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I've had my 3rd Gen Ipod Shuffle for some time now. I got it in replacement for the old Ipod nano, due to me breaking whilst out running.
At first I did not like it, due to the lack of buttons and having to use the headphones to change things I was too lazy to read the instructions so just worked it out for myself.
There are 2 options on this 'shuffle all on repeat' or just 'repeat all' it does allow continuous playback and you can skip ahead a track, HOWEVER, you cannot go to previous tracks. So, if you're like me and like to listen to your favorite song of the week a few times a day then this is a no no!
Although it has its few bad qualities, there are a lot of things that make up for it. I lead quite an active lifestyle, jogging often, boxing, cycling and bmxing. Due to its small size it is easy to carry, it has a metal case which gives adequate protection from breaking when being dropped or stood on whilst on the go and to be honest, this shouldn't be the case, as it has a very firm metal clip along the back of it that can tightly grasp any material, buckle or bag strap. The lack of functions and simple commands to change the track, sound, play/pause makes it ideal for sports as it gives less of a distraction.
All in all I would recommend the 3rd Gen Ipod shuffle to any sportsperson but wouldn't think it would be suitable for the leisure user as there is too little to do on it.
Size and weight
1.8 inches (45.2 mm)
0.7 inch (17.5 mm)
0.3 inch (7.8 mm) including clip
0.26 cu inch (4326 cu mm)
0.38 ounce (10.7 grams)1
for iPod shuffle in anodized aluminum
0.61 ounce (17.2 grams)1
for iPod shuffle in polished stainless steel
Battery and power4
Built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Playback time: Up to 10 hours when fully charged
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
80% charged in 2 hours; fully charged in 3 hours
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
I have just sent this back after having the exact same problems as i did with my first genration ipod - after light use the earphone controls have stopped working. I had both only a few months. I only had to charge them up a few times in the months i had them but then again i use them pretty lightly. The pattern for both was the same the lower volume stops working then it fully stops working then it completley stops working. After looking around forums and reviews it seems this only seems to happen when sweat is running down the wire to the controls unlike other people mine never did dry out and never worked again.
I bought it for going cycling and even though it isn't marketed for this i still think it should have some versatility the earphones didnt come out like many others have mentioned. If it didnt pack up after a few uses i would really recommend this product.
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!
The Shuffle....I think I can begin & summarise by calling it a mixed bag, really. It is so, so useful for exercise but has significant problems too. I love having one because (no trumpet-blowing here, honest) I exercise a lot as a university rower, both in the gym, on my bike (on cycle paths NOT on roads, which is naughty!) and in my running shoes. An iPod Shuffle is invaluable for regular exercisers because they are so small & light and play good quality music; and avoid the need for an armband strap for a regular iPod. Thankfully, I realised this when I purchased my Shuffle - I'd gone in for an armband for my iPod Classic and realised that for £10 more I could get a Shuffle instead and look a bit more normal.
SO, having such a small mp3 player is great for exercising as it just clips onto your sleeve, your collar, your waistband, your shirt....wherever you want it really, and you quickly forget its there. In fact a number of times I've reached to change song while running and spent a few seconds trying to find the thing, its that small & light.
What Apple realised long ago is that when you're on a run or exercising some other way, you don't have any real need for a screen because a) you're focused on trying not to stop and b) you don't want to have to poke around trying to select a song on anything more complicated than a 'next' button. This helps bring the cost of a Shuffle right down and makes it affordable and reasonable as an accessory for exercise - brill.
So far then, it is crazy small & feather-light and cheap. It also benefits from the Voiceover function, whereby you can hold down the play/pause button and hear a voice tell you what song you're listening to, the album, artist and playlist it's on. Its essential for navigating your way round your playlists and works well. Finally, the lack of a screen and teeny-tiny weight means it is less vulnerable to being dropped or knocked around in your pocket with your keys.
Although I use my Shuffle for exercising only, it would have advantages for commuters or short journeys because it has such a small footprint and good battery life. The only disadvantage here is the lack of a screen and one-dimensional library system (songs are only grouped by playlist, not by album or artist), so while a gym playlist would be fine with minimal navigation, if you were pining for one particular song on the Underground you might be there a while fiddling with the in-line remote.
