Reviews and Problems with Apple iPod Shuffle / 1st Generation
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Play Your Favorite Songs While On-the-Run: Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB
Personal Electronics buzz
15 January 2007
Excerpt: The Apple iPod Shuffle is a powerful little device for going to the gym or the beach. It clips on a shirt or pants and is feather-weight. It actually weighs 0.6 ounces. The dimensions are 1.1-inch by 1.6-inch. It is perfect for me because I can't even think of a hundred songs I would actually want to reserve in my library. The 1GB flash memory capacity will hold approximately 250 songs.
Conclusion: Apple’s iPod Shuffle is an audio player meant for anyone that wants a single purpose; to simply play music. If you are a serious audio enthusiast and want a player that has multiple roles, then we suggest that you look at offerings from iRiver and Samsung. A lot of people will most likely purchase the iPod Shuffle to complement a hard drive based audio player. You can use the iPod Shuffle in environments that are not suitable for the larger players such as working out.
Pros: Easy to use; good sound quality
Cons: Missing a lot of features; poor battery life; only compatible with iTunes software
Excerpt: The runt of the iPod litter, the Shuffle gorges itself on 2GB worth of tunes from your iTunes library – it’s okay, you can specify playlists, rather than leaving yourself at the tender mercies of complete randomness – then plays them back. The USP? Before playback, it quite literally “shuffles” the playing order. So how does this budget MP3 player fare in the grand scheme of things?
Pros: The Shuffle is tiny, robust, and cheap. It clips neatly and firmly on to your clothing or any loose flab, making it ideal for gym-goers. Sound quality, as with all iPods is almost completely characterless, clean and effective. It won’t overwhelm you with bass or draw out hitherto unplumbed depths of emotion from your Kajagoogoo playlist, but it is very clear and precise. It works a treat with iTunes, which will either give you a completely different set of tunes each ...
Cons: Either a masterpiece of minimalism or an under-spec’d piece of crap depending on which way you look at it, the Shuffle has no screen, no extras of any description and comes with Apple’s much-unloved white earbuds.
Excerpt: Other controls include, a power switch on the top side of the Apple’s iPod shuffle player and a slider for selecting between shuffle and repeat playback modes. A standard 3.5 mm headphone jack is also located along the lower side of the Apple’s iPod shuffle player.
Conclusion: While we applaud Apple's effort in a fresh repackaging of the shuffling mode that has been around for ages, the fundamental product principle behind the iPod shuffle is still after all a digital audio player. Omitting the display by hollering and marketing the white slab in a fashion of an iPod shuffle is undoubtedly an ingenious way to justify not having an onboard display.
Summary: The iPod Shuffle is designed to be minimalist. Its appeal lies in not having to worry about always fiddling with it, and letting it 'take control'. If you prefer to be able to choose what you're listening to, and how it sounds, you would be better served by a different product.
Pros: Great sound quality, small and lightweight
Cons: Lack of features, no screen, a little fragile
Excerpt: For those who are Mac users and want an MP3 player that is made especially for them, the iPod Shuffle is one of the best MP3 players that is available on the market today. One thing that iPod offers its users is simplicity. On the front of the iPod Shuffle is a easy to use circular control panel. If you want to play a song, click the button in the center. This will also pause the music that is currently playing.
Summary: Apple's first iPod shuffle was the smallest digital-music player on the market. Version 2 makes that old model look positively cumbersome. And now that iPod shuffle pricing has been slashed by Apple , it's an even better deal than before.