Last week, Apple released the 3rd generation of its ultra-small, ultra-portable player, the shuffle, the new version featuring quite a lot of fresh features, including here the already famous VoiceOver option. Moreover, the shuffle has prompted the launch (or at least announcement) of a very large number of accessories, especially headphones, one of the most interesting being, without a doubt, the inline control adapter kit from Scosche.
One of the main features that differentiates the new shuffle from the old one is the fact that the volume controls have been moved from the body of the player itself to the headphones, which proved to be a pretty big problem for 3rd party peripheral manufacturers. However, this is exactly where the inline control adapter kit comes into play, since it will allow consumers to use any standard set of headphones and also plug their shuffle into any vehicles auxiliary input and maintain full control of the iPod.
Besides this adapter, Scosche has also announced that it intends to develop a whole new family of IDR (Increased Dynamic Range) noise isolating earphones that would 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.
For now, we're talking about three earphone models, IDR350M, IDR450M and IDR650M that feature an integrated control surface. Moreover, 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.
According to the company, the headphones are expected to be available this spring and range in price from $49.99 to $99.99, which is rather decent, given their features. No word on the pricing and availability of the inline adapter, though. We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is .