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Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB
When I was offered an iPod shuffle, I decided it was time to join the MP3 set. I have stubbornly stuck to portable CD players for my on the move listening due to better sound quality from Cd's, but the iPod would certainly by less cumbersome for times when I did not want to be carrying much around. Also, increasingly, I was downloading music on-line, so an iPod storage facility/player was an ideal solution.
I have to admit I bought mine used for just £12.00 which I considered a good price and seemed an ideal way to test the water, so to speak. This nifty little device is certainly considerably smaller than a CD player however small and light!
Approximate dimensions are 8cm L x 4cm W & 8mm depth.
Weight is negligible too as they are so light.
Controls are basic. On one side there is just a rubber enclosed plastic button with silver arrows for play; pause; forward; backwards, you just apply pressure with your thumb nail for which feature you require. The outer rubber circle allows the user to change the volume. The other side has the on/off switch and the shuffle on or off is incorporated here. The USB point is situated at the bottom and a section is removed to use it, like a lid on a memory stick really only more stylish.
The battery lasts slightly longer than that on my CD player and I guess I am getting about 6-8 hours use per overnight charge. Charging is simple and straightforward.
The iPod has a battery light, so it is easy to tell when it is due for charging, but otherwise there is not the big display screen that many newer devices have.
Given more choice I might have chosen a Sony MP3 player, but I know to many people Apple are the leaders and the best. I certainly have no reason to dispute that. One of my cars is a convertible, so I don't leave anything of value in there and certainly would not be leaving my treasured CD's in that car, so the iPod has come into its own as a music storage system to plug into that car, as well as to pop into a pocket when I am gardening and have had enough of the peace and quiet.
The iPod seems durable and well built. I have dropped it both getting out of the afore mentioned car and when mucking out the duck house. It does seem to take whatever I throw at it.
I find the sound quality ok, but I do tend to listen in with basic in ear headphones rather than decent ones, there is a little distortion and lack of clarity sometimes, but I find that common with any downloaded music and I have not needed to copy any of my CD collection onto the iPod as yet.
Downloading is easy and I have done so both directly from Apple and from my computer hard drive. The USB is easy and straightforward to use and the music copied from the PC so fast I was not certain it had done so until I checked!
Downloading direct obviously does take a little bit longer and so far I have only done so with three items.
In conclusion I am very pleased with the iPod and am so very pleased I bought it. I am however, delighted that I listened to my technical minded friends and bought a newer portable CD player for most of my listening as the quality is still superior.
For a small light portable device though it ticks all the boxes and is ideal for running, the gym, on the train and any time an unobtrusive device is required for your listening pleasure.
4/5 Because I do believe the sound quality is indeed better using a CD device.
Where from: Available used and NOS from outlets such as eBay and Amazon at varying prices plus p&p if applicable. If you see one - buy it! Apple now sell the smaller square device from about £35.00.
The Ipod shuffle is the lowest range of the ipod's. I wouldn't rate it low though, its durabililty was something to behold. Withstanding countless miles on a bike, going to skateparks in my clumsy teen days, dropping it accidentally and occasionally showing my friends how 'bouncy' it was.
1gb is equivalent to around 200 songs In my eyes, obviously you can compress the songs further to reduce their size but this also reduces their quality. As a durable companion for sports I rate it a 5* it can take a bashing and you don't have the option of 'choosing' what song you want on so that is one less thing to worry about.
The controls are well and truly idiot proof, It is a circle with a play/stop/next song and previous song button, the back features a slider for on and off aswell as a 'shuffle' mode or you can select it to play songs in order if you want to awkwardly navigate to a certain song to hear it.
The connection is one of my favourites out of all the ipod range, you simply remove the bottom of the ipod and concealed is a nifty USB to connect to your computer, just beware that if this is broken you are well and truly stuffed!
My biggest gripe is with this ipod they never gave it much memory, the newer (less inferior in my opinion) models have more memory but lack the little USB port and the durability of the older models.
For the casual listener and sportman this is a great mp3 player, perhaps not so great if you like to flick through to a certain song but that's obviously not what they had in mind. But for anyone active I definitely recommend this range of ipod!
