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I bought this tiny iPod as size was my main consideration - I wanted a music player that would easily fit in limited space on a long trip I was taking.
The player itself is very small - approx. 3cm square and less than 9mm thick - it's available in various colours - I chose the bright pink - which is lovely and zingy. It has a big built on clip on the back that allows you to clip it securely to your clothing or bag.
As I'm not a big fan of in-ear headphones I use it with 'can' headphones - which means the headphones take up lots more bag space than the shuffle!
The 1GB of memory fits just over two hundred songs on it - so you can put your favourite playlist on it - or just have it set on shuffle all the time and take pot luck.
The battery life is good - about 15 hours of playback.
The drawbacks for me are the lack of screen - so you can't search for your favourite track easily (although you can skip your way through tracks until you get to the one you want - but that is time consuming and not very convenient.
The other drawback is the charging cable - which has a special attachment specifically for the shuffle - this isn't compatible with any other Apple product I have come across - it plugs into the earphone jack - so it means you can't charge and listen at the same time. It also means it's another specific cable you have to remember to take on trips - it would be so much more convenient if I could just take one apple cable that fitted my main iPod, iPhone and shuffle - but now I seem to be accumulating more and more specific ones!
The sound quality is good and all in all I am impressed that it does do what I wanted it for - a small, lightweight (12.5g) music player that I can easily take along when on the move.
I bought 2 of these for my 9 and 11 year old children thinking they would be perfect for them to listen to their music. In hindsight I think that lacking a screen to be able to visually scroll through the music is a real disadvantage. It is very difficult to choose the song you want to listen to. On the positive side, The quality of the sound is however very good and it is also easy to download the music from itunes. Despite being small the product is quite sturdy and does not scratch easily. The clip to attach the shuffle to your clothes is very stiff and my children have not been able to use this feature. The colours that you can choose are great and the finish is very stylish. Although the sound quality is good on the shuffle I wish I had paid more for the nano.
I love my iPod shuffle.. it is a dream to take out with me anywhere as it is so small and compact which in turn doesn't take up hundreds of space in my bag. Its grip makes it useful for stick on your jacket somewhere so you do not lose it which is another advantage of this iPod. Despite it only having one 1 GB I find you can store endless songs on this without too much space being taken up.
I love that you can as you can take it anywhere with you it can 'liven' up your day.The price of it is a bonus as it is not too pricey for what its worth and I can guarantee you that this iPod shuffle will last you a long time enough to get your moneys worth and more out of it. This iPod is just as good as the latest generations so I suggest you should buy this one. It's also available in a variety of colors. The battery life is great, running up to at least 12 hours and bearing in mind you can put it on'hold' you can definitely save a lot of battery. If your wondering is there any issues related with this product well I've had none to date and its been through wear and tear with me so it's sure has some longevity to it.
In my opinion this is the best ipod available on the market.
No frills, no special features, just music.
I use this run and with the clip it's easy to attach to any part of clothing, you can also clip it to one finger as you run.
The design is simple and compact. It's really tiny, which in some ways is annoying because it can be very hard to lose and misplace. However, it means you always have space for it in a bag or pocket.
The wheel on the front allows you to skip forward and back between tracks and skip forward within a track. You can also raise and lower the volume. It goes pretty loud so there's no problems with the volume being too quiet.
If you hold down the central play button you can lock the wheel so you don't accidentally skip a track. This is incredibly useful if you're travelling with your ipod shuffle and are listening to an audio book which is one long audio file. Locking the wheel prevents you from nudging the skip buttons and losing your place.
Unlike most other ipods, the shuffle is extremely resilient and strong. You can drop it from a great height and it won't break. You can chuck it into your bag or pocket and be safe knowing it won't suffer a scratch. My shuffle's even been through the washing machine and a tumblr dryer, but it was absolutely fine after a reset.
