That's what eBay is for Someone is going to to buy a few hunders of these and are try selling them in there virtual eBay Shop. Perhaps not right away. But, We already saw the 'Plays For Sure™ Shuffle' on eBay only days after it made it's debute here on the Lounge.

This being more (or less), a legitimate piece of Hardware (given that the proprietary 'Dock-Connector' has not been licenced from Apple), is a mear techocality It would be intreasting to see what the 'Outout Rateings' fo this thing is like. Is it the same as the older IEEE139a Chargers (+12VDC 1.0A 12W) or is this a newer USBx.x spec Charger that only runs (+5VDC 0.5A 5W). And yes there is a difference!

Posted by Ichijoe on March 23, 2005 at 1:39 AM (PDT) Comment 1

I found them on eBay already. Just search for Capdase iPod AC Adapter.

Posted by AndyH on March 23, 2005 at 4:11 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Or since the ipod charger thing can run on 110-220V you can just buy a $.10 adapter.....

Posted by allforcarrie on March 23, 2005 at 5:54 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Spell/grammar check Ichijoe.... wink

On another note, I think its pretty lame that Apple is removing all the extras out of the boxes for the sake of saving a few pennies here and there. I think for all of the white iPods, they should still include the normal stuff that originally came with most of the older models such as a case, dock, remote and other things. They should just strip down the offerings for the mini and shuffle models. It seems like Apple is losing their original mission statement of making really nice, somewhat expensive niche products. In reality now all they are doing is making them more affordable for the average user, so now everyone who had their stuff a long time ago, doesn't feel as special. Its kind of like when BMW introduced the 318ti in America. Now everyone can own a [stripped down] BMW, but those who had one before that model came out, won't really feel as special. Oh well, what can you do?

Posted by christomapher on March 23, 2005 at 7:36 AM (PDT) Comment 4

Chris - it does suck that they are removing extras from iPods to save a few pennies, but shareholders aren't necessarily concerned with how "special" their base customers feel. Puff Daddy said it best: It's all about the Benjamins baby...

Posted by bobarito on March 23, 2005 at 9:56 AM (PDT) Comment 5

Its available in the UK at £19.99 from here . A reputable shop on and offline. Does this bump it up? My Sis has just got the 2g iPod mini as a present, so I think this might be one for her.

Posted by cool'n'funky on March 23, 2005 at 3:37 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I always look to Puffy for my economic outlook.

Posted by Dingleberry on March 23, 2005 at 5:36 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Christo: BMWs suck. Do it right, buy a Porsche. wink

Bobarito: Shareholders DO care, but only up to a certain point. They're not dummies; they realize a company has to keep customers happy enough or they won't be back. Word of mouth turns sour. Long term outlook goes down, stock goes down.

Frankly, the oem charger is overpriced for what it does; by removing it from the Mini's base packaging, all Apple is doing is trying to protect their earlier price points established for the 1G Mini and the charger itself. Their subcontractor has made millions of these things by now; one would think the unit cost would've shrunk to a pittance by this point in the charger's product life.

Posted by flatline response on March 24, 2005 at 5:09 AM (PDT) Comment 8

It can be improved if a car connector can be included,that is portable.

Posted by TheCritic on March 24, 2005 at 5:24 AM (PDT) Comment 9

I like that Apple has removed some of the Accessories and dropped the prices accordingly.

I have been thinking about upgrading my 3G, and now I can do it without having to buy more of the same cables that I won't need. If you want the accessories, they're right there on the shelf next to the iPods, and the end cost will be the same as if they were all bundled together.

This is an incredibly flexible format Apple has gone to and all people can do is gripe about it.

If they took out the extras, bud did not drop the price, then complain. As it is now, it really is the best possible scenario for the consumer - it's like being able to order a computer, but change the options to suit your individual needs. Astounding.

Posted by pickme on March 24, 2005 at 6:35 AM (PDT) Comment 10

Very true pickme.

Posted by christomapher on March 27, 2005 at 9:53 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I am from HK. This adaptor cost me HKD 250 while the Apple standard is HKD 220. So which I should go?

Posted by WnK on April 3, 2005 at 1:19 AM (PDT) Comment 12

Wow Pickme you have a 3G. Well good for you!!! So by you logic anyone who'd be buying there first iPod (whatever), will be screwedover becuause they should already own all those Devices! Wow now thats what I call Bloody Thinking!!!

Posted by Ichijoe on April 5, 2005 at 2:19 AM (PDT) Comment 13

Dear cool'n'funky,

The GBP19.99 list price of this item at Micro Anvika is way more than what we (the only Authorized Online Reseller for Capdase) sell this item for (USD28.34).

Even if you include the shipping & handling that means you're paying Micro Anvika GBP23.94 (approx. USD44.84) compared to ours USD40.32.

Posted by Vinko Tsui on April 5, 2005 at 3:29 AM (PDT) Comment 14

In australia i got mine at streetwise hawthorn at just AU$39.95 (in May 05).......! I don't mean to advertise, i'm not affiliated with em, although they have sent me a lot of junk mail in the post over the past couple of years even though i've never even bought anything from them...........I just thought it was really good value, considering i was ALMOST about to buy an apple one with an extra apple usb connector cable. That would've been $50 + $35 = $85 and that doesn't include the extra worldwide addon plugs. If you include the extra plugs apple sells for AU$55, it adds up to $140!!

Also, the guy on the phone warned me that the dock connector (the plug that fits into the bottom of the ipod or the back of the ipod dock) was unstable and would go off or on if you bent it up and down. I bought it to go with the ipod mini dock, and although it didn't click in the back of the dock, it worked perfectly! Plus, I plugged it in the ipod mini (it clicked) and it worked! I bent it up and down, and indeed it did go off and on a TINY TINY bit, but if you don't bend/touch it and just leave it on the desk or whatever it works absolutely fine! I tried bending it on the ipod mini dock, and it didn't go off and on, but then i didn't want to encourage it either since it was workin fine and i stopped

This isn't a cheap of-old-china "Made in China" product, go into a store and see inside the box for yourself! It isn't as good as the ipod charger I don't think, but who wants to pay for that usb interconnection of plugs between the power unit and the cable?? what's the value to the consumer? you don't have to carry around a cable if you go camping and have the sudden urge to plug the ipod into a computer? It's just a charger, and you shouldn't have to grab the cable off the computer

thumbs up guys! good prices are welcome for a change!

(I'd give this buy--including price i paid--an A. if the bending thing didn't happen and it was available at every where an ipod was sold i'd certainly give an A+)

Posted by cheesiegene241 on May 21, 2005 at 3:09 AM (PDT) Comment 15
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