Review: A Closer Look at the Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Generation)

The iPod Shuffle is the MP3 player of choice for people who want something simple, easy to use, and small, yet still with the high quality of a brand such as Apple. The manufacturers themselves brand it as "clip-and-go" referencing just how easy it is to carry around with you, and have made a number of upgrades in the latest 4th generation. Features Of The iPod Shuffle * 2 GB capacity (500 songs), * Blue, green, orange, silver and pink color schemes, * 15 hours audio playback battery life, * Simple control pad, * Supported audio formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, Audible, WAV and AIFF, * One year limited warranty. iPod Shuffle 4th Generation Vs. 3rd Generation One major change from the 3rd generation to the 4th is that the latter now includes simple buttons on the device itself. To control the previous generation, users had to manage the device with the controls on the included headphones. This was designed to make it easier to switch songs on the go, though many users found it frustrating that there were no controls on the actual device. Both devices feature "VoiceOver" - a voice function that'll tell you which songs and artists you're listening to. This is essential, as neither generation of iPod Shuffle features a screen. The main differences include the fact that the price was dropped with the newest generation of iPod Shuffle, the battery life was extended from 10 to 15 hours, and there is no longer an option for a 4GB storage device with the 4th generation. Pros Of The iPod Shuffle Most people know that iPods don't generally come cheap. After all, Apple are top of the game and produce only high-end products. This is what makes the Shuffle so appealing: it's the cheapest iPod model available and is affordable to just about anyone! It may still be more expensive than other 2GB MP3 players, but it's fantastic value for an Apple product. This iPod comes with a strong clip, making it easy to use when you're out and about, exercising or down at the gym. The buttons on the front make it extremely simple to operate - they're pretty much as simple as you can get! It also includes a switch that lets you instantly choose whether you want the "shuffle" feature on or off. Cons Of The iPod Shuffle Because the device is so small, and so affordable, it doesn't have a huge storage capacity. You'll only be able to store around 500 songs on the Shuffle - less if you also use it for larger files such as audiobooks. Although the main point of the shuffle is that you simply add a selection of songs (rather than your whole music collection) for some very portable entertainment, the 2GB storage limit may not be enough for some users. Customers have complained that it's difficult to clip the shuffle onto your clothing without accidentally pressing a button at the same time. And it may take a little while to get used to using the VoiceOver function to hear what you're listening to or how much battery remains. However, most users have stated that they picked up the functions pretty quickly. Conclusion The changes Apple have made to the latest generation of iPod Shuffle are notable. It's still a very tiny device, but with an improved battery life and improved controls. Although it doesn't have any of the extra features of other kinds of iPod, it's not supposed to. This is, after all, an affordable MP3 player designed to let you listen to a random selection of music while you're on the go, and it performs this task very well.


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