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Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB Review

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

Apple iPod Shuffle 4GB Review

Apple 3G iPod Shuffle - World’s smallest music player from Apple

Apple had made a great turnaround in the history of musical players by creating the utmost quality performer and yet miniscule in size. The third generation iPod shuffle which has a capacity of 4GB appears to be half the size of your thumb or smaller than an AA battery. The two amazing features of this iPod among many other specialities are that it is relatively small in size and it is the first talking musical player too.

UNBELIEVABLY SMALL

In creating this extremely small sized iPod, Apple had made for sure that the technology should not be compromised. The controls had been shifted to the cord of the ear bud wherein it is easy to operate and be blown over with all the music to be thrown out of it. This stylish, tiny and yet slimmest iPod Shuffle from Apple is definitely going to stir a lot of sensation in the world of music and music lovers.

Sensational Highlights of iPod Shuffle 4GB

CONTROLS: It is essential to mention that the controls had been shifted to the right ear bud cord and that has given a lot of extra space that could help in reduction of size. It is located just in the right place where it could be accessed quite easily and is its strategic position is place conveniently, navigation of music playlists is you can very well say is just a child’s play. And even more important is the activation of VoiceOver which could be done without the need to take your eyes off from what ever that you are doing.

MUSIC LIBRARY: The storage capacity of the Apple iPod shuffle is 4GB Flash memory. This naturally allows room for all the extras that had been previously shunned with a limited storage feature in other musical devices.

This Apple 3G iPod Shuffle 4GB now can be loaded up to a maximum of 1000 songs and still there is enough room in organizing your multiple playlists.

FASHIONABLY TECHNIFIED: Take a close look towards the appearance of this device and all the pain that had been taken in the manufacturing of this iPod, it would be clearly evident that even the Shuffle Clip had received a royal brush up. It is now made of sleekly forged stainless steel with a clip that can be easily tagged to your shirt or about anywhere around you. This iPod shuffle 4GB comes in both silver and black colours that are regal and yet modern. There is also the durable aluminium casing which is anodized which also makes enough space for any interesting personal engravings wanting to be done with. This casing gives the iPod a fashionable and rich presentation to carry with.

EXCITING VOICEOVER

The VoiceOver is a major stepping stone in the making of the iPod and that’s how Shuffle becomes a unique iPod. This exciting new feature is very remarkable and rolls out the way you have been interacting with your music and playlist so far. All this is done without any hitch and this is a once again a surprise all together.

The VoiceOver is the unique feature that makes iPod Shuffle to be the first iPod or music player that would be talking back to you. It has changed browsing and navigating patterns and just pressing a button would enhance the VoiceOver feature and the title or the name of the artist would be announced to you. The name of the playlist can also be heard of and multiple playlists could be created. One would be totally taken aback when you hear an announcement about your low battery and the need for charging it up.

The VoiceOver Kit is generated after iTunes going through the song details as it is the iTunes that seamlessly syncs with the iPod and makes the Shuffle talk and say the right announcements about the title of the songs or the playlists or about the artists.

It all actually depends on the type of PC that is being used to sync the iPod Shuffle. If it is a Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard you can hear the perfectly English Voice which is built in.

Multilingual VoiceOver is even more amazing as the iPod has enough language recognizers and settings in it. What it exactly does is that when you are going to have a playlist which is totally multilingual, the VoiceOver recognizes the language and makes the announcement in that language only. Be it French or Spanish or English and to be exact VoiceOver has 14 languages that are built-in for recognition and speaking to. You can also change the announcement to a different language other than the language of the song.

The languages are the Chinese, the Dutch, the Czech, the English, the French, the German, the Greek, the Italian, the Japanese, the Polish, the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Swedish and the Turkish.

Operating the VoiceOver is made easy with the shuffle switch being able to shift in 3 positions. When flipped to the left, there is a total shuffling of your music and it starts playing out in random. When it is shifted to the middle, the music starts to play in the set order and it just goes down to off when it is moved to the right side.

Keep informed that the song capacity is exactly based on the format in which it is transferred. You can have about a 1000 songs at 4 minutes/song in the 128 Kpbs AAC encoding and if it is in the 256-Kpbs format it is reduced to its half of about only 500 songs. So the capacity definitely varies with the method of encoding and the bit rate.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

ENVIRONMENTAL REQUISITES

The 4GB Capacity New iPod Shuffle Media Player is best operating in a temperature of 0° to 35° C or 32° to 95° F. When not in use it would be best kept in a temperature of about -20° to 45° C or a -4° to 113° F. There is also the relative humidity which the device can take up to and it is of about a noncondensing 5% to 95%. It works better at a maximum altitude of 3000m or 10,000 feet.

