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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 1 GB
Member Name: Starlight81
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 1 GB
Date: 31/01/11, updated on 31/01/11 (42 review reads)
Advantages: small and light, fast and convenient to change playlist
Disadvantages: can't select tracks, memmory a bit too small
I've got this in hot pink, which is the first thing to recommend it, though you may not think so! The second big plus point is that it's a lot smoother and sleeker than my previous music maker...a cassette walkman. Yes, it's true! I didn't even upgrade to an ipod via a portable CD player!
I suppose on that basis, there isn't a great deal that can go wrong with this ipod of mine, and in fact, I have been very impressed with it, even in comparison with my boyfriend's non-shuffle ipod. For a start, it has a far more impressive battery life. I would estimate that mine gives me roughly 14 hours of listening time before it needs recharging, and that's with an awful lot of skipping songs and fiddling with the volume button. The website claims it will give up to 12 hours, so it does what it says on the packet.
It also claims to hold up to 240 songs, and this seems accurate too. For me, this isn't really enough because I listen to it frequently and do quite a few long distance journeys where I don't want to keep listening to the same songs. Again, compared to a cassette, this is excellent, but it would be useful if it could hold a few more, since I find I have to change the playlist via my laptop on a regular basis. Having said this, even after 2 years I'm enjoying the convenience of being able to just plug my ipod into the computer and completely change the playlist relatively quickly. What's nice is that I'm not limited to the choice of only iTunes for music.
For a start, iTunes has a distinct lack of international music- most of it seems to be only the kind of thing that's played on the radio in the UK. Secondly, I can transfer music from CDs or my windows mediaplayer playlist onto my ipod, which saves me money as the CDs are of things I already own.
The ipod shuffle comes with a dock, for plugging it into the computer to charge, and for use with iTunes, and a set of apple headphones, which I find to be good quality. The sound quality is decent, and they still work even now, after 2 years. Usually my headphones break relatively quickly, in that the wires come loose and I end up only able to hear music through one headphone. This still hasn't happened with this set.
The obvious disadvantage of the shuffle is that you can't choose what track to play. However, you can choose whether it plays songs randomly, or in the playlist order, which means that if you want specific tracks to play, you can predetermine this via the computer. However, this is obviously not as convenient as being able to select tracks as and when the mood takes you.
The other disadvantage of the ipod generally, as an apple product, is that you have to register your product with iplayer on your own computer, which means that if you're away somewhere, you can't just plug it into someone else's computer and download music onto it.
I would recommend the ipod shuffle, as it's small, clips onto clothing, has a decent battery life and holds a reasonable number of tracks, plus they transfer off the computer quickly and easily. However, depending on your needs, I'd say the 2GB may be the better option, as I do get bored quickly with the tracks I have on this and would like it if it could hold more.
Summary: A decent, long-lasting way of listenign to music on the move
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