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When the cost of creating your own iPod shuffle hard case to "protect it" exceeds the total cost of the shuffle itself, we tend to think a primer in cost/benefit analysis isn't too bad an idea. Either way, iPodlounge has a forum thread wherein an intrepid lounger did just that. It's sexy, brushed aluminium—for a do it yourself project, he did an excellent job. Said forum thread also hints at the possibility that he'll begin selling the cases. Gorgeous and pointless, a combo of which we are fans.

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Machined Aluminum Hard Case For My Shuffle [iPodlounge]