The second-gen iPod shuffle is exquisitely tiny, but its overall mass gets a little bigger when you want take it on a trip and you must bring along its included dock. That's where the ShuffleBud comes in handy, plugging in one side and hooking up the player to USB on the other. And hey, it's just six bucks.
But hold on a minute here. The dock for the shuffle is so tiny, it's not a whole lot bigger than this USB attachment. But then, there are those messy wires to deal with, so I guess it actually might be worth the $6.
By the way, I've been clipping a shuffle onto my coat for the past week on my daily constitutionals, and there's something indescribably wonderful about it, especially for listening to a daily group of podcasts. Maybe I don't hate the iPod so much after all.