Originally Posted by gordy
The wired remote is also a radio tuner...the iPod Radio Remote
is how it's commonly referred. You all knew that...right? Not to mention, what would be the purpose for a player being a remote control for another player?
Is this, like, some type of sarcasm thread?
No, I didn't intend to be sarcastic at all. Yes, I do realize the wired remote includes radio capability (although I never use it--I've pretty much given up on traditional radio as being something worth listening to). I also remember people giving away free radios as swag at conferences, etc--even 10-15 years ago. I can't imagine the cost of the radio is significant.
The iPod Shuffle does contain 1GB of RAM, sturdier casing, and a dock that the remote doesn't (not to mention any circuity and software that makes it an iPod). I think those costs outweigh the cost of adding AM/FM to the remote.
I use the wired remote, typically clipped to a pocket, to control an iPod in my pocket. This allows me to easily adjust volume, pause, resume, and skip tracks, forward or backward--without pulling the iPod out of my pocket or holding it in my hand.
So, if the Shuffle could perform the function of the wired remote (controlling, say, an 80GB iPod with a 20,000 song library) AND, when I don't need the entire library, operate on it's own as a Shuffle--I'd feel like I got much better value for my $49 than I did buying a wired remote.
Bottom line: the wired remote is way overpriced (remember when they were included with iPods?)