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March 21, 2011

Helpful Hints from joeeze: iPod nano earbud cord hack: fast, cheap & under control


I love the elegance of the Gen 6 iPod nano and knew I'd want a watchband for it as soon as I unboxed it.

I ordered two, from Griffin and iWatchz.

The Griffin is way too bulky and destroys the feng shui of the device by burying it in a containment tank-like rubber housing.

Much preferable is the iWatchz version (above and below),


which snaps securely onto the nano and is as minimal as the housed device.

But I noticed that when I went running while listening to music, I'd constantly be futzing around with the earbud cord, which got tangled and had more slack than I needed.

As first I thought I'd solved the problem with tiny binder clips (featured here on March 5, 2011) attached to the watchband, but it turns out there's a faster/cheaper/simpler/better way, which is what I'm all about when it comes to everything from earbud control to administering anesthesia.

The penny dropped last week as I was fussing with a binder clip, trying to attach it just so to the nano watchband.


I invoked Edwin H. Land ("Solve the problem with what's in the room") and looked at the watchband+nano to see if there wasn't a way to secure the cord using its innate design.

The jack end of the earbud cord is too large to fit through one of the unused holes in the watchband but then it struck me that I could slip the jack end through the space between the watchband end-securing devices (awkward, but I don't know the word for those) and the watchband itself, then adjust cord length as desired.

Works perfectly.

The pictures above and below are worth far more than all the preceding words.



Gray Cat prepares to leave the building after patiently sitting through yet another photo shoot.

The price of fame.

March 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Believe it or not, the technical term for them is just "loops."

Posted by: Tara | Mar 21, 2011 11:08:20 PM

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