I had always used my phone (apple) as my mp3 player, but late last year I decided to take up running again, and found that the phone was far to bulky, and kept "jumping". So I asked santa for an mp3 player, it needed to be small, have a clip for securing to clothing, hold my library of 150+ tunes, with room for more, and most importantly, not be too expensive!
Santa decided on this I pod shuffle, he says it was chosen over other brands because 1) I already owned apple products, and 2) it was on sale for £35!
First impressions were "oh my goodness I am going to loose it!", it is tiny, not much bigger than a large postage stamp! It weighs very very little, and in fact, the ear buds seemed heavier!
Connecting to my laptop was easy with the short lead which plugs into the earphone hole - yes, the earphone hole! I must admit to having searched the tiny machine, thinking that it couldn't possibly be charged/connected through the earphone socket - but it is, and very successfully too!
Charging is fast and efficient, and I get around 12 hours of playback from each charge.
Downloading music is a simple click and drag action through itunes, and by boxing day, I was ready to trial my new running buddy.
Only now did I notice just how tiny the controls are! The controls on top of the ipod are so small, that I felt like a giant, a big, fat fingered giant! And it is nearly impossible to pinch the clip on this design without accidentally pressing the back-skip button in the process. It happened to me while I was midway through my 30 minute run (as I removed my jacket and tried to switch the ipod to my shirt, and suddenly I was back at the beginning of my well thought out running playlist!
However, the clip itself is very "tight" and doesn't allow for any movement once the ipod is in place. The aluminium casing also means that this tiny little mp3 player is extremely robust, and withstood many a drop from post-running sweaty hands!
Now, as an mp3 player, and such a small one, sound quality is fantastic, not at all tinny, and not once have I had a track skip or stutter. However, i feel for the price tag, it lacks something that others of a similar generation hold, namely an fm radio! As is often the case, we pay more for the name, buying a less popular brand may well offer more features and functions, but they don't always deliver on quality!
I feel i should also mention the apple supplied ear buds, they are so uncomfortable! It may just be because I wear them during exercise, but I opted for a cheaper, cushioned pair off amazon!
Overall, I consider this to be one of our best purchases, it has almost daily use, and 10 months on, still looks and performs as it did new!
I had not previously owned anything like this before but was given this iPod shuffle by my daughter who had been having a sort out. I do remember buying it for her many years ago for her birthday when it was 'the thing to have' but now obviously it is way down the line in relation to the newer models. I haven't really got a lot of interest in new gadgets and gismos and am probably about five years behind the general population when it comes to modern technology but this is something which I can and do use.
It is a tiny little thing measuring 1 inch by 2 inches and the one I have is a lovely bright yellow which makes it easier to spot at the bottom of my handbag although it does tend to get stuck in the corners or in between letters as it is so small.
I do try and pop it in the little inside pocket but I often just chuck it in my bag when I have finished with it. I often catch the train to work and this is when I use my iPod and I really love it, it makes the journey go much quicker and I don't have to listen to people's inane mobile phone conversations going on around me!
The iPod came with a pair of earphones, a cable to charge it and a small cradle which holds the iPod in place when you are charging it. I like the fact that there aren't too many options to confuse me and that the buttons are slightly raised as opposed to touch screen which I find a bit sensitive to use. I like the act of actually pressing a button rather than tapping a screen as I know I have definitely made contact this way. It has a thumb friendly circular control pad with the centre button for play and pause and the outer buttons for the rest of the functions. It is clearly labelled play, pause, skip forwards and backwards and volume and you turn it on with a switch at the side. There is a clip on the back of the iPod which you can clip onto your clothing or bag to keep it safe however I don't use this as I am sitting down on the train and will just keep it in my bag or on my lap. You can set the play to shuffle which I usually do or you can play them in order. I much prefer the shuffle as I find I can get a bit bored with songs playing in the same order.
