Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Member Name: slender_toned
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Advantages: Light, Small, Clip, Build quality, Download speed of songs, Easy to use, Looks good
Disadvantages: Lacks features and screen
Each and every iPod is made for a paticular type of person. If you are looking for an iPod that's small, light and pretty unnoticeable to carry around a good deal of songs with you, then this one is ideal for you. It's the 2nd generation iPod Shuffle - not the newest one. It's very small and available in a range of colours such as silver, pink, green, red and blue. With a 2GB storage capacity, it can hold around 480 songs of average size (4.1MB each).
It comes in a little box, but this was initially. They are not being produced anymore so I imagine you'd be buying one second hand, which would cost around £20-30. The iPod Shuffle is very small and has the classic iPod wheel on the front, however it's not touch-sensitive. It has volume control on the outer circle above and below with buttons to skip songs to the left and right. The centre button is the same colour as the iPod Shuffle (silver in my case) and has the play/pause button. You can fully control your iPod through these buttons, but there's also a lock button on the side. When this is red, your iPod is locked (simply done by sliding it across) and the keys won't function if they are pressed. This is good if it's kept in your pocket.
The back of the iPod has a rather good size and strong clip, so you can clip it to your jacket or clothes. The 3mm audio slot is also on one side. The iPod comes with the official Apple earphones, which aren't great but match the iPod well. I'd still recommend getting another pair from a well-known make for audio equipment.
The iPod weighs just 19g itself, which is barely noticeable. It's cheap and ideal if you want to take it out and about or use it walking. For a start, it's very small and light, and secondly if it did get stolen, it's not much loss to you compared to that of an iPod Touch. It can still carry a fair amount of songs - even if you have to only keep your favourite on there. It will automatically shuffle the songs on there - hence the name, iPod Shuffle. This is good in a way but not great if you want to listen to a song you've just put on as, depending on your luck you may have to skip through 479 songs to get there!
You can get songs on your iPod through iTunes, which is free to download from the Apple site. You simply upload your music from CDs or elsewhere on your computer to iTunes and then sync it with your iPod for the songs to be transferred onto there. The iPod comes with a USB cable, which is used to connect the iPod to your computer. This is how it charges too. It's all quite straightforward and each song can be put on your iPod within a matter of seconds, it's very fast!
So overall, I reckon this is certainly an iPod to consider. It's really small and light and works well. It's built well and quite good-looking available in a small range of vivid colours. The iPod itself seems to be made of aluminium with a nice sheen to its surface. It looks pretty cool and I'd recommend one for when you're out and about.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A good iPod, which is very small and light - ideal for being out with your music
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