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Many people buy Apple's products because there's "Apple" on it. So I was a bit sceptical after havin bought this one.
The first fact that you will notice is the iPod shuffle's size: It is really tiny. Some may like this, because it does not take away so much space, others might find it too tiny and too fiddly to use.
All buttons you are supposed to use are on one "ring" and in the middle there is the play/pause button.
A nice feature is the tiny clip, which you can use to clip the iPod to your clothing.
As to the sound quality and the usage I can say that the quality is really good, the usage is a bit tricky at first, you need to figure it out while using the iPod.
I don't understand why the memory's capacity is 2GB. I think every smartphone has an internal memory of 16GB today. Besides, like all Apple products, this one also does not give you the possibility to add any SD memory card.
Furthermore, the included Apple earbuds are really bad: They lack bass, do not isolate the sound from the outside and seem to fall out of your ear the next second.
So my answer to the question "Is it really indispensable to have an mp3 player by Apple?" is: No! There are way better mp3 players on the market for the same price. Apple may be an innovative brand, but mp3 players should just play songs. And others can do that better.
Although I have both an iPhone and MacBook Pro I often want something small to carry around with me to play my music on, especially if I am at the gym and do not want to get my phone damaged when I am jumping up and down. I therefore recently bought this iPod shuffle.
The iPod has a number of features including:
1.14 by 1.24 by .34 inches (29 by 31.6 by 8.7 mm) (including clip)
0.44 ounces (12.5 grams)
Up to 15 hours of music playback
On-device control pad (manages play, pause, fast forward, rewind, volume)
Charging via USB to computer system
Fast-charge time of around 2 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
Full-charge time of around 3 hours
VoiceOver supports 29 languages
I was first attracted to the iPod shuffle due to the large range of colours it comes in. Mine is a lovely metallic blue colour which looks great when clipped to my waistband, and it also comes in pink, silver and green. It looks very stylish and is made from a sleek and shiny aluminum. It is really tiny and very light and small so is easy to transport and is also quite robust so I do not worry about throwing it into a bag. It also comes with a pair of Apple earphones
The iPod has up to 15 hours battery life and I generally find that I only have to charge it occasionally although mostly I am only using it for short periods of time. My version has 2GB of storage which is enough for hundreds of songs and I have managed to easily transfer all of the songs I want from my iTunes account via the USB lead and still have not used up all of the capacity.
The sound quality of the iPod is excellent and I find that the both the treble and bass are clear and I can easily adjust the volume to the level that I require. I also enjoy the shuffle feature which means that your songs are played in a random order and leads to some interesting music being played that you might have forgotten you had!
One of the features I like most about the iPod is the ability to create different playlists. This is especially handy when I am at the gym when I want music that is going to be upbeat and motivate me. You can also put podcasts and audiobooks on the iPod to listen to.
The iPod is controlled by a large central button which is easy to use so you can choose whether to play or pause your music, or skip backwards and forwards. There is also a VoiceOver button you can press which tells you the title and artist of the music you are listening to.
The iPod only normally costs about £40 and is currently on sale at Amazon for £35 which is a real bargain. I definitely think that it is value for money for what you get as it looks great and has lots of features and is easy to use on the go.
***Why Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2GB?***
As someone who is often on the go, I find it is almost essential to have something I can listen to music from. My options? Laptop - too big, Phone - would drain my battery that I'm saving more important things. An old mp3 player - looks too unfashionable and unusable due to bulkiness. I had always avoided Apple products because I didn't see the big deal with this iPhone craze and didn't think it was worth investing so much money when I could find something less expensive to do the job. It wasn't until I received an Ipod Shuffle as a birthday present that I opened my eyes to what I'd been missing out on all these years!!
It came in an almost clear box with a white chunky base, inside the box was the player itself with a pair of white Apple headphones. Sleek and portable, it was a perfect companion for me while I am on the go. Whether it be running, travelling or doing housework and especially if I don't have access for internet to stream music - it's ideal to have a playlist on the shuffle! Best of all, it was actually user friendly!
***How does it work***
Firstly, you need to have Itunes, via this application you can organize your music on your laptop or computer. This may involve copying music from your CDs, compiling a playlist from music you have downloaded etc. Then you can make a playlist. This playlist will be synchronized onto your ipod shuffle via usb wire which connects into your shuffle via the audio jack. This is also how you may charge up the shuffle. So it the whole process is not as complex as you may anticipate!