This small iPod can store up to 250 songs which is perfectly adequate for me, but I am sure this is not sufficient for most people as this only has a very small capacity compared to newer and bigger models. It is supposed to give you twelve hours of continuous play without running out. I have never had it on longer than about half an hour and I usually charge it up at the weekends and it has never lost power.
I have not personally downloaded any music onto there as there was quite a good selection from when my daughter had it and as I am not very confident with things like this I get my husband to put any new ones on from iTunes.
This is a neat little gadget which is small enough to fit into your pocket and is very unobtrusive. I think I paid around £40 for this but you can pick them up from Ebay and Amazon for around £25 and they also come in bright tones of pink, purple, blue, yellow and black. I know most people will nowadays consider this to be a 'quaint little gadget' but I like it and it definitely makes my train journeys go much quicker.
I do own quite a few mp3 players, however no matter how much I try to stay from the Apple brand I always end up going back to them and purchasing another Apple mp3 device. To be honest one of the main reasons why I tried to stay away from Apple was that a lot of their mp3 players seemed quite expensive, however when I realised that some of the Apple mp3 players were actually quite cheap now, I decided I would go ahead and give into the Apple mania and purchase an Ipod Shuffle.
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I purchased mine a few years ago from Amazon which at the time was priced at around £40, however having a look now the price seems to have gone even cheaper and is now £15-20. In my opinion this is a great price for an Apple iPod Shuffle with a 1GB memory storage size. I have also seen a couple on eBay slightly cheaper. However as there are newer models out with 2GB the older 1GB version isn't as widely available as it was. The new 2GB model is priced at £35 which is still good price for an Apple iPod device.
There are a few colours to choose from, I have the silver coloured one. However it also comes in pink, purple, blue, yellow and black colour finishing.
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* Store up to 240 songs
* Stores data via USB flash drive
* Skip-free audio playback
* Up to 12 hours playtime when fully charged
* Charging via included USB dock
* Autofill from your entire music library for a fresh mix via iTunes software (via download)
* Autofill from specific playlists via iTunes software
* Play MP3, AAC and audiobooks
* Thumb-friendly, circular control pad
* Click the center button to play and pause. Click the outer buttons to move back, skip forward, and adjust volume
* Built-in clip for your sleeve, your lapel, your coin pocket, your backpack
* Flip the shuffle switch to mix up iPod shuffle's contents
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These snazzy mp3 players certainly live up to the Apple funky modern design that Apple are known for. The iPod shuffle has a nice glossy finish, which I can imagine would look even better in a more funky pink or yellow colour instead of silver. Despite choosing to be somewhat boring and get the silver colour, the mp3 still manages to look funky and stylish. It has an attractive metallic shiny appearance and a smooth finish. It has a LED light that lights up at the centre when the mp3 player is switched on.
The iPod shuffle comes complete with a pair of Apple earphones, some Apple logo stickers, a charger, and an instruction manual.
It is small and petite so as you can imagine it is very lightweight. It looks fairly simple but yet very modern with its circular centre controls and clip on at the back. It measures at: 1 x 4.1 x 2.7 cm and weighs 14 g. There is a headphone socket located at the top of device.
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The mp3 player is a lot smaller than other Apple ipod/mp3 players and I would definitely see this as a huge advantage. Being nice and small means it easy to fit into my pocket while doing some jogging or just going about my daily routine. It is very light weight and therefore is easy to carry around with you without feeling something bulging out my pockets or weight me down. It has a handy clip on feature which attaches securely on jeans or belts, I have used the clip on feature a couple of times and find it does fit on nicely and stays on well even while doing some jogging. I mostly place the device in my pocket which is mainly due to habit rather than a dislike of the clip on feature.
