29 April 2005

[YUM] iPod shuffle SPAM Rosemary Canape

iPod shuffle SPAM rosemary canape

Found this over on finkbuild which is a blog I'm definitely gonna keep my eye on. They write:

Mike Davidson is giving away iPods via his ” Mike Industries iPod-A-Month Creativity Competition”.

This month’s challenge is to render an iPod Shuffle in food, and when I think of food, two things immediately come to mind: SPAM, and Jello. I have prepared a two course entry that starts you off with a SPAM and rosemary appetizer, followed by a pallette cleansing marshmallow-mint gelatin-cream dessert iPod. Wish me luck!

I would love to see more of this type of creativity. We had a cake and now spam.

22 April 2005

[WIN] Shufflehacks Photoshop Contest: Win a 1 Year Flickr Pro Account

shufflehacks photoshop contest

Announcing the "iPod shuffle and the Hacks of Tomorrow!" photoshop contest. Win a free 1 year flickr pro account.

Shufflehacks is proud to announce our first ever contest. What we want from you, our dear little hacksters, is what you might call a "virtual hack". We want you to photoshop the most extreme, craziest, weirdest, coolest, most unexpected, over-the-top, sweetest shufflehacks you can dream up. Dust off your thinking caps and run around in make-believe land for a while. After creating your masterpieces send them into us by April 30, 2005 and we will pick a winner. The winner gets their image on shuffle hacks and all entries will go into a flickr set for all to enjoy.

Mrs. Shufflehack and I will be judging mostly on creativity and freshesh. Photoshop skills are a plus but imagination counts much more.

What's in it for you you might ask? The winner will receive a free 1 year Pro account on flickr (a 24.95 value). What's flickr? In case you've been hiding under a rock for the last year or so flickr happens to be shufflehacks favorite photo service and what we use for many of our images on the blog.

-Entries must be 800 x 600 pixels or smaller in dimension. All entries must be in .jpg or .gif format.
-Email all entries to younkin3@yahoo.com with the subject line "flickr photoshop contest". One image per email although you may enter as many times as your wish.
-Include at least your name and email address in the email if you want to be considered for the prize. You may include other information such as home town etc. if you'd like.
-Include a title for the hack and any explanation you would like.
-Please keep your entries appropriate for all audiences as shufflehacks is a family friendly blog. All inappropriate entries will disqualify the submitter and entitle them to a big 'ol serving of bad karma.
-All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM (PST) April 30, 2005. Late entries will not be considered for the prize.
-The entries will be judged and winners announced the week following the close of the contest.
-Unless specifically requested otherwise by the submitter all entries will be posted on flickr with a share alike, non-commercial, attribution Creative Commons license.

21 April 2005

[HAK] UPDATE: ShuffleDeck becomes ShuffleMount: Tape Adapter + iPod shuffle Mount


You may remember our previous post about the the Tape adapter + iPod shuffle idea. Looks like he's at it again.

Roland writes in:

Here is an update on the ShuffleDeck. It seems that it cannot be done because the tape adapter contains gears inside. Apparently, both the wheels have to turn or else the tape player will reject the device. The gears take up too much room, so it seems that the Shuffle will be unable to fit. But I have not yet abandoned the idea of using a tape deck, so now we have the ShuffleMount !

As you can see from the video [direct .mpg video link], this device uses the tape deck for play through and holding the iPod. Now playing the Shuffle through your car is a simple snap in. No cords to mess with, or radio stations to adjust. Just snap it in!

This is quite a slick hack! This is why I love this blog! The creativity of our hackster readers never ceases to amaze me. Great job Roland! This seems like something that would make a great product. It also looks simple enough for our readers to create.

Any plans for making a few of these and selling them Roland? Maybe I just need to start up a company to help shufflehacksters sell their wares. We could create our own cottage industry. I know I have my shufflephones idea I would like to realize as a real product someday. Just an idea.

