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More aluminum iPod shuffle cases spring up

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, March 10, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

picYS Design is offering two new iPod shuffle cases made form machined aluminum. The Japan-based company has recently released the HardCase Simple and the HardCase G5, which resembles the design of Apple’s Power Mac G5. While there are no apparent plans to offer them in the US or other countries, the $60 cases will begin shipping April. They can be used with a wrist strap, require a female USB cord or adapter, and weigh about 30g. The HardCase Simple can be engraved on the front or back with up to 10 characters for an extra $5. A basic image can be engraved for about $20 more.

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How about a aluminum case that looks like my G5 for my full size iPod. Now that would be sweet!

Posted by Derek in Chicago, IL on March 10, 2005 at 12:40 PM (PDT)


Looks a bit like Helixipod’s case…..  Hope his are i production soon…

Posted by AndyDK in USA on March 10, 2005 at 1:42 PM (PDT)


Oh, where have i seen one of those cases before? *cough* helixipod *cough*. The plain one looks just like his.

Posted by iPodNod in London, UK on March 10, 2005 at 2:44 PM (PDT)


Does anyone think I could use this for the ‘Plays For Sure™’ Shuffle from LuxPro??

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 2:47 PM (PDT)


The ideal case for a rip-off Super Shuffle…...>:o(

Posted by MadPict in UK on March 10, 2005 at 3:20 PM (PDT)


if you ask me, this thin looks worse that helixipod’s,  he had the sense to have the screws in the back and it looked alot thinner too.

Posted by ogvor on March 10, 2005 at 3:45 PM (PDT)


This is really nice.  i really just wish that it will be available in Asia. if you have a powerbook this would be a great match!

Posted by MiniShuffle in Philippines on March 10, 2005 at 4:04 PM (PDT)


$60?? bleh… wish i had my own machine shop.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on March 10, 2005 at 4:26 PM (PDT)


every company just seems to want to take a bit of this giant apple.

Posted by frankthetank on March 10, 2005 at 4:32 PM (PDT)


wasn’t the site linked above not a Japanese Website? How far into Asia did you want it to get!?!?!

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 4:47 PM (PDT)


Helix’s case kicks this one’s butt.  The other user above was right; this makes the Shuffle look fat & squatty.  Helix’s complimented the shape of the shuffle quite well, and kept the simplicity, with rear-mounted screws.

Posted by SPThom on March 10, 2005 at 10:59 PM (PDT)


What am I missing here…this case does have screws on the rear, according to these pics:

Posted by AndyH in Berwyn, PA on March 11, 2005 at 3:49 AM (PDT)


I believe Helixipod’s case won´t go into production, a single man operation running a CAD/CAM machine with such attention to details would be much more expensive than ysdesign´s model. It´s a good example of skill but not a profitable product.

Posted by grtorrest on March 11, 2005 at 5:01 AM (PDT)


it’d be profitable if he used something like [url=][/url]

Posted by ACLeroK212 on March 11, 2005 at 6:04 AM (PDT)


iPodLounge, didn’t one of your staff say something to Helixipod about helping him protect his design by not reviewing anything that was an obvious rip-off while he was getting his design into production? I understand this is a review, but it DOES seem like a ripoff.

What is the status of his cases anyway? I reviewed the big thread and saw that he had tentative pricing, but WHEN will his cases be available?

Posted by Prudence in Somerville, MA on March 11, 2005 at 6:16 AM (PDT)


Hopefully, Helixipod will at least have his site up soon.  Either way, since this on eis not available in the US, it makes no difference!!  Since the helixipod thread was closed, I have not heard a thing!!!  Beuhler, anybody, Beuhler?

Posted by AndyDK in USA on March 11, 2005 at 8:27 AM (PDT)


Now this is neat.
See ya helixpod.
This is how a good design should look

Posted by busybusy on March 11, 2005 at 11:37 AM (PDT)


that’s not nice.

i think helixpod’s is much nicer, and i plan on getting one when it’s available. it’s also gonna be more fairly priced than that ripoff of $60.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on March 11, 2005 at 11:42 AM (PDT)


oh dear - did i hit a nerve?

Posted by busybusy on March 11, 2005 at 2:24 PM (PDT)


just the middle one

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on March 11, 2005 at 4:08 PM (PDT)

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