Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Perfect for in the gym
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Member Name: ctoft1
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Advantages: Small, Sturdy,
Disadvantages: No screen
I bought an ipod shuffle with the sole intention of using it in the gym (my gym has really bad music on). Because of this I wanted an mp3 player that was light, small, sturdy, easy to use and would only play the songs I wanted.
Is it light? Yes, very. I don't know exactly how light it is but I don't notice it at all when I am running. It doesn't weigh my pocket down in any way.
Is it small? Yes, very. I couldn't imagine it being any smaller and still being useful. I use the clip provided to attach it to my shorts and it doesn't get in the way. It also stows into my gym bag very easily.
Is it sturdy? Yes. It is made out of a piece of aluminium which seems quite strong and I am sure it'll withstand any knocks it receives whilst I am exercising. The clip is also very strong so wont come off. However, the buttons don't seem that sturdy so I don't think you'd get away with standing/sitting on it.
Is it easy to use? Yes - If you have iTunes. With iTunes you just plug it in with the supplied USB lead, select what music you want to add and wait while it copies. Once the music is on there you just have to turn it on with the switch on the top and you have buttons to pause, skip, change volume. These are all easy to use although if you cant see it is hard to tell which is which. The buttons also aren't that good with gloves (though I don't wear them in the gym). If you want to change the music on there this is also easy and you don't have to delete it all and start again.
Does it play what I want? This is very important for me in the gym. This is because I don't really want something relaxing to come on while I am pushing on the last mile. I want something uplifting. This is a possible downside of the shuffle. As there is no screen you have no way of knowing what is coming next, so it could be something you don't want. There is a way round this though: the new shuffle lets you have playlists so you can put a playlist of whatever songs you want on (eg. Gym tracks, Relaxing songs, Podcasts, etc.). This way only that playlist will play so you only have songs that are right for what you want.
Finally, the capacity I went for was 2GB. This is enough for me as I only use it in the gym. 2GB is about 16hours and I am never ever going to be in the gym for that long in one go. It doesn't store all my music collection but I would buy another mp3 player for that: A larger one with a screen.
To sum it up, this product is perfect for what I want and I really enjoy using it. However, if you want lots of storage or want to be very picky about what music you listen to I would recommend something else.
Summary: Does exactly what i want.
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