Summary: The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.
Pros: The iPod Shuffle returns to its big-button glory days, only this time around it offers support for playlists, audiobooks, podcasts, Genius Mixes, and a multilingual VoiceOver feature that announces track information, battery status, and menu navigation.
Cons: The 2GB capacity can't hold much; there's no headphone remote nor radio; the track controls tend to get pinched when clipping the iPod to your clothes; and the chances of you accidentally running it through the washing machine are quite high.
Excerpt: It is small, bright and can store hundreds of your favorite songs. It is the fourth generation of the Apple iPod Shuffle , and this ultra compact MP3 player gives you a variety of options in a small device. This player differs greatly in design from its predecessor but still provides a large memory and long battery life to give you an enjoyable playback experience.
Excerpt: The Good Return of the click wheel Longer battery life VoiceOver, Genius Playlists Solid construction Tiny The Bad Difficult to use clip without pressing buttons Only 2GB of storage Limited features for the price Design As Apple approaches a decade of iPod sales, starting off with the Classic and progressing to the Touch, the company has taken a gamble with major redesigns of its entry- and mid-level offerings.
Pros: Return of the click wheel, Longer battery life, VoiceOver, Genius Playlists, Solid construction, Tiny
Cons: Difficult to use clip without pressing buttons, Only 2GB of storage, Limited features for the price
Summary: If you’re after a companion to keep you company whilst you’re going on your jog but don’t want to spend £129 for a 6th Generation iPod Nano then this is the one for you. However, if you’re after a music player that is small but stores more than 2GB the iPod Nano would be a better purchase
New polished and vibrant look,
Apple's fourth-generation iPod Shuffle sees the return of physical playback controls
Good Gear Guide.au
30 December 2010
Summary: Apple's fourth-generation iPod Shuffle is a sleek and easy-to-use device, largely thanks to the return of the controls offered by the first- and second-generation Shuffles. The VoiceOver feature is also a big winner.
Summary: Is Apple’s ‘war on buttons’ finally over? After confounding millions with its buttonlesss mouse and trackpad, it seems Apple’s purge finally went too far last year. The buttonless iPod Shuffle of 2009 was small enough to inhale and could only be controlled by a series of cryptic squeezes on its specially designed earphone cable – hardly a recipe for mass-market adoption. Unsurprisingly, it flopped.
Apple 2GB iPod shuffle (fourth generation, late 2010) review
7 September 2010
Excerpt: I’m on the record somewhere as saying that my favourite iPod of all time is the second-generation (2G) iPod shuffle . There was just something about that little guy, with its clip-on body and its circle of easy-to-navigate control buttons, that I found irresistible. I still have a battered old silver one that I take on trips and use when I’m mowing the lawn.
On-device controls, VoiceOver navigation, long battery life.
Awkward to clip on clothing, no way to lock out controls from inadvertent bumps.