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ShuffleBud USB adapter for 2G iPod shuffle announced

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, December 4, 2006
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Incipio has announced the ShuffleBud, a tiny USB to 3.5mm adapter that allows you to connect a second-generation iPod shuffle to any USB port without having to use the new iPod Shuffle Dock. “The iPod ShuffleBud ($6) is the perfect travel companion, taking up virtually no space in a bag or pocket,” says Incipio. “No need to haul around the Dock and cables that came with your iPod Shuffle, just pack the ShuffleBud and a user all set.”

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1

does this device work with other ipods too?

Posted by question on December 4, 2006 at 2:59 PM (PDT)

2

I think not, it seems to use the audio-jack input, like the dock that it comes with but without the cord.

Posted by michael belcher on December 4, 2006 at 3:02 PM (PDT)

3

Michael - I think that is the whole point - that is, so you don’t have to carry the dock around and the shuffle can also be used as a USB drive, which was one of the appealing features of the 1G Shuffle for many people.

The price point of $6 sounds pretty close to the mark for this item.

Posted by syddave on December 4, 2006 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

4

At $6, the price is definitely right as an accessory to a $79 iPod.

Posted by dodo on December 4, 2006 at 7:30 PM (PDT)

5

This add-on could become essential to the ipod shuffle line. I am surprised Apple didn’t release something like this. It makes the shuffle more portable.

Posted by Spector on December 4, 2006 at 7:32 PM (PDT)

6

Could I assume that using this adapter would also allow me to use the shuffle as a drive (disc use)?

Posted by Shawmaan on December 4, 2006 at 7:48 PM (PDT)

7

Shawmaan-
You are currently allowed to use the shuffle for disk use. In the settings, it allows the user to decide how much is wanted for disk use and how much for music use. I assume this add-on would keep these settings available.

Posted by Sean on December 4, 2006 at 8:56 PM (PDT)

8

my first gripe is with the product description. 

“No need to haul around the Dock and cables that came with your iPod Shuffle”

haul around?  not even close.  dock and cables?  wrong again.

second, this accessory is pointless you can get a 1GB flash drive for this much (after rebate).

Posted by zip22 on December 4, 2006 at 9:15 PM (PDT)

9

Hey Zip22

But can you pull that 1GB flash drive out and plug in head phones and listen to music ?

Posted by Mike on December 4, 2006 at 9:53 PM (PDT)

10

it doesn’t need to.  you would carry both.  just like you would be carrying both the shuffle and the adapter.

a point was brought up to me at head-fi.  charging.  that is the reason i could understand someone buying this, and for that it is overpriced.

Posted by zip22 on December 4, 2006 at 11:01 PM (PDT)

11

The design philosophy we feel is a good one, being that we highly possibly were the ones to initiate it. The idea is to have a KEY-chain device that allows you thumb drive access but also shuffle charging while “traveling”. http://ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/thought-out-discloses-the-key-for-ipod-shuffle-2g/
More importantly is the implementation by accessory design and manufactures that I question. http://thoughtout.biz/podcast/2006/12/05/key-development-plans-for-ipod-shuffle-2nd-generation/
The APPLE has some electronic circuitry in their dock for a reason.

Posted by thoughtout on December 5, 2006 at 4:34 AM (PDT)

12

I can’t believe so many are whining about a 6 dollar add on. I think it’s a great idea, and kudos for making it cheap.

Posted by Bethany Heck on December 5, 2006 at 9:16 AM (PDT)

13

What the hell does “We are also including a similar fail safe so that the KEY’s USB to stereo jack connection cannot be accidentally engaged with nothing other than the iPod, as does APPLE” mean, thoughtout?  Unfortunately, your product is 5 times the price of this, and supposedly won’t be out for a few months.  I don’t expect many people will want to shell out $22 for something that does the same thing as a $6 device, regardless of your marketing copy.

Posted by some dude on December 5, 2006 at 9:42 AM (PDT)

14

I think this product is great because you do not have to carry the docking station around.  The price is fair as well.  What I don’t like is that you cannot play music and charge like the previous shuffle.

Posted by ca-av on December 5, 2006 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

15

Six bucks is too much? There are some really cheap souls posting in this thread. Damn, I’d be lucky to get a sandwich and drink from the deli downstairs for $6.

As for whether or not it’s actually worthy tech that really works, the buying public will find out soon enough, eh, thoughtout? Geez, I’d hate to have this thing eat into your profit margin…

Posted by flatline response on December 5, 2006 at 12:14 PM (PDT)

16

Here is $3.

I am sure that you can use this for shuffle 2nd G


http://www.jetmall.net/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=225

Posted by jj on December 5, 2006 at 2:02 PM (PDT)

17

there’s no description for the product from jetmall. Kind of shady. Besides shipping is like 8.50, so the total comes out to be a little more expensive

Posted by peter griffin on December 5, 2006 at 2:08 PM (PDT)

18

This looks like a very good and useful product at a cheap price. I want one!

Posted by drevo_uk in UK on December 5, 2006 at 3:01 PM (PDT)

19

There is still no audio-out while charging though

Posted by anti-luddite on December 5, 2006 at 3:12 PM (PDT)

20

Many Korean Have used the Cowon’s.

I want to say that $6 is still high price

Look….

http://www.withipod.net/bbs/zboard.php?id=community_ipod_board&page=1&sn1;=&divpage=3&sn=off&ss=on&sc=off&keyword;=¼ÅÇÃ&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=18130

Posted by jj on December 5, 2006 at 3:31 PM (PDT)

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