The earphones of the new super-small Ipod Shuffle contain a DRM chip. Without which the shuffle won’t play music through the earphones. Now the old “in-line” (whatever the hell that means) adapters no longer work with the shuffle. Now only manufacturers who have a licensed chip (from Apple, of course) can make shuffle compatible earphones.
Way to go arseholes Apple.
Update: The latest on BBG is that 3rd parties will need to license the chip from Apple to get the ‘Made for Ipod’ tag, but equipment will work without it as well. so they say. not as crass as originally thought, but very RIAA nevertheless.