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PodGear ships Shuffle Station

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, May 5, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

imageUK-based PodGear today announced the immediate availability of the Shuffle Station, its new portable speaker system and charging dock for the iPod shuffle. Announced in March, the Shuffle Station can be powered by four AAA batteries or from an included AC adapter. It offers line-in and line-out ports, and folds flat for traveling.

“With a MSRP of just £34.99, the Shuffle Station has every feature a shuffle owner might need while away from their computer and is only £15 more expensive than the Apple AC USB charger, making it an extremely attractive package,” notes PodGear.

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Comments

1

but why did they have to make it upside down?

Posted by tom.b on May 5, 2005 at 9:56 AM (PDT)

2

how does it charge through the headphone jack???

Posted by petro on May 5, 2005 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

3

Xtrememac figured out how to get audio from the usb plug, PodGear should have done the same. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

Posted by ash8080 in Florida, USA on May 5, 2005 at 1:23 PM (PDT)

4

Well presumably PodGear have figured out how to charge it through the headphone jack - which appears to have the advantage that you can charge it while listening to it, which is not possible with the USB port.

I agree though, it looks awkward that it’s upside down. I hope Altec Lansing have a shot at a proper shuffle speaker system.

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on May 6, 2005 at 1:16 AM (PDT)

5

Yet another piece of desktop clutter. 100 years from now, iPod memorabilia collectors may think this thing is actually worth something, but for the NOW, I’m not seeing it (and guessing I don’t want to HEAR it, either).

Posted by flatline response on May 7, 2005 at 5:21 AM (PDT)

6

I’d be scared to try to listen to it, because pressing the buttons while it’s plugged into that thing is going to put alot of stress on the headphone jack, which is already pretty fragile.

This is just terrible, because it is possible, Magic Rabbits, to run audio through the USB connector, as displayed by the AirPlay for the iPod shuffle (http://www.xtrememac.com/adapters/airplay_shuffle.shtml)

I see no reason for this product to use the headphone jack. it makes it awkward to use, awkward to look at, and it’s probably going to crack the casing around the jack after a few months of use anyway. someone just needs to make a dock that charges and has an audio-out port. that’s all anyone needs.

Posted by jmaurand on May 8, 2005 at 10:22 AM (PDT)

7

Yes, I know about the USB line-out thing. What I’d *really* like is for someone to make an adaptor that has the USB socket at the top (for the shuffle to connect to), and underneath an iPod dock connector, connected to the line-out of the shuffle. Then I could plug that into my imMini speakers and it would work straight off. In fact, anyone could plug it into any iPod dock.

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on May 9, 2005 at 4:29 AM (PDT)

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