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I recently decided to take steps into joining the 21st century (I'm doing this gradually), and treated myself to an iPod Shuffle. I'd been wondering about buying one for a little while, and when I read a splendid review of the iPod Shuffle (4G) 2GB by aclevername - which explained everything so well that even a mild technophobe like myself would be able to cope - I decided to take the plunge. I had previously been using a portable CD player, together with some excellent headphones. However, because I shared this with my husband - I listen to music in bed, while he listens to music downstairs while he's writing - I was finding it a bit of a nuisance carting everything up and down the stairs whenever I wanted to have my latest fix of Il Divo or Coldplay.
When my shiny new treat arrived, I was thrilled to bits. I was simply amazed by how tiny and light it was, and how effective the earphones were. I'd been anticipating a loss in sound quality with the iPod earphones, but was happily proven wrong.
Once this wonderful little piece of techno-magic had arrived, and I had loaded my music and got used to the earphones, I decided that there were a couple of accessories I would really like. One was a mains charger, and the other was somewhere to store the iPod that was both tidy and attractive. Because my health isn't brilliant, I often have to spend time in bed, and so this tends to be where I use my iPod. Although it had come packaged in a neat little plastic box, I decided that this wasn't aesthetically pleasing enough for my bedside table, and wouldn't be very useful when I wanted to keep my iPod in my handbag. After doing my usual Google search, I happened upon the CASEBUDi, which is available from Amazon, and knew that I'd found just what I wanted. The photos on the product page clearly demonstrated the size of this small case, and also demonstrated how I could store the iPod in the mesh pocket within the lid, and wind the earphones cord so that they would sit neatly in the bottom section.
The CASEBUDi is a handy little circular case, which is really sturdy (the material used is very firm without being completely rigid). There is a zip that goes nearly all the way around the case - which features a logo on the centre top that has a reversed C joined with the letter i. It comes with a carabiner clip so that you attach the case to your keyring, belt loop, gym bag or rucksack. The CASEBUDi can also be used to store an iPod Nano, iPhone charger, coins, or a small Bluetooth headset. The case is three inches wide and weighs about one ounce.
It's available from Amazon in either black or white (in the USA you can also buy it in deep pink). It costs £6.50 (reduced from £10.00), and is available with Free Delivery. I bought mine in white, simply because I thought it looked nicer, and would make the case easier to spot when buried within the depths of my handbag.
When my CASEBUDi arrived and I unpacked it, there was a little card inside the case. This had an email address which you could use to send any queries, comments - or colour suggestions. I'd like them to make one in light blue so that it would match both the colour of my iPod and also the colour of my favourite bedding - Zandra Rhodes Daisy Paisley duvet cover in duck egg blue, which I bought last year after reading an excellent review by dawnymarie.
In a few weeks time we will be travelling down to Devon to see my husband's family. It's a long journey, with hours spent on motorways. Although my lovely husband does all the driving on these journeys, I still find being on motorways quite stressful, so I'm really looking forward to closing my eyes and relaxing with my music - handily stored within my handbag in this portable and stylish little case.
I have found the CASEBUDi to be very practical and easy to use. I think it would make a lovely gift, or Christmas stocking filler, and I am very happy to give it five stars - even though it doesn't come in blue!
(Later, on 30th July: I've heard back from CASEBUDi, who are speeding up their plans so that a blue version ['true blue jeans material'] should be available from Amazon in the next week or so.)
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)