One thing that sets the shuffle aside from other Mp3 players is that is does not have a screen! But that's what makes it a shuffle. You have two options. You can either make a playlist on iTunes, transfer it to Ipod and listen to the music tracks in order OR you can listen to them in shuffle - random songs in any order. This is what makes the screen-less feature acceptable!! Because it isn't really required. Amazing how simple they keep it!
This is very important for me, as I use my shuffle extensively and it is rechargeable - no worries about buying new batteries or hassles about replacing! Just use and then charge away and you're ready to go! It takes around 2-3 hours to charge depending on whether you want to charge it quickly or fully. With it being fully charged you can get up to an incredible 15 hour audio playback. The battery life is indicated by a little light - glows green when battery is charged and amber when running low and red when completely depleted.
This is for those who want to know what track it is, you can select this option to have the name of the track read out to you by an automated voice. This voice can be chosen to talk in many different languages. For me, I find this unnecessary because I know what music I have put on so if anything, it is an interference between songs to know what song is coming next, just play it already! But then again, it's not a problem as I don't use this feature.
***What does it like***
Looks would not be sufficient to describe the shuffle! It's everything about it - the shiny matte colours its available in, the lightness and sleekness and how compact it feels in your hand. The ease of using the clip to clip it onto your gym clothes or anywhere so you don't have to put it in your pocket. All in all, a great package
***Last but not least!***
Some nitty gritty facts: Pricing around £40 - and that's directly from the Apple Store online. Good pricing for 2GB which can hold up to 400-500 songs. (My playlists are only 100 songs but I have the comfort of knowing I can put more on it if I want to!
BEST BIT: If you're buying this as a present - you can get a cute little message engraved on the back, totally free which would make it so so special. I didn't get a message sadly.. But if I would've I'd have loved it! Gives a personal touch.
For more details eg tech specs, please visit the Apple Store online where you can find out! Hope my review was helpful about my experience with it as as a first time Apple user!
The best thing about this product has to be the small compact size. It makes it easy to use whilst doing activities including; walking, running, dancing, cycling etc. The built in clip compromises the small size, by allowing it to be fully portable: this is particularly useful for those using it for activities as there are no worries about the need for pocketed clothing or the risk of dropping the product.
I found the controls to be very efficient and easy to use, whilst on the go, without the need to stop or look at the mp3 player.. Although some may argue that the lack of a screen is disadvantages, once you have gotten used to the product and the controls, the screen is not missed at all. I also found that it was not needed whilst doing activities as you want to make quick adjustments movements, rather than stopping to see the screen to make adjustments.
I would say that lookwise the shuffle is very pleasing, it has a simple design for a simplel, easy to use product.
Cost wise i found this product to be well priced compared to other similar products, and being the cheapest of the apple products i would also say it was a good buy.
Finally the memory space of this product (2GB), i chose this because i thought the 1GB version wouldnt have given me enough space. I found that this size was perfect for me, as i wouldnt need any more space, this product can only be used for music and potentially audio books. However if you were purchasing this product purely for activity bases or feel you would only have a smaller selection of songs on the shuffle at a given time the 1GB version may be better suited for you.
The iPod shuffle is a polarising product, some loved it, some didn't understand it. Unlike the gps/phone/internet browser/music player/games console/note pad that is the iphone/ipod touch, the ipod shuffle has one function, and it does that well.
That function is 'being the smallest ipod in the world ever'. This leaves no space for a screen, and barely room for controls. No screen is the products gimmick, you never know what's coming next- only having 2gb of space actually works well in this case as you can usually keep skipping to find a song you like. With only 2gb you will find yourself replenishing your music regularly, don't use the ipod shuffle as a main music player, they're cheap enough to use it for a secondary 'specific purpose' music player.
For many people that 'specific purpose' might be walking to work, or for some (like me) it might mean a running companion. For this the clip is a life saver, as a heavy hard drive based ipod in your pocked bouncing up and down and crashing every 10 seconds is not as pleasant as the tiny, weightless, clipped-on-to-your shirt, flash based shuffle providing you with musical delights you've picked specifically for the task- shuffle works well when you just want hands free music.
They are really cheap, and they look great with the new aluminium fascia (much better than the white ones), so just get one!
