It’s ironic that the iPod Shuffle–such a teeny tiny piece of design goodness–can feel unbearably huge sometimes, when you factor in that annoying headphone cord that’s always whipping around. Clipping the Shuffle to your collar doesn’t really get rid of the cord–it just makes a big lasso for catching onto stuff.
A far more elegant solution is the Pod à Porter, designed by Michiel Cornelissen. It’s simply a silicone ring, which has a little dock for attaching your Shuffle at one end; the ring goes around your neck, and tucks away the cord so it never gets tangled. (Try and ignore the stubbly body hair in the pic.)
As Cornelissen puts it, “The easiest way to wear your music – even if you’re not wearing much.” The one flaw we can see is that the thing would be perfect for running–if only you could clip it down. (But maybe wearing it under your shirt suffices?) Anyway, it’s definitely great for the gym, biking, and whatnot.