Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Everyday I'm Shuffling
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 1 GB
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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 1 GB
Advantages: A quick and easy way to assemble your favourite songs, perfect on-the-go, excellent sound quality.
Disadvantages: Limited memory space, some irritances with the power/shuffle button, sometimes dodgy shuffling.
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
Summary: Those wanting their favourite songs without the hassle of making playlists will find this perfect.
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