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  • Most Useless iTunes Accessory Ever


    So I am not sure if you call this an iTunes accessory or "art," but either way I really do not see the point…

    It's called iShelf and it's designed by Li Jianye and it takes the iTunes Cover Flow idea and brings it to real life.

    Don’t think about it too hard: basically it is a stand with 5 slots in it, that holds 5 CDs upright so that they look just like what you'd see in iTunes cover flow. I guess you then set it on a shelf and show it off to all your friends?



    iShelf is still in the "prototype" stages of design because it's oh so complicated…so you cant run out and buy it just yet.

    After seeing this I just have one question: What are CDs? :-D

    Source: Li Jianye's design brings Cover Flow to life | Crave - CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Most Useless iTunes Accessory Ever started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dr.stevil View Post
      the sad part is that it will probably sell
      Worse? He'll probably make million s on cause a million idiots out there will be like "ZOMG NO WAYZ!@ LOOKS JUST LIKE MY IPHONEZ WOO!O1o1o1", and never realize that their collection of 200 CD's are stacked 195 to the side of this stupid thing.
    1. mdiddy's Avatar
      mdiddy -
      awful.
    1. idolpunk's Avatar
      idolpunk -
      If it automatically ripped those 5 CDs into your library it would be cool
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      funny story,

      About a month ago I was setting up a business with some Christmas music. Mostly an iPod nano setup over the speakers system (the guy was finally ridding his restaurant of his 9000 disc cd changer).

      Anyways, so i'm setting everything up, walking him through how to rip and sync through iTunes, and one of his waitreses comes up to me and says that she liked the music that was being played and asked if I could "burn her a CD".

      So I was just about to say "yea, sure no problem..." when I suddenly realized that I neither a) had any burnable CD's as it had been so long since i burned something so small that most of my media was DVD and b) it had been so long that I had actually used a CD let alone burned one that I had completely forgotten how to do it!

      (for all you kid's out there, you don't just simply burn a "CD" like you would an disc of mp3's or whatever, you actually have to use a program to convert your audio files into *i think* a CD1 extension. Generally speaking NERO does it for you, but I have long since used Nero, i couldn't remember where it was!)
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      i would buy it just to throw it away
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      possibly the worst concept ever. not only are cd's obsolete now, but this is not even practical for CD collections or "artsy" in my opinion
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      That's about how many CD's I have.
      Might work out for me..
      =D
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      dumb.

      you know how much work it would be to take my pirated music and burn it to disc then make a stupid sleeve and find a jewel case.
      rubbish
    1. Nutchos's Avatar
      Nutchos -
      I think it's a cool concept. I may buy one depending on the price.

      It's not really meant to be functional so much as decor. I know exactly where I'd put it in my room along with my top 5 albums of all time.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Maybe I'm the only one, but I actually think this is kinda neat. I'd prolly buy one for like 15 bucks.

      But like an earlier post said, they need to come out with a 12" double LP version so I can display my vinyl in the same fashion. It would be like GIANT cover flow! OMG
    1. alias_neo's Avatar
      alias_neo -
      Last I checked, Jewel cases stand up just fine on their own....if you have the space you can display your entire damn collection in coverflow style. If it's about the standing up.....try "Bluetack". I honestly see no point in this when if you're that desperate to be artistic you can buy some plastic or wood and make the thing for a pound.(Dollar/Euro).
    1. uglyboygq's Avatar
      uglyboygq -
      Yes! Finally a replacement for the hanging CDs on the reaview-mirror displays!
    1. minhwan's Avatar
      minhwan -
      not quite useful and not quite useless ...

      It would be definitely useless for people who only downloading pirate MP3s or buying MP3 musics :P However, for those of you who still loving CD ( and definitely CD is better medium if you are sensitive with quality ), it would be a nice solution to show off your favourite collection right next to your sexy stereo setup
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      guys don't buy this. i bought one and i messed up my CDs. i'm so used to using my finger to scroll through albums that i tried to "scroll" through my CD collection and ended up knocking them all over, jewel cases broke and CDs went flying everywhere. it was a disaster!
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      guys don't buy this. I bought one and i messed up my cds. I'm so used to using my finger to scroll through albums that i tried to "scroll" through my cd collection and ended up knocking them all over, jewel cases broke and cds went flying everywhere. It was a disaster!
      your doing it wrong!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      guys don't buy this. I bought one and i messed up my cds. I'm so used to using my finger to scroll through albums that i tried to "scroll" through my cd collection and ended up knocking them all over, jewel cases broke and cds went flying everywhere. It was a disaster!
      lol
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      It needs to house the following:

      iphone 2g
      iphone 3g
      ipod touch 1g
      ipod touch 2g
      ipod nano in the middle

      Then it needs to connect all the devices into one USB hub and connect to your mac so you can access each item mounted on your mac and switch between them.

      WIN.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      It needs to house the following:

      iphone 2g
      iphone 3g
      ipod touch 1g
      ipod touch 2g
      ipod nano in the middle

      Then it needs to connect all the devices into one USB hub and connect to your mac so you can access each item mounted on your mac and switch between them.

      WIN.
      Then it should randomly pick one to keep, automatically sell the other 4, and then send the money to starving children in Africa.

      Genius!

      EDIT: Oh, and I forgot, it'll also send a note to Obama with your name.
    1. vonellisMANG's Avatar
      vonellisMANG -
      well, it does look pretty clean and nice, but it is useless if you have an ipod.