Pros - great material for the player itself
- you get to use itunes, the strongest music service that is available world wide
- not too bad of a price
Cons ....the earphone/remote controller
Summary what's the point of this player?
everyone knows that the earphones provided by apple are subpar..so we all fork out extra money to buy a pair of decent ones to enjoy our music
knowing that the majority of the people already own a pair of earphones which they are accustomed to, how are they going to be using this with the new ipod?
everytime they need to skip or change the volume on the player, they need to switch the earphone?
worse off, in order to play and pause the songs, they need to be whopping out the earphones..(yeah, sure, the volume is memorized in the previous setting but whats the point..)
nice design apple, you guys never fail in that department but
seriously? the earphones...?
Pros nada none.
Cons no controls on unit. Price. sweat causes issues (sweat gets into the cable controls) for many who workout using this diminutive iPod.
Summary Pass on this one. The earlier gen Shuffle is a better deal and easy to control. Don't buy this an give Apple any incentive to keep producing this CLUNKER.
Pros Inline controls.
Ease of use.
Cons It won't work with some of the accessories I purchases specifically for my old 2d-gen Shuffle
Summary I ordered my new Shuffle the day it came out and didn't even realize how much more convenient it was going to be until walking home last night . I always had to clip my 2 Gen Shuffle in a spot where I could reach the buttons, oriented in a manner where I knew which end was up and which control was volume versus forward/reverse. Also, since I always clipped it on my pants pocket (that was the most user-friendly location for me in most situations), if I wore a coat, it was always hard to get to the controls.Actually, I do use the voice command for one thing, which is a great improvement: it can now tell me how much battery life I have left. I really don't understand the uproar on this new Shuffle. I love it. Now I'll just wait for the 3rd party earbud extravaganza to commence.
Well not anymore!
I just love that now I can clip (or not clip) my Shuffle wherever I want and not need to worry about which way it's clipped (facing in, facing out), what direction the controls are facing, and whether I can get to them. They're on the headphones. Easy breezy.
I've had an iPhone since day 1 and always loved the inline controls (just always wished they controlled volume). So having all that in my iPod is great. Honestly, I don't care about the voice feature. I don't have playlists and know the title and artist of every song I've downloaded - um, because I downloaded them.
Now I'm just waiting for the Scosche replacement earbuds to come out, just like I waited for the V-Modas to come out I use on my iPhone. I was never a fan of Apple's earbuds...
Updated on Mar 13, 2009
Updated on Mar 13, 2009One more thing. Now being able to hear my battery level is crucial to me. I'm color blind and was unable to discern the different colors of the status light on my old 2d-gen Shuffle.
Pros it plays music
Cons headsets don't last.
remote breaks easily in any kind of moderately high intensity workouts.
Summary Without remote compatible headphones or a remote adapter, you cannot change volume or skip tracks. The problem. I use the shuffle to workout. I do running, weights and various other cardio equipment and I move around a lot. I have had 2 headsets each stop working in less than 3 months. The first just stopped working after a couple months. The second, the remote casing broke after a month and a half and the headset lasted for a couple more days before it crapped out too. The weight of the remote bouncing around exceeds the construction quality of the remote and/or the tensile strength of the wire. Poor design. I won't buy another shuffle until the controls are back on the ipod itself like the 2nd gen, which I loved.
Pros Customer service was great. New ear phones were sent ot me without any hassle other than my having to mail the broken ear phones back.
Cons I had to be very careful that sweat or any kind or moisture didn't get on the ear phone controls. It isn't easy to do if you were them while you exercise. It really is a bad design.
Summary Very frustrating to have your ear phones constantly stop working. There is no other way to control the volume or to change the songs except through the "special" ear phones, so using other ear phones is not an option when the ear phones that come with the shuffle stop working. By the time I would call customer service and get a new pair, 3-4 weeks would go by. My first pair stopped working within two weeks of use. My next about two months later. The last pair lasted about two months. I finally decided it wasn't worth the frustration.