According to Gearlog, at least two companies are working on earphones designed for the iPod shuffle. Like the earphones that come with the music player, these planned products feature playback controls right on the earphone cords. Read more
If nothing else, the Shuffle’s inline control interface definitely isn’t the same as that used in iPhones and other iPods. The Griffin SmartTalk inline iPod headphone controls pictured here don’t work, for example, in the 3rd-gen Shuffle. They have the same triple-ringed version of the headphone plug and nearly identical functionality, but do nothing.
The silence from the other side is deafening: Could it be that, for the first time, those Apple-can’t-do-wrong fanboys have nothing to say?
To be fair, no one can fault Apple for making their new iPod shuffle as small as a clip (1.8″ x 0.7″ x 0.3″), nor can they call out the company for providing 4GB of storage. And while the VoiceOver feature, which reads out song or playlist names, uses imperfect synthesized text, it’s still a great way to make up for a missing display. Read more