As you can tell by now i have lots of Apple items !
I have had one of these little players for 5 years now and not once has it broke down on me. In fact, this was my first apple music player! I love this because it can be taken anywhere and weighs almost nothing and is so easy to use.
the first thing I will say is even though I keep up to date with apple products I have never updated my shuffle because I never have felt the need to because on the face of it, this is just a music player, but when you start to use it you find that it is able to be used in any situation. For example, if you decide to go for a run then your iphone or ipod touch is too heavy in your pocket and causes the headphones to be yanked out of your ears of if you are using special sports ones then they become dislodged. However when you use an ipod shuffle hardly any weight is added and just adds nicely to the experience. The other problem with the new ipod touch and iphone is that because its touch screen there is no way of changing song quickly without undoing the screen lock so this is much easier and practical to use. The controls are a bit awkward if you have never used them before but when you get used to them you will never have to look down again to change a song or turn the volume up or down. The battery life is good and lasts a good 15hours of music but I never really get close to wearing it down as a charge it every time before I use it.
quick highlights are that you have no screen so you MUST LIKE every song you have on this ipod otherwise it is useless. The connector is USB so you have to plug it directly into your computer which is annoying as it takes up a slot and if the connectors are at the back of your computer and you will probably need to buy an extension cable.
Useful little player to take anywhere but nowadays is probably better off as a secondary mp3 player because of all the new products around and other companies offering sports mp3 players like it. Also good for introducing the older or younger generations into music without forking out lots of money to which a child may lose or the elderly might not bother using.
Now everyone must already know that the iPod shuffle is the baby of the iPod range. It doesn't have gizmos and gadgets and laser beams or any of that nonsense found on its bulkier counterparts. The shuffle is an mp3 player through and through. It doesn't concern itself with video, or photos, or Youtube, or even a screen for that matter. This is a device that covers solely what mp3 players were created to achieve; to comfortably and efficiently provide a platform for you to listen to music when you are on the go. And judging it on these credentials, you can't go far wrong with the Shuffle.
I am reviewing the 1st Gen simply because it is the only generation of the shuffle i have ever owned. I know newer models have better memory and benefit from an even smaller shell, but the first generation is what started it all and that is what i am assessing.
Open the box and you are not greeted with alot; heaphones, music device, padding, booklet, USB cable. Thats it. And why wouldn't it be. This is truly an mp3 player unplugged. No bells or whistles, just a slim, attractive piece of engineering that plays music in your ears. Fire it up and low and behold it plays music and allows you to flick either manually through your songs or randomly. Very capable and great sound quality. Perfect. Isn't that the ideal recipe for an mp3 player?
Well yes, originally. Originally you were content to have something that you could carry in your pocket, that didn't way as much as an elephant, and that that could easily accomodate your music collection. The Shuffle pretty much covers all these bases. So job done surely? Well no. Times have changed. As technology advances, we as customers are no longer content with a device that only serves one purpose. Why have your pockets filled with endless gadgets, all capable of different jobs, when you can simply have one super device that does absolutely everything. Walk into any electronics store or phone shop and you will bare witness to mobile phones and mp3 players that are now pretty much handheld computers, capable of video playback, browsing the internet, organising your schedule and much much much much more. To the point where its original and primary use has become a distant after thought. Ask any tech head or child with a new gadget and the first thing they will do is drone on about its super duper capabilities. Ask if it is capable at its chief job though. Ask if it can receive a phone call or play music, and they haven't a clue. Nor do they care. I myself am guilty of this exact crime, often choosing my phone or mp3 player because of its all round functions as apposed to how well adapted it is to do its core function.
I just don't know in this new technological era if there is really a place for an item of gadgetry that only has one funtion. Do we really have time or the interest in products such as the Shuffle anymore, or are they going to become extinct within the next couple of years, despite their fantastic price. Only time will tell.