However, I do have a big, big problem with the lack of buttons on it. By omitting the buttons required to do anything more than turn the Shuffle on, you are either limited to the standard iPod headphones with an in-line remote, or forced to shop around for an alternative pair of earphones or stump up for an adaptor cable. Given that, as usual, you pay a premium for Apple, the added expense to avoid the tinny, cheap, awful-quality iPod cans is a bit of a kick in the teeth. Its also really quite annoying when you're running and an unwanted song comes on, you grasp at your ipod to change song, then you need to fondle the cable to find the remote, then press the play/pause button twice in quick succession...its just harder than pressing 'next' on any other small mp3 player, or any other generation of the Shuffle.
And for that reason alone, I would recommend either the 2nd gen (cheap) or 4th gen (current) of the Shuffle, and implore anyone considering the 3rd gen (simple) to avoid it. It says it all that Apple quickly re-instated the buttons with the very next Shuffle.
I've had my pretty little pink iPod Shuffle for over a year now. I have to admit under normal circumstances I would not buy an 'i' product. I'm not sure exactly what it is that makes me think it, but something about all these little 'i' devices popping up everywhere that subtly cries *evil voice* 'Soon we'll take over the world!'
However, after winning some Apple vouchers as University for a project I decided to treat myself. I could have had an iTouch, as I won £250 worth of vouchers but decided if I want to play games I have my phone for that or my Nintendo DS and for my first step in the world of Apple the dinky little iPod Shuffle seemed a good place to start.
The first thing you can't help but notice is how small it is! A small 7cm long! Also slim line, and with a stainless steel clip on the back to secure it to you jeans, jackets or wherever you plan to clip it.
Without headphones in it doesn't look like much, very nice don't get me wrong. The one I have is a lovely pink with a matt finish. It also can be bought in white, silver green blue and black if my memory serves me correctly. However it is no longer on the Apple website, due to a new version being released, but you can still buy it through various other outlets.
The actual iPod shuffle itself has no buttons. The controls are on the headphones, which are the trademark white colour you expect from Apple.
*All The Bits*
To use your new gadget you get given a little box with a USB connector for your computer. By connecting the iPod to the computer you install everything you need onto the computer via some simple steps.
You also get the headphones which you need in order to use your iPod Shuffle. On the headphone there is a little remote with which you can switch songs, turn the volume up and control the voiceover feature(I will get to this later). It is really handy as it means you can stick you iPod somewhere out the way and really don't have to look at it again until you want to turn it off.
*Features of the little Shuffle*
You can set up various playlists on this model which you can witch between using the remote. I think this would be very useful as otherwise skipping though your entire song list until you get to one you like can be rather tedious...I know because until writing this review I did not even know this existed! Or at least I never took the time to find out how it works. But now I know it's there I will be using it more often!
There is also a new voiceover feature which tells you what song it playing, or some other general information e.g. if you switch to shuffle it will tell you this. This is something I knew was on the iPod but I have never, ever found myself in need of using it. Perhaps it might be good if you have just got a new album and don't know all the song titles yet and you could then easily find out the name of one that exceedingly pleased your ears easily.
*Using My Little Pink Musical Box*
As you will gather from all of the above it very simple to use...well when you learn all the features properly!
I can't say I can fault this little wonder as it does what it says on the tin. Had you been expecting more you should have bought a different model. You switch it on, press play and listen. When your done turn it off.
It also has a really good battery life, for the amount of times I left it on by accident it still played music for a great length of time. Though, I do only use it to and from work or going places at the weekends maybe.
I do have to admit that, sometimes flicking through songs a lot does get rather annoying especially if you want one particular song! You could be there for ages depending on how you have organised your music.
Another problem I have encountered is it that due to it being so teeny tiny it can get very easily lost. I can't really blame this on Apple but the amount of times it's fell down the couch, behind a cabinet, under my desk are etc..are countless!
The same applies for he USB you need to charge it. I haven't actually use my iPod for a little while as I can't seem to track down the USB cable. I am sure though this can be easily replaced (Ebay).
If you want a simple gadget pure for listening to music to then this is ideal! If you want all the other exciting iPod features then you may be bored by this item.
However, I am very please with my little purchase and would definitely recommend it!
SMALL AND SIMPLE!
The first thing that comes to mind when looking and using this iPod. It is so sleek and modern looking how could anyone go wrong?!
