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Geek Tip: Keep Your iPod Cords Untangled For Free

The Budcozys I posted the other day got an overwhelming "Leave It" response, so I figured I'd share an old Lifehacker tip on how to keep your iPod cords untangled, no new product to buy or anything. I like to call it the "Lifehacker Devil Horn Hand Wrap." And trust me, the title's much more complicated than the technique.

You make a devil horn with your fingers as in the diagram, hold the earbuds down with your index and middle fingers, and then wrap the cords around each "devil horn" like a figure eight. Take the last six inches of cord and circle it around the figure-eight wrap. Take it off your fingers and it's a nice little package that unravels with no knots at all. It may not read simply, but it is once you get the hang of it. If I can do it, you can definitely do it.

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dqueen888 dqueen888 7 years
mine keeps falling apart :/
NewStereo NewStereo 8 years
You are a genius lol. The headphones for my iPod shuffle are always getting in such a mess I decided to look for some sort of solution, this seems like it could work if I can get into a habit of doing it. If not my only other choice is some expensive wireless headphones :S
apeacefulife apeacefulife 9 years
Oh hey! My 10 y/o came up with this trick all on her own! I'm so proud of my lil geek girl! *glows with pride*
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I use sort of the same concept but just roll it around two fingers.
kiwigeek kiwigeek 9 years
If only I could do it!!
evila evila 9 years
Nice little trick...
mjightbender mjightbender 9 years
Nice! Now if I could ever get the damn buds to stay in my ears... -__-
mrcharlie mrcharlie 9 years
you guys are jackasses, back to work all of you! ;o]
RachyStar RachyStar 9 years
So handy! I absolutely love it! Finally the end of fighting with my headphones. I modified it to make it smaller to fit into the little pocket of my purse by only using your pointer, middle and ring finger. It makes it a hair more compact. Love it thought. Great tip!
Mind-of-My-Own Mind-of-My-Own 9 years
Hi, thats awesome. Now I can keep my mp3 player in my pocket without worrying about the headphones.
twinkledrops twinkledrops 9 years
Hard to do this in the winter though :(
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 9 years
this looks sick, i'm super gonna use this tip
m-m-m m-m-m 9 years
Not that hard to keep them untangled...?? Mine are so bad, I need a permanent boy scout around to (help me? No) to document the elaborate knots that I invent. This wrap tip is ok but lets get geek here. I need a wrap that always stays but lets me release a little bit of length at a time. I swear there was an extension cord wrap technique that did that. Someone figure it out for earbuds PLEASE! thanks.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Eh. It's not that hard to keep them untangled.
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i need to do this. I'll probably forget but this is really helpful
skiwi skiwi 9 years
geeksugar: its the second and third finger that holds down the earphone part (the author wrote the correction in the comments)
sukie1000 sukie1000 9 years
isn't this stating the obvious? since when is "wrapping" around my hands a tip?
Arrr Arrr 9 years
That's right, roll it, don't bend it ;)
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
sweet! will try it..
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
lol That's cute :)
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
wow i do that when i run. except a little different - i can't have too much cord dangling! so i wrap it around my index, middle, and ring fingers!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Very handy! :)
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
haha, cool!
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