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Apple iPod shuffle 1 GB White (1st Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 1 GB model holds up to 240 songs; supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV
- Up to 12 hours of battery life, with approximately 4 hour charge time
- USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatibility through integrated USB connector
- Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports) and Windows 2000 with SP 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional with SP 2
- Lanyard, USB cap, and black, red, clear plastic covering
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- Brand Name: Apple
- Model Number: M9725LL/A
- Digital Storage Capacity: 1.0 GB
- Color: White
- Supported Audio Format: MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps)//MP3 VBR//AAC (8 to 320 Kbps)//Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P)//Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)//WAV
Who'd have thought a music-listening revolution could come in such a sweet, compact package? Apple, again, leads the charge with the new iPod shuffle, a digital audio player about the size of a pack of gum, that mixes things up with the new random "Shuffle Songs" play mode. The iPod shuffle serves up the songs you've selected in a different order every time. Or, when you want to assume DJ duties, switch back to Play in Order mode. Carry about 240 songs, thanks to 1GB of storage, and enjoy up to 12 hours of continuous playback per battery charge. The shuffle supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV files. It's USB 1.1 and 2.0 ready and has an integrated USB connector. Includes earbud headphones, lanyard and USB cap. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 recommended). iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 3-1/3Hx1Wx1/3D".
Top Customer Reviews
First of all I must say I disagree with those reviews or reviewers which complaint about things they knew before purchasing the item: yes the shuffle lacks any sort of display.
Fast reviewed facts:
- Ease of use: this is the real plug&play thing. It won't get any easier to use, yet it comes with a pretty good menu of advanced features in case you might want to customize your iPod shuffle so that I will store both data and mp3s. Charging is also simple, come on I hate all A/C adaptors, you can really forget about wires, voltage etc. Yet this might be a drawback if you lack a USB port around, but... how would you transfer songs in anyway?
- Reliable: even though this is not a waterproof or shock resistant player, I take it with me while doing downhill bicycle riding and I have been under heavy rain and rough terrains yet my iPod has never failed (although it has been quite wet). Also batteries last as stated in the technical specs, perhaps 30 mins less (this will depend mostly on the volume you listen your music at).
Size and weight: simply small and light.
In my opinion the iPod shuffle player is the best for use while doing any sport. I ride bycicle quite often and I couldn't care less whether my mp3 player had display or not, because I wouldn't be able to look at it anyway, yet the weight of a normal iPod would actually bother me. I also enjoy of listening to my songs randomly but hey! you can also organize all sorts of ordered playlists.
Only drawback: iTunes could be a bit complex sometimes, the latest version iTunes 5 just came out, I'll have to try that one out. But as I started my review i must finish by saying that this iPod is more that I spected, therefore no reason for giving it less than 5 stars, I only review items I own and use.
Charges just fine.. But the head phone Jack doesn't work.
Of course because of boys needing to be on certain levels I had to wait for them to get there to try it, having my own I never tried personally until they needed it. When we finally did it was last the 30 days.
I bought the shuffle for the following reasons. I wanted something small and something I wouldn't freak out about if I dropped it. The shuffle met both of those criteria.
For me it holds 13 hours of music, which is more than enough for the gym and it comes with a lanyard so I can wear it around my neck. Yeah, you look a little dorky with the thing around your neck, but it's great for cardio and for weight training. The headphone cord never gets into the way when I'm lifting. I also use it when I'm boxing and hitting the heavy bag. Again, it doesn't get in the way. There are armbands available for it as well, but I'd give the lanyard a try before spending the money and see if you like it.
I'm not at all bothered by the fact I can't see what track is playing on a screen mostly because I'm using it at the gym and I rarely looked down at the screen of my 40gb ipod when I worked out with it. It's simple to use and it connects through my laptop's usb port when I want to change the music on it and charge it. The battery lasts a long time. If I charge it once a week (and I'm using it every day) it's a lot.
If you need something with a screen spend the money and get a nano. If you don't care about that and just want your music portable this is great. I do think it's better for people who are going to the gym or running or doing any activity with it. It seems perfectly suited for that. I don't see people being happy with this as their primary MP3 player.
Review: The unit is small and light. The case is clean and the use of buttons is efficient. It hangs on my neck with no noticeable weight. Manipulation is easy, functional and fast enough. It holds plenty of songs and is easy enough to swap songs using the iTunes interface. It sounds very good and the volume manipulation occurs in small intervals, which means I can set it to my exacting taste without big jumps in volume. I do wish it had a grip of some kind on the on-off button. I'll stick something there; enjoy.
Note: I don't use Mac. I don't like the lock-in issues with the AAC format. I'm not happy that I can only import to iTunes and not export to MusicMatch or WMP or other player programs, but that about the program not the product. I point this out so as to help you consider the validity of my review of the iShuffle by itself. END