It is very easy to set up and start using, the first thing to be aware of if you are not already is to know that Apple devices will only allow songs to be transferred onto the mp3 by using iTunes software. iTunes software is basically a apple software utility that allows songs and audio books etc to be purchased via the iTunes store and transferred onto the iPod device using the USB cable provided. The iTunes software can be installed via a software CD which is included with the purchase or for any reason if you lose it, you can download the iTunes software online by visiting their iTunes website. The software installation process is very straightforward, as you just follow the on screen steps and doesn't take very long to install. Once installed and songs are purchased from iTunes the song will be displayed as a list on iTunes user interface, then just connect he iPod shuffle to the computer via a USB cable and you can then transfer songs, organise songs into categories, arrange playlists etc.
I have had an overall good experience with the iTunes software, there have been a couple of occasions where the iTunes software will inform me to update the software, which on the odd occasion when I have done this it seems to lose a couple of my songs from the list which can be a little annoying.
The iPod Shuffle has a 1GB memory storage capacity which is more than enough for me, as it can store up to around 240 songs. I can imagine more devoted music fans that like adding songs everyday would run out of room quite quickly, however for me I like to add new songs but also delete older songs that I no longer listen too that much there its seems to keep the storage capacity fairly open.
The iPod shuffle has controls located on the front; it has a pause, play, rewind and fast forward buttons as well as volume control buttons. It is easy to distinguish which button does what as they are each clearly labelled with the designated symbols. I originally thought that the buttons were too close together and that I might end up pressing the wrong one by mistake, however this isn't the case as each button is designed so that there is very little overlap between them. There is no LCD screen on an ipod shuffle which is probably one of the reasons why it is cheaper than other Apple mp3 players. The lack of screen means that I have to guess which song is where in the playlist, if would also be useful to know the duration of the song and other song information like artist and track name. However this is not a major issue, and is more of a preference than a disappointment.
The battery life is excellent for this little mp3 player, I can easily listen to music for up to 13 hours before I need to pop on recharge. This is a lot better than some of the older Apple iPod I have owned in the past, and is definitely a huge improvement. Even after a few years the battery life is still lasts around 12-13 hours, however I don't listen to it as much as I use to due to owning a newer mp3 player. The iPod can be recharged via a charging dock that comes supplied, you just plugs into the computer to start the recharging process. The recharging time is also very impressive, I remember when my iPod was very low on battery and when I plugged it in for recharge it took about 2 hours for it to fully recharge.
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Overall I would say this a good mp3 player that does playback music to a high standard, however I find myself drifting away from this iPod shuffle and instead using more updated apple mp3 players that have more features to listen to music. This is still a great little mp3 player that I would recommend to anyone that just wants a simple mp3 player that is stylish, modern looking and also low priced.
I always just used my phone to listen to music but then a couple of years ago Avon had an offer available (I'm an Avon representative) for representatives where if you sold so many of a certain perfume you could purchase the iPod shuffle for only £20. If you didn't reach your target of perfumes you were charged £40 for the iPod, luckily I reached my target so only paid £20 for it. The usual price for it is about £40.
The iPod came in a small clear plastic box. Inside the box was the iPod, a small dock cradle which holds your iPod in place when charging, earphones and a cable to charge it up. There was a few pieces of paper included which were the instructions. The iPod is gold and has 'AVON' engraved in the back. The iPod is pretty basic which I like as it is simple to use. There are buttons to play/pause/skip forward/skip back and to change volume. You can also set up the songs to shuffle or play them in order. There is a clip on the back which can be used to clip onto your clothes so you don't need to carry it.
This iPod is perfect for using when walking dogs, I have 2 dogs and usually end up with the leads wrapped around my legs and both dogs walking in different directions so the clip on the back of the iPod comes in so useful. I can clip it onto my top and I don't have to worry about carrying it. I don't take my phone with me now when walking the dogs as I used to worry I'd drop it as I'd have to carry it if I couldn't fit it in my pocket. It can store up to 250 songs which is more than enough for me, I don't even use half of that. They say it has 12 hours playtime which I think is about right but I've never timed it so not sure but I use it daily and can walk the dogs for up to 1 hour and it usually lasts me about 2 weeks so I think 12 hours will be about right. This is great for holidays, it doesn't take up much space and easy to fit in your beach bag. I find it quite easy to put music on it. The iPod can be used with iPod docks.
