Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation 1GB Flash MP3 Player

1GB Flash Memory - White - MPN: M9725LLA
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Time to mix things up. Meet iPod shuffle, the iPod Shuffle Songs setting takes you on a unique journey through your music collection.
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Total Included Memory 1 GB
System Connectivity USB Yes
System Compatibility PC, Mac
Storage Media Supported Flash MP3 Player
Expert Reviews
Shuffle down the road......
4 Star Review  BurnWorld.com - Aug 11, 2005

Apples flash-based iPod shuffle isnt for everyone. People who want to pick exactly the song they want exactly when they want to hear it wont care for this display-less iPod and its minimal controls. But other users looking for a low-priced, small-capacity player will appreciate a device that doesnt skip, sounds good, and plays their favorite tunes with the press of a single button.

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iPod shuffle 1GB
4.5 Star Review  Macworld.com - Jan 18, 2005

Apples flash-based iPod shuffle isnt for everyone. People who want to pick exactly the song they want exactly when they want to hear it wont care for this display-less iPod and its minimal controls. But other users looking for a low-priced, small-capacity player will appreciate a device that doesnt skip, sounds good, and plays their favorite tunes with the press of a single button.

Read the full review »

iPod Shuffle Review
4 Star Review  ubergizmo.com - Feb 28, 2005

This is not something that should be purchased if you dislike losing control or are prone to losing small objects...

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Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Apple IPod Shuffle 1GB receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.27 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #15 ultra compact MP3 player of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
ipod shuffle
5 Star Review   By member smaniaci - Oct 29, 2006   

Strengths: compact, lightweight, easy to download songs and edit

Weakness: You can't see which song is playing (but for me it doesn't matter!)

Since I use my shuffle exclusively when I run, its compact size and light weight are definite advantages. I also like that each time I turn it on, I get a new "mix" of songs, which helps my running go by much more quickly. Rather than use the lanyard it comes with, I bought a small clip so I can clip it to my running shorts. I can easily skip a song, repeat a song, or adjust the volume as I run without missing a beat.

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4 Star Review   By member MFL - Oct 23, 2006   

There is not much to expect from the I-shuffle because it is entry level. Just to eliminate the confusion of other features, the I-shuffle is a good product for people that have never owned one before. Eventually if the I-shuffle is not meeting a person's needs, then there is always the I-pod. For the money being spent on an I-shuffle, I think its a good buy especially for kids, since they tend to be a little more rough or worst case it might get lost.

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Great little package
4 Star Review   By member vsanborn - Oct 3, 2006   

Strengths: Small, versatile, easy to recharge, easy to download.

Weakness: You don't know what will play next. The earphones are delicate. I've had to replace them twice.

I've downloaded MP3's, CD's, audio podcasts, and books on tape on my iPod Shuffle. If you turn off the "shuffle" feature, you can listen to a book on tape in chapter order. I took my iPod shuffle to France for a week, and listened to it on board the plane, while walking in Paris, and flying back to the States again without recharging my batteries. You just have to be careful to turn your Ipod off when you're not listening, and finding your chapter again if you turned the machine off wrong. Great bargain for the price!

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unreliable
1 Star Review   By member a_guy - Sep 26, 2006   

Strengths: looks good

Weakness: doesn't work

After using the shuffle for less than a year and a half it died, with the blinking green and orange lights of death. Went to the Apple Store twice and they were completely unhelpful and clueless. Buy something else. Apple is poorly engineered and unreliable.

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1 Star Review   By member tireidiot - Aug 8, 2006   

Strengths: Non-working counterfeit

Weakness: Non-working counterfeit

Hovicorp in Charlotte, NC falsely advertised a non-working counterfeit ipod as an original apple ipod. Pricegrabber has not offered any resolution. Seller refuses to refund money or reply to any attempts to communicate with me. Buyer BEWARE!

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I Like!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: it fits 1 gb of mp3 files, so, 12 hours long of musics!

Weakness: there´s no LCD to see the track names

althogh there´s no LCD, i like that one, very practical, smallest and to simply for use! So ya can buy, than i guarantee... ya will love that! Some time there´s a good relation about the price and the product as general. An ipod nano there´s a LCD, but that´s to expensive than shuflle!

