We’ve been seeing more and more variety in iPod shuffle cases recently; Incase’s Pouch for iPod shuffle is the first neoprene sleeve we’ve received for review. The soft, water-resistant black neoprene covers the shuffle’s entire body except for the top edge, offering protection from scratches and mild bumps. The shuffle’s front controls aren’t visible, but the neoprene is thin enough that you can still use the controls through the case — a green silkscreen outline indicates where the buttons are. The Pouch’s packaging claims that you have “access to all controls,” but that’s not really accurate; you can’t access the shuffle’s rear off/on/shuffle switch, or its battery level button. (Not that the latter would be of any use — you wouldn’t be able to see the level indicator. This is also an issue with the shuffle’s front indicator light, which can’t be seen when the shuffle is in the Pouch.)
The rear of the Pouch provides a permanently attached belt loop and a small clip attachment. The clip attachment accommodates the included lanyard and aluminum carabiner; you can also detach the carabiner from its nylon loop and replace it with a keychain ring, if desired.
The Pouch for iPod shuffle offers a good amount of protection, and numerous options for carrying, but since it doesn’t allow you to access the shuffle’s rear controls, and you can’t see the front indicator light, it’s more of a “press play and go” case than some of the other cases we’ve reviewed. –Dan Frakes