrating iPods into jewelry, but this is the first time we’ve seen an iPod integrated so seemlessly. This concept design is for an iPod Shuffle that has been fully put into a bracelet. Sounds perfect, don’t you think?

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