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Excellent sound quality, few features
3 Star Review   By member mjavier - Jun 22, 2006   

Strengths: Excellent sound quality, rechargeable batteries

Weakness: No additional features

The sound quality is excellent but it lacks additional features, such as radio tuner and voice recording, that other competitive products are offering at a lesser price. Another issue is using two different PCs for transferring music. I upload my favorites songs from my desktop and, if I try to add songs from another PC running iTunes it ask me to replace the content, rather than letting me add to my current playlist.

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3 Star Review   By member MichaelPasha - Mar 3, 2006   

Strengths: Does what it says it can do and is pretty slick.

Weakness: Software is limiting... designed to funnel the public towards this company's products. Loses user friendliness points in that motivation for future profit.

I like the product in general - it is light and works well for listening to music while exercising. I do not like the software or product repair process I had to go through the last time I had product failure. Due to the software, I believe I am now stuck buying their product which I don't agree with.

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The BEST iPod for ME
5 Star Review   By member macgabriel87 - Nov 26, 2005   

Strengths: Long Battery Life, Small, Light, Extremely Portable, Looks hip hung around your neck and Easy Navigation!

Weakness: No Screen, but who cares!

I did not expect this to be the best iPod, but when I purchased it and took it for a spin, I realized I had stumbled upon the greatest portable device I would take with me. The technology isn't the best, but I anyone can get past that. Once you try it for a while, mess with the controls, where it around your neck, you'll start to love it everyday. And by the way, no matter how scratched this thing can get, it'll never look ugly, plus its not fragile at all! I must have dropped it a many times, and it's still good!

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it Is not the greatest
2 Star Review     

Strengths: it is very clear and is a great ipod if u r tight on money. If not just get the ipod mini

Weakness: You cant see what song is playing.

I like it but i really would like to be able to see what song is playing. I have to search through all the songs just to get to the one i want to hear. Although Itunes is great and it would be the best if it had a LCD. My friend got an ipod mini and that is what i recommend.

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Product Details
Description
Time to mix things up. Meet iPod shuffle, the iPod Shuffle Songs setting takes you on a unique journey through your music collection.
Quick Glance
Total Included Memory 1 GB
System Connectivity USB Yes
System Compatibility PC, Mac
Storage Media Supported Flash MP3 Player
Summary
Product Title Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation 1GB Flash MP3 Player
Manufacturer Apple
Lowest Price $159.99 from Amazon.com
Power Score 4.2 | 38 Reviews
Audio Quality
Audio Codecs Supported: MP3, WAV, Audible, AAC
Interface
Audio Video Connectors: Headphone Yes
Battery
Battery Life (Audio): 12 Hour
Dimensions
Weight: 0.78 oz
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Warranty Information: 1 Year
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Expert Reviews
Shuffle down the road......
4 Star Review  BurnWorld.com - Aug 11, 2005

Apples flash-based iPod shuffle isnt for everyone. People who want to pick exactly the song they want exactly when they want to hear it wont care for this display-less iPod and its minimal controls. But other users looking for a low-priced, small-capacity player will appreciate a device that doesnt skip, sounds good, and plays their favorite tunes with the press of a single button.

Read the full review »

iPod shuffle 1GB
4.5 Star Review  Macworld.com - Jan 18, 2005

Apples flash-based iPod shuffle isnt for everyone. People who want to pick exactly the song they want exactly when they want to hear it wont care for this display-less iPod and its minimal controls. But other users looking for a low-priced, small-capacity player will appreciate a device that doesnt skip, sounds good, and plays their favorite tunes with the press of a single button.

Read the full review »

iPod Shuffle Review
4 Star Review  ubergizmo.com - Feb 28, 2005

This is not something that should be purchased if you dislike losing control or are prone to losing small objects...

Read the full review »

Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Apple IPod Shuffle 1GB receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.27 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #15 ultra compact MP3 player of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
ipod shuffle
5 Star Review   By member smaniaci - Oct 29, 2006   

Strengths: compact, lightweight, easy to download songs and edit

Weakness: You can't see which song is playing (but for me it doesn't matter!)

Since I use my shuffle exclusively when I run, its compact size and light weight are definite advantages. I also like that each time I turn it on, I get a new "mix" of songs, which helps my running go by much more quickly. Rather than use the lanyard it comes with, I bought a small clip so I can clip it to my running shorts. I can easily skip a song, repeat a song, or adjust the volume as I run without missing a beat.

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4 Star Review   By member MFL - Oct 23, 2006   

There is not much to expect from the I-shuffle because it is entry level. Just to eliminate the confusion of other features, the I-shuffle is a good product for people that have never owned one before. Eventually if the I-shuffle is not meeting a person's needs, then there is always the I-pod. For the money being spent on an I-shuffle, I think its a good buy especially for kids, since they tend to be a little more rough or worst case it might get lost.

