“Simplicity on a stick. That’s Apple’s iPod shuffle, introduced in January by Steve Jobs & Co. to grab the last bit of the digital-music player market that the company doesn’t already own. The size of a pack of chewing gum, measuring 3.3 inches by .98 inches by .33 inches and weighing less than an ounce, the elegant and distinctively Apple-white iPod shuffle is hard not to immediately take a liking to,” Cliff Edwards writes for BusinessWeek.
“Setup is a snap. An installation CD includes iTunes version-4.7 software that works on both PCs and Macs, with a built-in link to the Apple Music Store for purchasing music downloads. With the music collection already residing on your PC or Mac, encoded in MP3, WAV, AAC, and Audible digital formats, you set the software to automatically choose songs to download or can opt to pick your own playlist. The automatic-download feature, called Autofill, randomly chooses songs from your collection,” Edwards writes.
“The Shuffle’s biggest drawback, in my view: its lack of an LCD screen… if you have a big music collection, it’s often nice to be reminded of what group is singing a particular song, or how long it lasts. And if you’re hankering to hear a certain song quickly, you’re out of luck trying to find it fast,” edwards writes. “For the newbie, the shuffle is a cool, cost-attuned way to step into the digital-music world. And for athletes looking to break up the tedium of long runs, this device is for you. For anyone else, I’d recommend taking a look at other players, or stepping up to Apple’s iPod mini line, which starts at $199 for 4 gigabytes. That’s triple the space for only $50 more — and it lets you take most, if not all, of your music collection everywhere, along with offering rudimentary games and calendaring. Otherwise, the iPod shuffle makes a nice addition to the iPod line.”
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