The Ipod shuffle that I am reviewing is the 2nd edition version which has a capacity of 2GB.
I bought my ipod shuffle quite a few years ago (cheaply from ebay) with the intention of getting more into running and being able to listen to music whilst on the go.
The Ipod shuffle 2nd edition (as pictured) was the first ipod of this shape and size. The first edition shuffle was similar in shape to a USB stick without such an easy method to clip onto clothing as this one.
My shuffle measures just 41.2 x 27.3 x 10.5 mm and weighs in at 15.5g. This makes it an ideal lightweight MP3 player and at the time was the smallest available.
There is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack which means that you can choose your own set of headphones as opposed to being stuck with the standard apple ones.
The back of the Ipod is fashioned into a clip which can be clipped onto a sleeve or part of your clothing. I did find that the standard IPod headphone mean it has to be clipped to the upper part of your torso in order for the headphones not to be pulled out when running. I switched to a different set of headphones pretty quickly due to the terrible sound quality and short cord and regularly clipped the player onto the pocket on my shorts.
The Ipod is controlled using the ring on the front. You can skip to new tracks (forwards and back) and fast forward/rewind by holding down these buttons. The plus and minus symbols are for volume control (up and down) and the play button/pause button is in the middle of the ring.
Two switches on the side of the Ipod allow you to lock the ipod and set the play to a randomised track order.
The Ipod shuffle 2nd generation only has 2GB of storage space. This stores a few hundred songs depending on the file sizes. 2-300 songs is fine for running, but I do find I have to update the songs on the Ipod regularly as my tastes change or I get bored of the same music. Considering I have about 20,000 tracks on my computer that take up about 150GB it can be alittle hard to guess what I will want to listen too at a later date.
Tracks are put onto the Ipod using a standard Ipod USB wire and I haven't found a way not to use Itunes to fill it up.
The battery lasts for about 12 hours which is far better than some of the larger MP3 players I have used. I've used it sucessfully for days snowboarding and it never ran out (unlike when using my phone).
It's hard to put a price on this as it's quite old now. I believe I paid around £30 on ebay for it when the RRP was around £50. They appear to be on there for £25 still, so either they are now a rip off or they haven't lost a lot in value in over 5 years.
Issues that I have encountered include:
1. The headphone jack eventually wears out or corrodes. After a couple of years of use I found that the sound in my headphones started to deteriorate and then one of the earpieces stopped alltogether. After trying several pairs of headphones I looked online and found reviews telling me all about how bad the jacks are. I didn't get it repaired and my shuffle now lives in a draw in case I ever do decide to brae an apple store of so-called geniuses!
2. There is no display on the shuffle, so you have no idea what songs are coming and no way to tell which track you are skipping too. If there is an error there is no display and you have to reboot it.
In summary it s avery useful MP3 player although it has a small capacity, no display and will wear out eventually. It is the best I have come across for wearing during sports (unless you like the IPod classic armbands).
This Ipod is great for certain types of users but will be absolute hell for others. If you are a major music listener walk away now! The 2 Gig memory will not be nearly enough room for you to store your large music collection!
Now for the target market. This Ipod is for those on the move. One type of perosn that may particually like it is runners/ joggers. The small lightweight body is perfect as it will not be a hinderence. There is also a handy clip device which can attach to your clothes. This is great as it means you do not have to hold onto your Ipod while moving about.
The controls are easy. They are just simple buttons which you can use to play and stop and skip tracks. There is also a simple to use volume control.
The only issue is the lack of screen most Ipod users have become used to having. It is purely used for shuffle only. You can't go searching for a specific artist unless you keep skipping to find their songs.
Other than this it functions like any other Ipod. A great little buy for that sporty person you likes his running anthems.
They are also relatively cheap! Make good gifts!
I was the proud winner of this product in a raffle a number of years ago, and kept it exclusively for the times I went running or to the gym...I tell you that means it wasn't used every day!
I believe it is Apple's smallest product and it is the cheapest in the iPod range, I think it's around £45.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
The iPod is clearly very small, less than 0.5 inches cubed in volume! Regardless of whether you are a mathematician, you can tell that is TINY and extremely light in weight.