I find that the earphones can fall out of my ears quite easily and I have to keep putting them back in. I would prefer to have a screen on it so I can choose what song I want to listen to but then that would take up space so then it probably wouldn't be as small so I do think its worth not having a screen if it means it keeps the iPod so tiny. The iPod doesn't have a plug included so if you don't want to keep using your computer to charge it then you'll have to buy one which I think is around £20. Luckily it fits in my iPhone charger so I just use that.
I think this is a great little mp3 player, I find it so useful and simple to use. I think its great for all ages and is a fantastic price.
I use my phone a lot for listening to music on but when it comes to things like running or working out at the gym my phone is just too heavy and bulky for me to be able to safely carry it on my person so I still rely on my trusty ipod shuffle which has served me well for the last couple of years.
My ipod shuffle is absolutely tiny so it is no hindrance at all when exercising as when I am using it I can barely notice it. I have the silver one but they are available in a variety of different bright colours so you can match it to your personal preference.
It also has a little clip on the back so I can attach it to my top when running and this is secure and tight.
There is no screen on it because of how small it is and this is the worst thing about the shuffle as I can't just scroll through and select the song I was as I would do with my phone but there are buttons on it for shifting to the next song as well as volume buttons and a play and pause one.
Even though you can't find the songs you want easily you can load your shuffle up with different playlists and you can either play them as you have added them through itunes or else you can select for the ipod to 'shuffle' them meaning that it will just pick songs at random. I prefer the shuffle option but make sure that you put music on to suit your needs. I only have high energy songs on it as I only use it for exercise so I don't want anything like Lana Del Ray to come on and slow me down.
Adding music to the ipod shuffle is really easy as it is all done through itunes on the computer. The ipod plays all mp3's which is the main format that music comes in so you can either add your own songs that you already own onto it or else buy them from itunes.
The sound quality is really excellent and all the music sounds crystal clear and being digital it won't skip no matter how hard you might be running. The included headphones were rubbish though for using when exercising so make sure and purchase some new ones as soon as possible.
It might be really small but it is also really durable and sturdy. I have dropped this on so many occasions and when I am finished using it I just throw it back in the drawer and it works perfectly every time I go to get it.
Charging this up is so quick and the battery lasts for so long compared to my phone. I just make sure and charge it up every couple of weeks for a couple of hours on my laptop usb and it lasts for the whole couple of weeks without dying. Obviously if you were listening to music non stop then it would die quicker but even using it an hour a day it should last the two weeks on one charge.
With my phone I can literally store thousands of songs but I never do because I don't think I even own that many but with this it is only 1GB so can only hold around about 240 songs on it which I think is perfectly acceptable and more than enough on one tiny little mp3 player.
This was only about £35 and I think it was more than worth the money. You are getting Apple quality for a small price and although it isn't fancy it plays music excellently and the battery life is much better than bigger mp3 players with touchscreens. It is also perfect for people to use at the gym or out running as it is so small and discrete and weighs next to nothing.
I bought this iPod because I wanted something easy to carry around with me, reliable, good quality but I didn't need extra features like the ability to play videos, I just wanted a great MP3 player. The iPod Shuffle ticks all of those boxes!
I bought the iPod in bright green, it looked quite striking and eye-catching yet simple and very compact. It came packaged in a solid plastic container which can be reused, along with the MP3 player were a set of white iPod earphones and a white charging station which plugs into a computer via USB to be charged or to load songs onto. I would prefer the option of being able to charge my iPod through mains electric instead of having to have my computer switched on to charge it so I purchased a third party mains charger very cheaply from eBay which does the job perfectly.
