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meanoldman
06-09-2010, 01:12 PM
I am thinking about getting an iPod shuffle; but I hate hate hate ear buds.

Am I going to have to buy the Nano or Touch if I want to use headphones that are not earbuds? Looks like all the controls for the Shuffle are built in to the earbud headphones.

Acsenray
06-09-2010, 01:21 PM
Just out of curiosity, what kind of headphones do you use?

jasg
06-09-2010, 01:24 PM
If you use something like this (http://www.belkin.com/ipod/shuffle/), your headphone options are almost limitless.

meanoldman
06-09-2010, 02:27 PM
Just out of curiosity, what kind of headphones do you use?

Usually just cheap, light, thin padded, over the ears, over the head ones. Nothing fancy. Just not crammed into the ear canal like ear buds.

meanoldman
06-09-2010, 02:30 PM
If you use something like this (http://www.belkin.com/ipod/shuffle/), your headphone options are almost limitless.

This looks interesting indeed. That does increase my options greatly.

Baracus
06-09-2010, 03:00 PM
This looks interesting indeed. That does increase my options greatly.
I looked at that and just want to point out that it did not exactly get rave reviews (http://store.apple.com/us/reviews/TW952VC/A?mco=MTcwNjMxMzI) on the Apple site.

jasg
06-09-2010, 06:38 PM
If you use something like this (http://www.belkin.com/ipod/shuffle/), your headphone options are almost limitless.

I looked at that and just want to point out that it did not exactly get rave reviews (http://store.apple.com/us/reviews/TW952VC/A?mco=MTcwNjMxMzI) on the Apple site.Whew! I retract my suggestion. I should know not to trust press releases.

jasg
06-09-2010, 06:52 PM
Here are similar devices from Griffin (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/headphone-control-adapter) and two (http://scosche.com/products/sfID1/210/sfID2/343/productID/1849) from Scosche (http://www.scosche.com/products/sfID1/210/sfID2/343/productID/1726) - but check out the reviews first.

Khendrask
06-10-2010, 05:49 AM
Hrm... Is the shuffle that different from the iPhone? I know the iPhone has the buds with the 4 pin plug, to handle the volume controls and other, but I've had absolutely no problem with using my much favored, 3 conductor plug Bose QC3 headset with the iPhone. Sure, I don't have the volume control, but that's not a biggie for me.

I don't use any adapters at all, just plug the normal 1/8 stereo plug into the iPhone, and go.

scr4
06-10-2010, 07:25 AM
Hrm... Is the shuffle that different from the iPhone?

Yes. As the OP implied, the controls for the Shuffle are only on the earphone.

Si Amigo
06-10-2010, 07:35 AM
Guess I hadn't kept up with shuffle "technology" lately and did not realize that they removed the controls from the shuffle. Did they pass on a cost savings to anybody when they took all of that expensive hardware out of the assembly. Damn thing must only cost pennies to make now . . .

My old shuffle works great with my Bose QC3's as well, sell them both to ya at a good price. :D

SenorBeef
06-10-2010, 10:28 AM
I had this same issue a while ago (well, a touch and not a shuffle) and none of the inline devices that puts a control box seemed to be well rated. I have no idea why - I mean, it's a product with widespread appeal and is very simple - no one can build a decent one? Are we so much of a walmart/chinese/cheap as possible society that we won't pay an extra buck for something that won't break in 3 weeks?

I ended up going with Klipsch S4i IEMS (http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Image-S4i-Headset-ear/dp/B00264GYMG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276183636&sr=8-1) which have the controls built in. They're good. I realize you say you don't want something you have to "cram into your ear canal" but IEMs actually do sit in your ear canal, unlike earbuds which just hang around outside wedged between whatever that cartiledge is called. Anyway, I thought IEMs would be uncomfortable because it's weird sticking things in your ears, but the S4i IEMs were surprisingly comfortable - much more than any earbud I've used.

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