Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Member Name: chrisheels
Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2 GB
Advantages: small, light, wearable
Disadvantages: outdated, small capacity
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).
Summary: It is the best I have come across for wearing during sports but this model is outdated
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