iSupply: iPod Shuffle's components costs only 28% of its retail price

From BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl: All told, the cost of the shuffle’s components, the headphones, and the packaging it ships in comes to $21.77, according to iSuppli’s estimates. That’s about 28% of the device’s retail price. The smaller the component cost as a percentage of price, the higher the potential profit. This suggests the per-unit profit […]

Is the Shuffle headphone Chip a MEMS microphone?

The tiny chip inside the new iPod Shuffle’s headphone control module turned out to be for “transmission” rather than hardware authentication. Leaving it at that, however, ignores Apple’s capacity for clever design. Perhaps it has a trick up its sleeve, one that would add a useful feature to the control-less new iPod Shuffle: voice control. […]

Beautiful skins for your iPod Shuffle

There’s already a thriving market of attractive artist-conceived stickers to slap on your iPod. Gelaskins is probably the premiere repository, offering you the ability to turn your iPod or iPhone into anything from a beautiful woodcut of an Audrey Kawasaki nymphet to a DAP made entirely of exposed nerve endings. Where Gelaskins lacks options, though, […]

Philips introduces new Shuffle-sized MP3 players with built-in display

Philips has just introduced its new line of Shuffle-sized MP3 players and I rather like them. With names like the SA2845, the SA2825, the SA2840 and the SA2820, the branding is execrable — the usual sluicing of random alphanumeric characters through the corporate drainage shunt. But they come with 2GB-4GB worth of storage, have FM-radio […]

The Bevy: Bottle-Opening iPod Shuffle Keychain

This keychain-borne iPod Shuffle case, called “The Bevy” includes an integrated bottle open positioned just over the hole for the controls. You might thing it likely to scuff up your Shuffle just looking at it, but the Bevy doesn’t actually work until you remove the iPod first. You can wind your headphones around the outside […]