Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Ipod Shuffle 4GB
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Ipod Shuffle 4GB
Advantages: Simple to use.....
Disadvantages: No volume control except on headphones, no control over playlists
This Ipod Shuffle was the first Ipod I owned having previously always used a Sony MP3 Walkman complete with all the problems Sony's software brought with it. When that died, I could not make up my mind what I wanted to replace it and my wife bought me one of these.
The Shuffle, here in its third generation, is small, lightweight and easy to use. With only one button on the top that controls either the shuffle controls or turns the whole thing off, there is no need for lengthy instruction that contains information you will never need and the same thing in five different languages. Pretty much as soon as you have downloaded your music from ITunes, you are ready to go. This has both its advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage is that it does not take much effort to use and is totally uncomplicated for the technophobe or those who struggle with anything too difficult to get on with.
The disadvantage is that if you are a little bit anal, there is very little control over what is being played!
The only way to play music on this is through creating a playlist so even if you only put whole albums on then it is unlikely that you will get to hear them in any semblance of order which can be annoying.
The other thing I did not like about this was the lack of volume control. The volume is controlled solely through the accompanying headphones so if you do decide to put this through an external device such as a car radio or a domestic radio then the sound quality is extremely quiet! The lack of a volume control on the Ipod itself is, I think, a serious design flaw!
I do think this is a good idea and a great introduction to the Ipod family but don't buy this expecting to get an idea what the Ipod can do because this Shuffle is entirely like Ipod For Dummies and has none of the features that hardcore real music fans will be looking for! It is a good idea for somebody who wants to always listen to a randomised selection of their music or for somebody who wants no whistles and bells, no fuss in other words, and just something to listen to whilst travelling on the bus, train, generic public transport.....but for anyone else, the listening experience here may seem a bit unsatisfying!
Certainly it was not for me and, though I have still kept it, soon decided to pick up another model with more features that I wanted on it!
Overall this is an okay Ipod but, a little like this reviewer at times, just that little bit too simple!
I am not fussy really...it's just that this paticular version of the Shuffle was not for me!
Prices vary but you can buy this fairly cheaply on Ebay now. It also comes in a range of colours, storage capacities (mine was 4 GB but you can get smaller!) but if youy are going for a Shuffle I would maybe recommend one of the earlier or later generation Ipod Shuffles and perhaps give this one a miss!
Summary: Okay but not for me.......
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