I received this ipod shuffle four years ago as a gift. Like any product it has it's ups and downs, but the first thing that I liked about this ipod, was its attractive appearance. It is an elegant white colour, long and slim, or at least slim in comparison to what was out during that time, now there are ipods that are wafer thin, this is bourbon biscuit thin. Unlike the ipods that are around now, this one does not get all those messy fingerprints that could make it look less appealing, so this is another plus.
The sound quality is fantastic. The headphones are white matching the ipod. However there are a few negatives about the headphones and sound. First of all everytime you turn the ipod on it is on full volume, so it blares in your ears and is hence capable of rendering you deaf or permanently shocked. So you have to remember to turn the volume down when you turn the ipod on before putting the ear pieces in. The headphones that I received were quite flimsy and lasted about a year before they started acting up, playing the song in only one earpiece for a while, so you would turn the volume up full and suddenly the other earpiece starts working! I also accidentally stepped on it and the left earpiece just broke, so now I definitely can only hear it through one earpiece. On the plus side it is not one of those special headphones that have a different fitting, so you can buy another cheap pair of headphones for a couple of quid.
At the back of the ipod there is a switch, it slides down, you can either turn it on to hear the songs in sequential order, or turn it on shuffle mode. Not a major negative, but if you have sweaty fingers, you may accidentally go one click below what you are aiming for, so instead of hearing it in sequential order if that was what you wanted, you might hear it in shuffle order.
I like that there are no fiddly bits and bobs, and wires, it's a simple case of plugging it into a usb port on your computer or something. It is easy to charge, only takes about an hour or so to charge. the battery life, really depends on how long you use it for, I have never used it for more than half an hour a day, so for me I find that I only have to charge it once every two weeks. Of course it might be different if you used it for 23 hours a day! There is a light at the back which shows you when the battery is going down, so this is useful, so that you are not taken by surprise.
Other bits and bobs:
It holds over 120 songs. They give you a CD so that you can install itunes software on your computer, and another plus is that it converts mp3 files into itunes, so if you have windows media player for example, all your songs on there can be converted into itunes, and loaded onto the ipod, which again is a fairly easy process particularly for those who are not great with electronics, I found I didn't even have to read the instruction manual, it was that easy.
Comparing this to the latest ipods is inevitable. I've seen the latest ipod shuffle, which is even smaller and cuter, but at the same time, the old ipod shuffle is an item that is less likely to be stolen given that the latest ipod shuffle is even cuter. It might not seem of great significance, but I wonder whether wrapping the headphone wires around the latest ipod shuffle might be somewhat of a struggle it makes it a bit bulky perhaps a bit fiddly, as the headphones are not in proportion with the ipod. Whereas wrapping them around this ipod is easy, it doesn't get tangled badly or anything, and because it's long you can wind it around the ipod so that it doesn't look too bulky. It is small in any case and fits easily into your handbag or your pocket just as the latest one would be, weighs only 0.78 ounces.
This is an item which would be great for taking on shorter journeys, like travelling on the train for an hour or so everyday, or just going for a walk or something. For longer journeys it would be better to get the latest ipod, not a shuffle, as the shuffles don't have screens. Though I suppose this is kind of the point of the shuffle, just to be able listen to some music without being too fussy about what you want to hear in particular.
Whether you were to buy this shuffle or the latest one, I don't think it would make a great deal of difference, either way I would only use it for short journeys. The price of this on amazon at the moment is around £50, for around another £150 you could get an ipod, which you might be better off with. The review I've given is a very mixed one, with kind of a balanced side of negative and positives, but I think I shall rate this according to my personal experience with it, which was overall good, and I've made a lot of use out of them. And getting it for free is also a huge plus! I'm going to knock off one star for the headphones problems.
There have been been two new versions of the iPod shuffle since this one came out however this one is worth considering if only for the lower price.
This version is essentially a glorifed USB key with a built in music player. The bottom section has cap that can be removed to reveal the USB connection - this is used for adding music and also charging.
The rest of the unit just has basic control buttons and a headphone socket. It doesnt have a screen so theres no way to know what track you are on - you can just play, pause and skip.
