iPod Giveaway #3: alt.shuffle

An iPod is many things. A music player, an audiobook reader, a status symbol. Through creative advertising and exceptional product design, Apple has turned this little plastic brick of engineering into a cultural phenomenon. What Apple hasn’t told you, however, is that before they settled on “personal music player” as the official function of an iPod, the Apple team considered thousands of alternative brand concepts ranging contemporary shaving device to table-leg evener. The aim of this third monthly Mike Industries iPod-A-Month Creativity Competition is to submit the most creative alternative use of an iPod.

Entries may be submitted as text, video, audio, a web site, or a 418×418 GIF/JPEG image. As usual, there aren’t any hard rules except to stay away from overtly offensive material. The contest will end at midnight Pacific Time July 1st.

Once again, Dennis Lloyd and iPodLounge.com have volunteered to add a pair of $150 Etymotic ER-6i earbuds and a sport case to the original Mike Industries prize of one iPod Shuffle. Thanks again iPodLounge!

And a big thanks as well to Josh Armstrong who came up with the idea for this contest. I will be shipping Josh his Shuffle shortly. Don’t forget that the submission pool is open until the end of the year.

Good luck to all entrants. The official name for this contest is “Best Alternative, Unintended Use of iPod”.

Important note: All images must be submitted as 418×418 GIFs or JPEGs and must remain under about 80k in size. Any image that is not precisely 418×418 and under 80k will be deleted. Use a standard <img src="http://yourserver/yourimage.jpg" /> tag to enter any images into the comments section below.

Like this entry? You can follow me on Twitter here, subscribe via email here, or get the RSS feed if that's how you roll.

109 Responses:

  1. Matthew Smith says:
  2. Yuto T. says:

    I wish I can get one of these… its the ultimate iPod accessory!
    Features: Mic, built-in speakers, a/v out, mem card reader, file transfer to ipod, ipod charger, and 4 or 8gigs of flash mem. exPod: the iPod extention.

  3. iControl: The remote. Simplified.

    At last, take full charge of your digital and analog life. With iControl, you’re in control.

    Master your domain.

    Control all your A/V components, your HVAC, the microwave, the oven and stovetop, the bread machine, the dishwasher, the washer/dryer … that ancient Magnavox Astro-Sonic cabinet stereo gathering dust in your basement, your car stereo, the garage doors … the windows (and Windows) … your indoor and outdoor lighting, the backyard grill, the jacuzzi. All this and more in the palm of your hand.

    It doesn’t learn. It knows!

    Just about anything and everything answers to your beck and call with the slightest touch of a finger. It’s even BorgXGrid compatible.

    Show ’em who’s boss.

    iControl gives new meaning to the phrase Bluetooth compatible, swiftly conquering anything and everything in its path. We kid you not.

    Dismantle it? Good luck. Anyone who tries will be greeted with an ear-shattering piezoelectric signal and tazer attack bar none.

    Light your fire.

    That’s right, now you can spontaneously light a fire, with or without a fireplace, within up to a ten foot radius! Try doing that with an iRiver.

    It’s not magic. It’s iControl*.

    Best of all, it fits in the palm of your hand, with the elegance and simplicity you’ve come to expect, nay, demand.

    * “Do not taunt iControl.”

  4. Matthew says:

    Made so the user would have to buy two (which doubles profits) and tie them together to form a pricey jumprope. It was figured that the sheer cost of it would make it a ‘have to buy’ item. However this original design for the shuffle was quickly dumped as they relized they’ld have to fight for the copyright on the name.

  5. Erik says:


  6. Mike B. says:

    With iDrum you can control the music playing in the background. With the ability to bring in backup music on demand you can now mix up your own background music while you play the drums. With the wifi transmitter and included software you can record the tracks chosen onto the computer. The wireless transmitter also doubles as a remote and will work with any 802.11 b/g network enabled device. The reciever can be plugged into your car or home stereo for additional enjoyment of your music.

    iDrum……..Drum to your own beat

  7. iPod toothbrush

    So there’s this contest. Every month, they give away an iPod shuffle (and an extremely nice pair of headphones). This month’s contest is to come up with the most creative alternative use of an iPod. Entries can be a description,…

  8. […] “joshua” was right when he questioned whether most entries in the third monthly iPod-A-Month Creativity Competition correctly followed […]

The Ocean in 185 Lines of Javascript:

Mesmerizing. Try tweaking some of the variables in the “sea” section of the code.

“"Design had been a vertical stripe in the chain of events in a product’s delivery; at Apple, it became a long horizontal stripe, where design is part of every conversation.””
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away:

A great essay about how toxic everyday distractions can be.

Humanity's deep future:

A group of researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute talk about where our race may be going and how artificial intelligence could save or kill us all.

Steve Jobs speaks about the future at the International Design Conference in 1983:

31 years later, it’s safe to say this is one of the most prescient speeches about technology ever delivered. Jobs covers wireless networking, tablets, Google StreetView, Siri, and the App Store (among other things) many years before their proliferation. A fantastic listen.

How to travel around the world for a year:

Great advice for when you finally find the time.


A fantastic app for prototyping your design work onto real world objects like billboards, book covers, and coffee cups. This seems like just as great of a tool for people learning design as it does for experts.

50 problems in 50 days:

One man’s attempt to solve 50 problems in 50 days using only great design. Some good startup ideas in here…

How to Do Philosophy:

If you’ve ever suspected that most classical philosophy is a colossal waste of time, Paul Graham tells you why you’re probably right.

TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us:

Stephen Brill follows the money to uncover the pinnacle of corruption that is the U.S. Health Care system. A must-read article if there ever was one.

DIY Dot Org:

A beautifully designed site full of fun and challenging DIY projects. I could spend months on here.

The Steve Jobs Video Archive:

A collection of over 250 Steve Jobs videos in biographical order

Self-portraits from an artist under the influence of 48 different psychoactive drug combos.

Water Wigs are pretty amazing.

David Pogue proposes to his girlfriend by creating a fake movie trailer about them and then getting a theater to play it before a real movie. Beautiful and totally awesome.