iPod Shuffle 4 GB Review

I never understood the reasoning behind people that bought iPod Shuffles. Yes, they’re cheap but for just spending a bit more you get so much more with the standard iPod. Plus, 1GB is a ‘decent’ amount of songs but if you’re downloading good quality then that space can run up quick.

With the new iPod Shuffle, I think Apple has provided consumers with a little more reason to invest in the Shuffle.

Features –

4GB Flash Drive
USB 2.0 port
Playback time: Up to 10 hours when fully charged
Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Up to 1,000 songs in 128-Kbps

What’s In The Box:

iPod shuffle
Apple Earphones with Remote (no mic)
iPod shuffle USB cable
Quick Start Guide

What I Like: One of the best deals that Apple has offered. A 4GB shuffle for $79.99. Controls for the iPod Shuffle are on the earbud cord. The new voiceover system might not replace a screen, and menu but it’s better than nothing.

What I Didn’t Like: Some might like the smaller size, but to me there’s such a thing as ‘too small’. Just make sure you always know where it is, because it’s probably easy to lose. The Shuffle is still the same device at heart. There’s been improvements but the lack of features compared to the other iPods doesn’t quite make up for it.

Bottom Line: I do like the improvements that have been made with the latest iPod. I still wouldn’t recommend it over the other lines of iPods though. Yes, you might be spending more money but to me it’s worth it compared to the lack of features on the Shuffle.

If you’re deadset on the Shuffle then I can tell you that the improvements are wonderful, and I hope you enjoy your iPod lite.

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