iPod Nano - Better Lanyard

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slease2

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Alright, the one thing I loved about my shuffle was the ability to wear it around my neck and have it always accessible. The Nano is obviously light enough to do this but the apple lanyard/earphone combination is:

1) Rediculously expensive
2) Burdened forever with crappy not worth 1.00 apple earbuds
3) Bulky

So after much though and digging through my old apple accessory pile... I came up with this solution that I feel puts apple's lanyard to shame.

I wish I had taken step by step pictures but alas I did not think ahead.

First the finished product. (Add the h t t p)
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This was created using a third generation iPod USB connect which was created quite awkward because apple didn't allow the iPod 3g to charge via USB. So the dock connector has both a firewire port and a usb port cable coming off of it.

You can still buy these on ebay.

Then it was a simple matter of slicing off the port ends to create a dock connector attached to 2 long cables. After some fitting to decide how low I wanted it to hang I temporarily taped it with scotch tape and cut off the slack.

Here is a closer photo. (Add the h t t p)

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I'll be finishing it off tomorrow with white electrical tape replacing the scotch tape.

I'm currently using it with my Sony 71's which have a shortened cord to make them work with a remote unit, they are the perfect length for this.

So what do you think, good idea?

(If an established member would like to attach the images to this thread, I can't.)
 
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mystery_shopper said:
Nice one - but you shouldn't have had to do this in the first place.

The Nano should have shipped with some kind of lanyard of its own (without integrated headphones).
If this were Slashdot you'd get +5 insightful.

Here are slease2's pictures, BTW:

[img=http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/3200/img04791zc.jpg][/img]

[img=http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/5888/img04818om.jpg][/img]

Very cool hack.
 

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mystery_shopper said:
I notice that the headphone socket is now on top of the Nano(when on a lanyard). Opposite to the Shuffle.
It's much nicer with a short headphone cord like on the Sony 71s. Not sure how it would work with a full corded pair, but probably not as nice.
 

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mystery_shopper said:
Perhaps this was unacceptable - and one of the reasons they decided to go for a integrated lanyard/earbud?
Just tried it with the stock earbuds and the cord gets a big long but doesn't seem to fall in front of the ipod. If it's unacceptable to have a long cord, there are a couple ways you could fix this.

1) Cable ties or tape to remove slack
2) you could make your own integrated pair by taping the headphone cable up the side of the lanyardtil it reaches the back of your neck.

Anyways, I think this is a great solution for those that don't want to pay 40.00 for overhyped stock earbuds. Maybe if apple had made the lanyard include their in ear headphones than the price might be justified...
 
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