Apple iPod Shuffle (2nd generation, 1GB)

Still screenless, the second generation iPod Shuffle is, according to Steve Jobs, the smallest MP3 player in the world.


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It's true: the second-generation iPod Shuffle (1GB) is the lowest-profile MP3 player we've laid eyes on. Apple may have been slow out of the gate, but the company has succeeded in launching perhaps the tiniest and simplest player on the market -- and it sports a price tag to match: AU$65. 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. And how small is too small?


Even the Shuffle's box is small.

At 27.3 x 41.2 x 10.5mm and 15.5 grams, the iPod Shuffle is one minuscule music player. In fact, 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. That said, the integrated belt clip on the back of the Shuffle helps keep the player within easy reaching distance. Some users have complained that the clip isn't very durable, but it seemed fairly sturdy during our testing.


The Shuffle is a little longer than the MobiBLU Cube2, but it's smaller overall.

Like its predecessor, the second-generation iPod Shuffle has no screen for navigating through music or other options (of which there are none). Instead, you get a simple and ample-sized five-way control pad on the face of the player: play/pause in the centre, surrounded by volume up/down buttons and track shuttle keys. 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. A standard-size headphone jack -- which doubles as the Shuffle's USB syncing port -- rests on the top side of the device. There's also a tiny LED indicator that lights up different color combos (orange, red, and green) depending on the status of the player


We're rather fond of the teeny cradle.

To charge and sync content to the iPod Shuffle, you'll need to use the included cradle. It's a rather cute little piece, but we'd prefer a standard mini USB port or the older Shuffle's built-in USB interface. However, some users may prefer the 1m cable attached to the dock for easy USB access. Apple also includes a pair of standard white iPod earbuds, which for some reason aren't the newer and sleeker 'phones currently shipping with bigger iPods. For music management, you'll need to download the latest version of iTunes (currently, 7.0.2) from the Apple Web site. As with all iPods, the Shuffle supports MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible, and both protected and unprotected AAC files. And like the previous Shuffle, you can click Autofill in iTunes to automatically replace contents with music from your music library or playlists.

As you might expect from such a small player, the Shuffle's rated 12-hour battery life is nothing impressive, though CNET Labs tests may prove that Apple has underestimated the player (check back for those results). In cursory testing, we found the Shuffle's audio quality to be decent through the included earbuds, but bass was lacking, and we could detect some light static when we twisted the headphone plug during quiet moments. Swapping in a pair of Shure E4cs improved the bass situation, but overall, music was still too bright and lacking in warmth for our tastes. We could also detect noticeable background noise during silent segments. Suffice it to say that the newer Shuffle doesn't sound as good as the older one.

In final analysis, the iPod Shuffle is a decent player that offers a sleek, compact form factor, an excessively simple user interface, and a low price. Fans of ultraportable gadgets will no doubt be drawn to it. But audiophiles, beware: this is not the player for you. If you're discerning about audio quality or tend to misplace things easily, steer clear.



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hetaliahistorychick
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hetaliahistorychick posted a review   

The Good:simple, portable,colourful,cheap

The Bad:n/a

I have yet to get one myself, But I have encountered many a friend with them, and they are amazing! they are pretty much the same in concept to the first shuffle (that i ahd and broke, hence wanting one of these), but it is better due to size, colour, and the clip. the only thing that was better with the original was the USB port connected right to it, like a flash drive.

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ManGLed CarroT posted a review   

The Good:Ease of Use, Take anywhere, reliable.

The Bad:Nothing.

Everyone in my family has one. They've never broken - despite some meetings with the washing machine.

What you see is what you get - If you want lots of space, a screen or the ability to select songs(For God's sake, it's called a shuffle!), look elsewhere.

Great option for small kids or un-tech-savvy adults - cheap, clips on, unbreakable, colorful and easy to use. Oh, and battery life is amazing - I swear we seem to only charge them every couple of months or so.

Yes, Apple is a bit optimistic on the "200 songs", but that's OK - just keep switching around music.

Excellent purchase; still perfect after years of use. Worth the extra cash.

 

naito posted a comment   

The Good:Small and cute!

The Bad:Not enough space.

I got my old one wet in the washer, and freaked!
But if you let it dry out for a couple of days it works just like new!!

Sadly, it doesn't have enough room for all of my songs. In fact, it's supposed to hold around 200 or so songs and mine only help 115-130.

But it still worked beautifully!

 

lil larisa posted a comment   

The Good:small, cheap, clip, good for jogging exercise what ever

The Bad:no screen

i am very much satisfied with this iPod. The sound seems fine to me i don`t find anything wrong with it. I would find it alot easier to navigate if it had a screen but other than that its absoloutly great

ben 234
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ben 234 posted a review   

The Good:small, simple

The Bad:cant sync or charge my shuffle anymore

Any suggestions?

 

Cob, posted a comment   

The Good:Its great if you just want music

The Bad:You'll lose it alot

Its got a great price on it great for clipping it on your T-shirt or phants

 

alice posted a comment   

The Good:"water proof"?

The Bad:-

Accidentally washed my shuffle - forgot it was clipped to my tshirt when i chucked it in the was... Panicked, assumed it to be dead.

Not a bit of it - little beauty runs just fine. Very pleased with it!!!

Um, prob best to try not to wash it though.

 

;D posted a comment   

The Good:clipper, the lock button

The Bad:nothing, im satisfyed.

if you guys want a screen, but a nano or a touch. simple.
only buy it if you only want to listen to music,:)

 

Jen posted a comment   

The Good:clipper, small, cheap

The Bad:coverting, no screen, hard to set up and understand

5

 

Roger posted a comment   

The Good:Small, good for jogging

The Bad:Playlist would be great

i think this Ipod is great! If you ask me, its to small for a screen. The third generation has a playlist but you need to use the headphones. i don't think thats very convenient. I use the Marshmallow headphones. They stay in better and sound much better. I would recommend this. Its works great!


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User Reviews / Comments  Apple iPod Shuffle (2nd generation, 1GB)

  • hetaliahistorychick

    hetaliahistorychick

    Rating8

    "I have yet to get one myself, But I have encountered many a friend with them, and they are amazing! they are pretty much the same in concept to the first shuffle (that i ahd and broke, hence wantin..."

  • ManGLed CarroT

    ManGLed CarroT

    Rating10

    "Everyone in my family has one. They've never broken - despite some meetings with the washing machine.

    What you see is what you get - If you want lots of space, a screen or the abilit..."

  • naito

    naito

    "I got my old one wet in the washer, and freaked!
    But if you let it dry out for a couple of days it works just like new!!

    Sadly, it doesn't have enough room for all of my songs..."

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