Apple, which commenced its incredible work on 3rd of Jan 1977, ignited the PC revolution in the 1970s and has continued its great work with a load of surprises and technovations over the decades till date. There are only a handful of companies that can claim to be having a brand name and be so dominant that any Tom Dick and Harry can pronounce the name when it comes to any digital media field. Apple owns this kind of pride when it comes to the MP3 players.

The following review is on the Apple’s ipod shuffle 1GB second generation. Obviously, there had been a previous version that was released in the year 2006, however, the 2nd generation shuffle does not differ much from its predecessor.

Tiny design:

When it comes to the design, which is the seller point of ipod shuffle, it is extremely small. It has a dimension of just 1.1 X 1.6 X 0.4 (H X W X D) inches and weighs just 15 grams. The fifty percent of the overall depth of this player is contributed by the slip that has been incorporated that allows you to clip the player simply anywhere. The durability of the clip  is questioned by users and the answer is, it proved to be strong on testing. This little delight’s body is made of anodised aluminium which give a grainy look and comes in six attractive selection of metallic colours.

Need a display?

The 1GB iPod shuffle does not have a display and actually does not need one. I glanced through a few user reviews who complained about the absence of a display which is totally not fair. This small wonder was designed keeping in the mind the people who want to listen to music who are busy with some other thing such as jogging or workout who do not want to care on what is being actually played. If you really cannot do without a display, there are a range of other options that are available in the market such as the iPod Nano.

Simple user interface:

Ipod shuffle 1GB second generation not only has a simple design but simple controls too with a simple user-interface. The front control pad is designed in a self descriptive way that you can use it straight away without glancing at the start guide. The circular pad’s circumference had the volume control and the next and back selections and the center of the pad has the play/pause control, all of these which are indicated with their respected universally understood symbols. The side of the player has two switches, one is the shuffle switch which has two modes. The continuous mode plays the music in the order in which it was loaded and the other is the shuffle mode where the player shuffles the play list for you. The other is the power switch which as you guessed is to switch the unit on or off.

Placed just next to the power switch is a LED that displays the current status of the MP3 player. The LED lights up on different colour combinations such as red, orange and green and sequences. The function cards that comes along with the player gives you a clear idea on what each colour of blinking sequence means.

The other side of the Apple iPod does not contain any real control except for a headphone jack which also acts as the main dock connection. The standard of the earphone provided is exceptionally good and is over qualified for standard usage. But the non-standard USB syncing questions the plug and go appeal.

The audio quality:

The audio quality of Apple ipod shuffle 1GB is nothing less than excellent. Though the equalizer settings cannot be changed directly on the player, it can be done directly on the stored songs in the player. Certain earphones do not deal well with the over boosted bass settings but the shuffle’s ear buds did handle it well.

The music management:

In order to load music, the case is same as any other Apple ipod that is, you have to download the iTunes feature of apple. For an unit that is as simple as shuffle, the need of iTunes is quiet an over-skill for the basic operations of uploading and removing tunes. The iTunes has the auto-fill option that allows you to automatically replace your content with music from your iTunes library or play lists. Similar to the other ipods, shuffle also supports the audio formats such as MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible and both forms of ACC files. As the heading indicates, it has one Giga Byte of memory which will be sufficient to store 200 to 250 songs.

Packing and accessories included:

When it comes to packing, Apple as always, has used its minimalist approach. The clear plastic case gives a great first impression. The paper work in the package includes a quick start guide, 2 feature cards for your quick references which will be very handy for you when you are in the initial stage of using it, warranty and  a card with two apple logos. The accessories include the earphones and a cute little syncing cradle that is used for charging. If you are not comfortable charging with the dock, there other chargers that are available in the market that suit Apple ipod Shuffle.

Battery life and advantageous handling:

Coming to the battery life, iPod Shuffle 1GB from Apple has in its pocket an incredible twelve hours. The robustness of the product must be mentioned. Most of the MP3 players with LCD displays have their weak point as the screen itself which demands delicate handling. With that need being removed, shuffle gains yet another credit, that is the power to withstand accidents and rough handling.

A great gift:

Ipod shuffle 1GB is really a great gift to your fitness freak friends  as they can bid goodbye to those heavy MP3 players that they have to carry which makes them uncomfortable most of the times. Apple has made sure that you can find the product almost everywhere and hence locating this ipod must not be a problem but you might have confusions with selection of the colour as it comes in six bright colours such as silver, red, orange, purple, green and blue.

A few final words:

On the whole there is not really that can be said negative about the shuffle as it does everything that it was intended to. With a great battery life and a capacity of 200-250 songs per load, for anything that includes mobility, this is a great product. But stop, if you are a person who is prone to misplace things, that there is a high probability the you might misplace shuffle too considering its size.

You can also check iPod Shuffle 4GB Review, iPod Shuffle 2GB Review in our website.

Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB  - Technical Specification Table

Product Apple ipod shuffle 1GB
Dimension ( H x W x D) 27.3 x 41.2 x 10.5 mm (including the clip)
Weight 15.6 grams
Capacity 1GB flash drive ( around 250 songs)
Supported audio formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps)
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps)
MP3 VBR
Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4)
WAV
AIFF
Input and output 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
Mac system requirements Mac computer with USB2.0 port
Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later
iTunes 7.4 or latter
Windows system requirements PC with USB2.0 port
Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional
with Service Pack 2 or later
iTunes 7.4 or latter
Battery type Built-in lithium rechargeable battery
Battery life Up to 12hrs when fully charged
Colours Available Blue, Green, Silver, Red, Violet and Orange
Connectivity USB through included dock
Ports Sterio minijack
Box contents ipod shuffle
earphones
dock
quick starter guide