It is my perfect gym companion! I can store plenty of tunes to get me through a two hour workout and with a battery life that goes on forever is just another bonus. The voice over feature is a well needed feature, although some of the pronunciation is incorrect and a bit robotic it does what it needs to.
The in-line controls work really well and are very simple to use, skipping songs, playlists and choosing new music has never been easier to do.
The clip is good and has never failed on me, a really useful iPod to have for the gym or travelling small distances. A good addition or start to an iPod collection but not a solo iPod for die hard music fans due to the small capacity space.
I'm aware that bigger, better versions of the iPod can do basically everything - yet while I'm both tempted and frightened by the idea of a gadget considerably more intelligent than I am (but it can't love ... yet), I'm also quite happy with my little, comparatively inadequate Shuffle. It plays music ... and that's it. Which, from a music player, is pretty important, and there's the added bonus of knowing that it won't become sentient and turn on its creators quite as soon as a Touch.
Actually, it does have one or two gimmicks going for it. First and foremost, it's even smaller than the previous instalment - which was itself pretty damn small. This model, weighing in at a massive ten grams and measuring the length and girth of a mouse's penis, is almost impractically small - so much so, they've run out of room for the controls on the Shuffle's body and relocated them to the earphone cord. This has a certain useful appeal - you can stow the iPod away in a pocket and dictate the ebb and flow of your music using the newly-created controls, which are closer-to-hand and slightly more intuitive than the previous model's wheel. For running and walking, then, there's something of an advantage, although things are a fraction fiddlier than they were before. Otherwise, the design of the Shuffle remains pretty similar - a clip is mounted on the back of the body, a switch on the top toggles the function which shuffles your playlist on and off and a headphone socket does what any self-respecting headphone socket does. Only with more style, I suppose.
Perhaps the most exciting - and accordingly, completely useless - function included on this newest model is the voiceover feature, which when prompted lowers the volume of your music and informs you which track and artist is playing in a little robotic voice. Kind of cool, but not especially useful - seeing as you can fit a pretty modest total of 1,000 songs on the 4GB Shuffle, it's not very often you come across a song you don't recognise. Perhaps if you move songs on and off with more regularity than me, this is a handy addition, but it smells a bit gimmicky.
Oh, and it also speaks twenty languages. Which is impressive.
These new, dubious tweaks aside, the positives of the iPod Shuffle remain unchanged - as much as Apple products have a fashionable appeal, they're also bought in such quantities because they're so well-designed - and even down to this most entry-level product, the same is true. The Shuffle's just perfectly suited for its task; easy, instinctive and intuitive to use, with good-enough sound quality that I personally don't notice any shortfall, although I'm not an especially demanding consumer.
For a simple, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin music player, this is the perfect buy - and at £50, herein lies another of its benefits. I drop things. Especially small things. I drop them down drains, I drop them down toilets, I drop them in implausibly small glasses of water. Of course, I don't enjoy consigning fifty quid of electronic equipment to a watery grave, but I can take it. Until I'm wealthy enough to do the same to an iPod touch and not cry, a Shuffle will do for me. I'm not especially keen on the changes made to this model; they smack slightly of reinvention for its own sake, and the previous model is perhaps a better purchase - however, in its own right, this is a fine piece of design and an extremely capable piece of equipment.
I bought one of these the other day, having previously owned two iPod's, both of which broke, so I was understandably a bit apprehensive.
The first thing I noticed about the shuffle was it's size. It's tiny! Thankfully though it has the controls to shuffle backwards and forwards in the middle of the headphone wire, so isn't fiddly. Shuffling is done through double and triple clicking for forwards and backwards respectively.
I find the build quality good, similar to most other Apple products.
Sound quality is fine, and loud enough, although I'd like a little bit more bass, as I listen to alot of music that is bass-heavy.
The only major fault I think it has is not being able to skip more than one track at a time. I thought possibly there should be a button to skip 10 tracks, or an album?
All in all though I think the shuffle is a good piece of equipment, and would certainly recommend it to someone over the slightly cheaper inferior shuffle-clones that are out there. I got mine for 40 pounds, which goes to show that it pays to shop around.
The iPod Shuffle is quite old i think that many people would'nt be interested in it anymore, However the iPod Shuffle is really good if you have children because its simple to use and quite hard to break and its cheap!
