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
Playlist iPod shuffle (fourth generation, late 2010)
7 September 2010
Conclusion: The controls on the device are fairly simple: a circular set of buttons allows you to move forward and backward between tracks (right and left), and increase and decrease the volume (top and bottom). Clicking the center button toggles between playback and pause. On the top edge of the device, there’s the same three-position power switch as in the 3G model (off, play in order, and shuffle) and a new VoiceOver button.
Pros: On-device controls, VoiceOver navigation, Long battery life
Cons: Awkward to clip on clothing, No way to lock out controls from inadvertent bumps
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,
Excerpt: Many thought that Apple scored an own goal with the third-generation iPod Shuffle. Stripping it of controls made for a dinkier device, but forced owners to either stick with the supplied headphones (with an in-line remote) or pay extra for an remote adaptor.
Pros: Great looks, easier to use than the last version, improved sound quality
Cons: Only 2GB of memory means you’ll have to really compress your tunes
Excerpt: Apple’s new iPod Shuffle fourth generation may be the baby of the latest iPod line up but with its sub £40 price and robust simplicity, it’s got its own charms. Reverting back to the 2G Shuffle’s button design but incorporating the creepy VoiceOver feature of the iPod Shuffle third generation, today’s Shuffle is the most compact Apple has produced, yet the buttons are nearing a fifth bigger than ever before.
Apple's fourth-generation iPod Shuffle sees the return of physical playback controls
Good Gear Guide.au
11 November 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.
Excerpt: Apple's iPod Shuffle received another makeover when Apple launched its new iPod line up in September, but were they right to go back to one of the previous designs or has the re-inclusion of buttons spoilt it? While the iPod touch is the flagship and the iPod nano the bit of fun, the iPod shuffle, to many, is a strange device that doesn't really serve much purpose. With no screen and a small storage (2GB) chances are your phone will offer you a more complete experience.
Pros: Small, light, VoiceOver feature, ability to limit volume, Genius playlist support
Cons: No screen, has to be managed from your computer, only 2GB