I got mine free with an Audible account primarily for listening to audio books however please note that for some reason that if you load a high bit rate audio book on the Shuffle it will lose you position in the book between uses - very annoying as there is no easy way to get back to the right spot. This doesnt happen with low bit rate books though.
As a music player its is good (albeit limited) - if you have itunes on your computer then its worth considering as a cheap branded MP3 player.
At only 1 GB this Apple MP3 player is fairly small in capacity, and the player itself is small and light, it is ideal for using at places like the gym or out running with its size and weight. It also comes with a clip so you can clip it onto a t-shirt with ease.
With it being Apple, you can download from itunes on the player with ease. You can also play audio books on the player as well. With only 1GB of storage space it holds over 200 songs which is plenty for most people use, the player has a rechargeable battery that lasts for about 12 hours and recharges quickly.
The player is fairly stylish and the sound quality is pretty good, the headphones you get with the player are ok but could do with changing for better ones.
An easy to use mp3 player that can be used anywhere with a decent amount of storage space and decent sound quality.
I was lucky enough to win an ipod shuffle in a prize draw - and the first thing i thought was - no screen. The second thing I thought was, awful earphones, and the final thing i thought was ... iTUNES ... no!
However, 2 years later, I have fallen in love with it. Granted it was very expensive for what it is, has very few features, and you could probably get a more feature rich mp3 player for the same price, but if you are looking for a simple, easy to use mp3 player, and you can get a good deal on it, the iPOD shuffle is for you.
There is the option of using the 3rd party real player to transfer music to the shuffle, which I personally much prefer to iTunes, which has a mind of its own.
I would advise spending some time, looking for a good quality pair of headphones, to get the best out of, not only the ipod, but any portable music player, as I found it really made a difference to the quality of the sound.
With regards to the features of the ipod - its relative denudation in this department, is arguably its best feature - switching it on and off is very simple, and then there are only 5 other buttons, allowing you to play, change volume, flick through songs, and "hold". The shuffle option, whilst being the main selling point of the ipod, isnt particularly random in my opinion, but that might be due to way I have used it ... oops.
Lastly, and the reason I am having so much difficulty replacing it, is the fact that it is the perfect usb dongle - with a 1gb capacity, it is very easy to simply put your work on it, and carry it around whilst listening to music.
The first thing you will notice after you have parted with your £89, or $130, is that you don't get a lot in the box. Supplied with the iPod shuffle (1GB) is a lanyard and iPod earbuds. On actual performance, I thought that the iPod shuffle was pretty good, as it had quite fast transfer times, and the sound quality was as good or better than its competitors. The iPod shuffle is ideal for carrying around your favourite tunes. However, if you enjoy listening to certain tracks, the iPod shuffle is not for you, as navigating through the songs is very hard, as the only shortcut available is to go right to the beginning of your music collection. The battery life is adaquate for moderate useage, but I would recommend purchasing a charger, as depending on a computer can become tiresome.
Overall, I was very impressed with the iPod shuffle, as it fulfills its major criteria: to randomise your music.
What can I say about this? To me this ipod is absolutely fantastic. It looks sleek and stylish and is fantastic for people looking for a fairly cheap but reliable mp3 player. I use this player in the gym and it is perfect for that as it's so small and lightweight. If you like to mix your music up and don't mind not knowing what is going to play next then this is perfect for you. If you like to see the song information while your music is playing and want to scroll through your music quickly to find a specific song then this isn't for you as it has no screen. Overall this ipod is great value for a sleek, reliable and quality product.
I never got around around to buying an mp3 player but when the I pod shuffle came around i just had to have It.
I always found the price of MP3 players to be too expensive but the price of the shuffle was ideal, £79.99 for the 1GB version (opproximately 240 songs), which i though was ideal as who really like more than 240 songs? i find the larger normal ipod with a 6GB capacity pointless. Does anyone really enjoys thousands of songs? i dont think so!.
The main reason i bought the i pod was the price and also the very very sexy looks!, it is approximately the size of a lighter and slips into any pocket easily and looks dam cool!
The sound quality is out of this world, better than all other types of i pod (ive listend to my friends nano, normal size ect) and it is perfection, crisp ,clear, fantastic.
