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Griffin Technology TuneCaps

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  • Griffin Technology TuneCaps

Griffin's TuneCaps package includes three pieces: a belt/pocket clip attachment and a keyring attachment, both of which replace the shuffle's own USB cap, and a wrist strap that connects to the keyring. Although the price is right -- at $10, this is one of the least expensive iPod shuffle accessories on the market -- I wasn't impressed by the accessories themselves. For example, the clip is too small (both in thickness and length) for many belts, making it more appropriate for clipping your shuffle to a pocket, and the clip's USB cap attachment didn't fit my shuffle well. (To be fair, Griffin doesn't advertise the clip as a "belt clip," but its thickness, combined with the poor fit, made me wary of using it even with shorts at the gym.) The keyring attachment was a better fit, but as we've pointed out in reviews of other "keychain"-type accessories for the shuffle, putting your iPod on a keychain is a quick way to cover it in scratches.

If you're looking for an inexpensive wrist-strap attachment for the iPod shuffle, Griffin's TuneCaps might fit the bill. But if you want a belt clip or keyring-style accessory, there are better options, many of them reviewed here on Playlist.--Dan Frakes

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At a Glance
  • Belt clip and keyring/strap caps for iPod shuffle.

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