Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Little bag of tricks
Apple iPod shuffle (3G) 2 GB
Member Name: Superjim03
Apple iPod shuffle (3G) 2 GB
Advantages: Good handy size for walking and sport
Disadvantages: Slightly tinny music quality due to headphones
I bought the old shape Nano for my wife about three years ago and having spent about ten hours trying to get some music on it finally gave in and read the instructions. After these early teething problems my wife declared it a smashing bit of kit.
After this endorsement from my guinea pig(sorry Mrs W) I decided to dust the cobwebs from my wallet and enter the I-pod market for myself, I was beaten to it by my kindly parents however who had no doubt had a birthday tip off.
My Mother especially was astounded at the size of the I-pod which in its second incarnation is even smaller than the original. She couldn't understand where the little man would sit to do his singing! Well maybe not quite that bad but I think the last thing she saw like this was the original Sony Walkman.
It certainly is impressively small which was a big factor for me as I use it on the way to work and for sport. With the handy clip on the back I can clip it to my bag or a sleeve for easy access.
As discussed by other reviewers the sound is reasonable enough but could probably be improved with a better set of headphones. These would need to be carefully selected however as the volume and song skip controls are handily located on the headphone cable. I have yet to get round to buying new ones however as the quality is good enough for my needs except on the occasional track. Hardcore music fans would certainly want to look elsewhere I think especially when considering the capacity of the I-pod, I have about 12 or 13 albums on it which seems to be about the maximum. It's more than I would listen to in one session but it's a bit of a pain to hook it up to my laptop and change the songs every time I feel like a change.
It seems to be quite a hardy little machine, I've used it in all weather with no problems for about 18 months. The current price seems to be about £50.00 which seems about fair if not a particular bargain.
All in all I would recommend this product for its size and ease of use but if music quality and capacity is of more concern I would say to look elsewhere.
Summary: Good little machine if it's what you're after
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