Why Apple's New iPod Shuffle Isn't Consumer Friendly

Why Apple's New iPod Shuffle Isn't Consumer Friendly

Update: It turns out the special chips used in the headphone controls of the third generation Shuffle don’t contain any DRM after all, so any attempts at reverse-engineering won’t bring on the wrath of the DMCA.

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/12/sure-the-talking-menu-feature-of/

Sure, the talking-menu feature of the new iPod Shuffle is kind of cool, but if you don’t want to use the earbuds that come bundled with it, you’re going to have to buy an adapter, and “assuming the adapter will cost between $20 and $30 like most other Apple accessories, you’re looking at minimum $100 outlay for the new shuffle.” [Engadget]