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Scosche unveils tapStick controller case for iPod shuffle 3G

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Scosche has introduced its new tapStick controller case for the third-generation iPod shuffle. Made from high-impact polycarbonate, the tapStick allows users to play, pause, adjust volume, skip tracks and navigate playlists using the shuffle’s VoiceOver feature, all from three integrated buttons on the case’s front. The tapStick connects to the shuffle via the headphone jack, and features a pass-through headphone port, allowing users to use the shuffle 3G with nearly any set of headphones; it also comes with a three-foot audio cable for connecting the unit to most stereo systems. Scosche’s tapStick controller case for the iPod shuffle 3G is available for pre-order now in black or white for $30, and is expected to ship the first week in July.

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1

So now for $120 total you can have all of the functionality of the old $40 shuffle.

Wow!

Posted by ort on June 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM (CDT)

2

@ort:  But it’s 4GB, handles multiple playlists, more audio types ... and, oh yeah, implements VoiceOver for actually speaking the interface to you (!).

Complain about the lack of buttons on the device if you want, but I think the headset controls are brilliant, and look forward to seeing more third-party solutions to allow for other headphone types, etc.  It seems that most of the nay-sayers haven’t actually _used_ a new shuffle; try it before you diss it…

Posted by SomeOne_1 on June 6, 2009 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

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I haven’t used the new shuffle… but I have used Apple’s earbuds, which actually cause me physical pain after about 45 minutes of use.

The new shuffle could hover next to me, balance my checkbook, translate foreign languages and vaporize mosquitos with a laser and it would still be worthless to me if I had to use those headphones.

Posted by ort on June 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM (CDT)

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@ort

LOL!

What would be nice though is to have an adapter that YOU could speak into for total voice control.  That would be something I would buy.  Oh, and integrate bluetooth while your at it.

Posted by Olternaut on June 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM (CDT)

5

Just got one and want to return it! 

it looks like crap plastic and does not feel like you are holding an apple product anymore.

the 3 function buttons on its face are really not really that great.  The centre button is called a multi function button which work exactly like the shuffle earbuds.  Click once pause, two clicks advance one song etc… same asd the buds nothing more. 

The shuffle has be turned on before it slides into the sleeve and cannot be turn off without removing the shuffle. 

chaging the shuffle can only happen when you remove it from the tapstick

the only really benifits to this is any earbud will work now and that you can connect to any external speakers for shuffle to work. 

Good thing it is about 25 bucks only but really not worth that.

sorry and it is only availible in the states.  they will not ship to canada. I had to send it to a po box.

Posted by Funnyunkle on September 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM (CDT)

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