Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple refreshes its products every so often and this time around it’s the compact Shuffle that has received a makeover.

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Apple iPod Shuffle
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 13, 2009

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Key Specs

Bluetooth: N
Connections: USB
Display: N
Headphones: Y
Memory: 4GB

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Apple refreshes its products every so often and this time around it’s the compact Shuffle that has received a makeover.

For a device that is 1.8-inches tall and 0.3-inches thin, the tiny iPod Shuffle packs a lot of sound. It looks as if it’s smaller than the average USB stick but it can store up to 1,000 songs on its 4GB of storage space. It’s also relatively stylish in design as it comes in silver (or dark silver) and sports a minimalist approach to controls.

The navigation controls reside on the earphones cable whilst you can either set the playlist to random or loop on the Shuffle’s body itself. This iPod even comes with a clip that allows you to attach it to your shirt or pants but this reviewer wonders if this is enough to prevent you from losing it because it’s so small. Size aside though, the Shuffle offers good, ambient sound quality and is ideal if you’re a jogger or gym addict just looking to have a simple device to store some music on, when you’re on the go.

Its battery life also supports music on the go because it lasted around 10 hours when fully charged. The Shuffle also has an interesting VoiceOver feature; with the press of a button a voice can tell you the title of a song as the music dips down and it even announces the names of your playlists and informs you when your battery needs charging.

Verdict: A small, stylish device that is great for music on the go but not so great for those who lose stuff easily.

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