I've added a flickr set with stills from Roland's video if you can't get the video to work or just like pictures better.

19 April 2005

[DIY] Baking Soda Can iPod shuffle Dock


Nuno Henriques writes in:

I just want to tell you about my DIY iPod Shuffle dock i've made. It's
a Royal Baking Soda hack and it's probably the first portuguese iPod
dock ever! ;) ;) ;) And it's fully functional and very on-a-budget !

You can check it at ipodportugal or a bigger picture

Keep up the good work!

P.S. - your blog rocks! It was thank to him that I managed to start my
own iPod blog :D

We're flattered that we've caused another iPod blog to come into existence! Give his blog a view and thanks again for the hack Nuno! Now we need a "How-To" guide!

Also see: clay dock.

18 April 2005

[REQ] Help Wanted: Hacking a Tape Adapter to Hold an iPod shuffle

Shuffle tape deck concept

Reader Roland Saekow sent in this request:

Love the site. I've got a hack for you. I'm a bit pressed for time, but basically I need the community to help out on this one. I was looking at the tape deck in my car the other day and the shuffle. The way to get them connected of course is to use a tape deck converter. But then I tried something: could the iPod fit in the tape deck? So it would merely be a sense of snapping the iPod shuffle into an adapter and then slipping it into the deck?

Yes! Here [direct .mp4 download link] is the video showing a proof of concept. It fits and won't get rejected by the machine. So I need some people to go buy some tape deck converters and make it happen. Myself, I have ordered two from allelectronics.com for $5 a piece. But if others wanted to start on it, all they need is a soldering iron to melt away part of the tape and a little wire splicing! I'll contact you again when the working one is done!

I think this is an awesome idea. I can't wait to see the updates. One problem I foresee is that unless we take the audio from the USB plug, (which I haven't figured out how to do) there isn't room for a headphone plug in the current concept. Perhaps the shuffle could be placed diagonal to accommodate the plug. I'm sure you hacksters can figure it out. (I'm retarded. If I had actually looked at the picture I would have seen it is already in the right position.)

Please post (and read) comments about this and send in your attempts

UPDATE: Here's an updated concept image to chew on:

14 April 2005

[DIY] iPod shuffle Gum Case Hack 2 - Juicyfruit Edition


Tobias from Sweden sent us a link to his sweet (pun intended) Juicyfruit iPod shuffle case. I think this one is very well constructed.

Tobias says "No need for the holes to control my shuffle, I can operate it anyway. It just messes up the design."

He some very nicely taken (ahem, all your photos should look this good people!) photos on this page. Keep up the sweet mods Tobias. We can't wait to see more.

[YUM] iPod shuffle cake!


Gizmodo posts: "Danny Sohayda’s wife had baked nearly the perfect cake, but at the last moment realized she didn’t have enough icing to draw a screen."

[via gizmodo]

[DIY] iPod shuffle "Cozy" from Gum Packaging


A member of our iPod_shuffle Yahoo! group sent in a link to these instructions on how to build an iPod case from gum packaging they found in a post on craftster. In addition to making yout shuffle a bit incognito I suppose you get the added advantage of having your shuffle smell like bubble gum (mmmm), or mint, or (insert your favorite gum here).

Reminds me of our post on shuffle decals that simulate gum packages.

The person who sent in the link stated that they didn't want to call it a "cozy" because it made them think of kleenex holders and stuff that your grandma undoubtedly has. Personally I am waiting for someone to make a proper iPod shuffle cozy out of yarn and using the needles and such.. what is that called? Knitting? I'm not sure. If you can whip one up please send me a link!

11 April 2005

[HAK] Use Your iPod shuffle without Using iTunes


TUAW posted: "You’ll have to have a fairly recent installation of Python running on OS X for it to work, but if you have wished that you could simply drag your MP3s over to your iPod shuffle without having to launch iTunes, then iPod shuffle Database Builder is for you. An added benefit of using this tool is that it enables you to use the iPod shuffle on as many computers as you like without having to pair it again and again to a new iTunes Music Library. Even better, the program is only 8k and will work on any OS with Python installed, so there’s no reason not to put a copy on the iPod shuffle itself."

