Pros It does look good. Cheap (but not worth it)
Cons Cheap, still it's not even worth the price. NO FEATURES AT ALL
Summary I don't understand why people seem to buy the shuffle only because it's an apple product.
Don't buy this thing. It does look cool but there are better mp3 players but actual functions.
The sound is not that good.
For the absolutely lack of features, the unit should be smaller.
The battery life is below average.
No support for ogg, wma, flac.
Sometimes you MAY want to see the name of the song.
There are so many mp3 players one can get for a better price with many more features. If you wanna buy the shuffle only because it's apple, fine, it's your money, YOU CAN OVERPAY.
If you want to compare products, please do so. Keep in mind that some mp3 players (not the shuffle):
Can play more formats (mp3, wav, ogg, wma, flac, etc)
Have FM radio, some even AM radio too.
Have Line-in/radio/voice recording (you can record music from a tv, disc man, tape player, directly into mp3)
Have a screen
Have lyrics support
Some mp3 players that cost the same as the shuffle can hold the same amount of music, cost the same as the shuffle, shuffle and have many more features. Why overpay for this piece of crap?
Pros I wish I could think of one, but I cant.
Cons The iPod Shuffle (IPS) and its interface iTunes is a nice idea if the user didn’t have to spend many hours figuring out why it won’t recognize the IPS. Loading songs from iTunes into the IPS is easy i
Summary The Apple iPod Shuffle isn’t the apple of my eye. I recommend any person interested in this product to take a visit to the Apple online support discussion board for the iPod Shuffle and read all the people that are having interface issues. It’s clear that Apple rushed this product to market before testing the IPS on many different platforms. My recommendation is to stay away until apple figures things out.
Pros Light; Elegant; Great Sound
Cons Software offensively bad; most un-Apple-like
Summary I'm a PC-head, but have always considered Apple's products to be the pinnacle of good design and near-flawless execution. (I've used many, 'cause my better half is a Mac-based graphic designer.)
Based on the reviews, I bought a shuffle to replace my aging CD-player. Things started off happily. Installed iTunes, plugged in the iPod, and started transferrring. No need for manual. The only initial irritations (a harbinger of things to come) were that I had to put the songs in the iTunes library before I could load the iPod, and the on/off switch is too hard to operate easily and accurately. It needs some friction-inducing texture. But otherwise fine.
Went to work on the subway. Great sound. Light. Happy. But then ...
Like many, I have home & work computers. And like many, I pay for my music. Problem is that Apple's iTunes software's fundamental paradigmatic assumption is that I'm a music thief with only one computer. iTunes throws way too many roadblocks into using *my music* on *my computers*. I plug in the iPod at work, sync up, and poof. Tunes erased. And back at home, iTunes automatically "refreshes" the shuffle when I plug it back in. (Read "refreshes" as "erases the tunes that I carefully selected.")
So ... 9 for the hardware, 1 for the software, average 5.
P.S. - If, like me, you've got the hardware but despise the software, I'd highly recommend the Anapod Manager by Red Chair Software. Found it after a quick Google search. Works on most any iPod, and ESSENTIAL for the shuffle.
"Simply amazing"on by sklarsen
Pros portable, extremely easy to ue, easy transfer
Cons slightly low battery life (12 hours) , really nothing else
Summary The ipod shuffle is fabulous, the software is very easy to use. It's a nice compact device and weighs next to nothing. Buy it, you won't regret it.
Pros Very good sound, easy as pie to use
Cons None user replacable battery, no control over sound..no equalizer, no LCD
Summary couldn't find any posting of side by side comparisons of these three
units...so already owning a Ipod Shuffle, I purchased both a Creative
Zen Nano Plus and an IRiver T30. I loaded the same song files into all
three so that the comparison would be valid. I used only the earphones
that came with each unit.
The Ipod is simple as can be to use. Partly good design and partly
The Creative Zen Nano has a decent LCD and a menu system that has a
short learning curve. It is also the only one of the three to have a
built in radio.
The Iriver has the greater learning curve partly because it has more
Both the Creative and the IRiver have line in ability to copy directly
Of course only the Shuffle has a bulit in rechargable battery (not user
replacable) while the other two use AAAs. Of course you can purchase
rechargable AAAs (Rayovac makes ones that take 15 minutes to
Sound quality...My primary concern.
All three have pleasant sound with plenty of volume (too much!).
First of all the Ipod Shuffle has no controls at all to customize the
sound. It does sound very good, however.
The Creative Zen Nano has an equalizer.
The IRiver T30 has both an equalizer and an entire set of other sound
controls from the SRS WOW component.
A fair comparison requires us to set both the Creative and the IRiver
to what I and my son believe to give the best combination of bass and
treble response. Of course that is somewhat subjective. However we both
agreed on the settings.
I know that some 'tests' /reviews say they leave the settings at
'neutral' to be fair...I beg to strongly disagree...after all why
shouldn't the Creative Zen Nano and the IRiver benefit from a
capability that they have built in! Users would surely use those
controls..so they should be evaluated. Each unit producing the best it
Again..all three sound very good.
Treble...The Apple Shuffle Ipod and the IRiver T30 had the best treble.
Clear. The Creative was somewhat muddied in response, but not bad.
Bass...Here the IRiver shone above the others... definitively. The
Creative was second with the Ipod Shuffle not far behind.
I found the following SRS settings to be the 'best' on the IRiver;
Overall..the IRiver's sound was definitely the best of the three.
Today..I tried the iRiver headphones on the Shuffle and the Shuffle headphones on the iRiver. The iRiver's superior bass and 'richness' of sound was evident again.