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.
Conclusion: The second-generation iPod shuffle is much cooler than its predecessor in most ways. It's cheaper, smaller, lighter, clips to your clothing, and holds more songs. It's also pretty darn durable, although in some respects, it did not last as long as the original iPod nano (then again, neither did the...
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?
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...
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.
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.