April 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM ET
Earlier this month, there were rumors that Barnes & Noble was getting into the music business, as a mysterious product name, "Nook Audio," surfaced around the Internet. People speculated that it was a dock for the Nook e-reader, or maybe a new piece of hardware focused on music and audio books. But the truth, as it turns out, is a little less ambitious: Barnes & Noble is putting out some Nook-branded headphones.
The Digital Reader claims to have the prices, though they aren't mentioned on the site. There's a traditional over-ear style available for $50 and a smaller in-ear version for $20. They've got Nook logos on them, but beyond that there isn't much to tell. $50 for headphones is probably a bit steep for what is likely a rebranded pair of $30 to $40 headphones (to say nothing of the cheaper ones), but they at least appear to be understated in design and may even have some Nook-specific functions.
The gear isn't available for purchase yet, but you can visit the product pages and keep hitting refresh until they are. Or you could wait until Barnes & Noble makes an official announcement, which should be soon.