Right now, I have a perfectly good 'n working 2nd generation mePod Shuffle. I use it often. I'm hard on my Shuffles though and sense that the end is drawing nigh for my current Shuffle.
Exhibit A: 2nd generation mePod Shuffle
(In green for St. Patrick's Day)
Exhibit B: 3rd generation mePod Shuffle with proprietary headphones:
(Also in green for St. Patrick's Day)
It has come to my attention, however, that I might need to stock up on 2nd generation Shuffles before my current one dies, while supplies last. Why? Because the new and "improved" 3rd generation mePod Shuffles must be used with Apple's proprietary headphones.
This is betty, betty bad.
Apple headphones are not good. Apple headphones are the pits. This is what I do with Apple's headphones:
Exhibit C: Feeding Headphones to Pound Hound
After I spent a few minutes looking for a replacement 2nd generation Shuffle, it became quite clear that the Invisible Hand is armed and in action within the current Shuffle scene. Supply and demand has valued a 1GB, 2nd generation, refurbished Shuffle at twice as much as a 2GB, 3rd generation brand-spanking-new Shuffle. This means you will pay more for less with the old and pay less for more with the new.
I hope Apple is paying attention.