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Great little package
4 Star Review   By member vsanborn - Oct 3, 2006   

Strengths: Small, versatile, easy to recharge, easy to download.

Weakness: You don't know what will play next. The earphones are delicate. I've had to replace them twice.

I've downloaded MP3's, CD's, audio podcasts, and books on tape on my iPod Shuffle. If you turn off the "shuffle" feature, you can listen to a book on tape in chapter order. I took my iPod shuffle to France for a week, and listened to it on board the plane, while walking in Paris, and flying back to the States again without recharging my batteries. You just have to be careful to turn your Ipod off when you're not listening, and finding your chapter again if you turned the machine off wrong. Great bargain for the price!

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unreliable
1 Star Review   By member a_guy - Sep 26, 2006   

Strengths: looks good

Weakness: doesn't work

After using the shuffle for less than a year and a half it died, with the blinking green and orange lights of death. Went to the Apple Store twice and they were completely unhelpful and clueless. Buy something else. Apple is poorly engineered and unreliable.

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1 Star Review   By member tireidiot - Aug 8, 2006   

Strengths: Non-working counterfeit

Weakness: Non-working counterfeit

Hovicorp in Charlotte, NC falsely advertised a non-working counterfeit ipod as an original apple ipod. Pricegrabber has not offered any resolution. Seller refuses to refund money or reply to any attempts to communicate with me. Buyer BEWARE!

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I Like!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: it fits 1 gb of mp3 files, so, 12 hours long of musics!

Weakness: there´s no LCD to see the track names

althogh there´s no LCD, i like that one, very practical, smallest and to simply for use! So ya can buy, than i guarantee... ya will love that! Some time there´s a good relation about the price and the product as general. An ipod nano there´s a LCD, but that´s to expensive than shuflle!

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Excellent sound quality, few features
3 Star Review   By member mjavier - Jun 22, 2006   

Strengths: Excellent sound quality, rechargeable batteries

Weakness: No additional features

The sound quality is excellent but it lacks additional features, such as radio tuner and voice recording, that other competitive products are offering at a lesser price. Another issue is using two different PCs for transferring music. I upload my favorites songs from my desktop and, if I try to add songs from another PC running iTunes it ask me to replace the content, rather than letting me add to my current playlist.

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3 Star Review   By member MichaelPasha - Mar 3, 2006   

Strengths: Does what it says it can do and is pretty slick.

Weakness: Software is limiting... designed to funnel the public towards this company's products. Loses user friendliness points in that motivation for future profit.

I like the product in general - it is light and works well for listening to music while exercising. I do not like the software or product repair process I had to go through the last time I had product failure. Due to the software, I believe I am now stuck buying their product which I don't agree with.

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The BEST iPod for ME
5 Star Review   By member macgabriel87 - Nov 26, 2005   

Strengths: Long Battery Life, Small, Light, Extremely Portable, Looks hip hung around your neck and Easy Navigation!

Weakness: No Screen, but who cares!

I did not expect this to be the best iPod, but when I purchased it and took it for a spin, I realized I had stumbled upon the greatest portable device I would take with me. The technology isn't the best, but I anyone can get past that. Once you try it for a while, mess with the controls, where it around your neck, you'll start to love it everyday. And by the way, no matter how scratched this thing can get, it'll never look ugly, plus its not fragile at all! I must have dropped it a many times, and it's still good!

67% of readers found this review helpful.

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it Is not the greatest
2 Star Review     

Strengths: it is very clear and is a great ipod if u r tight on money. If not just get the ipod mini

Weakness: You cant see what song is playing.

I like it but i really would like to be able to see what song is playing. I have to search through all the songs just to get to the one i want to hear. Although Itunes is great and it would be the best if it had a LCD. My friend got an ipod mini and that is what i recommend.

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I luv my iPod shuffle, you will too!!!!
5 Star Review   By member PinkFreak0013 - Nov 23, 2005   

Strengths: lightweight, easy to use, long battery life (even when it says that battery is low, it still works for a long time)

Weakness: no screen (i just put my songs in alphebetical order, so i would know what was coming), but still very easy to use

I like to use my iPod shuffle at school, because it's easy to hide during tests, i plan on getting a nano, but i will continue to use my shuffle at school since it is so easy to hide. Even if you are not the most electronically inclined person, you can still use the iPod shuffle, it's not rocket science. Buy one and enjoy!

