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Published on March 16th, 2009 | by James Smythe

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Apple Builds Authentication into iPod Shuffle Earphones

It is believed that Apple is going to try and squeeze some extra money out of companies planning to produce earphones for the new iPod Shuffle. iLounge is reporting that the new iPod shuffle can only be controlled by headphones with a special hardware authentication chip. That means that third parties will have to pay Apple for the privilege of making shuffle-compatible accessories.

Considering the earphones supplied by Apple tend to be pretty crap I am pretty sure I would never consider buying this anymore.

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I am a UK tech blogger and have been in the industry for over 5 years now running Mighty Gadget, its sister sites and contributing to other sites around the web.



One Response to Apple Builds Authentication into iPod Shuffle Earphones

  1. That would be a great shame if true. Stop using my Sennheiser hd25s? From my cold, dead hands etc…

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