The sound quality shocked me quite alot i though it was going to be a cheap rubbish Mp3 but its not. The sound quality is just as good as a normal decent iPod no skipping and no static aswell which i couldn't belive.
A downside for this iPod is it has no screen so if you want Specific song that you want to listen to you have to keep clicking a button until you get that song and it wont help if you have other 500 songs on it, Its so annoying.
This is very useful for runners because it has a clip which you can clip onto anything or you can easily fit it your pocket because its so small.
The cheapest iPod shuffle price i have seen is £30
I bought the Ipod Shuffle for my boyfriend as a bithday present a few years back and it deffinately went down well. The reason I got the new shuffle in particular was it's size and because it has a little clasp which means when he wears a suit he can clip it to his shirt pocket with ease. This feature has come in handy for on say many occasions including when we go running.
I was astonished with this Ipod that something so small could hold so much music having 4G of memory for the bargain price of around £60. The only downside to this Ipod is that it is so small that it can go missing quite easily especially if you disconnect the earphones. I'd recommend keeping the earphones attched at all times as they bulk it out a bit.
I have the Ipod Nano and altough I have no issues with it I wish I'd got this shuffle as I set my nano to shuffle anyway and it's less compact and not as good for running as it has to be stored in an arm band. I'd go for the shuffle over the nano given the option again.
A few months ago, my husband dropped a big hint that he would like an ipod. Someone at work had one and used a cassette adaptor to play the music through the cars sound system. I opted for the ipod shuffle, which I bought from a catalogue. I don't know anything about MP3 players, and bought it because it was a good brand and relatively cheap! When it arrived, I was quite shocked at how small it was (things look bigger in catalogues!), the actual player is only 45.2mm tall and 7.8mm thick but it was easy to get it going and easy to download songs onto.
I didn't like the fact that the ipod "locks" you to the itunes website for downloads. It seems a very clever marketing ploy. Not only have you paid out for the ipod, but apple make even more money from you by forcing you to buy music from their website. Talk about freezing out the competition!
Control of the ipod is a bit tricky. With no buttons on the main box, you have to navigate tunes by clicking a flimsy button on your headphones. The headphones themselves seem badly made and look like they could easily break. They don't fit in your ears very well either. The whole design is quite badly thought out, as the player would really benefit from some sort of control on the main box.The real problem, however, was when we used the ipod for what we originally bought it for, to play via the car sound system. To do this, I had to unplug the headphones (which control which songs you play) and attatch a cassette adaptor. This left me with no control over the songs that I could play, which seems a fundamental design flaw.
Another feature that makes the ipod shuffle unique is the "voiceover" feature. While you are listening to your music, you can press a button, and the voiceover will tell you the name of the track and artist in a weird voice. This seems a bit pointless, as you are probably going to know the title of the song if you have gone to the trouble of downloading it in the first place! A more handy feature of the playter is the clip, on the side that allows you to attatch the ipod to your clothes, bag or belt for music on the move.
The 4GB capacity of the player means that you have storage for 1000 songs. You can also create multiple playlists and categorise your music better. Personally, I find 4GB is probably a bit more than we actually need. More recently I bought a cheapo £5 mp3 player for my son. It is only 512 MB, buit has easier controls than the ipod and I can download music from cheaper websites than itunes. We don't really use the ipod much now, and in retrospect, I should have researched the product better before buying, as it didn't really suit our needs.
I was an iPod virgin, until recently, when my husband bought me an iPod Shuffle for my birthday. I've used iTunes on my computer for quite a while, and I'd hinted that I was interested in having some form of MP3 player so I could listen to music, audio books and podcasts on my way to work. The surprise was ruined, however, when a lovely man from Apple called and accidently revealed that my husband was engraving an iPod Shuffle for me. (That's right, you can get it engraved!!). I immediately researched iPod Shuffles and to be honest, I was a little disappointed. From what I could tell, it was a miniscule, ugly, grey box - seemingly lacking any obvious control pads, buttons, display screens and, ultimately, character - and I was worried about having to fake enthusiasm when it arrived.
