Pros: small, lightweight, convenient clip, durable, good battery life, very easy to use, and cute!
Cons: The lack of a display can be a little annoying.
I bought an Apple Ipod Shuffle second generation 1GB MP3 player a little over a year ago when my classic Ipod quit working and I needed something to get me to Christmas so that Santa could replace my more expensive MP3 player. I had no idea how much I would love my new cute little Shuffle when I first ordered it from Apple.com.
The second generation 1GB Shuffle will hold up to 240 songs that it stores via USB flash drive. It comes packing a built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery, which takes about 4 hours to charge completely, and will sport 12 hours of music play back. You connect your Shuffle to your Mac or PC through the USB dock that is included with your Shuffle purchase. Annoying skipping music is a thing of the past thanks to the Shuffle’s skip free play back technology.
This puppy is small and rather attractive! The second generation Shuffle weighs only 0.55 ounces (15.6 grams) and is 1.62 inches wide, 1.07 inches tall, and 0.41 inches thick in size. The shuffle comes in silver, blue, green, purple, and red to fit just about any personality.
The control panel is very convenient and easy to use. The large circular center button plays and pauses the music. The two side buttons allow you to skip forward or backward to the next tracks. The positive and negative sign buttons allow you total control of the volume. The power switch is located on the top of the device. There is also a switch that allows you to chose whether your music plays in the order that it was put on the Shuffle or in a total random order.
My personal experience with the Shuffle has been awesome. My most favorite part of the Shuffle is the fact that it’s so small. I really enjoy listening to music while I’m running; however, before my Shuffle I hated taking my larger MP3 player with me because it was so heavy and bulky. The Shuffle is so small and compact that I hardly notice it when I run. The strong clip on the backside of the device is very convenient and I love that it keeps my hands free. I also love how long the battery life lasts. I have never had a problem keeping my battery charged thanks to a little light that is right on top of the Shuffle that is green when the battery is adequate, yellow when it is getting low, and red when a charge is in need.
When I first got my shuffle, it was incredibly easy to set up. I just plugged it right into my PC and it pretty much did all of the work by it’s self walking me through each step and any question that I had was answered in the quick start guide.
A problem that people seem to run into while using the Shuffle is the fact that there is no display that tells you what you are listening to which also makes it hard for you to pick the music that you would like to listen to. I have been bugged by this a few times, however, I have learned that if I only put one play list on the Shuffle at a time and pick music that I am in the mood to listen to at the time I’m going to use it I don’t get as annoyed with not knowing what song is coming up. Also, it seems to work better for me when I only put 50 or so songs on at a time making it easier to return to songs that I want to listen to again or more frequently. Because, I only put 50 songs on at a time I don’t personally see a need to spend the extra money for the 2GB Ipod Shuffle.
Although Apple has moved on the third generation Shuffle the second generation is possibly still available refurbished through Apple.com or through other distributors. I bought my Shuffle refurbished to save a little money and I haven’t had a problem with it yet.
Over all I have really enjoyed my Apple Ipod Shuffle and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a compact, easy to use, colorful, MP3 player.