Compatible with the third-generation iPod shuffle ( ), the Scosche tapStick adds protection, intuitive controls, and the ability to use non-Apple headphones to the diminutive music player. If you’re not a fan of Apple’s minimalist, no-button approach or the company’s iconic white earphones then this is good news. The option to add your own headphones can bring new life and detail to your music collection, especially on the move, with the option to choose a more effective noise-cancelling solution for travel.
Your iPod shuffle slides firmly into the tapStick (which comes in black or white), connecting to the accessory via the iPod’s 1/8-inch headphone jack; only the metal clip on the back of the shuffle is exposed. You then need only attach any headphones or (using the included auxiliary cable) speakers to get started. The controls—play/pause, volume up down, previous/next track—are easy to master and simple to use on the go, even unsighted in a jacket pocket, for example. The tapStick also supports Apple’s VoiceOver technology for identifying tracks being played.
Macworld’s buying advice
If you’re not a fan of Apple’s earphones (and many people aren’t) then the Scosche tapStick is an excellent option to enhance your listening pleasure. Apple’s smallest iPod has a lot going for it, although the addition of some useful easy-to-use controls from Scosche is a definite plus.