Conclusion: If you can excuse the ear bud issue, the new iPod shuffle is gorgeous, sounds great, and includes the cool VoiceOver feature that makes it easy (and fun) to use. I recommend it without hesitation.
Pros: Tiny size, great looking, integrated clip, and it speaks song, artist, and playlist names at the touch of a button.
Cons: The usual: uncomfortable and mediocre ear buds.
Summary: Arguably the most offbeat iPod yet, the 4GB shuffle houses plenty of storage, excellent audio quality, and divine little details into a gorgeous fashion accessory. Apple's new entry-level DAP is not the value choice you might expect from the lowest-priced iPod.
Conclusion: Surely the additional effort on our part is the tradeoff for the cleaner, ultra-sleek hardware, shrunk down to damned-near-insane size and weight, at the expense of almost all on-unit buttons. This new shuffle does double the capacity of the previous generation for only $10 more, and so the value--and new level of control--make it worth the fancy fingerwork. Available on Amazon.com: Also consider: Manufacturer's Specifications What's in the Box?
Pros: Highest-ever shuffle capacity somehow fits into smallest-ever form factor, Sleek aluminum enclosure, New VoiceOver feature enables greater playback control
Cons: Proper operation requires research, practice, patience..., Can't fast forward or rewind (Cue/Review)
Conclusion: With the third-generation iPod Shuffle, Apple advances style at the expense of its other guiding principle: ease of use. Though fashionistas won’t mind being stuck with Apple’s headphones , and will learn to live with the three-button remote control, there’s little additional function to justify ditching an old Shuffle for the new design, short of its rather gimmicky VoiceOver functionality.
Pros: Tiniest iPod yet; flawless Apple build quality; voiceOver pronounces track and artists names, allows playlists
Cons: Only works with specific (and rare) headphones; headphone controls less intuitive; ultra-short data cable; weak text-to-speech capabilities
Excerpt: Nowadays, there are endless options when it comes to MP3 players. Sony, Toshiba, Sansa, heck even Microsoft has it’s own player now. Yet with all the choices out there,Ã‚Â Apple continues to lead the race.Ã‚Â Admittedly, AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high prices tend to drive potential customers away. So what do you do if you want an Apple MP3 player but refuse to shell out the big bucks for an iPod?
Allegedly the world’s smallest MP3 player, Apple’s latest iPod shuffle now talks to you thanks to VoiceOver technology.
Good Gear Guide.au
8 July 2009
Summary: If you are the type of person who will simply switch on your iPod and let it play, then the new iPod shuffle may appeal to you. As it stands, though, Apple’s latest music player is too small, uses a frustrating control system and doesn’t allow flexibility when it comes to third-party headphones.
Pros: In-line controls are easier to access when jogging/walking, minimalist design, VoiceOver feature, supports multiple playlists, 4GB storage
Cons: Too small, can’t use standard third-party headphones, shuffle slider button too small, multiple click sequences are frustrating