本体に操作ボタンなしという大胆な新 iPod shuffle発表を受けて、サードパーティー各社からさっそく対応ヘッドホン製品が発表されています。とりあえず一番乗りをしたかったらしいKlipschからはプレスリリースが出ているものの(リンク先)、中身には製品名すらなく「3G iPod shuffleのVoiceOver対応リモコンつきヘッドホン、価格99ドル、夏発売予定」のみ。
一方 Scosche Industriesからは、IDR (Increased Dynamic Range)シリーズ遮音イヤフォン3モデル IDR350M, IDR450M, IDR650Mの開発が発表されています。ボリューム上下と再生/一時停止、複数回クリックで曲送りといったshuffle付属とおなじリモコン機能のほかマイクも搭載しており、最新世代 iPod nano / iPod touch / iPod classic 120GBでボイスメモ録音などに利用可能。( iPhoneでボリュームも使えるのかetcは未詳)。こちらは$49.99から$99.99、春にも発売予定。
Scoscheはまた途中にリモコンがついたアダプタキットの開発も発表しています。こちらは一般のヘッドホンあるいはスピーカー / カーオーディオなどの外部入力端子にshuffleを接続して使うためのアダプタ製品。価格や発売時期はまだ不明。続きはインラインアダプタの写真とScoscheのプレスリリース。
Scosche Industries Announces Earphones With Increased Dynamic Range Designed For New iPod shuffle
Oxnard, CA., – March 12, 2009 – Scosche Industries (www.scosche.com), an award-winning innovator of mobile electronics and iPod accessories, today announced that it is developing breakthrough earphones with integrated controls for the new third generation iPod shuffle with Apple's new VoiceOver feature. The new IDR (Increased Dynamic Range) noise isolating earphones will give users the ability to play, pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, navigate playlists and hear the name of the song and artist with the press of a button.
"We are delighted to support the exciting new VoiceOver technology in the 4GB iPod shuffle," said Kas Alves, executive vice president of Scosche Industries. "Scosche's focus on innovation means we're ideally placed to develop new and exciting products like the IDR earphones"
Scosche is currently developing three earphone models- IDR350M, IDR450M and IDR650M noise isolating earphones that feature an integrated control surface. Users can control play, pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, navigate playlists and hear the name of the song and artist with the third generation iPod shuffle. A miniature microphone built into the back of the control surface allows users to record voice memos on the latest iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod classic 120GB. The IDR (Increased Dynamic Range) series earphones are designed to give users an enhanced listening experience with brilliant highs, silky smooth mids and powerful bass. The headphones are expected to be available this Spring and range in price from $49.99 to $99.99.
Scosche is also developing an inline control adapter kit that allows consumers to use any standard set of headphones and enjoy all of the advanced features of the third generation iPod shuffle. The inline control also allows users to plug their shuffle into any vehicles auxiliary input and maintain full control of the iPod.
The new third generation iPod shuffle with the VoiceOver feature can speak song titles, artists and playlist names. When you want to know the name of the song or artist playing, simply press a button on the conveniently located headphone controls and iPod shuffle tells you the song and artist name. iPod shuffle can even announce status information, such as battery life.
About Scosche Industries
Scosche Industries, founded in 1980 by Roger and Scotia Alves, is a leading manufacturer of high quality car audio installation accessories and products. Scosche's diverse product line includes mobile electronic accessories, iPod integration, iPod accessories, and universal navigation products. The publisher of the Auto Sound Encyclopedia, Scosche Industries manufactures and markets four distinct lines of product. These brands include Scosche®, REALM®, EFX®, and Accumat® . With a dealer network of over 2,000, numerous O.E.M. products, and 58 patents, Scosche Industries is a proven leader in the automotive aftermarket and home accessory business. For more information visit our website at www.scosche.com