STORAGE

The storage capacity of this iPod Shuffle from Apple is of about 4GB flash drive memory. It can store up to a maximum of 1000 songs in 128-Kpbs AAC format. It is able to store the data through a USB flash drive.

AUDIO FEATURES

The 4GB iPod Shuffle promotes a skip-free playback which means that you don’t have the facility to skip a song in between. The frequency response of the audio is 20Hz to 20,000Hz.

The audio formats that are supported by this small-sized iPod player are the AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, ), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store).

ECO FRIENDLY

This talking iPod musical player is embodied with the manufacturer’s policy of environmental safety. It is supported with a brominated flame retardant free and it is also PVC free. There is the very much recyclable casing of aluminium enclosure and it happens to be conveniently smaller in size. It is about 33% lighter in weight and 40% smaller in size.

HEADPHONES

The headphones of this metal cased iPod come with a remote and have a frequency of 20Hz to 20,000Hz and an impedance of 32 ohms.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

This VoiceOver featured iPod entertains both the Mac and the Windows. If the iPod is synced with the Mac system, then it should be supported by a Mac computer with a USB port of 2.0 version, Mac OS X with a version of 10.4.11 or of a later one, and should be loaded with iTunes 8.1 or a later one, and a Broadband internet access to it.

If it is synced with Windows then it is a PC with USB port 2.0, the OS being Windows Vista or the Windows XP Professional with a Service Pack 3 or later version or Home Edition. It should also have the software for iTunes 8.1 or a later one, and a Broadband internet access to it.

SOFTWARE

The Third Generation iPod shuffle 4GB MP3 Player has a free download of the iTunes to it and also allows you to download your own music, self-managing the media library, and features to sync your iPod or iPhone easily to it.

INPUT AND OUTPUT

The only input and output that could be found in this iPod is a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack.

NAVIGATION

The navigation of playing options and type of songs is made through the earphones with remote and the VoiceOver feature.

BATTERY

The battery is made of a built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery. It has a playback time of up to 10 hours when it is totally recharged. It can be fully recharged within 3 hours and can achieve about 80% charge when put in a 2-hour fast charge.

ACCESSORIES

The Smallest 4GB iPod shuffle with Voiceover features in its packing has the additional Apple earphones with remote but no mic to it. It also has an iPod Shuffle USB cable to it with a Quick start up guide in its box.

iPod Shuffle 4GB Music Player - Technical Specifications, Features

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name 3G iPod Shuffle
Type Music Player
Memory Capapcity 4GB
Dimensions H x W x D 45.2 x 17.5 x 7.8 mm
Weight 10.7 grams
Available Colours Silver and Black
Specific Features Extremely small in size and storage of about 4 GB and 1000

songs in 128-Kpbs AAC Format

Voiceover feature in 14 languages, multiple playlists,
syncing over with iTunes

3-way external controls with navigation through Apple
Earphones with Remote + VoiceOver

Connectivity through iPod shuffle USB cable

Input and output by 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack

Additional features Skip-free playback and Supported audio formats are the AAC (16 to 320 Kbps),
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR,
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF

System requirements

Mac: USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later, iTunes 8.1 or later,
Broadband Internet access, iTunes Store account

Windows: Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or
Professional (Service Pack 3 or later), USB 2.0 port, iTunes 8.1 or later,
Broadband Internet access, iTunes Store account

Headphones: Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz,
Impedance: 32 ohms

Softwares iTunes is a free downloadable software which helps in syncing

into the iPod

Environmental status Operating temperature : 0° to 35° C
Non-operating temperature: -20° to 45° C
Humidity 5% to 95% noncondensing
Operating altitude 3000 m (10,000 feet)
Environmental friendly with Brominated flame retardant free, a PVC free,
and a highly recyclable aluminium enclosure
Battery and Power Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery and a Playback time
Up to 10 hours when fully charged. The charging can be done via USB to

computer system or power adapter which is sold separately and 80% charged in 2 hrs;
fully charged in 3 hrs.

Accessories Apple iPod shuffle with Apple Earphones with Remote, iPod shuffle
USB cable and a Quick Startup Guide are the accessories.

