Compared to most MP3 players on the market, the iPod shuffle is already a smaller choice, with minimal controls and a basic interface that is user-friendly and pretty sleek, too. But the has been reformulated to be the world’s smallest music player.
The most minimalist in design, Apple has removed all buttons from the actual player and moved them to the headset, leaving no need for additional leg room, and thus, creating a music player smaller than your house key.
The headphones that go along with it carry all of the controls, which might be convenient or frustrating, depending on what you’re using it for. They seem simple enough – volume up and down, and single, double and triple clicks for directing your music. Although in your 3rd mile of your morning run while sprinting to Madonna’s Immaculate Collection you might not remember these details, surely they’d soon become second nature.
The reason is primarily because the controls are just a few inches away from the ear, not really a natural movement for your hand in the middle of your routine. If you’re jaunting down a trail at full speed and want to beef up the music, you’re bound to pull the bud right out of your ear. Winter running or cycling would be frustrated with gloves on.
And if you’re left handed? The controls, somewhat unfortunately, are on the right side. But we’re sure you are used to the loads of left-handed issues you’ve encountered.
A bonus with the new Shuffle is Apple’s audio feedback interface called VoiceOver. This built-in voice tells you, with the touch (or press and hold) of a button, the title or artist of what you’re listening to. It can also let you know what playlist you’re on, too. And true to its name, it just speaks over the music, so there are no interruptions at all.
And if you have a song with a Spanish or Chinese title? It can read it in the Native language or English – whatever you choose. VoiceOver speaks in 14 different languages.
Currently, the Shuffle can only run on the specific headset provided (for obvious reasons), so keeping them intact is important if you want to use your shuffle or until other compatible ones are launched.
With 4GB of storage, it holds up to 1,000 songs, larger than the last shuffle for the same price ($79).
(By the way, Apple offers free laser engraving on all new iPod models… so you can make yours cooler than everyone else’s).
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