Well, difficult to replicate considering (I believe) the design is patented. However, the concept is not.

When I got my Ety 6i, I was concerned with the length of the cord. I e-mailed their customer service to see if the cord could be shortened in anyway -- by them or another electricition or what not. They didn't recommend that, but sent me two kinds of wraps -- one from Sumajin and one from who knows else. The other one sucked -- very flimsy, the design was awkward in my pocket. The Sumajin one though was a much better fit -- and does look pretty good I thought.

Posted by Gatsby003 on January 21, 2005 at 7:58 AM (PDT) Comment 1

We didn't mean it in the "replicate and sell it" sort of way - just that you could make something similar for your own use if you tried. Yes, the company's site does say that they're design-protected.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on January 21, 2005 at 8:43 AM (PDT) Comment 2

You are right, this is a very simple concept, although it would be hard to replicate, $5 is a little too much for a peice of rubber.

Posted by answerplease on January 22, 2005 at 4:43 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I recently got a white for myself and purple for my sister-in-law. Previously I was using a velcro wrap to pick up the slack, but purchased the Smartwrap for ease of use and looks.

Posted by Keith Cannataro on January 22, 2005 at 11:32 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Might be useful for running with the armband on, instead of having a stream of cable waving along behind me. Are those grooves big/wide enough to take the sturdy cable of the Shure E2 earbuds?

Posted by ChrisMouse on January 23, 2005 at 3:24 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I thought this would be great, but it requires some amount of fidgeting. When you wrap the excess cord around it, you actually create a ball of weight, so it needs to be just right in order not to feel it tugging. I'm still trying to make it work because I think it has potential, but it isn't working that great for me yet.

Posted by bantock101 on January 25, 2005 at 9:55 AM (PDT) Comment 6

A style question. Clear or White?

Posted by KBrew on January 26, 2005 at 11:23 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I picked up a dozen ID badge clips. I snap it around a loop of the wires from my remote then I can clip it to my shirt or pants pocket, jacket, as needed. One on my remote and another for my shure phones. I think I paid $8.00 at an office supply store for the dozen in the impulse bin at the register.


Posted by Xtoast on January 27, 2005 at 4:32 AM (PDT) Comment 8

i found a better solution check this out,

Posted by ziza on February 4, 2005 at 10:23 AM (PDT) Comment 9

I've found that, for me at least, these aren't that great for headphones. Mine are the perfect length. But if you have a remote this is great. When I first got an ipod remote I hated how long the cord was and wrapped it around my ipod. Then I always had to unwrap it if I wanted to look at the screen and it sucked. So I stopped using the remote. But then I got a smartwrap and yay! The cord is thicker than that of the headphones but it still wraps around fine- and the total cord length from my ipod to my ears is only slightly longer as I could fit the whole remote cord around the smartwrap.

Posted by grumblecakes on February 25, 2005 at 10:42 AM (PDT) Comment 10

I find $5.00 - $10.00 at some vendors for a small piece of silicone that probably cost less than 10 cents to produce ludicrous. But of course the whole price point thing with iPod accessories is ridiculous. I use a twist tie from the grocery store to deal with extra cord length right now, although I've used a rubber band in the past.

Posted by btsculptor on April 19, 2005 at 7:13 AM (PDT) Comment 11

These guys ay Sumajin should be shuned like lepers of old. $5.00 for.001 worth of plastic redefines the whole idea of greed. There has to be a better cheaper way to deal with headphone cords. But, even if there isn't $5.00 is still way too much for this product.

Posted by frog on July 10, 2005 at 12:14 PM (PDT) Comment 12

I have several of these. I have the wraps for the earbuds... As well as a couple wraps from the USB/Power cords. I really like them. So, what if they're $5? They are very attractive and compliment the iPod nicely. I figure I'm paying a li'l extra for a perfect fit and snazzy colors.

As far as adding weight to the cord, that can be a pain 'cuz it can pull the buds outta your ears. So, I snap the very bottom end of the cord in one of the slots and THEN wrap. This way, the weight of teh cord and wrap is nearest the earbud jack. I tuck the iPod in a pocket and I have no problem.

Posted by Wog1970 on July 24, 2005 at 3:46 PM (PDT) Comment 13
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