Apple iPod Nano 16GB Review

APPLE iPOD NANO 16GB - FOURTH GENERATION

PRODUCT OVERLOOK

Apple has once again come down with its own style and bash through its iPod Nano with 16GB capacity Fourth Generation music and games device. The iPod Nano 4G comes in an array of 9 dazzling and attractive colours. It had altered its design resembling to its original models when compared to the square and broad 3G model and appears to be sleek and stylish.

This new iPod Nano 4G sports a new tool for creating the Genius playlist with a tilting sensor and the font size of the menu has been improvised for the visually-impaired person. On the other hand, it is most needed to upgrade your device to the company’s iTunes 8.0 version software. It could be undoubtedly said that this iPod Nano is extremely good in its user-interface and software features and the pricing is also reasonable.

PRODUCT MAKE AND APPEARANCE

Apple iPod Nano 4th Generation with its hi-tech appearance is unbelievably light-weighted and extremely slender in design. It is built-in a seamless metal finish with a curved edge to its design. The entire device in its finished quality is very comfortable with its long and tapering body to hold in the palm. The curving of the glass screen has got more resilience and fights back to keep from scratches. The viewing features of the iPod has not deterred with the glossiness or the reflective nature of the lush glass screen.

As far as the external buttons and controls go, there is a hold switch and a click wheel for easy manipulation.

Inspite of alterations in its design, the dimensions of the 4G iPod Nano MP3/MP4 Player has not changed and so the viewing quality remains the same. It is one of the largest small screens and thinnest iPod. It measures about 3.5 inches in height and 1.6 inches in width with a 0.25 inch thickness. It has a display of 2″ LCD screen, sized diagonally with a blue and white LED backlight and a one-inch scrolling wheel control option. The dock and headphones can be connected from the bottom of the device and the sliding-hold switch is once again located on the top of the 4G Nano.

For the comfort of the visually impaired the Apple has increased the font of the text in the menu to a certain level and has made a setting in its fonts. This appears good and legible even for the others with a 20/20 vision. The user interface had undergone a major change compared to its older versions

The album art of the music playback is now full screen by default settings with a more fancy view of the Cover Flow. Now you can view it in an alphabetical for easy selection when you flip through your choices.

PRODUCT FEATURES

The most important and highlighted special features of the iPod Nano 4G Video Player is the creation of a new Genius playlist, the tilt sensor for shuffling you music choice, the application for voice recording and the synthesized voice option for the visually impaired to read their text. Let’s see in detail about these features.

Although the iPod Nano 16gb has retained almost all the major features from its earlier model like music, podcast playback, video options and photos, calendar, alarms contacts, the gaming features, note-making or the clock facility; it also has evolved with some of its unique qualities of its own (check the features, reviews about Apple iPod Nano 8gb). These features make the Nano 4G compulsive on the buying range to the consumers and poses good threat to its competitors.

First of its specialities, is the instant Genius playlist which allows you to make your own 25 songs included in it. It’s usage is very easy. All it takes is select one of your favourite song and press hard on the “Start Genius button” in the menu and hold it until it enables. Then the result is all fun. This play list collection could be transferred to the PC and heard if the iTunes’ Genius feature has been enabled. Sometimes one may find it disturbing of privacy because the Apple may be reported with your choice of musical habits.

The LCD screen with a high resolution is contrast adjustable and has backlight options which make reading in soft lightings much easier.

Second is the interesting “tilt-sensor” of the Apple’s iPod Nano. This 4G iPod has a good trick up its sleeves. When tilted and given a hard shake the music player shifts itself to the shuffle mode and plays a random selection of songs from the available playlist. If needed to be deactivated it could be just done by holding the switch for shake to shuffle from the setting menu of the iPod.

This tilt-sensor also activates the Cover Flow music of the Nano 4G when the device is turned to its sides. The playback of the video can also be changed to the direction you turn the screen.

Thirdly, Apple had made voice recordings pretty easy on the Nano 4G. It has made allowance for a headphone jack with a microphone input. Only reservation is that headsets compatible to the Apple only has to be used. The earphones that come with the device remain unchanged and do not have a built-in microphone to it.

The last but not the least is the speciality of the iPod’s capacity in incorporating a new feature for the visually impaired. With the help of the synthesized voice found in the device and by enabling it, these users can hear the entire menu, the necessary selections and other playback information read by the synthesized voice feature. This could be done with the help of the iTunes. A large font sized menu settings makes a good alternative for easy reading.

