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Just got the case and one of the slider latches broke already!!! Now the case won’t really stay closed anymore. I'm going to try and get a replacement through Apple but I'm weary because I'm not sure what the warranty is.

Posted by kpribble on March 14, 2005 at 9:18 AM (PDT)

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I've had a similar problem to kpribble - pulled out the case from my jeans pocket, to discover part of the slider had snapped off in my pocket. Now the slider won't remain in the shut position - and even when it is, the case offers considerably less protection against water.

Really weird as there was nothing else in the pocket, nor has the sports case had to endure any real shocks.

Apart from that I've been delighted with it! But I've was rather surprised that something that is meant to offer such rugged protection broke so quickly!

Posted by Sloaney on March 15, 2005 at 6:00 AM (PDT)

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i just got mine in the mail today. i'm pretty excited. i've had it for about ten minutes and i have nothing falling apart to report of yet wink it is a little heavier than i had expected (or wanted) but that's fine...and i too was wondering about the whole orange deal, why not green? we'll never know. however, as with most things in life, it is what it is and i'm not going to wish it was more. i bought it because i wanted it and now i've got it. so i'm happy...

Posted by lifeisrandom in Waverly, IA on March 17, 2005 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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I've been wanting one since I bought my shuffle. Finally last week Circuit City recieved a few of them and I was lucky enough to get one. Now I don't have to worry about getting my shuffle dirty, greasy or scratched up while wearing it at work. Great design, simple attractive and solid feeling. I cut the easily smudged up white neck cord and replaced it with a military dog tag chain. The only difficulty I had was having to dig my shuffle out of the snug-fitting case when time came to download new music. I solved that problem my taking a carbide rotary tool and making a small groove on the bottom of the USB cover cap. Now I can use my thumbnail to get it out no problem. I love and I'm glad that they made something like that for such extreme uses.

Posted by SnippyHippie in North Carolina, USA on March 22, 2005 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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maybe the orange is to make it more "sporty"

Posted by Tom Daly in UK on March 26, 2005 at 1:09 PM (PDT)

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So, I contacted Apple and they are going to replace the case. Unfortunately, I have to send mine back before they'll put an order in for another one. Since they're on backorder, I'll have to wait a month or two to get it. In the meantime my shuffle has no protection. : (

Posted by kpribble on March 29, 2005 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

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I've had my Shuffle and Sport Case for about 3 weeks now. At first, I was a bit hesitant about the case, because it pretty much doubles the weight. But, since we're talking about the total weight of being around 2 ounces, it's really not a big deal.

I haven't had problems with the latches breaking, but then again I don't put it in my pocket.

I haven't had trouble getting the Shuffle out of the case. What I do is remove the headphones, open the case, switch the Shuffle to the "off" position, and then push on the rubber "play" button to help eject the Shuffle from the case.

I do find the lanyard to be on the long side, and will probably cut it off at some point. I'm considering bending some heavy gauge wire to make a "loop" for where the lanyard goes and using a small carabiner a la "SuperHook", but haven't gotten around to it.

I think that this case is great for active people who sweat or people who go out in the rain, but wouldn't really recommend it for the person who just casually listens to music in dry conditions. It's kind of overkill, and expensive at that! So what if your iPod gets a few nicks and scratches? Just get some of those Shuffle skins and cover the scratches up. But for protection from damp conditions, well I think that it's worth the money.

Posted by foobar on March 29, 2005 at 10:03 AM (PDT)

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kpribble, if you're not too concerned about water protection and just want something to keep your Shuffle from scratches, you might consider using something like a small Sunglass Bag.

Amazon has them for around $2.50 here .

Heck, you could probably make something like that yourself with a scrap of fabric if you are handy with needle and thread.

Anyway, if the bag's fabric is thin enough, you could probably still manipulate the controll buttons without taking it out of the bag.

At least, it would be temporary protection. I know that it's not as cool looking as the case though. grin

Posted by foobar on March 29, 2005 at 10:14 AM (PDT)

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I got a little tired of wearing the shuffle+sportcase around my neck all the time. I went to Wally World and got a cellphone swivel clip kit with the self-adhesive button that you would normally stick to the back of your phone. I stuck it to the back of my shuffle sport case near the top so I could wear it on my side and detach it quickly if need be. The kit I bought (Body Glove $8.00) also came with a clip that can be mounted to the dash of my truck. It's a quick simple idea if you want to carry your shuffle any other place besides your neck. You can find cheaper kits at any cellphone kiosk at the mall, and some convienence stores.

Posted by SnippyHippie in North Carolina, USA on April 5, 2005 at 7:51 AM (PDT)

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HEADPHONE EXTENDER = DONGLE

Kudos to Apple for making the Sport Case durable and water-resistant, but the required use of the headphone extender was my biggest annoyance. I've had 2 days to try out the Sport Case, and I will be returning it to the store for a full refund.

Part of the elegance of any iPod is its universal stereo headphone jack. With it, you have the ability to hook up to any sound unit - be it earbuds, headphones, portable speakers, home theater (provided you have a Y-wire), or a tape adapter (car stereo). I like being able to plug my Shuffle in all sorts of sound units - the speakers at work, the stereo at home, and the tape adapter in the car. The Sport Case's hole for the headphone jack is too small to fit your average sized stereo plug. As a work-around, you're given a dongle - the illustrious headphone extender which has a stereo plug narrow enough to fit through the Sport Case's hole. Once the extender is in place, you can connect your sound unit to the extender.

Some might say, "Quit whining and just leave the dongle at home, dumbass." This means I'd have to take my Shuffle out of the Sport Case everytime I want to plug in any kind of sound device. This completely goes against the original intention of keeping my Shuffle in a case where it's protected - for transporting, it can be placed inside the Sport Case, but when it actually comes time to play music, you have to take it out of the Sport Case leaving it completely exposed and unprotected. If you believe in Murphy's Law, the one time you leave it unprotected is exactly when some retard accidently drops his 20 oz. Coca-Cola on it.

The same argument above also applies to adjusting the power switch.

I will save my money until something better comes along*.

* - and in the meantime, my Shuffle will probably end up a victim of the 20 oz. coke. raspberry~

Posted by anonymous coward on April 17, 2005 at 12:26 AM (PDT)

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Hey. This is so nice it needs a case to protect it.

Posted by busybusy on April 19, 2005 at 6:59 AM (PDT)

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yet another rip-off from mr.jobs. thanks. your stuff rocks, but way too overpriced.

Posted by the_commanche on June 28, 2005 at 1:18 AM (PDT)

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