Reviews and Problems with Apple iPod Shuffle / 1st Generation
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Third-generation iPod shuffle
16 March 2009
Excerpt: (3 items) Allow me to save some of you the trouble of reading this review in its entirety. If you want an inexpensive iPod that holds 1,000 songs, know how to pack that iPod with exactly the tracks you like to listen to, are perfectly happy with Apple’s earbuds, and rarely hunt for specific tracks on your iPod, the third-generation (3G) iPod shuffle is a reasonable choice.
Pros: Can navigate thanks to VoiceOver controls, Sophisticated, minimalist design, Supports multiple playlists, VoiceOver is innovative alternative, Higher-capacity, Good sound and volume, Supports Apple Lossless files
Cons: Earbud controls can be difficult to use, Navigation more difficult than in the past thanks to headphone-based controls, Too expensive for the features you get, Must pay for adapter or compatible headphones if unhappy with included headphones, No controls on iPod, Battery charge poorer than in the past, Tiny switch on top of iPod difficult to manage with adult fingers
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.
Excerpt: The Apple iPod family has just expanded with the introduction of their first flash based player, the Apple iPod Shuffle. Available in two flavors, 512MB and 1GB, Apple has taken the popular design queues from their hard drive based players and applied them to the new Shuffle. Introduced at this year’s Macworld keynote by Steve Jobs, the company hopes to make a dent in the flash player market, but they may be too late to the show.
Pros: Easy to use; good sound quality
Cons: Missing a lot of features; poor battery life; only compatible with iTunes software
Summary: Apple's first flash-based music player features circular, clickable controls but no screen. A switch on the back lets you choose between Shuffle and Play in Order modes. The 1GB player holds an estimated 240 songs.
Pros: Good sound, Inexpensive, Easy iTunes controls, Good battery life
Cons: No display, Connecting to some computers requires add-on accessories, LEDs can be cryptic
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: The iPod shuffle looks and sounds good, and comes at a reasonable price. The necessity of using iTunes may put some off, but otherwise this is a great choice. It doesn't have the battery life of Alba's player, but it is a lot prettier.
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.