Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 1 GB
Member Name: Lynda_Mck
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 1 GB
Advantages: Perfect for running or the gym
Disadvantages: Need to purchase different earphones
When I bought my first ever mp3 player it held 35 songs, had battery power of about 2 hours and was an ugly little square brick imported from Japan. Every now and again it would randomly resort to its native Japanese, and it would take me days to figure out how to get it back to English. At the time I though it, and I, were the bees knees, because I was one of very few people to own an mp3 player. How times have changed. Now everyone has one, and there are hundreds of them on the market.
When I recently took up running, I realized that my ipod nano really wasn't that nano after all. It suddenly seemed to transform from a small handy little mp3 player that I could keep in my pocket to a huge annoying brick that got in the way when I ran. I tried to keep it in an arm strap, but I didn't care for this as it pinched and irritated me. It was time to get sometime else.
I'd heard of the shuffle, of course, but a small part of me rebelled against giving more of my money to Apple. Surely there was some other equally deserving manufacturer who I could give my business to? I shopped around, and discovered that, really there wasn't. Ipod simply seem to have sewn up the market very well, with a small (about 2.5cm by 4cm), clipable mp3 player that looks good and doesn't get in the way.
I used to have problems with my ipod nano slipping out of my pocket when I was on my bike, but with the shuffle, the little clip works brilliantly, staying attached wherever you put it. I clip it onto the back of my running shorts, and all but forget about it being there. Frankly, though it is more expensive than most other brands, it is doing exactly the job I want it to do.
Now I know that a shuffle doesn't display the song it's playing. This can be annoying, particularly if you've uploaded a song and you can't for the life of you remember who sang it or what it's called, or if there is a specific song that you fancy listening to. Frankly, if this is what you want from your mp3 player, you're looking at the wrong piece of equipment. The ipod shuffle is simply for supplying music to your ears without getting in the way of what you're doing. I for one don't stop every three minutes when I'm running to decide what I'm going to listen to next. That's why the shuffle is perfect for sports or any activities where you may not be constantly able to adjust the song. That said, if you don't like the song it's chosen for you, you can use the keys to skip through until you find a song that you do like, or using the button at the top of the ipod (the shuffle switch) you can tell it to play the songs in the order that you put them on in itunes.
The ipod shuffle takes about four hours to charge and should last about 10 hours. It claims to have 12 hours of battery power, but I find that it's a little less than that. A light on the top of the ipod will turn red to warn you if your battery is low, which is handy because nobody wants to be halfway through their run when they run out of music.
Now I have a little bit of a problem with the earphones that are supplied with the shuffle. I would suggest that a large part of the demographic who buy the shuffle do so to wear whilst doing sport. This makes the iconic earphones a bit pointless, as, if you're like me, these will fall out of your ears the second you start to move faster than a walk. Perhaps if, along with colour choices (I went for the blue one), they could give you a choice of headphones, such as the ones that I had to buy separately with earclips.
The ipod shuffle comes in a range of capacities. I opted for the 1GB version, as I felt that as that equates to about 240 songs, I probably didn't need any more. If I get bored of these songs it's easy for me to change them. If however you don't want to have to change your songs that often, then by all means the 2GB might be a better option for you.
All in all, the ipod shuffle is a handy little piece of equipment, which is perfect for what I use it for. If, however, I'm doing a different activity, or if I simply want to be able to know what it is that I'm listening to, I take its older brother, the ipod nano with me instead.
Summary: A great little piece of kit for a gym bag
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