Reviews and Problems with Apple iPod Shuffle / 3rd Generation
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iPod shuffle 3G
The Mac Observer
10 September 2009
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.
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...
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.
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)
Excerpt: Apple’s newest Shuffle (at almost 50 percent smaller than the previous Shuffles) could easily be mistaken for a stick of Trident, features no buttons and it pimps voice-identification technology.
Pros: Thumb drive size. Can double as a tie clip. Battery life lasts for 12 freaking hours. Short USB sync cord is the sexiness. Yes, we’ll admit, it’s another beautifully designed piece of hardware from Apple. Battery bonked out after 11 constant hours of blasting Thunderstruck on loop.
Cons: Proprietary headphones are required. Control set awkward to use, hard to get used to. So small, it nearly gets lost in the packaging it comes in.
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.
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
Apple iPod shuffle - Talking its Way into your Hearts
16 March 2009
Conclusion: Apple has spearheaded the touchscreen phenomenon with the iPhone. While it's still in its early stages, the 3rd generation iPod shuffle could very well be Apple's way of experimenting with voice technology as another way of interacting with a device.