Business Week looked at the report from iSuppli, and the tear down of the new iPod shuffle reveals that the player only contains $22 worth of components, including packaging. Half the cost is estimated to come from two Samsung components: the main controller chip, and the 4GB of flash memory, costing about $6 each.
If you recently picked up the newest iPod Shuffle and have yet to find a suitable case for it, you just might need to check out the Action Jacket Sports Case from DLO. This case was designed specifically for the Shuffle and it makes exercising or general hands-free music listening a snap.
For those of you who poke fun at Apple's design philosophy, you have some new joke material. Not to be outdone by the single button concept on the iPhone, Apple has created a device with ZERO buttons. The new iPod Shuffle concept might just fool you for an Onion story: no buttons, proprietary headphones, and next you're going to tell me it talks to me too, right?
Worried about your brand new iPod Shuffle getting scratched up? Have no fear, iLuv has just announced their new iPod shuffle cases for protecting that absurdly small aluminum piece of fun. The best part is that the iLuv Shuffle cases come in different colors, so if you found the silver or black color a little boring, you can dress up that iPod in white, pink, blue or black from the four pack of silicone cases. Also available are clear and tinted black cases in the two pack.
While many people are still arguing over Apple's decision to go with complicated headphones for the new iPod shuffle 3G, others are bemoaning the obvious lack of color in Apple's life. Silver and black are all well and good, but the iPod shuffle 3G certainly benefits from a blast of new paint; that's what Computer Choppers think, anyway, and so they're offering the rainbow of shuffles you see here.
So far the most prevalent iPod shuffle 3G accessories we've seen have been headphones with in-line controls. However Dexim are addressing another part of the iPod shuffle experience: syncing across your music. Their bizarrely named Shu-Lip adapter lets you connect your shuffle up via USB without needing to carry a long cable.
After speculation that Apple was using the new iPod shuffle 4GB to launch an "authentication chip" which only licensed headphones would offer, Apple themselves and a number of third-party accessory manufacturers have spoken up about the smallest iPod's hardware. V-moda, Monster Cable and Scosche have all described it as a "control chip", which uses the microphone channel in the four-channel headphones to send multiple commands: play, pause, volume control and more.
For something so small, the new iPod shuffle 3G is causing a whole lot of commotion. Argument around Apple's tiniest PMP is centering on the control system, which has been shifted from the body of the shuffle itself to an in-line pod in the headphones. Now there's talk of an "authentication chip" buried inside the shuffle that will act as "headphone DRM", with Apple insisting on licensing fees from any third-party manufacturer wanting to make compatible accessories.