The iPod has a simple series of buttons for pausing, playing and other controls with your music. There is also the on/off standby switch on the top. This makes it really easy to use, there are no complicated menus to work your way through. There is a 3.5mm jack on the bottom, for headphones but also for charging and docking. The entire reverse of the device is a flap or a clip which allows it to be attached to your trousers or your pocket.
Because the device is so petite, you will notice that there is neither screen nor any form of Display. This takes some time to get used to because you don't know what song is coming next, or how far through a song you are.
I believe the iPod shuffle is available in a number of colours, personally I was gifted the silver model, but if choosing myself I would choose the matt black, as in my opinion black looks much better on small electronics, but it's obviously personal preference!
The sound quality is quite good on the iPod Shuffle and basically it is just a simple MP3 player. There are no further features really, but for many people this is all they were looking for.
BATTERY LIFE AND MEMORY
The battery life on this iPod Shuffle lasts about 12 hours, but charging is quite slow, it can take over 3 hours to fully charge this little machine, via your computer.
In terms of memory the 2GB model holds a few hundred songs, which for the majority of individuals this should be enough. It is compatible with iTunes, so you can easily move your media back and forward from your library.
Although on a personal basis, I prefer to have a product with more features, and a larger capacity, for many people the Shuffle is sufficient. It is one of Apple's more affordable products and for many people, why spend the extra money on a model with lots of complicated, unnecessary features that perhaps you will never use.
Size - 4.1cm x 2.7cm x 1cm
Weight - 15g
Built-in Belt Clip
Battery Life - 12 Hours
USB Connectivity Through Dock
I purchased my iPod shuffle 4 years ago now and it is still one of my favourite pieces of electronic equipment. To have something this small that still holds up to 500 songs amazes me to this day! It was originally more of a novelty purchase at the time but has become something I use on a regular basis. For jogging, the gym or just walking about it fits on any of your clothing discretely and is so light you will forget it's there.
To download songs onto your shuffle you have to have installed iTunes on your computer and then connect your iPod to the computer. From there it is relatively simple to sync it and transfer your music. Through iTunes you can also purchase more songs and quickly transfer them over. However songs bought this way can only be used on Apple's mp3 players.
The battery life has reduced but is still pretty good, about 8 hours and it only takes about 4 hours to fully recharge. As this iPod doesn't have a USB socket it has to be charged in the dock that comes with the shuffle. This is not a problem and in my opinion it looks good as well.
Due to the size the buttons are also pretty small and a bit fiddly. However this is something you get used to and is expected due to the miniscule size on the iPod shuffle. The sound through the headphones is not amazing and won't win any awards but is perfectly acceptable.
There really isn't much more to say about this. The design is simple, the device is simple and the controls are simple. However the simplicity is the key to it's success.
When it comes to music I am definitely not a fanatic. I don't have lots of music that I listen to and I usually only have it to pass times of extreme boredom or quietness.
My parents bought my iPod shuffle many Christmases ago. 2nd Generation so gives you an idea of how old it is. The fact that I still own this product and it is still in full working order is a testament in itself of how good this little product is. Before I owned this device I was still stuck in the realm of CD Players.
What I find really interesting is that the latest iPod Shuffle (4th Generation) currently uses the same design as this iPod shuffle. Clearly Apple saw this as the most ideal design for these devices as they didn't stick with the slim 3rd Generation design.
This little music player is as simple as you can get in terms of design. All the buttons that you require are included and clearly marked. Nothing more, nothing less. Also comes with an LED which alerts the user to the remaining battery life. Ensuring the user has ample notice to be able to have uninterrupted music. The 3.5mm port doubles as a headphone slot and also for the docking station to charge the device and transfer data (more on this later). It is made of aluminium making it extremely lightweight but also durable. Its small size means that it can be kept almost anywhere and the handy clip allow it to be attached to something as simple as a belt loop. The clip is extremely firm and has never had it come off when attached to a belt loop. Dare I say the belt loop would probably have to break first. A final design note is that this device has no screen; therefore the user has no way to know which song they are listening to. Potentially extremely annoying if you can't remember and someone asks. However, after the amount of times I have dropped it I'm glad it has no screen. It would be in smithereens by now.
Sadly I can't comment much on the price at its time of purchase as it was a gift but certainly much cheaper than a complete iPod.
This is perhaps the biggest let down of this shuffle. The docking station uses a 3.5mm jack to connect to the shuffle, with a USB to connect to the computer. Therefore in order to charge the device or transfer music you had to have this unique cable with you. This would be much better if a universal cable such as a USB to mini USB was able to be used for these functions.
