Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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i love my new Pod!
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Advantages: Lovely design, easy to use, good quality, impressive battery life
Disadvantages: iTunes can be hard to get used to at first
£39 seems to be the going rate for these iPods and they are available at this price in several places, such as Amazon, Play and Tesco Direct. I chose Tesco as there was a bonus Clubcard points offer at the time. The iPod comes in several colours, including blue and silver: I chose pink, to be girly!
When the new iPod arrived I was completely gobsmacked by how tiny it was. The box was so small yet managed to contain the iPod Shuffle itself, headphones, a USB cable and instruction leaflet. On the basis of design alone I began to understand why Apple is so acclaimed.
Before trying out my new iPod I had to download iTunes. At first I absolutely hated this, particularly as I had to import all my .wma files into the iTunes program, which took ages, and I had other issues which I won't cover here. However once I finally got iTunes set up I found it easy to use, and I as I began to get used to it, I quite liked it. Now, I sometimes use iTunes when listening to my music on my computer.
Installing the iPod was easy and just involved using the USB cable provided to link it to the computer and register it. To save space on the player the headphone jack doubles as the USB jack, which is a clever idea although it may prove problematic should the USB cable ever get lost or become damaged, as I've never seen any other USB cable designed like this! The cable is also very short, which is fine, even a positive, when plugging it into a laptop like I do, but if you are using a desktop PC where the USB ports are situated a little way up the machine then this could prove a problem.
It is easy to put music on the iPod by dragging and dropping to the iPod space while in iTunes. It's also possible to sync all your music, which I didn't attempt as I've got far too much music to fit it all on here, though the 2GB available is plenty for the gym. I moved several albums and a couple of playlists onto the iPod and still had plenty of room.
The iPod is simple to use. The player can be attached to the clothes by a tiny clip on the back, so no case is needed, though I keep mine in a case while it's in my gym bag to avoid scratches. One switch on the top serves for 'off', 'on' and 'on-shuffle' depending how far you slide the switch. I usually listen to the iPod in shuffle mode so I don't get bored. I also downloaded a program whereby a voice, if I press another button on top, tells me what the song currently playing is - the voice sounds rather odd but it's a handy feature to have seeing as the iPod has no screen to say what is playing. The play-pause button on the front, and the skip and volume buttons that form a circle around it, are self-explanatory and simple to use. The buttons are responsive and easy to press while busy exercising, but not so sensitive that you could knock against them and press one accidentally.
I've heard complaints about the sound quality of iPods, but I have no problems - I find the music to be crisp and clear, except when the music they play at the gym overpowers my own, which is the gym's fault and not my iPod's! I could probably do with investing in some noise-cancelling headphones, but there's nothing wrong per se with the included white headphones for general use.
I find the battery life of my iPod to be excellent, and only have to charge it about once a month using it a few hours a week at the gym. It has certainly gone some way to making my time at the gym more pleasurable as I am able to listen to my own music instead of the music they play there.
Overall, I am very impressed with my new iPod. It's lovely to look at, easy to install and use, the battery life is great and I'm happy with the sound quality. When my main MP3 player finally packs up I will certainly consider replacing it with another model of iPod - I think I've finally been converted!
Summary: A great little iPod
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