Now to the bad points (dont worry there arnt many):
(This isnt really a problem) It does not have a screen so you do not know what song is playing this is not a problem for me as i dont care as i know what all the songs are on it.
Dodgy headphones on very high volume (i like it loud!) bit of crackling occurs but not all the time.
Very dodgy random selection, this is the ipods main problem, even though it is called a shuffle it aint shuffling too good! a prime example was i was listening to a random song, then a 1st song on an album came up , then the 2nd,the 3rd and then it changes, now the odds of this happeing out of 240 songs is like 700 to 1 (i think :s) but this happes everytime i use it (at least 5 times a week)
Overall this is a quality piece of audio equipment with fantastic sound, good looks and a dam good price!
Never to be too blinded by brand names, Ive never really bought into the I-Pod hype, I much prefer to look at what a product offers me.
It was by sheer luck that I found out about the Shuffle, when I got a chance to have a fiddle with a friends. It seemed so much more appealing than the MPMan that I already owned. So the next day I had ordered one. Costing the price of £55, which didnt seem to bad to me, as Id paid £80 for me previous one.
So I purchased the 1 GB version, which will hold up to 240 songs, which in a way I thought was disappointing as I like faster, energetic music I have a lot of songs that are shorter than normal, hence they have smaller file size, so when putting them on the shuffle I got less minutes on and more spare MB space than maybe the average.
One of the things that appeals to me about the shuffle is its size being 4cm long and 2cm wide (with a width of 1cm (including the clip)).
The disadvantage of this is there is no track selection as the shuffles gimmick is that it chooses any track that you put on the player the good thing with this is that it does keep your music random, which I find does keep the music interesting and non-repetitive. On that point I do find the way it mixes is not random. Usually mixing a few artists from a few CDs in random periods. Also sometimes it does not seem to mix well, as quite a few times I hear a track, then another track or two later, the same track plays again.
The overall of durability I have found for the I-Pod is pretty good so far. It has flung from my shorts when I have been running, withstanding the concrete and still sounding finding. I have also jumped on it when it fell off again while I was skipping. I dont know how much it can resist water, but it has taken a good sweating from a gym workout, though I wouldnt recommend sticking it in the washing machine to see how much it can take.
As for the special trademark I-Pod headphones, what can I say but crap utter crap, as they stopped working in one ear after two days. Wasnt going to buy any of there rip-off over priced headphones to replace them either, so I used an old pair instead and they still work fine.
Another one of the features that appealed to me to ditch my old mp3 player a charger. Before I was constantly changing batteries, which was getting quite expensive for the amount of time I spend listening working out and commuting, so with the Shuffles recharge option I just plug the charger into a USB port in the computer, stick in the I-Pod and it will start charging.
The battery last for about the 12 hours that it promises.
The Shuffle comes in a handy little box, which is quite amusing the size of it compared to the Shuffle, it contains headphones, chargers and the shuffle. There are also some Apple logo stickers to help spread the corporate image about and an instruction booklet, and a little card instruction booklet, which gives you all the basic controls to know how to use it.
Some more Features
Ability to hold the player so that if you catch any buttons it wont skip tracks etc.
Shuffle or straight if you prefer to listen to all your tracks in order you can select whether you want it to shuffle the music or just play them out according to the play list in I-Tunes.
The Shuffle has a simple little clip, so you can put it on a belt, trouser, shirt etc quite easily.
I found that the set-up was a little more complex than it should have been. I expected when first connecting to the computer that it would have automatically gone into an I-Tunes set-up (This is what you need to put tracks on your I-Pod) but it didnt do this so I had to go on the Internet and look for the program myself.
Once set it archives all the music/films on your computer this can take quite a while depending how much media is on, also a warning for anyone who has a lot of Windows Media files (.wma) I-Pod does not play these files, and so takes ages to convert all the media files. Since I had about 100-200, it took quite a while, so in comparison with my old player which directly let you copy/cut tracks straight on, its quite a slow loading time
Another disadvantage of the I-Pod is the fact that the Shuffle sets its self up to recognise only one computer, so you can not take it around and charge it somewhere else without getting the annoying message in I-Tunes saying that the Shuffle is not set up with the library and will ask you if you want to delete all the tracks of the I-Pod.
