iPod Shuffle Review

Here’s a shuffle-sized review of the iPod shuffle.

I love it. I previously used a 3rd-gen iPod weighing in at 40 GB of storage. Mine was a third full, with all the music I’ve ever bought on there. I had extra space for other files, but I was reluctant to use it as an external hard drive because I’ve heard doing that really shortens the life of the drive.

When the iPod shuffle was announced, I was immediately drawn to it. The iPod I had was just too big and cumbersome for everyday use. It became a chore to carry and use. I tended to use it only when I could store it in a shirt or jacket pocket. And it seemed like I was having to charge it daily or risk running out of power.

In contrast, the Shuffle is ideal for my commute. Lightweight and carefree compared to its bigger siblings. I was also very happy with the battery performance of the new iPods.

Finally, 10 reasons why I’ll take the iPod shuffle over the iPod nano any day:

  1. Shorter (3.3” versus 3.5”).
  2. Lighter (0.78 of an ounce versus 1.5 ounces).
  3. Cheaper ($69 to $99 versus $149 to $249).
  4. Sightless navigation / operation. No tedious browsing or “what will I listen to next?” time wasting.
  5. Built-in USB connector.
  6. Fewer controls.
  7. More rugged.
  8. Fits in more pockets: it can even hide in your hand.
  9. Can recharge through USB, so no extra dock or wires required.
  10. Doubles as a convenient general-purpose USB memory stick.

Frankly, the only way I can think of improving on the iPod shuffle is to eliminate the headphone wire.


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Jeb Author Profile Page said:

Enjoyed these last 3 posts. Good to have you back posting!

Sarah Author Profile Page said:

I have 1G Shuffle and a 2G Nano. I find the Nano better suited to listening to audio books, and when I'm in a mood to tinker with my playlist (and am away from my PC or laptop).
And being slimmer, it does slide into tight pockets better. It's my toy of the moment.

But if I'm going to do anything vaguely energetic, I take the Shuffle. I'm clumsy, and find great comfort in the fact that I don't have to worry too much if I drop the Shuffle repeatedly!

Another plus for the Shuffle for me is the ease of setting it on Hold, compared with that fiddly little slide thing on the Nano.

Ellin Beltz said:

I don't understand how you can think the IPod Cripple a/k/a Shuffle has the slightest advantage over a real IPod. How can you call being unable to see what you are listening to an advantage? I can't see, find the controls on mine without a magnifying glass and I don't think it's convenient at all. The IPod weighs less than my cellphone - so your commment about "too inconvenient to carry" doesn't make any sense either. It looks to me like the sort of thing that Apple is pushing on Kids and old folks who buy for Kids without realizing Children don't like Dead-End toys. They like things that do things. And the shuffle that I had before it went back to the Apple Store was just plumb useless to me.


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