I found that the 2GB was more than suitable for my needs but this is really down to user preference. Will you really use all that 40GB storage space that you're paying for? Or is it wiser to save some money and compromise.
Great device, considering it's made by Apple and I usually wouldn't go near their products. But their iPod shuffle is one product I can't fault and if I ever need to replace it I will most likely buy an Apple iPod Shuffle
I bought my first iPod shuffle so I had a device to listen to music on a flight to Hong Kong. My first iPod shuffle was turquoise and I bought it for £32 from John Lewis. I uploaded music onto this one. Later I bought a second iPod shuffle, again for the same amount from John Lewis, this on was silver in colour. This one I used for my Chinese podcasts.
It's a dinky thing and easily fits in handbags and pocket as about 3cm long and 2 centre wide and about 0.5 cm thick. My friend made me a little purse for it, which stopped it getting scratched and was also big enough to put the headphones in which meant they didn't get tangled on other things in my handbag, this was very useful. Both my iPods are 2gb in size, which seems plenty big enough - the reason I bought two wasn't down to capacity, but I found that it was difficult to find what you wanted to listen to if there was too much stuff on it. The earphones are the standard Apple ones, which are good quality, however I find they hurt my ears, but this is a problem I have with all earphones which go into the ears. iPod shuffle comes in a cute little box and also has the USB lead you need to connect it to your computer.
It's a very simplistic device with just an on/off button and a shuffle/non shuffle button (ie. play tunes in a random order) on the side and a round button in the middle on the front which has forwards/backwards to the next song, play/pause and volume control. The sound quality is very good, especially considering the size of the device.
Using the iPod Shuffle
I found that if you want to just leave it running on its own it works well, but if you want to go to a specific song then you have a problem! You have to click though each song uploaded until you get to the one you want. Also there is no fast forward or rewind, so you can only start at the beginning of the piece, which can be a little irritating if you are listening to a long piece of classical music.
Loading Tunes to the iPod
You need iTunes set up on your computer to do this. It works in the same way as an iPhone or iPad and you can either upload tunes from your computer which you may have copied from a CD or buy them in iTunes.
I see a lot of people running and listening to on if these, I can see why, they are very small and light and if you are running you won't be wanting to choose a song, you will just be going with the flow! If you want to listen to something specific on your iPod then the thing is a bit of a pain as its not easy to get to the tune or podcast you want. Having said that i did use mine often until I got my iPhone which now acts as my iPod too.
Like many, I tend to listen to music everyday, via television, radio, pc or mp3, I consider it important. However when times get tough at school, college, work, whenever, you're average mp3 player dies and you need to replace it. The Shuffle is one to consider for a specific type of person - someone who's far less bothered about having all the music they love, but for a sturdy selection of new songs. This tiny little player is best left to those who couldn't ever be considered music enthusiasts but instead fitness freaks who need a pumping bass line while they cycle up a hill or leg it on the treadmill.
As usual, Apple deliver with supreme sound clarity and a decent volume. Thanks to the ever brilliant Apple earphones (often faulty, but I find them more comfortable then earbuds) your music is delivered with great efficiency. For me, this is the main attraction (along with size) of the Shuffle, because its an Apple product thats a cheap music player, incredibly portable with a fair amount of space. You're paying for music quality, shame there's not much else..
One of the first things you notice when shopping for a Shuffle is the range of colours they are available in. Look about and you can find chalky pastel turquoise to a lightning bubblegum pink, all with white elements in the buttons. Of course you can always get the default silver which looks clean and slick, suitable for showcasing the brand. It features an on/off switch which doesn't move when in your pocket so thats handy. Other than that you get the bare basics, rewind & forward, play & pause, volume up & down.. But that's about it, so you're missing out on what even cheaper models offer - there is no repeat function, which isn't a big miss, but when you name a product 'Shuffle' without the option to 'Shuffle' the tracks within it... kinda takes away the point. On the bright-side, the clip on the back is strong enough to clasp clothing while you exorcise or just be on the move, even under super sweaty conditions. The lack of a screen isn't necessarily a problem, but it causes them for apple, possibly the reason why the features are so limited. I find the lack of order in tracks a bit frustrating, but then again, you hardly have many tracks to scroll through in the first place. It's charger is a tad clunky too as its not your standard cable, but a specific plastic hunk of weirdness. The battery life is another one of its positives, easily lasting a day or two and charging with fantastic speed.
