Belkin announces iPod shuffle headphone adapter

Belkin has announced its new Headphone Adapter for iPod shuffle, a $20 adapter for the third-generation iPod shuffle that lets you use any headphones while controlling the shuffle's playback functions.

Just like with the Apple-supplied headphones, the in-line adapter lets you control play/pause with a single-click; jump to the next track with a double-click or to the previous track with a triple-click; hear the title and artist of the song playing (the VoiceOver feature) by pressing and holding the multifunction button; and move between playlists by pressing and holding, and then releasing, the multifunction button after you hear a tone (you click to select a playlist).

The adapter will be available in North America at the end of July, and in Europe, Asia, and Australia in mid-August.

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