Let me start off by saying this isn't for serious audiophiles. Serious audiophiles need screens, playlists, and tons of songs. However, if you are a casual listener and you don't need to choose which song you are listening to, the shuffle is great.
Recommend this product?
$50 for 2gb of memory is awesome. It fits 400 of my songs, which is plenty for the amount that I use it. Apple definitely made this investment worthwhile, for the cheap price and large capacity. The ipod shuffle doesn't feel cheaply built either. It feels strong and durable.
The shuffle really is tiny. At about 1.5" x 1" x .5" it can fit anywhere you want it to. I've seen it clipped on belts, in pants pockets, on jackets, in shirt pockets, and even in collars. The most unique place i've seen one is inside a lacrosse helmet, so the player can listen to music while playing sports. The shuffle really can fit anywhere! However, it is so small it can be easy to lose...
The buttons are small, but they are very respnsive and they give a nice "click" when you hit them. There is a play/pause button in the center, along with volume up/down and song changing buttons. The on and off switch is located on the side of the device, and it is very small. It is sometimes difficult to switch back and forth. When the ipod is switched to "on" the background of the on/of switch is gree, a much more visible color. It turns white when the ipod is off. The "shuffle" button is located on the same side as the on/off switch, and it is also hard to move back and forth sometimes. The headphone jack is on the other side of the ipod. The addition of an LED light right next to the power button is very welcome. When the ipod is on, the LED is usually off. However, when the ipod needs to be charged, the LED turns orange. While the ipod is charging, the LED remains orange. Then when the LED turns green, it is fully charged.
Once again, the ipod shuffle can only hold around 400 of my songs, so I definitely couldn't use it for everyday use. However, if there is one playlist that you want to load onto the ipod from your library, you are allowed to do that. You don't have to copy all of your songs- you can choose a few playlists instead! However, keep in mind that you have to use voice control to skip between playlists. Voiceover also can tell you the title and artist of the song you are listening to, as well as the percent battery left. Suggestions for playlists include a "working out playlist," a "running playlist," or a "relaxation playlist."
Not much to say here, it's quite easy. Just plug your usb cord into the computer and plug your ipod into the dock on the other end of the cord. Your computer will prompt you to name your ipod, then you can start adding songs. It's incredibly easy!
Battery lasts forever. I've gone weeks without charging it, and it will still work perfectly. It says it gives you 15 hours of music per charge, and that sounds about right. Battery life is great!
Amount Paid (US$): 40
Recommended for: Athletes - Lightweight and Portable, Perfect for the Gym