At a Glance
Cup/mount for the iPod shuffle
The ShuffleTube is a bit of an odd product. It’s billed as a way to hold your iPod securely in a car or on your desk, but it’s not the sort of plastic or metal clip you would expect. Instead, and as its name implies, it’s a tube, 2 inches tall and just over an inch in diameter. Lined with neoprene foam, the ShuffleTube is effectively a small “cup holder” that holds your iPod shuffle securely. The “back” of the ShuffleTube provides a thin vertical strip of Velcro, while another patch lines the base; matching strips are included to attach the ShuffleTube to your car dashboard or desk.
The deciding factor for most people considering the ShuffleTube is likely to be the product’s appearance. Available in three materials — blue denim, brown leather, or “panther” pattern — impressions around the office were either very positive or quite negative. I can’t make that decision for you, but I can tell you that although the round shape of the ShuffleTube seems an odd match for the iPod shuffle, it did hold my iPod shuffle securely, even during bumpy rides and sharp turns.–Dan Frakes