Yesterday, Apple unveiled their newest version of the iPod Shuffle and just to preface this review, I have never been a major fan of the iPod Shuffle and am a very satisfied iPod Touch user and do not think the shuffle is what I would need. Despite all this, I will give a fair review of the new product top help my readers get a fair picture.
The new iPod Shuffle has a new capacity of 4 Gigabytes, which holds about 1,000 songs. The price has also gone up to $80, a $30 difference over the old price. The design has been reverted back to the original “Stick of gum” design and has moved the controls onto the headphones which I do not understand why they did that. The only new feature they added was Voice-over, which allows your ipod shuffle to read the name and the artist of the songs before they play so that you know what song is coming up, this also works on playlists which is great. The shuffle also allows you to use multiple playlists and with voice-over, you can choose the playlist you want.
All-in-all, I guess the iPod Shuffle is a good entry level iPod although I would recommend getting a Nano, Classic or Shuffle that has a larger capacity and a screen. However, on the other hand the voice-over feature has replaced many of the functions of a screen but, I like more features. I was surprised at the price jump they made because Apple usually updates features and keeps prices the same but they practically doubled the price this time. All-in-all the iPod Shuffle is a great basic music player although I doubt it will continue in the current fashion much longer.