Apple's new iPod
shuffle is easily one of the smallest MP3 players on the market
that measures in at an incredible 27.3mm x 41.2 x 10.5 and
weighing in at only 15.5 grams. Needless to say, it's amazing
that something so small can perform so much in terms of music
With 1GB available, the Shuffle allows the user to store around
240 songs that lasts a continuos 12 hours of pure music quality
and entertainment. Aimed at the gadget generation, the new iPod
shuffle is so tiny that you can easily clip it to almost any
part of your clothes or even slide it inside your pocket.
Coming in a
range of colours that include silver, pink, green, blue, and
orange, there is definitely a colour to suit all of us.
As with the
previous iPod shuffle, the user can either play their songs in
continuous order or random play that has the shuffle decide
which music will be played. Remarkably the new iPod Shuffle is
considerably lighter and smaller than its predecessor and gone
is the classic rectangular "Apple" look that has now been
replaced with a more clothing accessory look and feel. There are
also a few LED indicators on the iPod that basically lights up a
different colour, depending on the status of the unit.
The installation of the Shuffle was a breeze and on our PC test
machine (the unit is also Mac compatible), we simply installed
the software and in a few moments, iTunes was installed.
Once installed, we simply plugged the Shuffle's dock into a
spare USB port and iTunes automatically loaded and even searched
our hard drive for where our music (MP3 files) was stored. With
a few simply clicks, our iPod was loaded with a plethora of
The remix and
match option in iTunes allows the software to basically
auto-fill your iPod with a variety of music files, ensuring that
every time you listen to your iPod is a new musical experience.
Perfect for those wishing for an eclectic listening experience.
The only problem
with the iPod Shuffles is that there is no way to select certain
artists as the screen does not have an LCD. There is a
workaround, if you force the iPod into the "shuffle" mode, you
then need to continue skipping tracks until you have found the
artist you are looking for. Remove the "shuffle" option and then
move either forward or backwards by skipping tracks until you
have reached the start of the album.
The quality of the music on the iPod Shuffle is phenomenal and I
must admit that it sounds exceptionally clearer than the
previous iPod Shuffle. This also reflects the quality of the
headphones and really puts those high end headphone companies to
The unit itself
is easy to control with a play/pause button and also four
buttons for volume, next track, previous track and fast-forward
or rewind. In order to charge the unit, you simply plug the dock
into a spare USB port and then plug the Shuffle into the dock
and in a few hours, the Shuffle is fully charged that allows for
a continuous 12 hours of listening.
Apart from an MP3 player, the iPod shuffle is also a USB drive
that allows the user to store up to 1GB of files (depending if
music is already installed on the device), so there's no problem
copying those small files to the unit and transporting them.
the new iPod Shuffle is a must have for those that are looking
for an affordable MP3 experience with the quality of Apple
behind it. A brilliant new design, a wide array of colours that
is easy to use and import music onto the MP3 player, the new
iPod Shuffle is a definite must have for those on the go!
Put it on, turn it up, and turn some heads.
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capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC
encoding; actual capacity varies by content.
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