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iPod shuffle 1GB MP3 Player
5 Star Review   By member silverwolf - Nov 14, 2005   

Strengths: Light,small,abundance of playing time.

Weakness: Power switch alittle awkward.

The ultimate music player for a city person. Extremely small and light. Discrete, low profile. Nobody will know you are carrying one. For someone who lives in a major city like I do,NYC. I Walk to just about all my appointments, it's the best. I have a mini that I use to take everywhere. But now, I use the shuffle exclusively in the city. My mini when I'm on the road. Can't beat the combo.

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3 Star Review   By member steve495 - Oct 30, 2005   

Strengths: portability

Weakness: Software

Software is'nt the greatest. Quicktime tries to take over your machine. My other mp3 players use compact flash which you just drag drop. Makes it much easier.

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Ipod Shuffle
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Very light weight and easy to download songs

Weakness: I excercise quite a bit. I have been in 2 races recently and my I-pod stops working. It is charged fully and I'm not sure what causes the I-pod to stop working? I have the armband and the case.

I enjoy the light weight of the I-pod shuffle but not sure it is meant for long distance runers? I have exchanged my I-pod twice now and I am having the same problem over and over? I use the cover and the armband but this doesn't seem to help?

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Ipod Shuffle is the best ipod i have
5 Star Review     

Strengths: small size, great sound, great design, great with sport case

Weakness: no screen

Everything about the shuffle is great i would recomend the 1gb over the 512 as there is only £20 difference. It may not have a screen but the shuffle is designed like that for a reason. Hence the name 'shuffle'. If you want a screen then look at other mp3 players, but prepare to be disapointed.

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5 Star Review   By member darranx - Jun 28, 2005   

Strengths: Light, Small, Compact, Sleek Design, Easy to Use, CHARGES FROM USB PORT, no extra cable needed to transfer files, can also act as a memory stick

Weakness: Weaknesses would be that it doesnt come in a 4 gig model

I love my gig ipod shuffle. I dont need a screen to select songs or see what song im listening to so it works perfectly for me

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5 Star Review   By member ixcafe - Apr 5, 2005   

Strengths: super lightweight, true bass, sexy and easy to carry

Weakness: no lcd screen, some buttons are hard to access, only work with apple's itunes

As a digital music enthusiast, one could easily have x000+ songs in iTunes library which is still growing day-by-day. No one really wants to carry all of them around, in situations like onto a trip, cardio in gym, or stuck in commute. So here it comes iPod Shuffle 1G. The biggest idea behind this cool gadget is to store your favorite 240 songs and shuffling even without your interference. Apple had made a lot of fine adjustments to both iPod Shuffle and iTunes, so the bundle could work together refilling the player with the greatest and most variety of music possible. I'm lving it!

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5 Star Review   By member ldragon - Apr 1, 2005   

Strengths: Great looking, good to use in the gym

Weakness: totally not display, hard to track the song/music you want to play

I passed IPOD mini, since that is kind of expensive for me, a student. SHUFFLE is the right priced and very fashion looking. sometimes, I can also use it as a flash memory to carry some data. The only problem I met is: it seems only be able to link to one music library. I have 3 desktop at home, if I connect my shuffle from one desktop to anther, all songs will be lost. Am I using it correct?

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5 Star Review   By member ksfmpo - Mar 29, 2005   

Strengths: small , light , holds approx 250 songs

Weakness: not waterproof, rear switch hard to work

for me much better than a regular ipod. so small and light i don't have to worry about dropping and breaking it. I am concerned that its not waterprof, but am considering the waterproof case from apple. would definitely by again.

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5 Star Review   By member miller26 - Mar 25, 2005   

Strengths: Lightweight, size, excellent sound

Weakness: none so far

This is a great little mp3 player. It is very easy and quick to download songs, and the sound is great. I highly recommend this product if your in the market for a 1GB player.

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4 Star Review   By member djsimpleton - Mar 22, 2005   

Strengths: Compact, sleek, clips securely into lanyard, doubles as flash drive

Weakness: sliding switch on back difficult to slide, so you cannot gain thumb traction sometimes; blinking light sequence could become confusing

This is a great product for those who have an active lifestyle. I am somewhat unorthodox in that I listen to long mixes in large files so the shuffle feature is really no need for me. Doubling as a flash drive works great for those using at work. Great to run with and even pushes well when hooked in-line to a set of speakers. Go home and charge every night (through USB) and have no problem. iTunes rocks as well.

