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Good: The size, Price, Very Portable,Clip,Battery Life,Deisign
Bad: Can't open clip without pressing buttons,Easy to misplace
Comment: I think apple made some sense in their creations,They should make more versions of this, They have easy to use buttons
Good: usefull clip its very small and portable good for comuters long battery life High build quality VoiceOver a useful feature Buttons make for simple navigation
Bad: average sound quality quite fat nothing has really changed
Comment: Thankfully, Apple has seen sense. The latest Shuffle has all the usual playback control buttons located on its body that you would expect. It greatly resembles the second generation Shuffle, but is smaller than that model. It's only slightly thicker than two £1 coins and weighs just 12g. It feels sturdy thanks to its aluminium construction and the integrated clip allows it to be securely fastened to your clothing.
As with previous Shuffles, the standard 3.5mm headphone socket also doubles as a USB port for charging and data transfer using the included adaptor cable. A small indicator light glows orange when the battery is charging and turns green when fully charged. In our tests, the battery lasted just over 17 hours when playing music, which is very impressive for such a small audio player.
The power button doubles as a switch for choosing either random or repeat playback modes. As with the last generation Shuffle, this model supports playlists. Since there's no screen, you have to press and hold the VoiceOver button. A computer generated voice then reads out the names of the playlists you've transferred over from your computer using iTunes. When it gets to the name of the playlist you want to play, release the VoiceOver button and press Play. If you've enabled the option in iTunes on your computer, the voice can also read out the name and artist info for each of your tracks. It works well, and it's arguably no less fiddly than the tiny screens on other budget MP3 players.
Good: he is very small , and he can fasten in anything
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Comment: sorry i dont have very good english because im tunisian
Good: Design, Sound Quality (Superb), Value for Money, Battery etc
Bad: Not much capacity, at 2gb.
Comment: I bought this from ASDA for £37, and I'm already suitably impressed with the shuffle.
Literally the only problem I have with it is the potentially small storage space, but I've still got just over 350 songs on it, and re-syncing is a short process (around 10 minutes to finish), so I'll never be too far away from a different handful of tunes.
The design is simple, but pleasing none the less, and doesn't feel cheap like its competitors inevitably do, due to it's aluminium body and other various "Apple parts", such as the circular control interface and the sliding off-sequential-shuffle switch, as well as voice over.
The battery is good, and does last around about 15 hours, which is pretty impressive for it's compact size.
The sound quality is literally next to nothing I've ever heard before (even at 126 kbps AAC), people who are complaining have obviously not invested in a better pair of headphones than the crap Apple ones (I use a pair of Skullcandy).
The value for money, in my opinion, is outstanding. Some would argue that other MP3 players do the same thing and are cheaper, and yes, thats true. But they're made of plastic. And aren't even half as nice to look at. And you don't get the same kudos as an Apple product grants to you. And you can't use iTunes with other mp3 players, which in this case is very useful due to the low storage capacity, because it will automatically lower the storage size of each song, without really effecting the sound quality (I compared a 256kbps MP3 and a 126kbps AAC, and there is almost no audiable difference, at least not that you'll really notice) - allowing you to store a shed load more songs than other mp3 players would.
Sorry that this review is a bit long winded, and complicated due to my poor ability to construct a completely understandable paragraph, but I'm sure you'll deduce something useful from it.
... If you can't. just take my advice; buy this.
Comment: its a light portable music system....
Good: It's Size,Weight and the fact that it can be clipped to almost anything I wear.
Bad: No Bass(which is bad for listening to hip-hop),the fact that the back button has to be pressed to clip it to anything.
Comment: I can clip it to my pocket and go anywhere while listening to songs on my shuffle which is light,compact and sleek.But the audio quality is a little disappointing(No Bass).
Comment: It's perfect for sport activities.
Comment: My almost blind mother is able to use the Shuffle 2 because she knows she just starts and stops with the middle button. The 4th Generation is so small that she will accidentally touch the outer ring and run it forward or backward and lose her place in her audio books, which is what she uses them for. I will be buying her 2 second generation shuffles which suit her purposes better and she we always have a loaded book to listen to.
Good: small, light, practical, easy to use, straight forward.
Bad: the clip is too fiddly.
Comment: Brilliant, one of apples finest products. Easy to use, straightforward and good memory for its size.
Good: it hold plently of music, and light.
Bad: the clip, there is no room to open the clip without pressing buttons!
Comment: i won my ipod off a auction sit for 36p and its official. when it arrive i was shocked at its size its so tiny, which has its good and bad points. good being that its light and when your not using it you can easily slip it into your pocket. bad being that to clip it to your shirt/belt you have to press the clip and you end up skipping your song, which sucks. the funniest thing is that the women who says your song names... be sure to put something on she cant say its so funny! especially making her swear... i'm childish i know but it tickled me! overall not a bad product and you can buy skins to protect them from scratches!
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