I can fit plenty of songs onto the iPod Shuffle, I have found that it can hold approximately 200-250 tracks. This little gadget is very reliable and the battery life is great for me, approximately 12 hours which is more than enough. I have had it a while now and it has never malfunctioned or caused me any trouble. The iTunes software is simple and easy to use, you don't need to download songs from iTunes to use the iTunes software, you can import any of your music which is important to me.
The appearance is sleek, very compact and very neat, the clip of the back is one of the main reasons I chose it because it can simply clip onto my clothes and it stays put all day, I think it's also a nice little accessory as mine is bright green and it comes in a range of over vivid colours too, the white buttons stand out from the green and it has that unmistakable iPod look. The earphones which are included are great quality, the sound clarity is superior to other earphones I have used in the past and I can tell by the thickness of the wires that they're not the standard cheap earphones that will break within a week.
Even though it is called an iPod Shuffle, you do not have to have the 'shuffle' option on, you can choose to play the songs in order by moving a small switch. The buttons on the front are volume up and down, song back and forwards and play and pause, those are all the options I need to listen to my songs and I am grateful for the simple design so I can easily change song or adjust the volume while I am on the move without unclipping the iPod and fiddling around with various buttons.
All in all this is perfect for somebody like me who just wants a top quality, reliable MP3 player which doesn't have lots of features but can play your songs and provide a high quality of sound. I would definitely recommend the iPod Shuffle especially if you don't want to carry around a bulky MP3 player, I love how I can clip it onto myself for so many reasons including the fact that I have been known to drop my MP3 players and this prevents that, I'd be very disappointed if I did drop this as it is a bit pricier than some other brands of MP3 player without a screen and other features but I strongly believe that this iPod is top of the range quality and a wise investment for me!
Say what you like about the old apple products, but my old shuffle is pushing a six years old, used every day, and still is brilliant condition. I wish the same could be said of all my other iPods! An excellent choice, and what with 'hipster' trends coming back in, I think this iPod shuffle could be set for a comeback in 2013. A major disadvantage is of course the lack of screen, but this is made up for by the handy addition of the clip - although the lack of locking system is frustrating when using the rowing machine, as I find it frequently falls off, no matter where I clip it on. My collar doesn't work because of the length of the headphones, and the rest of my body compressed the iPod so it changes song! Despite this, the best mp3 player I have ever bought, with excellent battery life.
I was brought this for a present and i have to be honest i didnt really know why everyone wanted an i-pod....i wasnt really into gadgets!!
Now i have it i couldnt be without it!!
Its brilliant and so tiny, i knew it was going to be small but when i got it i first thought "how is something that small that good??" how wrong was i? Its brilliant....it fits anywhere.
its exellent for wlaking along, you ca clip in inside your coat or just clip it on yur t-shirt or top.
its soooo light and you dont even know its there.
the memory is really good, it holds loads and you can shuffle through the songs very quickly.
i download music from itunes personally and transfer to my ipod and its very very quick-literally seconds!
i also brought an fm transmitter so i coudl listen in my car which is good too.
the charge on the battery lasts a long time too.
its brilliant and i woudl definatley recommend it to anyone wanting an ipod.
Note: This review is based on the Fourth Generation version of the IPod Shuffle.
Are you tired of having to cycle through reams of albums to find the song to fit your mood? Can't be bothered to scroll through all your music and make smaller playlists to isolate your favourite songs? Then the Ipod shuffle may just be for you - a tiny MP3 that doesn't even contain a screen, this 2G music player is perfect if your answer to the above question is yes. It's not a pitch-perfect device, but this little beauty is great for those wanting varied music on the go.
I was given the IPod Shuffle as an 18th Birthday Present. I workout at the Gym, and while my MP3 is good, I definitely was interested in the idea that I could have a device which would shake up the bands I listen to and allow some more variety. A sense of amazement came over me when I first got the device. Coming in merely a small glass case which could fit in the palm of your hand, the presentation is pretty attractive from the get go. Things get more interesting once you crack open the case: you know the MP3 is small, but even the cable used to hook up the device to your computer is small compared to other music devices, as well as the instruction manual. It certainly stops the place from becoming cluttered with cables. It's all immediately appealing, so the Shuffle scores points for at least giving a pleasant first impression.
