"MP3 player that excells for its intended purpose"4.5 starson by dddave40
Pros: The best player for exercising, simple controls
Cons: Easy to lose due to small size
Summary: When reviewing a product, one must do this in context of the intended use and target market. CNET doesn't really do a good job of this, giving this player a low rating. No, it doesn't play videos, doesn't have a voice recorder, etc. The Shuffle is intended to be the simplest play on the market. Giving this player a 6.3 because it lacks features is missing the point, comparing Apples to Oranges. If you want lots of features, get another player like a Nano, SaDisk, etc. Want a player for working out that can be controlled without looking at it, then the Shuffle is perfect. Due to its simple design, this is the only player I have ever tried that allows me to control it without looking at it which is perfect when running, mountain biking, etc. With other types of players, you usually need to look at the controls to be able to change anything. But not the Shuffle. Apple most likely intended the Shuffle to complement their other products and have a place in the product line. I have a Nano, which I love, but I don't work out with it. CNET, lets be fair when reviewing products and put the reviews in the proper context. Lastly, God bless James Kim and his family. He will always be a hero in my heart.