Thursday, January 13, 2005

First iPod Shuffle review I could find

iPod Shuffle Box

Engadget has just written a review on the iPod Shuffle. As it doesn't have much functionality, the review isn't that long. Their conclusion:


Now that it's all charged up and we've had a chance to use it, here's a few initial impressions:

  1. We love Autofill. It makes the shuffle even more random since you never even know what will wind up on your Shuffle. Sure, you can narrow it down to music from a playlist, or do it all manually, but where's the fun inthat?
  2. We're spoiled by Firewire. The USB 2.0 moved the songs onto the iPod Shuffle pretty quickly, but it's not the song per second speed of the regular iPod over Firewire.
  3. Apple claims 120 songs probably fit on the 512 MB version. We managed to fit 110, but we have lots of 160 and 192 kbps mp3 files.
  4. This thing is tiny - and light. You'll never feel it around your neck or in your pocket. It's like a stick of gum, not a pack. Just be sure not to leave it in your jeans when you wash them.
  5. The controls take a second or two to get used to, then you never think about them again.
  6. The sound is great. It's easily as loud and seems to be more clear with better bass response than our 3G iPod.

3 Comments:

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright, i'll give you a second review: my review. The iPod Shuffle looks to me as if Apple made a stripped version of an iPod mini. But because the iPod mini already is a stripped version of the 20gig iPods, there wasn't much to strip down.

"Let's get rid of 3,5 gig, the display and the scrollwheel".

Which are THE best features of an iPod. What do you have left? A crappy flash based MP3 player which won't stand a chance with the competition. Why? Try finding that one song you want to hear out of 120 songs without a display.

If you buy a 128meg flash based MP3 player for as cheap as possible then i wouldn't find a display that necessary.

"Let's put a Shuffle function on it and pretend it to be really cool!"

You can discuss if a Shuffle function is an insult to the artist (try reading a book by randomly picking a page), but almost every mp3 player has a shuffle function. So much for iPod's Unique Selling Points.

I'll stick to my Creative Muvo2: 4 gig, a display and shuffle.

There you go Sexy Jihad, your first comment on your blog.

Stef.

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, i wasn't the first one to comment on your blog.
S.

 
At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still not convinced? look at this :

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/ipod/howto-hack-ipod-into-ipod-shuffle-029509.php

stef.

 

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