[via Engadget]

10 April 2005

[HAK] Shufflephone 3.0 - The Integrated Version


This daring individual took my Shufflephones ideas to the next level! Here we have a pair of headphones with the iPod shuffle integrated into them. They give a detailed account of the construction here. Still don't have their name so if you're out there intrepid hacker please send me your name so you can get your hacker cred!

[link: larissa.nestyra.com]

[related posts: shufflephones 1.0 shufflephoens 2.0]

09 April 2005

[DIY] iPod Stand From iPod shuffle Packaging

iPod stands built out of iPod packaging have been floating around the internets for awhile. At last we have our own version. Carson sent in link to a template for building your own iPod shuffle stand using the iPod shuffle packaging. Download original pdf. I also created a gif version if .pdf is not your bag.

[link Lists and Diagrams]

Update: It's an iPod stand, not an iPod shuffle stand. Looks like we still need our own version.

[DIY] Bouncy iPod shuffle Clippy Thingie

ipod Shuffle

Reader Alec Gouldin sent in his quick and dirty version of a DIY shuffle clip utilizing one of his daughter's hair rubberbands and a name badge clip. Total cost about ¢20.

[link The Jumpcut]

06 April 2005

[MAK] Hack Challenge: Create a shuffle hack using a ziplock bag

[Photo: Ziplock by danna]

After a comment made in the iPod_shuffle yahoo group I thought I'd challenge our shufflehacks readers to create a shufflehack utilizing a ziplock bag. Get your creative juices flowing the send us your ziplockbag hacks! I'll choose my favorite and post it up here.

03 April 2005

[BUZ] iPod shuffle best sounding mp3 player of all time?

[photo by jimyounkin]

Bill Machrone wrote a fantastic article over on pcmag that claims that the iPod shuffle is not only the best sounding iPod but also the best sounding audio player out there! He does some pretty convincing audio testing to prove his point. Also be sure to check out his companion article which pours over all the nitty-gritty test details. I have to say I was a little surprised. I knew the shuffle was inexpensive and very portable but the best sounding? Bonus! This should make our loseless guy pretty happy!

[link: pcmag]

01 April 2005

[FUN] The iTunes phone revealed at last!

MobileMusicBlog has exclusive pictures of Motorola's iTunes phone. April 1st sure is a busy day for fews.

[BUZ] New iPod shuffles will come in 3 colors + FM tuner

I can't really say where I got this. Let's just say that the U2 edition iPod isn't the only black and red iPod anymore. Also look out for FM tuner and voice recording features in future iPod shuffles.

[DIY] Shuffle Case from Shuffle Packaging

While working on another shuffle hack I came to the realization that I could create a perfectly good case for the iPod shuffle on my own. The ingredients: the iPod shuffle packaging, a few pieces of tape, and a bit of imagination. The result: Shuffle Case from Shuffle Packaging. The link goes to a step by step breakdown on how to do it yourself.

I was talking to a friend who had seen shufflehacks and he called me out for not having any shufflehacks on at the moment. I then showed that yes indeed I did have a hack on. I had the SCFSP. He didn't say anything right then but I have a feeling he was pretty impressed. He couldn't even tell the case was there because the thing is practically invisible.

This one's a gem. It protects almost better then any other case I've seen. You can use the front buttons right through the plastic so they are protected. This is a project that almost any shuffle owner can do since they have all the materials they need right under their noses. (That is if they haven't thrown their packaging away, but who throws Apple packaging away anyway? I know I don't. It's just to nice too toss. I have a closet full of beautiful Apple packaging I can't bear to see thrown away. The iPod shuffle packaging is not exception.)