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.
- Shorter (3.3” versus 3.5”).
- Lighter (0.78 of an ounce versus 1.5 ounces).
- Cheaper ($69 to $99 versus $149 to $249).
- Sightless navigation / operation. No tedious browsing or “what will I listen to next?” time wasting.
- Built-in USB connector.
- Fewer controls.
- More rugged.
- Fits in more pockets: it can even hide in your hand.
- Can recharge through USB, so no extra dock or wires required.
- 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.