Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Disadvantages: Not easy to find a specific song
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.
Summary: A cute device good for day to day use
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