Low-tech solution for the iPod shuffle earphone problem
The 3rd generation iPod Shuffle is a nicely crafted mp3 player that is very suitable to use during workout or while running. The design is very minimal and all playback controls is located on the cable of the right earphone.
I was asked to try out the new iPod Shuffle and it was quite fortunate because I had a run coming up at that time. Upon reading some reviews, I came across one major design flaw that will prevent people from getting the new Shuffle.
It seems that Apple failed to test the iPod Shuffle while being used during a workout. A LOT of people are complaining about the playback controls going wonky as soon as they build up sweat.
The culprit is the housing for the controls on the earphone which is not moisture or sweat-proof. Once sweat goes down the cable into the controls, you may experience sudden maxing out of volume or muting and it will become unresponsive afterwards.
The problem really is in the earphones that came with the Shuffle and Apple doesn’t offer any solution other than replacing your earphones.
I was able to use the iPod Shuffle without any problems during my run thanks to some suggestions I read in the forum. Cover the playback controls so that sweat will just roll off the covering down the other end.
First I used a strip of cling wrap and wrapped it around the controls. Then I used scotch tape on both ends of the control. It doesn’t look good but it works.
Until Apple solves this problem, you might want to buy other earphones compatible with the 3rd gen iPod Shuffle or an adapter + ordinary earphone. Or just go with the 2nd Gen iPod Shuffle.