2GB isn't bad if you're only a casual listener, but when you use the device everyday, it quickly becomes an annoying burden of a tool that you have to keep updating with fresh tracks. Considering its physical size, 2GB seems rather unimpressive, as Philips have a similar sized mp3 for around the same price when released (£25-£40) which had an 8GB memory, along with a screen and more features. All mp3 manufacturers claim their products hold hundreds of songs and tend to exaggerate their true space - they usually base their claim on songs no longer than 3 minutes - in other words - short songs.
I really can't recommend this mp3, mainly because there are so many better alternatives for competitive prices. Its rather pointless to buy the 'best' brand 'small' mp3 player when you can get more for your money elsewhere. It seems you really are paying for the brand alone with the Shuffle.. if you're going to drop some serious coin on a music player, why not do it properly and get a different name, like a Nano or Classic.. or just stroll in any electronics shop and pick up a bargain.
I realized that it has been late to review about the Ipod Shuffle. There are many reviews about Ipod Shuffle but I do not think that everyone has already owned this cool MP3 player. So, I decided to tell what I think after almost one year I use this stuff.
Many friends of mine asked me why I bought Apple Ipod Shuffle. They said it was not nice and it has no monitor at all. Well, everyone has different point of view. All I can say to answer them is I do not use my eyes to listen to music.
If you ask me how do I know the title of the songs if I do not have the monitor. At first, I was kind of confused too. But when a friend of mine who is also a gadget maniac told me that there is sort of program named Voice Over.
What is Voice Over?
Voice Over is sort of program which enable us to pick the songs we want. Although we do not have monitor, we still can pick the song we want. When we connect the itunes, we can also install an add-on which is named Voice Over.
How do we use the Voice Over?
Upon the Ipod Shuffle, it has Voice Over button (the very small button). This is how it works:
Press the button once, it will mention the title and the singer of the song. Cool, right?
Press the button twice, it will mention the percentage of the battery.
Press and hold a bit longer, it will mention the list of songs one by one and after the song we want is mentioned we have to press the play button fast.
It will be very difficult if we do not install the Voice Over. Can you imagine if you have to press many times only to find the songs you want but the song is on the middle of the list. My friend said not many Apple Ipod shuffle's owners know this. There are many users of the Ipod Shuffle still press more than ten times to find the songs they want. So, I think he is very kind to share me this.
Is there a built-in speaker in Ipod Shuffle?
Of course, there is no built-in speaker. We use the earphone to listen the Voice Over.
If you want to listen to the songs randomly, you just have to move the top right button.
Move it to the right to turn it off, to the middle to play the songs consecutively, and to the left to play the songs randomly. Well, it's only that easy.
When I bought the Ipod Shuffle, the little box contained the USB cable, the earphone, the manual guide book, and sticker.
I have already tried to test the durability of the battery and the result is it can be played for 15 hours long. It is really a long life battery for a tiny cool MP3 player. Compare with the other MP3 players which are commonly have shorter life battery, Ipod Shuffle is the best.
About the price, I think price really can describe quality. If I compare the Ipod Shuffle with the other MP3 players, Ipod Shuffle is more expensive. But it is worthy of price. Ipod Shuffle is expensive (according to the price comparison), however, it is the best in producing high quality sound. It is pretty beautiful, pure, and real.
Am I too over about the quality?
Loud of Laugh. This is serious. It feels like the real artist is singing in the front of us. Really. I've got no doubt about the sound quality of the Ipod Shuffle.
What are the disadvantages of the Ipod Shuffle?
Let me list the bad side of the Ipod Shuffle. But don't worry. It will not stop your desire to buy this cool MP3 player.
1. To download the Voice Over add on, it needs 20 Mega Bytes of the memory.
2. Without the itunes, Ipod Shuffle can not be used. It is also applied when we want to download the Voice Over add on.
3. We can not use the Ipod at the same time when we charge the battery. What a bad. When I was not in the mood of watching TV, I can not use the Ipod when it was being charged.
4. This one, I have mentioned before. It is about the price. Ipod Shuffle is almost two times more expensive than any other MP3 player like this.
