The new 3rd-Gen Nano has brought to light a disturbing trend. I live by the lanyard. There is no better way to interact with this type of iPod. It was originally designed to be worn. When I bought this year’s Nano I started looking for the accompanying lanyard headphones, standard since its debut two years ago. Apple didn’t list any. I rang Apple and they said that they didn’t have any but that third-party manufacturers would undoubtedly fill the gap. This is what I was afraid of. No lanyard headphones at launch and the hold switch at the bottom told me that Apple didn’t plan on lanyarding this one.
The Apple rep I spoke to said that lanyards were very popular in the first year but have waned since. It’s all your fault, Nano owners. You’ve been carrying the things and putting them in your pocket instead of wearing them as the glorious pieces of jewelery that they are.
Luckily, there is an Apple solution: the 1st-Gen Nano lanyard headphones. Last year, they moved the dock connector and headphone port further apart, rendering the 1st-Gen lanyard useless. Surprisingly, this year the original arrangement is back. The Nano grips the plug like grim death, so you can be assured that it’s safe. This was my major concern. One test with a friend’s convinced me that it was the way to go. It was good to see that the 1st-Gen lanyard, in both standard and in-ear versions, was still available from the Apple Store.
So that’s a solution for proper Nano owners. It’s a good set of headphones in a streamlined package, with attractive silver plug that grips well. Wear it a little low so you can hold it far enough away to watch video. It does work. Get blinged up with a classic!