View Full Version : Introducing the new Apple iPod Shuffle

03-12-2009, 10:16 PM

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, "An iPod's an iPod no matter how small."

The original $99 iPod Shuffle, released in January 2005, was smaller than a pack of gum and held about 120 songs. Its successor 20 months later dwarfed that to a money clip, and doubled song capacity. It cost $79.

Now we have the talking $79 iPod Shuffle that Apple announced Wednesday. It is closer to a tie clasp and holds roughly 1,000 songs.

Full Story at USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/edwardbaig/2009-03-11-ipod-shuffle-review_N.htm)

03-14-2009, 12:59 AM
That thing is tiny! Shuffles aren't for me though, I need/want a screen to look at when finding music to listen to. :p

03-14-2009, 03:39 AM

^^^pretty much explains my thoughts on the issue

03-14-2009, 11:40 AM
I think it was developed to be used when you don't need a screen or when you can't use a screen. Such as bike riding or jogging. I will definitely buy one. I have been running with my iPhone with one of the arm cases but the size and bulk bothers me. This is perfect for clipping to my running shorts or t-shirt. :cool:

03-14-2009, 11:52 AM
I'm not so sure maX...read this review by iLounge. The new shuffle got hammered with bad reviews.


03-14-2009, 12:05 PM
All the problems they have with the new Shuffle are all one sided. They didn't say it's not the smallest, most technologically advanced music player on the market. It is and they admit it. Everything else is relative.

Do you have to use Apple's headphones to control it? Yes, I admit that no one likes that not even me. Does it work with home or car stereos? No, but that's what Classics, iPhones, Nanos and iPod Touches are for. Is the design boring? Maybe, but it's not suppose to have buttons and a screen.

But look at what iLounge says here:

But despite significant technical accomplishments, it’s also the worst iPod the company has ever released—designed not for the value-conscious consumers who originally wanted shuffles, but apparently, for the ever-narrowing niche of athletic users who want to listen to music but for whatever reason find the similarly shrinking, Nike-friendly iPod nano unappealing.So they admit it's not for the average music listener but for the "athletic user". Makes sense. That's why I want it.

03-14-2009, 09:31 PM
^^^I ONLY use my 2nd gen shuffle for working out. It does the job quite nicely so I agree with you. I will say that using only Apple headphones to control it is a serious flaw on Apple's part.