This is quite annoying as I vary charging my I-Pod between a home computer (which it recognises) and a laptop, which will always come up with that message. If there is a way of sorting this I would be interested to hear.
What I also dont like is the fact you cant view whats in the I-Pod on your hard drive without using I-Tunes, as I feel its a lot easier than using a program, however I understand that they must do this for copyright reasons, so people dont take there I-Pod everywhere and copy there files onto someone elses hard drive.
So despite the I-Pod hype it is not infallible.
The style and design is really slick, its lightweight so wont bang about. Its silver on the outside and the controls are white. The charger and headphones are also white.
well, i just can say that this is my favorite thing for today! it has perfect design, small, elegant and modern outlook! its technical features are out of competition! great flash memory! easy in use! suitable interface and amaising music quality - thats what i like in this digital player! just download your favourite music and enjoy it several hours! if you have a long boring trip just dot forget to take it with you!
My experience with the ipod shuffle has been great, in fact it's changed my life. I've found it really easy to use, and it looks a cool piece of kit to pull out of your pocket at the bus stop and say hey dude look at me, I'm one cool cat with tunes that will make you shuffle all day long and throughout the night.
The iPod was made to be fondled. The front of the Shuffle has the control pad designed for the 21st century. A round dome shaped centre Play/Pause button longs to be pressed and caressed and wrapped elegantly around this are the rather stylish fast forward and rewind buttons. As the name implies with this device you can put your tunes on shuffle mode and fill your day with lots of little surprises. Just plug iPod shuffle into your computer's USB port, and let your favourite musical flavours flood in, up to 240 of them. It can also be used as a flash drive, so you can store your documents/files and transfer them to another PC. It is compatible with PC or Mac and also comes in a 512MB version.
When fully charged it usually lasts me about 2 weeks or 12 hours none stop. A small almost hypnotic LED light will indicate a low battery by showing amber if the battery is low. This is located near the power on/of button on the posterior of the device. On the reverse there is also a switch that allows you to flick between 'play in order', 'shuffle' or 'off'.
One possible downside the Shuffle is the lack of any screen so you are not able to view the title of your itunes - you can't choose what you're playing nor see what's playing although you can still quickly flick through what your looking for. It's also very light, maybe too light, so much so that it almost floats out of your pocket. As it's only 8.4mm thin it so easy to forget at times that you've got it on you. I've heard a lot of bad vibes about this little device conking out and breaking down but after 4 months mine is still playing my random tunes of love and inspiration.
I've never been a great advocate of Mp3 tracks, the tinny quality has never brought total satisfaction to my delicate musical sensibilities. The iPod however, somehow manages to extract the best out of the Mp3 giving it a clean bass boost that will have you boogie woogie boogying along the high ways and by ways. The iPod Shuffle also supports AAC, WAV and Audible formats.
The snazzy earphones are also a joy to plug into your shell-likes and seem to fit smugly into all sizes no doubt due to the double protected interior sponge for added comfort. In terms of sound reproduction however, there are better quality headphones out there. Leaving this aside I really like the space age design and the whole ergonomic experience of this miniature piece of portable technology that simply breathes through the zeitgeist.
Summary of features
Store up to 240 songs (more if you hand pick)
Drag and drop songs
Control your music with the simple button interface
Weight 22 g (0.78 oz)
Enjoy up to 12 hours of continuous playback
Charge in four hours via USB or optional Power Adapter
Store files along with your music
Don't get me wrong, I love iPods, but the shuffle always seemed pointless to me. The skip back function doesn't work properly, annoying when listening to podcasts. The regular iPod is miles better value and a lot more fun. The headphones are fine, but what good are they really when you can't adjust the sound output to your own preference. These days I just use the shuffle as a data storage device for moving photos and video around. You could easily buy an MP3 player with similar capacity for much the same price, plus you get a display. I'm sure apple will say goodbye to this one when it releases its next generation of video iPods later this year.