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5 Star Review   By member gtchbe - Mar 21, 2005   

Strengths: The iPod shuffle is easy to use and highly intuitive. Battery life is good and the Shuffle recharges quickly via a USB connection to a computer.

Weakness: Can't see what song is playing - but, hey, Apple tells you this before you buy!

This is a great little MP3 player. I like the feature that higher rated songs are played more frequently. The software is easy to load and easy to use. Copying songs from a CD or a playlist(either Apple or another software product like Windows Media Player) is a snap. I run this on the same computer as an iPod mini - it is straightforward to maintain two separate songlists.

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4 Star Review   By member jvn 3 - Mar 14, 2005   

Strengths: small, ubersexy, usb stick utility

Weakness: lack of lcd or led.

I had been quite hesitant about the shuffle at first. no lcd, led, or any indication of what song you're on? skipping through a couple of hundred songs to find that special track? then i had evaluated my need and use for this. Originally I had planned to buy the 512 model, but the greatest feature of the shuffle is often overlooked. It is a usb stick that can play music. its more pratical in size and function then other music/memory sticks. the price point of this model is also better then most other flash based players. As far as the lack of lcd goes, I mostly use this for exercise, which i only load what a feel like working out to. Comparatively, i don't see many people with discmans at the gym with their entire cd library with them, 50+ songs on shuffle mode will suffice any of my daily workout routines.

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5 Star Review   By member andyhan1 - Mar 10, 2005   

Strengths: Tiny, light, looks great, long battery life.

Weakness: No screen to scroll thru songs.

Great for exercising. You can't even feel the ipod around your neck! It's also great for using as an external disk drive. Using itunes isn't too bad either.. although I'm finding that sometimes the music store pops up when I'm trying to drag songs to my shuffle playlist..a little annoying..

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3 Star Review   By member sellmen - Mar 9, 2005   

Strengths: Small, light, attractive. Doubles as a USB flash drive.

Weakness: Poor feature set compared to the competition.

This isn't a bad MP3 player by any means; however, it isn't for everyone. On the plus side, this player is small and extremely light. It doubles as a USB flash drive, and iTunes autofill works perfectly. On the minus side, this player has a poor feature set when compared to the competion. As pretty much everyone has noted, it has no LCD. There is no equalizer, and as a result sound quality isn't as good as the competition. This player doesn't have a voice recorder or line in recording. Due to the lack of an LCD, this player can only support one playlist. In addition, this player isn't expandable using external memory. Battery life is decent, about 10 hours. This is lower than many competing players, which get 15+ hours. The biggest problem is that the battery is non replacable - if you forget to charge this player, there is no way to pop in a fresh battery. Apple does not ship this player with an armband, which is really unfortunate considering this player is perfect for workouts. You can buy an armband for about $25; considering most MP3 players come with an armband, this is really disappointing.

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5 Star Review   By member nhajari - Mar 7, 2005   

Strengths: Simplicity, easy to use, practical for gym and on the go, and great looking

Weakness: Won't play WMA files like all Ipods

Great product, great size and capacity along with great looks. It comes iwth all the necessary items to make it ready to go. Perfect complement to the Ipod 40GB. I have teh 40 GB ipod for trips and everyday use as well as to plug in to my alpine radio in my car. I use the Shuffle now for the gym and when I'm on the go and small size helps out. Plus 1 gb of music is perfect for the gym and it's practical.

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5 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Mar 4, 2005   

Strengths: That's obviously the small size. It really is about the same as a pack of gum.

Weakness: Purely cosmetic, but the white ipods and white earbuds are so heavily branded, it was strange to see that the wiring for these earbuds is light gray.

The Shuffle is really cool, just as advertised. So small you better keep your desk and surrounds neat and clean or you'll loose it in the mess. Can't blame this on Apple, I suppose, but if you are planning on using any Windows operating system below an updated version of 2000, you're in for a lot of trouble....iTunes will not work on anything below that. There are cheats, but that's not what it's about about, right? And that's the problem doing things for the Windows platform—too many ancient OS's out there because people have no good reason to give Bill Gates any more of their money. Switch to an Apple OS, problem solved, and you'll get what you pay for with the more frequent overhauls.

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5 Star Review   By member GTEvo8 - Mar 1, 2005   

Strengths: Good battery life, when they said tiny, they sure meant it!!

