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Apple offers iPod shuffle Lanyard and Caps

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, May 2, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

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imageApple has quietly introduced the iPod shuffle Lanyard and Caps, a $19 package that consists of a replacement iPod shuffle lanyard cap and three replacement standard USB caps. The set is Apple’s sixth iPod shuffle accessory and the first to sell for under $29.

“You knew it would happen; we did, too,” says Apple on its online store. “Why not purchase a set of Lanyard and Caps to replace yours that have gone missing?”

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1

If they knew it was going to happen why didn’t they possibly look for some way to possibly connect the cap to the actual unit?

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on May 2, 2005 at 8:07 AM (PDT)

2

And why do I need to buy a pack of four caps to replace the loss of one?  Why can’t I buy one cap for $3.00 instead?  How am I going to use all of these extra caps?

Posted by supercub on May 2, 2005 at 8:49 AM (PDT)

3

They sell you a pack of 4, because they also know that you’re going to lose at least 3 more!

Posted by Popjunkie in Singapore on May 2, 2005 at 9:13 AM (PDT)

4

I don’t know… still feels kind of expensive for me… maybe if I loose the original cap, I’d probably get a 3rd party one, one maybe that has a clip or something…

Posted by howwow in Singapore on May 2, 2005 at 9:29 AM (PDT)

5

note to self: Sticky tape is a good idea.

Posted by klang in Denmark on May 2, 2005 at 11:30 AM (PDT)

6

Someone’s bound to make just one cap, and get the plastic to match nicely. With or without Apple’s nice ball bearing clasp.

Then you’ll be able to buy just one… for $5.99 + shipping :D

Posted by Nagromme on May 2, 2005 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

7

Jon, because if they knew it was going to happen then they knew they could make a ton of extra cash by charging people $29 for 4 pieces of plastic and some string.

Posted by ACLeroK212 on May 2, 2005 at 11:47 AM (PDT)

8

^^^ edit:$19

Posted by ACLeroK212 on May 2, 2005 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

9

ACLeroK212, yeah… rhetorical question wink

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on May 2, 2005 at 3:04 PM (PDT)

10

Stop yer bitchin. You’d be complaining if you lost your caps and wanted original Apple replacement parts.

I’ve been wanting a replacement firewire port cover for 3 years!

Full size firewire ports were not meant to get dusty in a pocket…

Posted by minty on May 2, 2005 at 6:14 PM (PDT)

11

Also useful for when that nice white lanyard gets dirty/stained with sweat and sunscreen.

Posted by iPodGirl in Canada on May 3, 2005 at 12:19 AM (PDT)

12

a $20 cap-set for a $100 dollar product…
I’m not saying I wouldn’t market it if I weren’t apple, but…for the love of allah, if you’re going to get a replacement cap, buy a $3.00 third-party, and send the rest to my home address.

Posted by DerekJ in Iowa City, IA on May 3, 2005 at 8:03 AM (PDT)

13

This product allows people who steal iPod shuffles (with a quick tug)from those wearing them with the standard Apple lanyard to replace the cap!  And if you’re willing to steal a shuffle, why stop at 1, that’s why they packaged more caps:-)

Posted by pickme on May 3, 2005 at 8:20 AM (PDT)

14

this is criminal. the great ipod accessory daylight robbery scam.

Posted by mrbons on May 3, 2005 at 10:48 AM (PDT)

15

Up until now, if you lost the cap there was nothing you could do. If you find the cost prohibitive, you’re in the same position as before - don’t lose the cap

Posted by iPodG5 in Ireland on May 4, 2005 at 1:27 AM (PDT)

16

In all fairness, if they were to sell them singly, they’d probably make a loss on all they sell just through the logistics, credit card processing, packing etc.

They might not be able to sell them singly for less than, say, $8. In which case you’d all be moaning that they were to expensive to buy singly.

Apple can’t win with you guys, can they? :D

Posted by Pyrix on May 4, 2005 at 2:19 AM (PDT)

17

I agree that the design could have been improved but think it’s good that replacements are available at all. Have you seen what the standard charges are for replacing a lost or broken remote control? That’s pretty shabby too. When I buy flash drives, I look for the ones that are tethered by the unit and not the bloody cap.

Posted by LanceThruster on November 20, 2006 at 11:28 AM (PDT)

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