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- andyhalzJul 1, 2009by
only one glitch make it less than perfect...
The one glitch...part of the switches are in the cord...volume and the switch that allows voice over...This tells you what song is playing...the voice over is a nice feature, but you have to download the software from the Apple site.<br><br>The main problem is that if the cord ever gets damaged...it has to be a special Apple cord with the same switches inside to replace it. You cannot put speakers on it. It has to be the special Apple cord.<br><br>The old ipod shuffle has all the switches on the face of the unit...<br><br>This one has 4 GB instead of 2 or 1 GB that makes room for a lot of great tunes, that is why I chose this model over the old model. I wish they had a nearly perfect rating...because it is so much better than Good. I can give it an excellent rating but it isn't perfect yet.<br><br>I HATE to give this awesome jewell less than an excellent review! 'cause inside its tiny body...I have a TON of albums...I am all about the music not the video crap...I don't want or need a screen...I don't want or need video.<br><br>It is almost too tiny it weighs slightly more than two pairs of earbuds...this is great for jogging with...just clip the unit on your t-shirt sleeve...and it is nearly weightless...It has a shiny chrome metal clip...I am always smuging with my fingerprints and wiping it off... only cause it looks cool in chrome...ahhh the minor price we pay...Read full review
- frankepetersJul 3, 2011by
GETTING PAST THE VOLUME CONTROL, I find it AHEAD OF IT's TIME in all else
When this baby first came out, I didn't like the volume control on the headphone's wire either, because that made it less 'universal,' and I have 7 different high-end headphones laying around my house I would like the ease of plugging in and using at my convenience. After getting some used to, I realized that this IPod had everything else going for it besides that (the highest quality sound/ loudness out of any other generation Shuffle, or small mp3 device).<br><br>Yes, it has better sound quality/ loudness than the generation Shuffle's before it, and better sound quality/ loudness than the generation after (where they go back to the people's choice of volume controls on the player). It is also the smallest/ lightest ever designed by apple.<br><br>If you can get past the volume control limitation of not being to plug in any headphones, and just keep the ones they give you close to the unit and don't lose them, then you may find that it was ahead of it's time in regards to all else.<br><br>We used to need universal headphones because the stock ones they gave with music players could not get loud enough or had poor sound quality. This stock headphones w/ the volume control gets as loud as the ear can take, and the sound quality is outstanding for that group of small mp3 players.<br><br>I am a sound enthusiast, and there isn't a need for louder aftermarket headphones than what the unit pushes through it's stock volume-controlled phones.<br><br>I used the other Ipod Shuffles that are square, and have volume control (which work for the majority of people), and they are in fact slightly heavier, and bulkier (for runners) due to having volume buttons.<br><br>You just can't have everything in life (LOL).<br><br>But, for older folks, you definately want to go with the square Ipod Shuffle, because of the ease of volume on the music player (normal standard).<br><br>This generation should have caught on (the design and quality of the ipod... other than the volume control issue), but the people shut it down too early.<br><br><br>I've been clipping it on my t-shirt sleeve for over a year, and it has never slipped off. I run fast, and am a big guy.<br><br>You take care, and make a good decision. I tried the one they made after it, and the sound quality is not as good as this older generation.<br><br>(I've never had any water/ sweat issues stopping the device)<br><br>(Oh, and one other bad thing about this generation, that is significant, which I just remembered, is that you cannot plug it into a car stereo and skip forward or backward to another track! This is a great limitation for using it in your vehicle. That means that you have to listen to every song in the row of playlist and not skip to a particular song!! You are basically locked into having to listen to every song in the order that it is in your Itunes.)Read full review
- bunchofgrapes51Jan 7, 2011by
Love it! Glad I bought it
It is small and compact, will clip on my shirt or jacket, and will hold quite a bit of music!<br>I had purchased the 1 gig ipod and I saw this one. I am so happy I purchased it-I would buy more just to put my whole music library on it. I can just clip it on my jacket, take off on my bike and have music for days!<br>Highly recommend this item to people who do not want to play with all the buttons-ie. like when you are riding a bike. The remote on the ear buds makes it easy to skip a song when you want without having to look at a screen to see what you are doing. I just put it on shuffle and am on my way.<br>Would buy again!
- bmw320im52Mar 2, 2014by
high sound volume, very small design, long battery life, little uncomfortable to transfer music with itunes-takes longer then just copy/paste, prefer in ear buds for headphones, had to buy another set.
- fernando94foxOct 8, 2013by
I will buy next generation of the shuffle
nice product works perfect great operating system and user friendly it takes you strait to the point the music nothing else just the basics and a few plus just in the point so is not complicated