AUDIO FEATURES

The audio of the Nano 16gb 4G is pretty much the same as its predecessors. There is nothing beyond the original or traditional settings. Apple does nothing to complicate the sound quality or does not enhance the sound settings. Even if there is no richness in the audio there is always a balance in the treble and bass. It certainly sounds good to the ears.

The supported audio formats of this fourth generation iPod are the MP3, WAV files, AIFF, Audible files, AAC which include protected files and Apple Lossless files. Even if the device does not favour WMA music, it could easily be converted to MP3 with the help of the software from iTunes.

With the 16GB flash drive, this fourth generation iPod Nano is able to store about 4000 songs and a maximum of 14,000 images which are iPod viewable.

VIDEO FEATURES

The fourth generation iPod Nano 16gb with its multi-coloured selection has a good 2-inch LCD screen. It provides both the portrait and landscape mode of viewing. It has a maximum resolution to its screen with a 320 x 240 pixels with featured 204 pixels per inch. The almost curved or rounded glass screen of the iPod gives a bit of glaring but still the picture quality is extremely good in brightness and clarity. Like all the other portable video playbacks, this also require specific file format. The compatible video formats are the H264, the MPEG4 video format in the MP4 or MOV or M4 file format with a picture resolution of 640×480. When videos are played, there is a caption which is displayed in a clear and legible, white and black contrast font.

This keeps in its hold about 16 hours of video and stores all of its data through a USB flash drive.

LANGUAGE FEATURES

The device is multi-lingual and supports a variety of languages at its user interface. The most important languages are the English, the Russian, the Czech, the Danish, the Dutch, the Finnish, the French, the German, the Greek, the Hungarian, the Italian, the Japanese, the Korean, the Norwegian, the Polish, the Portuguese, the Simplified Chinese, the Spanish, the Swedish, the Traditional Chinese, and the Turkish.

Others which give additional support for the display of songs, the albums and also about the artist info are the Bulgarian, the Romanian, the Serbian, the Slovak, the Slovenian, the Ukrainian, the Thai and the Vietnamese languages.

PACKAGE DETAILS

The Packed Box of the Apple iPod Nano 4G comes with the device, a pair of earphones, a USB cable of 2.0 version, one Dock adapter and a guide for Quick Start.

There is a dock connector and a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack as an input and output accessory.

POWER AND BATTERY FEATURES

The battery which is used for this iPod Nano 4G device is a rechargeable one of lithium ion and is a built-in one. It holds a music playback time of about 24 hours and a video playback of 4 hours. This iPod can be easily charged through the USB connected to the computer or via a power adapter which could be purchased separately. It takes about 1 ½ hours to charge to 80% of the battery as fast charging and about 3 hours for a complete charging of the battery.

OPTIMAL TEMPERATURES FOR USE

This 4G iPod is best operated under a temperature variation between a 32° to 95° F or 0° to 35° C. There is also a non operating temperature instruction for this and the variation is between -4° to 113° F or -20° to 45° C.

The relative humidity under which this device could be used is a non-condensing 5% to 95% and the operating altitude is to a maximum of 3000 m or 10,000 feet.

Apple iPod Nano 16GB 4th Generation - Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name iPOD 16GB Fourth Generation
Product Type Digital Player
Colours Red, silver, orange, black, green, pink, purple, blue and yellow
Dimensions W x D x H 1.5 in x 0.2 in x 3.6 in
Weight 1.3 ounce
Body housing material Aluminium
Memory Integrated 16GB
System Requirements The Microsoft Windows Vista with Apple MacOS X 10.4.11
or later version, or, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 are the preferred
requirements.
Supported audio CD formats The AAC, an MP3, an MP3 VBR,
an Audible 2, 3, and 4 an Apple Lossless or
AIFF or a WAV format.
Video formats H.264 , MPEG-4 with a digital graphic equalizer.
Softwares iTunes version 8.0 or later with an iTunes stores
account and Drivers and Utilities
Digital features An MPEG-4 playback with JPEG photo playback
and it is also Variable bit-rate compatible.
Additional features A Motion Sensor, a calendar with Cover Flow,
a volume limiter, Genius technology and built in games,
Nike with iPod support, a USB 2.0 version compatibility,
and a battery level indicator. It also has a
built-in digital clock with alarm and stopwatch.
User interface USB port with 2.0 compatibility
Input and output 1 external USB cable, one docking station,
and one 3.5 mm miniphone stereo binaural headphone set.
Battery Rechargeable lithium ion battery
Power 3 hours of recharge time