Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Member Name: daddyumyum
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Advantages: cheap, small, portable, good battery life,
Disadvantages: hard to set up, you have to use itunes, no screen
When I was looking for a new MP3 player, I knew I wanted something that wasn't going to set me back a weeks wages, but would still do the job. And that's how I found the iPod shuffle.
~Why the iPod shuffle~
I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds on a full ipod, it simply didn't appeal to me to spend that kind of money on something I would mainly be using while working out. The ipod shuffle was a music player, not an investment.
I bought mine for just under £40, which was much more reasonable than a full ipod.
It's small, compact, probably just over an inch big. In fact when I opened it, I wasn't sure what I was looking at. I had to check that it was indeed that big, and I hadn't accidentally bough some sort of battery pack!
It has a little play/pause button on the front and you can skip to the next or previous tracks and it comes in different colours. Mine is green, like an apple.
Mine has 2gb of space, which is fine, and I've never managed to use it all up, the battery life lasts around 10 hours, sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less, but if I'm using it for my daily running, it will last me all week which is all I really need.
Most of all I love the voiceover feature. When I finally worked out how to make playlists, I found I was able to use the voiceover feature to skip between various playlists to choose the one I want. And what's more I can also listen to it on random if I feel like just seeing what comes up. One minute you can be listening to Pavarotti and the next you could be laughing as you realise someone put Abba on your ipod.
You can use itunes to sync your music to your ipod. But this isn't always as straightforward as it seems and it does take a while to set up.
Why doesn't this come with full complete instructions? I like to be able to refer to a little instruction book when something isn't making sense, but what came in the box told me very little information at all.
I dislike using itunes software, but you don't seem to have a choice, and I would have preferred not to need to download and install itunes just to use for this little mp3 player.
I'm never convinced that random is actually random. If it is random, why then with hundreds of songs on my ipod do I end up listening to the same one more than once in a short space of time? Whatever algorithm they use to calculate their random feature, it isn't random enough and this can prove to be rather annoying.
The headphones are very uncomfortable so I had to fork out for better ones that didn't hurt my ears.
I do miss having a screen to see what I'm listening too, I keep glancing at it to see what song I'm on and of course it doesn't tell me.
It works, it isn't perfect, but it's cheap and plays music. (But woe betide you if you dare to criticise your ipod in the presence of other ipod users, you can get a huge backlash or comments. I've began to feel like I'm in some sort of strange cult of ipod users).
Next time I buy an MP3 Player, I'll probably buy one with a display, just to make it easier to work.
Summary: It does what it says on the box, it's a basic mp3 player for those who want a cheap alternative.
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