Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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It might be older than some but it packs a punch
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Advantages: Take when out and about, handy clip, simple, smart
Disadvantages: Only goes up to 2gb
Apple are constantly updating their products, releasing new ones before their old ones even are a year old! This sometimes mean these can be overshadowed, whereas I think people should be able to see how good these products still are. If you happen to be after a high class, good quality MP3 player, that works well on the move - and you don't need many fancy gadgets to be persuaded, look no further than this. I have recently been using this particular shuffle for running, so felt I could give an accurate review of the product.
The product --> In 2006 the 2nd generation shuffle was released, and is said to be the worlds smallest Mp3 player. Its measurements are 4cm width and 2.7cm height - very tiny indeed. This is why I wasn't attracted to this product in the first place, because I didnt want it to be too small and lose it - like I often do. It comes in a variety of colours, green, orange blue, silver, Product RED and pink. It has a clip on the back which enables it to be attached to a belt, or top etc, so that running doesn't ruin the ipod - but instead it stays fixed.
It needs to be attached to a USB cable to a small docking station which is provided, to a computer and then Itunes, in order to charge (or though a main docking station) as it doesn't have an inbuilt flash drive like the first generation. However, I think this is a great change from the first shuffle - it creates a more sleek, less chunky design.
In the box --> This contains the iconic apple headphones, an apple information leaflet and the ipod iteself. I always keep these boxes as they are small enough to put up somewhere - and to store your product to resell if you purchase another one. It is a clear front which displays what ipod it is, and then a white back - with information of the guarantee on. The apple box, because of the materials it is made out of, allows it to be kept sleek and clean - looks great quality.
The cost --> These used to retail up to £60, but this was a few years ago. The one I have was brought over a year ago for £30, so now you can pick them up from around this price. Ebay is a good site to purchase off, as apple discontinues the product once the new generation is coming in.
The battery --> Once fully charged the battery can last up to 10-12 hours, but if like me you charge is every now and then probably not for the full charge amount, it varies but generally it is long lasting for music.
The display --> A good feature if you appreciate the simplicity of the product is the design of it. There is no screen, allowing the product to be cheaper than the others, and just has the 'wheel' with 4 buttons and a middle button which is play/pause. In order to decide what music I can play, there is a power, shuffle and no shuffle, so that the order of music can be played in the way you wish. When I run I often choose the no shuffle and change the playlist to be long enough with tracks to keep me motivated.
After using the newer ipods (the nanos) I do prefer those, because I like to be able to see what music I am selecting by title/artist/album, whereas this there is no display. However, it isn't out there to be the best of the iPods but in fact a simple design that helps users to listen to their music without all that fancy controls. The outcome is reached, and it works effortlessly.
Summary: Apple always provide quality and this might be a dated product now, but the quality is still there
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