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With radical upgrades to the Nano and Touch happening, it was only fair that the smallest member of the family receive its share of attention too. For many, the Shuffle represents the entry into Apples domain of portable multimedia players, although with the lack of a display, the Shuffle has always been a music player, unlike the Nano, Classic and Touch that handle photos and videos among other niceties. The Shuffle is also the most affordable Apple PMP, and while there are cheaper MP3 players out there, few have the style or compact dimensions of the Shuffle - in fact, this little fellow has spawned countless look alikes. Understandably, we had high hopes, and in most aspects, the Shuffle didn't disappoint. Remember - we said most! Like it or not, the compactness of the device is undeniable. The Shuffle is super tiny, and owing to the aluminium chassis, it feels extremely rugged, and should easily survive a drop, should you be perverse enough to subject it to a one...or many. The front has a large circular, clickable control pad that surrounds a large center button. The control pad is made of plastic - the only non-metal component on the device.
We've been waiting all year: instead of the in-line controls on the previous shuffle, Apple has returned to the old form factor. It was about time, as the lack of a screen is problem enough in itself. On the top, there's a switch to turn the shuffle on and off and switch between random and sequential playback, as well as a button that launches VoiceOver, which will read the name of the current track, because you can't, of course, read it from the screen. We're still sceptical about the attraction of an MP3 player with no screen. Of course it doesn't need to be as big as the one on the iPod touch, but just a few lines of text would do. Using it becomes very frustrating, especially given that 2 GB gives you room to store twenty or so albums, more than enough to get easily lost. Apple still isn't trying very hard with the audio quality on its iPods. The shuffle is the least blessed of all, and really suffers. Of course, it looks good compared to a generic MP3 memory stick from a brand you've never heard of, but you could also end up spending as much replacing the headphones as the shuffle itself. Either way, the sound it produces is very weak sound that's not been well equalised, is confused and generally lacking in punch.
Apple's third-generation iPod shuffle boasted a radical new design. Instead of locating its controls on the body of the audio player itself, it mounted them on the earbud cable instead.You navigated through your tracks and playlists through multiple presses of a single button, with track titles, artists and playlist names announced using its innovative new VoiceOver function.This design was not particularly well received. While VoiceOver was an excellent way of giving song information on a unit without a screen, the button combinations needed to navigate your tracks were less than instinctive.This new iPod shuffle fourth-generation seeks to remedy this by returning the navigation controls to a control wheel on the iPod, while retaining the VoiceOver feature for information.The combination of a control wheel and VoiceOver works very well. A single tap on the VoiceOver button atop the device has the feature's robotic voice read out the track name and artist.Press and hold it to hear the playlist menu, and press twice to be given the battery status (a full charge lasts an agreeable 15 hours). The control wheel, which is 18% bigger than on previous shuffles, handles volume control, play/pause and moving forward and back through your songs and playlists.
Not every Apple design is magical. Last year, Apple abandoned its long-standing design for the music-only iPod shuffle, moving from a square-shaped player with buttons to an uberminimalist design whose only buttons were located on the headphone cord. However, Apple must have received a boatload of complaints about its ergonomics, because the shuffle once again has a square shape with buttons. Last year's shuffle wasn't a complete loss; its Voice Over feature, which speaks the names of playlists, was added to this year's device. While we wish Apple had also kept last year's headphones and included more storage, the newest shuffle ($49) is an easy-to-use MP3 player at a great price.In a sense, the shuffle's design is the opposite of evolutionary: After a brief stint as a button-less sliver, it's reverted, more or less, to the design it used to have. Like shuffles of generations past, this one has a square aluminum casing, physical buttons, and comes in an array of bright colors (silver, orange, blue, pink, and green).If the white navigation pad, from which users can adjust the volume and skip tracks, looks familiar, that's because it's basically the classic scroll wheel, only without the scrolling. In the middle of the circle sits a Pause/Play button.
Apple's fourth-generation iPod shuffle isn't going to elicit any "you've come a long way, baby" accolades, but adding a click wheel for navigation makes it far more user friendly. The shuffle has always been the least sexy player in the iPod line-up - a budget, exercise-friendly choice for those among us who don't mind having our music selected at random for us. At $49 (direct), the light-on-features 2GB shuffle is not exactly a steal, but being the only iTunes-compatible player in the $50 price range adds value no other manufacturer can offer. Of course, that's why SanDisk and Sony, to name a couple, offer players with higher capacities and better features including screens, in roughly the same price range - more on them later. Apple's VoiceOver makes the lack of a display easier to swallow, but the price is the shuffle's best feature. The shuffle remains tiny at 1.1 by 1.2 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and 0.4 ounces. Its shiny, polished aluminum body comes in silver, blue, green, orange, or pink. The front face of the device is outfitted with the familiar click wheel made popular on other iPods; now, the shuffle and the iPod classic ($249, ) are the only click wheel models that remain.
The fourth generation of the Apple iPod Shuffle is a return to the iconic form that made it a hit from 2006 to 2008, but now it offers a few extra features to keep things interesting. As expected, Apple is keeping things simple with its entry-level iPod, offering it in just one 2GB capacity ($49) that's available in silver, green, blue, and orange. If you don't remember what Apple's 2009 design for the Shuffle looked like, you're probably not alone. The buttonless aluminum gumstick known as the third-generation Shuffle was an utterly forgettable MP3 player. Its only saving grace was its ability to manage playlist, podcast, and audio content, using a unique system of VoiceOver navigation to announce menus, track information, and battery status using a synthesized voice. For the fourth-generation version of the iPod Shuffle, Apple has thrown out the design from 2009, returning to a form that is similar (but not identical) to the popular second-generation model. Placed side by side with the second-gen Shuffle, the latest version is noticeably smaller, slimmer, and more square, measuring 1.24 inches wide, 1.14 inches tall, and 0.34 inch thick. In spite of the shrunken body, the main navigation has actually increased just slightly in size, making it easier to make any adjustments to volume or track position.
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