Setting up the device is relatively simple, though be warned you need internet access if you don't have ITunes installed to your computer. The installation of ITunes is quick and painless, so those without it won't have to go through too much stress. From there, if you have music in Windows Media Player, for example, you can import the music into ITunes, though some formats of music are incompatible with ITunes, meaning you may have to rip your CD again through ITunes. Of course, you can download music too through the ITunes store. Those who have ITunes already with music downloaded to it can easily start transferring their music to the Shuffle, meaning putting your favourite tunes onto the device is almost a breeze.
Downloading music to the device is quick, so you could essentially have your Shuffle set up and filled with your favourite songs within 20 minutes, if that. When it comes to the device itself, it is mostly of good quality. The music playback is great: it's loud, the bass is pretty audible for once and the headphones which come with the device are good, if somewhat uncomfortable at times. The buttons are mostly clear and okay to use. The play button doesn't feel too stiff, so pausing is easy, and same goes for the skip and volume buttons. Holding the play button down allows you to lock the device, freeing up space which could've been taken up by a Lock button. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the optional "Voiceover" button which allows you to allow a robotic voice to inform you of the current song and artist. It can even tell you the percentage of battery charge left and what playlist you are listening to, though be warned you need memory free to install the Song Identifier part of the Voiceover.
There are some nagging problems with the Shuffle despite its positives. Perhaps the most notable is the small amount of memory it holds, which while understandable is also limiting, especially if you happen to enjoy longer songs which take up more memory, essentially meaning more repetition could ensue. On the bright side, 2G is certainly a lot more than the Generation One Shuffle's measly 512MB memory. The shuffling is not always perfect either, as sometimes clumps of songs from the same artist will play in quick succession. The switch on top of the device also leaves a lot to be desired. Acting as both the power button and the shuffle button, all too often is it ridiculously easy to accidentally shuffle your playlist when you are trying to turn the blasted thing on, which is confusing when you first start using the device.
Complaints notwithstanding, the IPod Shuffle is perfect for those on the go. It allows you to assemble your favourite songs and stuff them all onto one device, saving you the time required to scroll through all your music or create a playlist on other devices. That being said, anyone who is expecting to fill their device with all their music will come away disappointed at the Shuffles limited memory capacity. The device is well made, but some confusion with buttons and an irritating power/shuffle button can cause headaches. But the device's sound quality is excellent, and those with IPods already will be pleased that their music is compatible. If you're looking for a device to store a lot of your music on, then the Shuffle probably isn't for you, but those looking to cherry-pick their favourite tunes and put them altogether will find appeal, especially at a cheap price point of around £45 compared to other devices.
Colours Available: Black, Silver, Purple, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue
Connection: USB 2.0
Minimum Operating System Required to Sync:
Mac - 10.6.8
Windows - XP (SP3)
Battery Life: 15 hours
In this review I want to avoid talking mainly about the exterior features as it is simple enough for anyone for figure out. The controls include a rewind/last song button, forward/next song button, volume up button, volume down button, power switch, shuffle switch, and two status lights (bottom and top). Most of the controls are self-explanatory but I will go through some of them. The power switch allows you to reset, turn-on, or turn off your iPod shuffle and the shuffle switch allows random songs to be played without manually switching songs.
The 1 GB iPod Shuffle can hold approximately 250 songs. You can use all of the free space on the shuffle. Many other devices often slow down if too much of the memory is used, but not the iPod Shuffle. Simply add songs from your iTunes software to the iPod Shuffle and you're good to go.
