Pros Ease of use, low low cost
Cons Not a full functioned unit, but then not meant to be
Summary Just like a bazooka isn't great to hunt mosquitos with, the Shuffle isn't everything for everyone. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to get into MP3's and listening to podcasts, this is the unit for you. If you MUST have a display, or want to hold every song you own in your hand, then get something bigger and more expensive.
Pros Shuffles my music. Lightweight package. Great sound.
Cons It's from Apple.
Summary Probably the lightest unit out there. Sounds great with my earphones or theirs. PC Magazine found it had better sound than most of the larger units.
I like it!
Pros is there anything?
Cons no SCREEN, bad battery life
Summary my friends owns it i played around with it for a few hours and i relised this is a load of rubbish the only reason why its popular because its made by apple! if it was an iriver shuffle everyone would mock it! and the battery life is rubbish you would think it would be good because theres no lcd screen but its still not good! get a mp3 for the same price that actually has a screen and battery life can be up to 20 hours
Pros Very good sound quality, has a good emphasis to the bass region and mid range region. It is really impressive for a gadget so light and small to produce good quality sound. Very easy to operate
Cons you have to use itunes as an interface to your shuffle.
Summary I got my 512 mb shuffle 3 days ago and im really impressed. Maybe it doesnt have any LCD but i really dont think its a disadvantage because common you buy mp3 players to listen to it right?? not to look at the LCD and see the title shift from left to right. Besides youre the one who decides what to put in your play list meaning, you do know the songs inside your shuffle...before the LCD flashes the title you already know what is playing so what's the LCD for? For those who decided to go with creative muvo... man do u really rate mp3s because of features? I really cant believe you go for features rather than sound quality. I also have a creative muvo but its bass and nid range region are weak and the high frequencies are too prominent. it may have an equalizer but those are artificial sounds and a good basis for reviewing sound is setting the equalizer flat. Relatively I do own a descent home theater system and I really can tell what is good sounding and not. Ipod shuffle is a good buy.
Pros does what it was designed to do perfectly
Cons none, if you don't expect this to be a stand alone player
Summary I think several reviewers really missed the purpose of the ipod shuffle and have unfairly tried to rate it based on jobs that it is not designed to do.
The shuffle needs no screen or tons of features crammed into it because it is supposed to just be carried and listend to and not messed with, other than skipping songs and play/stop.
The shuffle is not intended to be a stand alone player. The shuffle is for the person who already owns a hard drive player but does activities that could be dangerous to their expensive player. If you work out everyday, run, or even if u have a long subway commute or walk in the city and want a player you can just plug into your computer and fill with songs then go and listen while you do those things, then this player is for you.
I already own a 30gb ipod photo that i use everyday, but i also run everyday and running with your hard drive ipod can damage the internal moving parts from the intense repetative motion. So i finally decided to ditch my cd player which i had been using to run with even after i got my ipod(to much critisim i might add) and get a nice cheap flash player i could use. The shuffle is perfect, its cheap, small, works with itunes, and does what i need it to everytime.
So now that you know what the shuffle is intended for i will say it does all this flawlessly. When you are running(etc.) how often are you really going to be switching songs and looking at the screen or viewing photos, probably not very often. So i already have a 30gb ipod photo that does all that so why would i buy a more expensive player with tons of features i don't need. I only ever use this when i run and i know others that only use it for similar workout purposes or only on their daily commute. The autofill feature is sweet, i plug it in and it makes sure i have a new batch of songs everday and the most i ever run at one time is maybe for an hour so battery life is never an issue. The size is also awesome it feels like im not even carrying anything.
So in conclusion this player does what it was designed to do and nothing more, be a secondary player or for someone who wants to ditch their cd player they use to workout or something and doesn't want to spend alot and doesn't need tons of features. So if you buy this expecting it to be your main everyday player i will tell you to expect to be dissappointed and get a player with a screen, if not then buy this player because it is perfect!