But actually, I was pleasantly surprised by the iPod Shuffle once I got it out of the box and had a play with it. It was tiny - and part of me was very afraid of losing it - but it had a little crocodile clip on the back of the iPod for attaching it to your jeans' pocket, a bag, a shirt, etc. So that immediately dispelled my fears of losing it. Furthermore, it was incredibly easy to use. On the top of the iPod, there is a slide-switch, where there are two options for the "on" control - either continuous play or shuffled play, as well as an "off" control. The main way of controlling playback is by using a small, but ingenious, control panel half-way up the headphones. There is a main button to play, pause and skip, and a button at either side to adjust the volume. As there is no display screen, a woman kindly speaks to you! She tells you what track you're currently playing and which playlists you could alternatively listen to. I thought the "voice" would be terrible and would be inept at pronouncing the names of the artists and songs that I had chosen, but Apple have done well in this area and have included an awful lot of words, and names, into her vocabulary! The only thing is that she's American - this might be a drawback for some!
The only disadvantage is that, because the main controls are built into the headphones that Apple supply, if you break the headphones then it's not just a case of going out a buying some regular headphones - you'd need to buy them specially from Apple and I would imagine that they wouldn't be as cheap, or as easy to find, as regular headphones. So if you do get an iPod Shuffle - look after your headphones!
this was my first ipod, and i bought i brand new of ebay for around £40. i find it is ideal for travelling, and for keeping in your handbag! the 4gb allows you to store around 1000 songs - the only downside is that there is no control over what song is player - you can only shoft along one song at a time, and in only one direction. i particularly like the voice over, which will say the name of the current song playing (this can be turned off if you are not a fan!) i find the controls on the headphones are very handy, as i tuck my headphones in under my jacket when out walking, and the controls just rest at the top of my jacket collar. i have found this ipod to be very robust, and it comes with a handy clip. it can be attached to a shirt/trouser pocket and wont move! i have also taken this on holiday, with a set of portable speakers, and it took up very little room.
This is the first shuffle i have bought. I have always gone with the massive wielding GB ipods, but i decided it was time to switch my style up. I personally love the shuffle. 4 GB is more than enough to play my favorite songs. Even if i need new songs, i can remove the songs i get tired of, which happens to me a lot. The new feature talks to you. Yes it literally talks to you. Press a button and the ipod will tell you the name of the song. Press it again and it will sort out your playlists. Honestly the function is cool. The only disadvantage is that all of the buttons are on your headphone. The volume, and speak button are on the headphone so if you lose them, you have to shell out big bucks for them. There is a clip on the back of the ipod which is very handy and its smaller and slimmer than the previous version. Overall a great improvement, but for around 90 bucks... i don't know if its worth it.
An iPod with no physical controls? Madness.
Certainly what I first thought when I saw the latest incarnation of the Shuffle. It certainly put me off for a long while. The click wheel on the previous generation was so integral to my use of it I couldn't image using anything else.
In an impulsive moment, I bought one. I haven't regretted it at all.
It's control system (inline remote on the ear phones) is very clever. One click to Play or Pause, two clicks to skip forwards, three clicks to skip back, click and hold to have it talk to you.
Yes. It talks to you. Well, says what it is playing currently. If you have 'Voice Over' enabled, iTunes also includes computer generated names and artists for each track on your Shuffle (I'm not sure how much room this takes up, but it must be relatively negligible, you can still fit a lot on this diminutive iPod.) For Mac OS X Leopard users, you get the 'Alex' voice talking to you, for Mac OS X Tiger and Windows users you get a typical computer generated voice. It's particularly clever and overcomes the one problem the iPod Shuffle had, which ever model you were using - what track am I listening to now?
According to Apple, this Shuffle is the world's smallest MP3 player, I'm not so sure about that, but it is certainly the smallest iPod ever, it's small enough to lose in a bag. The build quality is excellent, the only physical controls on it are the 'On/Off - Play - Shuffle' mode slide switch. The clip is still present, and the whole unit is thinner and smaller than before. The battery life is pretty good, it's not quite as good as the previous model, but it's close, I tend to get more than the 10 hours Apple claim it lasts for playback.
In the (equally diminutive) box you get a pair of earphones (Apple's standard ear bud type) with the essential inline remote, a short USB cable for syncing and some instructions. Apple seem to be taking their pledge to use less packaging very seriously.
My main concern would be that you're very limited to what headphones you can use, third party manufacturers have started producing head phones and adapters with the inline controls on them. But the choice may be limited for now.
In all, it surprised me that I liked this little iPod (so much so I sold my previous generation model), it's worth it but it may not suit people who like to use non-Apple earphones or owners of the second generation Shuffle.