5. Limited memory. If we talk about the capacity, Ipod Shuffle does not have a satisfying capacity of memory.
So why did I still buy the Ipod Shuffle?
Ok. Beside the advantages that were mentioned above, I like this product because it is small, light, and cool. I can clamp my Ipod on my shirt and go to work. Ipod Shuffle is just a simple thing with a huge function. The limitation of the memory never bothers me. I can still change the songs whenever I want. Above all, the top advantage of Ipod Shuffle is the sound quality. Although it is small (compare the size with the older type of Ipod), its sound quality is same.
The iPod shuffle is very convenient and easy to use. There is a clip on the back so you can clip it on you anywhere. There are limited buttons so even if your not good with technology you will still be able to function it. I used to use this when I went for my morning runs or bike rides because its small and handy and doesn't get in the way as I used to clip it on my waist.
The iPod runs for about 25 to 40pounds depending on where u get it from and weather its first or second hand. 2 Gb holds about 250-300 songs depending on the size of the files you it on there. I think that it is a good amount of songs because I never used to get bored of listening to it and I only had about 220 songs on their.
To put music on an iPod you have to download iTunes and purchase song from the iTunes store. Once you have did that you need to plug the USB that comes with the iPod into the computer so iTunes can recognize it. Then sync the iPod then music will be on it. One thing I hated about getting music on it was that sometimes iTunes wouldn't read the iPod and connect it. To solve this I just logged off the computer and logged back on then it would work.
To charge the IPod you plug the USB in the computer and put the iPod on and it will charge. The charger is the same lead that you use to put music on it. I find that the charger is extremely delicate and breaks very easy. I had This iPod for about 6 months and had to replace the charger 3 times after that I just give up because they cost £20 in the apple shop and replacing any more than that is just not worth it.
There's a small light on top that shows you how full the battery is green means full orange means half and red means it will die in the next 30 minuites or so. I was happy with the red light feature when the battery is dying because 30 minutes before dying is a decent amount of time compared to other MP3s/iPod. It gives you time to either find a charger or realise its dying and turn down your music so it lasts longer. I found this so helpful because when I was on runs or bike ride if I seen the light flash red I would start to head home as I hate running with no music and didn't want it to die on me.
This is the smallest cheapest most convenient easy to use iPod for any age group I'd recommend it. The quality of of the music is good just like any other iPod which is the main thing.
If you enjoy running or going to the gym and want to listen to your own music then I can wholeheartedly recommend the iPod shuffle. It is very simple in design and unlike it's iPod cousins it is relatively cheap. I have had mine for a around six years now and I think I paid around £20.00. It has reduced in price since those time and you can pick one up now for around £10.00. Despite not been the most expensive model on the market, it looks sharp and is well made. The one I have has lasted me a long time and is still in excellent working order.
== Clip it on==
The best design feature of this iPod is the hidden clip at the back of the device that allows it to be clipped on to your belt or clothes with ease. It is so slight that you hardly feel it and it has never lost its grip and come off.
At the front of the iPod is the play, volume and skip controls. These can be slightly frustrating as they look very similar; however once you get used to the layout you will not have a problem with it. Underneath are two little sliding controls that alter the shuffle function and turn the device on. Over time these have worked loose and now I often find my iPod has switched on in my bag accidently as the sliding control moves around.
The iPod comes with Apple's signature headphones, but if you do not like these you can swap them for any other headphones that operate using the 3.5mm headphone jack.
To charge the ipod it comes with a little charging stand that has a USB lead from it to plug into your lap top, a plug is not supplied but you can buy these separately. The battery life of the little device is absolutely excellent and after charging the iPod can last up to 12 hours.
You can store up to 500 songs on the little machine which I think is impressive for the size. The transfer of songs on to the device is simple and easy to do. Once Itunes is open you can simply drag and drop songs on to the device folder and then voila they are magically copied onto the device.
The annoying thing about the shuffle is that if you have one favourite song you want to listen to, it can be pain scrolling through each song, listening to a bit of each song to make sure it is not the one you are looking for. It is so much easier when an MP3 player has a screen. However, if you just want to fill the device up and not worry about what comes on next, then this is perfect for you.
This is a cheap mp3 player that plays just as well as Apples other iPods; it is just smaller and more portable. A great invention that is just as good now as when it first came out.