Our Cat Would Quickly Render The New iPod Shuffle Pointless
Apple announced a new, “incredible” iPod Shuffle today. It’s smaller than ever before (a house key is larger), comes in grey and black metal, and has a new feature called “VoiceOver” that reads track and playlist names, making it easier to navigate through music without a screen. It’s 4GB of storage for $79.
But you know all that already – and why does the headline mention our cat? Well, Apple moved the Shuffle’s controls to the provided headphone cord. This may not seem like a big deal until one thinks about it further and realizes any pair of headphones not designed for the Shuffle has now been rendered useless.
Personally, this a deal-breaker. One of our cats has an annoying habit of chewing on plastic, in particular, headphone cables. My iPhone cable was destroyed within days of purchase.
I haven’t felt a need to replace it since it’s not integral to the functioning of the iPhone, and I can make do with any pair of earphones – we seem to have about four or five – well, only two, since the cat destroyed a few of those – from several years of iPod purchases (2 shuffles, a Nano, 2 minis, and an iPod video).
Then there’s my wife, who doesn’t like the fit of the provided Apple earphones. I guess she’s just out of luck.
Lastly, it seems replacement earphones are $29. That’s a very pricey cat snack. I can’t stomach spending more than $5 for an HDMI cable; are you kidding me?
The expensive, device-specific headphones combined with the increased price of $79 are nothing a calm, robotic voice can smooth over. I’m hitting skip on this one.