Pros Inline controls.
Ease of use.
Cons Not being able to use my H20 waterproof case that was designed specifically for my 2d-Gen Shuffle. (Guess I'll just have to keep the old Shuffle too)
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-freindly 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. 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 Small, simple, light, great for running
Cons no dock connector, could have made a sturdier metal usb to headphone adapter rather than a flimsy cable
Summary I gotta say I love how people review something they've never used. I used the headphone remote for the iPhone for months, very intuitive and did everything this one does, but this one added volume controls. Truth is, for all the complaints, none of these folks whining have ACTUALLY tried the thing. I have, and I love it.
-You rarely skip backwards when using an mp3 player (be honest) so the most likely thing you'll do is double click anyway.
-Beyond that you probably just play and pause which is one click away.
-Ten dollar adapter cables are coming out to let you use your old phones, but really, this is an entry level pod, so those with it will probably be just fine with the included set.
-The controls are closer to your face, and easier to find in a run.
-Less seams to collect dirt and grime, sweat and other garbage.
-Support for multiple playlists is very nice, now that we have 4GB to play with.
"Utter rubbish"on by 80sriy
Pros None really - can play apple protected material and the drive does not fall apart like those of the bigger ipods with a mini (i fall apart at the slightest provocation) disk drive
Cons The control has a life span of about one week.
Summary THis is designed for people who do not perspire or who live in a zero gravity environment. If you happen to perspire, even a little, you will find the perspiration, pulled by gravity flows into the little, non-waterproof, volume control and surprisingly, the perspiration mixing with the copper in the control, causes the control to cease functioning .
This is utter rubbish, poorly thought out, and simply a way of causing consumers to part with their money with little or no thought given to the quality f the product. Steve Jobs is clearly ill and no longer assessing the quality of the products. This is shameless profiteering. This is a memory stick with a control. The quality is very poor. the sound is fine but do not attempt to rely on that control-it has a lifespan of about one week. DO NOT use whilst exercising-it will die very quickly. Utter rubbish and a great disappointment
Basic Design that camouflages itself easily when clipped to clothing.
Cons Small Capacity
Pricing is non-competitive
Must buy $30 adapter to use non-apple headphones
Summary This is a cool design concept from apple but it should have stayed a design. It is not an intelligent product. Physically it is easily lost and it skimps out on the size to appeal to its size. The fact that apple has attempted to justify this design with their headphones is laughable. In one foul-swoop they have tried to force you to buy their accessories while justifying this absurd idea.
All in all if invisibility gets you excited than this may be for you, but the sansa clip sells for much less and actually gives you controls and a screen as well.
Pros Small size
Cons 1. Sound malfunctions when you perspire.
2. Controls are hard to use while in motion, like running or riding a bike.
3. Sometimes the selection of playlists is less that easy with the in-line control.
4. Earbuds come out of my ears while exercising.
Summary I wouldn't buy this again until it comes with better headphones. I am very disappointed.