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.

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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:

    TetriPod

  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

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