Discovering a fun new use for iPod shuffle

A TikTok user made a video about the iPod shuffle that quickly went viral because she’s found a fun new use for Apple’s diminutive music player from the pre-iPhone days.

Marketing image showing a hand holding an iPod shuffle by its clip

One heck of a novel use for the iPod shuffle clip

Celeste Tice published a video on her TikTok account @freckenbats in which she handles a “vintage” device that turns out to be a second-generation iPod shuffle music player.

“Anyone know what this is?!??!”, reads the text over her video.

Acting surprised, she wondered what the diminutive gizmo could be for before attempting to use it as a hair clip. “I found this old iPod, I don’t know, hair clip thing,” she joked in the TikTok video that we’ve embedded right ahead.

@freckenbatssuch a cute accessory #vintage #antique #oldelectronics #2000score #2000s♬ Toxic – Britney Spears

Apple certainly hasn’t envisioned anyone using their iPod shuffle as a hair clip—the built-in clip is a simple solution that lets the user clip the device to their belt, jeans pocket, blouse, bag and so on. Read: How to import and export playlists in Music for Mac

Tice, of course, didn’t just happen to stumble upon an old iPod shuffle lying around somewhere—the device is hers. The fact that her reaction in the video isn’t genuine didn’t stop the clip from going viral until catching the attention of mainstream media.

“I loved hearing all the throwbacks,” she told Newsweek referring to the playlist on the device dating back to her middle school days, adding she also “shocked at a few songs with some adult lyrics that I didn’t expect myself to be listening to at nine years old.”

Does her video make you nostalgic about the good ol’ iPod days?

What’s an iPod shuffle?

Having made its debut in January 2005, the iPod shuffle was nearly thirteen years old when Apple discontinued it back in 2017. The tiny device offered several storage capacities: 512 MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB.

It offered no screen whatsoever and used Apple’s trademark click wheel to control playback, turn shuffle play on or off, and so forth. And because the 3.5mm headphone jack was all the rage back then, of course, the iPod shuffle had one.

It was very lightweight at just 12.5 grams