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)
Excerpt: With Apple’s minimalistic taste in design, less is always more. And there’s no better evidence than the latest iPod Shuffle, which has no buttons, no display, no expandable media slot, and no removable battery – yet makes up for it in being so small that it could quite literally get lost in a pocket.
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
Summary: The latest shuffle offers good sound quality and a sleek design, and its support for multiple playlists makes it an improvement over the last generation model. The VoiceOver feature, which works like a charm, makes it unlike any other MP3 player on the market. Unfortunately, by removing all the buttons from the device and placing them on the earphones, Apple has designed a product that some users might find more cumbersome than intuitive.
Pros: Sleek durable design, Speaks the names of songs and playlists, Good sound quality and volume, First shuffle to support multiple playlists,
Cons: Awkwardly placed inline controls, Users can only use the included headphones,
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?