We appreciate Apple's efforts to make the iPod shuffle into something that no one's ever done before, but seriously, the no-buttons approach is sort of, um, annoying. Thankfully, the good guys and gals over at Scosche are totally in agreement, and thus, they've taken the time to develop the remarkable tapSTICK. Put simply, this 3rd-gen iPod shuffle case protects one's player from the elements while adding hard buttons that simulate the commands on Apple's own VoiceOver-friendly earbuds. The result? An MP3 player that's not partial to lackluster white 'buds, not to mention one that you can actually control with relative ease. Too bad it'll cost you $29.99, but we suppose that's the going rate these days to extinguish frustration. Full release is after the break.

Scosche Announces the tapSTICK –protective case with controls for iPod shuffle (Gen 3)

tapSTICK is a "Made for iPod" product

Oxnard, CA – June 05, 2009 – Scosche Industries (www.scosche.com), an award-winning innovator of mobile electronics and iPod accessories, announces its new tapSTICK high impact polycarbonate case, which ads full control for the iPod shuffle (Gen 3). The "Made for iPod" tapSTICK allows shuffle users to control play, pause, adjust volume, skip tracks and navigate playlists using the shuffle's VoiceOver feature. The tapSTICK will be available in both white and black and ships with a 3 foot long audio cable ($14.99 value) for connecting it to most stereo systems.

"We knew many shuffle users, especially those who use the shuffle to workout, would want to use their own earphones and would need a convenient way to control their music," said Kas Alves, Executive Vice President of Scosche Industries. "We also figured many of the same users would want a case to protect their new iPod from drops so we designed the tapSTICK to both offer protection and restore full functionality."

The tapSTICK is priced at $29.99 and will be available at retail locations around the world this summer. For additional information and to pre-order the tapSTICK now please visit www.scosche.com.

About Scosche Industries

Scosche Industries, founded in 1980 by Roger and Scotia Alves, is a leading manufacturer of high quality car audio installation accessories and products. Scosche's diverse product line includes mobile electronic accessories, iPod integration, iPod accessories, and universal navigation products. The publisher of the Auto Sound Encyclopedia, Scosche Industries manufactures and markets four distinct lines of product. These brands include Scosche®, REALM®, EFX®, and Accumat® . With a dealer network of over 2,000, numerous O.E.M. products, and 58 patents, Scosche Industries is a proven leader in the automotive aftermarket and home accessory business. For more information visit our website at www.scosche.com

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Scosche tapSTICK adds hard buttons, purpose to new iPod shuffle