Weakness: Cannot see what song is playing, but then I guess you can hear it!

Have had the shuffle for a few days now and it is small and wonderful It works seamlessly with iTunes, I got this version because of the extra capacity and the price is very good..

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4 Star Review   By member chialintu - Feb 24, 2005   

Strengths: fancy, small, easy to carry

Weakness: cannot choose any song you like just as iPod or iPod mini

I like it more than iPod or iPod mini. It is a very good relax music player without heavy duty. The battery can use around 10 hours and can be charged just plug in your USB port of your computer. It's handy.

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4 Star Review   By member missallen7 - Feb 18, 2005   

Strengths: Very user friendly and excellent battery life. This is the first MP3 player that I have owned and I am enjoying it very much.

Weakness: No LCD.

Itunes is very easy to use and with just a click of the mouse you can tranfer music to the shuffle. I would recommend this to anyone who is not sure on what they want in an MP3 player.

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5 Star Review   By member SleepyReviewer - Feb 1, 2005   

Strengths: tiny, light, long battery life, works seamlessly with iTunes, price is right on the spot

Weakness: can't see what song is playing, cryptic blinking light informs you of errors

I'm the owner of a regular iPod, and bought the iPod shuffle as I need an alternative for running, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities where the regular iPod was too bulky or was at risk of being damaged. The iPod shuffle worked so well for me that I carry it around more than I do my iPod in the weeks that I've been using it. First the good stuff: there's a long battery life (Apple says you can get up to 12 hrs, I normally get around 10 hrs), the weight is amazing (it really does weigh less than a pack of gum), and the iTunes syching works beautifully. I just stick it in the USB port of my powerbook and it dumps all the songs I want on it from my favorite playlists, leaving all the rest of the music I rarely listen to on my mac. This is huge; I've owned a couple of USB drive/MP3 players where I had to drag and drop songs from itunes and it is a horrible way of loading music. There are a couple of gripes: it doesn't come w/ a LCD display so you can't see what songs are playing. The main method of communicating with you about what is going on is a single blinky LED that blinks orange when it's charging or when there is an error; green otherwise. It's quite cryptic and apple includes a plastic wallet card that has a list of what all the codes mean. Regardless, if you believe Apple's claim that most people play on shuffle, that it's best kept in your pocket most of the time, then the shuffle is a great mp3 player for you especially because of it's under $100 price point for the 1/2 GB model and the $150 price point for the 1GB model.

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5 Star Review   By member Spacetime17 - Feb 1, 2005   

Strengths: Doubles as a flash drive, very light weight, easy to use.

Weakness: No LCD

The iPod Shuffle is Apple's entry into the low-cost, flash-based MP3 player market. It is one of the few flash-based players to lack an LCD screen (if not the only one), but most screens out there are so small as to be useless. Even if you do at times wish for a screen, I find that the positive features outweigh this small drawback. One of the Shuffle's most useful features is that it doubles as a USB flash drive. The 1GB model gives you plenty of room for both music and data, and because the USB jack is built into the player, you don't have to tote around an extension cable. Also cool is the fact that the player charges while in the USB port! In my mind this wholly compensates for the complaints that some users have about the 12 hour battery life. The included lanyard is a nice touch. If you already use iTunes, you'll find it very easy to load music onto the player. Fans of Winamp will soon be able to use the ml_iPod plugin with the Shuffle.

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5 Star Review   By member neolimitex - Jan 31, 2005   

Strengths: Very compact and easy to use. One of the best MP3 players I ever had. Huge amount of space for the price. Lack of LCD and complex control works wonder in this setup.

Weakness: Battery life could be better.

Everything is great about the shuffle except for the battery life. Even though it has 10+ hours of playing time, but I'd like to see more. Sony was able to push 70+ hours on their flash based MP3 player with single AAA battery. Their player even equipped with a backlight LCD. For iPod shuffle, we can only get 10 more hours if we add TWO AAA batteries. Other than the battery, this is a MUST HAVE item!

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4 Star Review   By member jimjr21 - Jan 28, 2005   

Strengths: ease of use light weight

Weakness: off/ playlist/ shuffle switch is hard to move

I have been using the 1G shuffle for a few days now. I had never had an ipod before (wife has mini). Setting up itunes and loading the CD's was easy. The autofill feature of loading is easy to use. The shuffle feature is fun because you never know which song you are going to get next. So far my only complaint is that the switch to move from off to playlist to shuffle is slick and hard to get a hold of to move.

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