|Submited By: Kaspian on 07/13/2010|
I do not like reviewers who immediately give one star for personal reasons or out of spite. It does not help us, the buyers, when your review is based off nothing more than personal animus. I have subtracted two stars because it lasted only four months - one is for durability and the other is for making me ship it back to them, with shipping expenses coming out of my pocket.
One caveat is in order, however. I use(d) the tapstick four-to-five times a week for running, with my average run being about nine miles. I have poured on copious amounts of perspiration and it kept ticking until a few days ago. The middle button continued to work intermittently, while the two volume rockers, which also double to change tracks, stopped working. Nevertheless, the shuffle, more than any other ipod or mp3 player, is geared towards gym rats, long-distance runners, and the like. It should be able to withstand more than a modicum of moisture, something which cannot be said of the included earphones. And any device designed to be paired with the shuffle should as well.
I must digress. As many have already noted, the earphones die, in my case, within minutes of contact with any moisture. It is surreal how many people have had the exact same experience as me with the earphones. I didn t even give them a real test until the tapstick began to malfunction, but they were done with after just a few minutes. I still scratch my head when I consider the truly paradoxical nature of Apple s line of products, for as good as some of them are, like the shuffle, their earphones are equally as bad. Still waiting for Apple to make a decent, not great, but decent set of headphones.
Back to the tapstick. It is cerainly the best device out there to pair with your shuffle. As it is now virtually unusable, I have sent it to Scosche. You bear the burden of shipping costs, but they will apparently provide you with a new one if you ship it to them with your receipt/invoice. I just sent it and am waiting to see how long they take. If I get a new tapstick, I will bump up the rating to four stars. If they can do it within a reasonable amount of time, I might even give them all five. Stay tuned, I am withholding my two cents until I see what there customer service is made of. But, unfortunately, there aren t many other ways to go if you have the shuffle. Tapstick or earphones. We ll see.