Apple created the iPod Shuffle to allow users/people a simple way to listen to songs. Instead of a multi-purpose device that can browse the internet, stream videos, downloads files, etc., the iPod Shuffle just plays songs when your headphones are connected. In my opinion, I wished that the iPod Shuffle should have a small speaker so other friends can see the songs you have.
Overall, the iPod Shuffle is a great and extremely simple song device that doesn't need to load, crash, or have a virus.
I originally had an Ipod Nano which got stolen in my first year of university, I was actually gutted, I couldnt believe it. So when I moved into my new flat in my second year and my flatmate said she wanted rid of her Ipod shuffle and would take £25 for it I was chuffed. I knew how to work it as it was an apple product, and I knew that I would be able to work out how to put my music onto it. The 1gb Ipod shuffle can hold around 240 songs which is more than enough for me, I like to update my different music on a monthly basis as I like to keep them up to date.
As I already had Itunes on my computer I just put the cable into my computer and connected it to the Itunes that had all my music on, I had to log in and sync the Ipod but my music transferred straight away, I was able to use it within a couple of minutes of getting the music onto it as it charges whilst it is syncing. I was also lucky enough to own a Iphone so I was able to charge my Ipod in a socket by changing the fixture to the Ipod one.
I found that having both the Iphone and the Ipod made my phone last a lot longer, run faster didnt waste my battery life. On average I felt my Ipod battery lasted at least 9 hours, this was because I charged it all night through the socket on my phone and took my cable to uni and attatched it to my computer at university, this was so my Ipod would last the whole day. The back of the Ipod also has the apple logo which on my Ipod was in silver which looked pretty against the pink of the Ipod, the slot to charge your Ipod was on the bottom of the Ipod as you get a small base to slot the Ipod onto, which had a large silver metal charging point which slotted into a hole of the bottom of the Ipod, this hole was also the headphone slot, which I felt was really clever and making a great use of the hole.
The Ipod that I was given was a flourescent pink Ipod with the white circle in the centre with the controls on, the plus sign is at the top, and the minus sign is at the bottom. The different controls to choose the song choices, either go back or go forward are on the left and right of the large play and pause button which is on the front of the Ipod and is the same colour as the main body of the Ipod itself. I found that the main play/pause button sometimes gets stuck down, but I dont know if that was because I was using too much pressure with my thumb.
I would say the only annoying thing about this Ipod, which I did find it hard to get used to was the fact that you cannot see the songs that you are choosing to listen to. Whereas with the Nano you were able to see your selection on the screen. With the Ipod shuffle it is just like the Ipod being on constant shuffle, Ironically like the name states. You also have a shuffle setting on the base of the Ipod, you can move a small switch from shuffle to playing your songs in order, I like my songs in order as I like to know which songs are coming next. Im a bit different to most people. There is also a switch in order to turn the Ipod on and off, which is always good so you do not waste your battery life.
The great thing about this Ipod is that the back is also a small clip, which is ideal to clip onto the top of your joggers or your strap when you go running or go to the gym, this is great as it is a lot easier than putting it into your pocket and having to pull it out everytime you want to change the volume or a song. The Ipod tends to allow any type of heaphone to fit in the slot, I was not given the Ipod headphones with the Ipod so I used a standard set of Samsung headphones and they worked perfectly.
Overall I would say that this Ipod is definitely worth the full price that you would pay, generally nowadays it is about £30. It is a handy little MP3 player mostly because of the small clip which you are able to attach to your clothes, you can store plenty of songs, and it is easy to change your choices by connecting to Itunes. The Ipods look sleek and stylish and I love using this Ipod, I have now however moved on to a silver one like the model in the picture. Since having one of these I would never change my MP3 player and I would never go back to the Nano, I would prefer the handiness of the clip to the factor of being able to see my songs on the screen, this is a minor blip within the whole concept of the Ipod Shuffle. I would definitely recommend this Ipod as it is great value for money and works well and meets all specifications.