18k Solid Gold iPod shuffle Signals Downfall of the Civilized World

Normally we skip over these bullshit gold-plated gadgets, but it turns out this 18-karat iPod shuffle isn't gold plated at all, but it's solid 18-karat gold. Its picture was so pretty we couldn't resist, even when we first thought it was 18k gold plated. We would've been even more impressed if it were solid 24-karat gold, but we'll just have to settle for 18k. There's just something strangely appealing about the irony and incongruity of the cheapest iPod made of a solid hunk of the most elegant of metals. It's just so, uh, inappropriate. How much does it cost?

Xexoo, a German company that apparently makes a pretty good living by soaking gullible, vain and rich buffoons, is going to clip those cash-soaked Diamond Jim Bradys for $19,343 to possess this dubious bauble made of 100g of solid gold. The company says there's even a diamond-studded upgrade in the works. We hope for the sake of the civilized world that none of these will sell well. [BornRich]

(This article was updated to reflect that the iPod is actually 18k solid gold, not 18k gold-plated as we originally reported.)