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So Small and Light, it's Easy to Lose
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Member Name: Deru
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Date: 07/04/12, updated on 27/04/12 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Small, Cute, Good Sound Quality, Not too expensive
Disadvantages: Easy to lose, sratches easily, needs to go through iTunes
I wanted a light and compact MP3 player to use at the gym as I didn't want to carry around my iPhone around (it's a bit awkward to run on the treadmill with) so looked at the Apple iPod range. I didn't want to spend too much so the iPod Nano was out of the equation (they cost around £100). Then I looked at the iPod Shuffle range which was only £39 for a 2GB model. 4GB is available for a bit more. It's more expensive than other branded MP3 players but for an Apple product, it's pretty cheap. I have the light blue version but also comes in green, pink, silver, orange and maybe some other colours.
The iPod Shuffle (Mine's 4th Generation so it's the square one) is a no-nonsense iPod which compact MP3 player without a screen like all the other iPods and other MP3 players out on the market. Not even a simple black and white display for displaying track titles .It's called a 'Shuffle' because of this and you're meant to either learn the song order or put the player into shuffle mode. Not the ideal MP3 player if you like to look for particular tracks but otherwise, it's ideal if you just need a simple music player to play random tracks.
The Shuffle is extremely tiny measuring just 3 x 3 x 0.9cm (approx) and extremely light at just 12 grams. It consists of a metallic body, six buttons (play/pause, next, previous, volume up, volume down, read song title) and a slider switch for power and shuffle mode and a clip on the back. The player is simple in design and I think it looks very neat. Downside to the metallic body that it scratches easily. Mine is in immaculate condition and I've even bought a silicon skin case for it (which does spoil the look a bit though).
It's very easy to use. Just charge it with the small USB cable by plugging it into a PC / laptop and sync some music to it using iTunes. (Then sync cable plugs into the headphone socket and this is where it charges the device as well). When ready, plug your earphones in, clip it to your shirt/trousers/belt, turn it on and press Play. I don't particularly like having to rely on iTunes as it lacks flexibility. If another brand of MP3 player, I would be able to add music from any PC I fancied. With iTunes, it has to be a machine with my entire music library otherwise, it erases everything so I can't just log onto another PC and add a single track without all the other tracks present.
The sound quality is excellent, no crackling or anything, but obviously depends on your headphones / speakers as well. Still surprising how such good sound can come from such a tiny device. The Shuffle includes a set of white earphones but I don't use those as I prefer to use a different pair that hooks around my ears so they're less likely to fall off. Although it has a clip, which feels pretty strong, if it doesn't latch on to a bump in your clothing, then the you're quite prone to dropping the MP3 player. The small size means that the device is easy to lose. I've lost it twice but luckily, found it each time but a friend of mine did find one in the street. Lucky for him, not so much for the peron who lost it!
As it doesn't have a screen, it has a neat little feature whereby it can read out the title of the song that's being played when you press a button. It seems to be able to read out Chinese song titles (in Mandarin Chinese) as well but don't know about other non-Europe characters. The voice isn't particularly clear but it's there for you.
- Sound quality
- Long battery life
- Cheap for an Apple iPod
- Cost a bit more than other MP3 players of the same capacity
- Metallic body scratches easily
- Must use iTunes to add / remove music
- Easy to lose!
It's a simple, lower end MP3 player from Apple, for those who don't need all the bells and whistles. The lack of screen is not a negative of the product as it was designed to be used without the need for a screen for music selection. As it doesn't have a screen, the battery lasts for ages. Fully charges in 3 hours and plays music up to about 15 hours according to Apple. I find it lasts ages but didn't go as far as timing the running time so I'll take Apple's word for it.
Recommended if you just need a basic MP3 player and I don't need to take your entire music selection with you (unless it's pretty small anyway then you can).
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Apples 4th Gen iPod Shuffle
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