"Shuffle didnt meet my Expectations"1.5 starson by bonghodrum
Pros: Creative AutoFill feature, Good pricepoint, and stylish look.
Cons: Worst designed Apple product that I have ever purchased. Missing some essentials like a power adapter. Forget Using it to listen to Audible Books.
Summary: I am a gadget freak and I normally respect Apple products because they are well designed. Just look at the elegant Powerbook power adapter and you can see that Apple's product development team puts a tremendous amount of thought into every design detail.
That's why I had pretty high expectations for the Ipod Shuffle. Afterall I've owned several hard-drive based Ipods, and was accustomed to their brilliant user interface. The Ipod is not as feature rich as some of the other MP3 players, but it is unmatched in usabilty, design, and style, which makes it such a wonderful product.
However the Shuffle dissapoints because of its appalling lack of usability. I hate it not because of its simplicity, but because of its poor design.
I have four major annoyance with the Ipod shuffle which I find to be inexcusable.
First, The Shuffle was designed to be charged via a powered USB port. This may sound okay to some people, but apple really should include a power adapter at the very least. I dont want to keep a computer on for hours each day just to charge it.
Second, you can not sync songs from 2 different computers onto the shuffle. If you try to sync the shuffle to a second computer, all the music content on the shuffle will be erased before allowing any song to sync to it. No other Ipod has this limitation. Apple needs to get rid of this restriction.
Third, You cannot listen to the Shuffle while it is charging. It's unbelievable that Apple didnt envision that some of their users would want to do this.
Finally, listening to audible files on the Shuffle is pure torture. Apple has to come up with a better way of forwarding and rewinding through these long files. The forward and rewind functions are incredibly slow. I hope to see this fixed.
I like the simplicity of the Ipod Shuffle. I also really like the Autofill feature, where I-tunes can fill your shuffle with random songs from your music library if you want it to. I like the dimensions of it as well. I just hate the annoying details that Apple has completely overlooked. I like the Shuffle in concept, but its production is a subpar offering from Apple.
- Release date01/10/05
- Digital Storage / Capacity 512 MB
- Mfr estimated battery life 12 hour(s)
- Weight 0.8 oz
- Battery Player battery - Rechargeable
- Digital player supported digital audio standards MP3 Audible AAC WAV
- Flash memory installed 512 MB
- Device type Digital player