Would you like a Bluetooth iPod with wireless earphones?

“The iPod turned five in October to a hallelujah chorus of fawning bloggers. Apple has sold 67 million of them. The iPod now accounts for 40 cents of every revenue dollar at Apple, of which there should be 19 billion this year,” Stephane Fitch writes for Forbes.

“The iPod still trumps all comers on price, looks, capacity and features, but the assault on the White Fortress keeps coming,” Fitch writes.

“Samsung’s YP-T9B music player, which just debuted in South Korea at a reported $280 with 4 gigabytes of memory. It’s pricier than the Nano but offers this advantage: no wires. That’s sweet relief if you’ve ever sat up real quick and ripped the buds out of your ears or skied with the Nano’s cord snapping at your cheek,” Fitch writes. “Samsung is the first major manufacturer to embed a Bluetooth radio chip in an MP3 player, allowing it to broadcast to a pair of wireless stereo headphones.”

“If the T9B takes off, expect many others to follow its path to the door of microchip maker CSR of Cambridge, U.K. Its chips are in 60% of the world’s Bluetooth-capable devices,” Fitch writes. “Neither CSR nor Apple will comment on plans for a wireless iPod. Apple turned down CSR’s last two generations of Bluetooth chips, but the next is smaller, cheaper and twice as fast. Just what Jobs could be looking for.”

Full article here.
We’d love a Bluetooth iPod with no earphone wires, if the earphones worked well and were small enough.

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RUMOR: Apple to announce wireless video iPod in ‘very near future’ – October 10, 2006
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RUMOR: Apple prepping Bluetooth iPod? – February 20, 2005

27 Comments

  1. NO thanks. I prefer GOOD sound. I’ll stick with my Etymotic ER4s.

    PLUS, a Bluetooth headset means that’s there’s ONE MORE thing to recharge… and ONE MORE thing to lug around.

    I suppose if you have low sampling rates for your music (like 128k from iTS), then it doesn’t really matter much.

  2. It’s bad enough that we hold microwave transmitters (cellphones) up to our heads for many minutes per day — with possible health effects still to be seen. As much as cords can be bothersome, I’m not so sure about the idea of strapping another transmitter to my head — Bluetooth or otherwise.

    And since young people are the most likely to adopt this new technology, the risk seems higher (their cells are replicating faster).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_electronic_devices_and_health

  3. I must say no to bluetooth head phones.

    I have had bluetooth mice, keyboard and it’s a bitch hassle with batteries and recharging.

    The new shuffle is perfect, clip it close to your head and the nasty “stand up and out comes the earbuds” and the “earbud wires catch on something” is nearly eliminated.

    What’s really nice about the new shuffle is one can clip it on a set of ordinary over the head headphones and tie up the cord with a twist-tie.

    Somebody is going to get rich making a cheap over the head headphone with a 2G shuffle cradle.

    You’ll see.

  4. Hey Hywel,

    Have you tried running with an iPod or any other player that has wired headphones? I’ll tell you, it sucks.

    So in reality, there is a problem, for runners at least.

    See you on the track,

    Al

  5. Why not make the 3G shuffle be the earphones. It’s small enough now. Why not get rid of the wires and the clip and have the skip button be on the side of the earphone. It only has a couple buttons and if you make each one feel unique enough from the others, you wouldn’t need to see what you are doing to skip, play/stop, increase/decrease the volume. No wires AND no bulky device.

  6. The steady march towards Cybernation continues. Soon, the general purpose auditory augmenter, installed at birth as a tiny telecommunication aid, will hear the songs.

    And as we pass towards a hybrid life form, our problems will grow ever more amusing.

    Can’t wait!

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