Second Generation Apple IPod Shuffle
The Apple 1 GB Shuffle is the world’s smallest digital music player that lets you wear up to 240 songs on your sleeve, or your lapel, or your belt. it’s so small you can wear it just about anywhere. Clip on iPod Shuffle and wear it as a badge of musical devotion. And with the shuffle’s anodized aluminum enclosure it is durable and goes with almost any outfit.
The new Shuffle is appealing in its elementariness, too, but the itty-bitty device is far from perfect. Its screenless design means you get few navigational options and no extra features.
Although the Shuffle comes in a small package, 1.62 inches long and about half an ounce, it still holds a lot of music, and you can count on your Shuffle to keep on rocking for up to 12 continuous hours. Because of it small size, it’s so inconspicuous that we have trouble keeping track of it, if you’re constantly misplacing your keys, this player probably isn’t your best option.
The Apple Ipod Suffle box also very small
Use iTunes to import your CDs, shop for songs on the iTunes Store, and then sync them to your iPod Shuffle. And if you have more than 240 songs in your iTunes library, let iTunes autofill your Shuffle and get a new musical experience every time.
Like its predecessor, the second-generation iPod Shuffle has no screen for navigating through music or other options. Instead, you get a simple and ample-sized five-way control pad on the face of the player. Click the center button to play and pause, and click the outer buttons to move back, skip forward, and adjust the volume.
There’s no way to navigate among specific albums or artists, but you can click play/pause three times fast to skip through playlists. The bottom edge of the player houses two switches: one for powering the unit on and off and the second for toggling between shuffle and repeat modes. There’s also a tiny LED indicator that lights up different color combos (orange, red, and green) depending on the status of the player.
The Shuffle’s headphone jack does double-duty as a dock connector. Flip the iPod Shuffle upside-down and drop it into the included dock. Then connect the dock to your Mac or Windows PC via the USB for a quick sync and charge. And if you’re away from your computer, you can charge on the go with the optional USB adapter.
You will need a cradle comes with the package to charge and sync content to the iPod Shuffle. It’s a little piece cute cradle, using 3-plus-foot cable attached to the dock for easy USB access. But some of you prefer a standard mini USB port or the older Shuffle’s built-in USB interface.
As with all iPods, the Shuffle supports MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible, and both protected and unprotected AAC files. Same as first generation IPod Shuffle, you can click Autofill in iTunes to automatically replace contents with music from your music library or playlists.
You can flip the Shuffle’s Shuffle switch to mix up your iPod’s contents–pop follows jazz, rock follows rap, the iPod Shuffle loves to improvise. Then flip the switch again to get back to your hand-picked playlists and albums in the order you synced them from iTunes.
Some reviews picked from PC Magazine
The Bad:No screen. Doesn’t work with iPod accessories that require a 30-pin dock connector. Charge/sync dock is bulky. No extra features.
The Good:Very good sound quality. Extremely compact and sleek. Seamless integration with iTunes. Built-in clip. Sturdy aluminum casing. Inexpensive.
The Bottom Line:The second-generation iPod shuffle is impressively small, and the built-in clip makes it ideal for working out, running, or just casual listening. Its lack of a screen or any extras like an FM tuner—or even support for many iPod accessories—is countered by its impressively diminutive size and low price.
Some reviews picked from CNET Reviews
The good: The competitively priced iPod Shuffle has a dead-simple user interface with satisfying tactile controls, and its integrated belt clip provides a handy way to keep track of the player. The package includes a cute little syncing cradle.
The bad: The iPod Shuffle has no screen, so there’s no way to navigate easily among artists, albums, or playlists. The player might be too small for some users, and nonstandard USB syncing takes away from its plug-and-go appeal.
The bottom line: If you like your music playback simple and your device nearly invisible, the second-generation iPod Shuffle will suit you well. But absentminded users should steer clear of this easy-to-misplace player.