Yes, i feel as if the volume buttons are useless. What purpose would you have with volume buttons? If you wanted to change the volume, just go into your ipod. A Pause/play button, however, would benefit. This is assuming you cant hear someone talking or something important so you lower your volume buttons- this is uncessary if you have one simple pause/play button. PAUSE when someone wants to talk, and press the same button again for resuming your music. What other buttons or outer redesigns do you guys prefer?