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Apple iPod Shuffle (1st Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5372 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and sound. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity.

value for money, usability, portability, sound, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod Shuffle (1st Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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iPod shuffle


Apple's Littlest Music Player, Upgraded

Tiny. Durable aluminum casing ; No display. Ships with old iPod earbuds. Can't play Apple Lossless files

No display. Ships with old iPod earbuds. Can't play Apple Lossless files

If it weren't for the outdated earbuds, the new iPod shuffle would get our highest rating.

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iPod Shuffle Review


they (Apple) are now officially straddling the fine line between brilliance and bullsh*t (LiveDigitally) Livedigitally has an interesting review of [...]

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Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB


The second-generation Apple miniplayer gets even smaller, and cuts its price by almost half.

Inexpensive Stylish

Lacks LCD screen, Fair audio quality

The bottom line: I like the small size and versatility of Apple's new iPod Shuffle. In view of the unit's modest dimensions, the lack of a screen seems less deplorable than with the original Shuffle


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Apple iPod shuffle, second-generation 1GB


Inexpensive ; Stylish

Lacks LCD screen ; Expensive

Apple's iPod Shuffle offers solid sound quality for the money, so long as you don't need an LCD screen.

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Apple iPod Shuffle (512MB) Review


The Apple iPod family has just expanded with the introduction of their first flash based player, the Apple iPod Shuffle. Available in two flavors, 512MB and 1GB, Apple has taken the popular design queues from their hard drive based players and applied...

Easy to use; good sound quality

Missing a lot of features; poor battery life; only compatible with iTunes software

Apple's iPod Shuffle is an audio player meant for anyone that wants a single purpose; to simply play music.

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Quick Takes: Do the IPod Shuffle


Apple's flash-memory-based audio player trades frills for affordability.

Apple's flash-memory-based audio player trades frills for affordability.

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Apple iPod Shuffle (1GB)


On the back, you'll find a cute, wide sliding switch that powers on the Shuffle either in Playlist repeat mode or Shuffle mode. Underneath the switch is a tiny battery-indicator button that lights up green, orange, or red depending on what's left of...

Design is dead simple and compact yet stylish and wearable; excellent integration with iTunes; solid sound quality; affordable.

No LCD; no extra features such as an equalizer; slow transfer speeds.

The iPod Shuffle, with its ultralow price, its dead-simple design, and its iTunes integration, is virtually guaranteed to be a hit, especially among those looking for a second iPod.

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Apple iPod shuffle


Minimalism has always been a guiding principle at Apple, and the new iPod shuffle is an outstanding example. The slim white shell encases a 512MB or 1GB flash-based player, with nothing more than a four-way rocker ring and play/pause button on the...

Very light weight. Top-notch audio performance. Recharges from USB. Can automatically update itself with fresh songs.

No navigation display, preferences, or settings. A little too minimal for music explorers. Loud enough to cause hearing damage if you're not careful.

Probably the best flash player without a display, the iPod shuffle has excellent audio performance, a low price, a near-weightless design, and interesting random-load/random-play features.

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Apple Apple iPod shuffle 512MB


Good sound ; Inexpensive ; Easy iTunes controls ; Good battery life

No display ; Connecting to some computers requires add-on accessories ; LEDs can be cryptic

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Apple iPod Shuffle Review


There is a reason that Apple owns the market when it comes to portable MP3 players. Not just the fact that the iPod wrote the book, but how every new iPod continues to pave the way. The completely

My only complaint isthe same complaint I have always had with iPods - the cheap earbuds. Earbuds never work for me. They never fit my ear correctly, and theysound like, well, you know... I'm sureApple earbuds don't sound any worse than any other MP3...

Product Specifications

Time to mix things up. Meet iPod shuffle, the unpredictable new iPod. What will it play next? Can it read your mind? Can it read your moods? Load it up. Put it on. See where it takes you. Welcome to a life less orderly. As official soundtrack to the random revolution, the iPod Shuffle Songs setting takes you on a unique journey through your music collection - you never know what's around the next tune. Meet your new ride. More roadster than Rolls, iPod shuffle rejects routine by serving up your favorite songs in a different order every time. Just plug iPod shuffle into your computer's USB port, let iTunes Autofill it with up to 240 songs and get a new experience with every connection. The trail you run every day looks different with an iPod shuffle. Daily gridlock feels less mundane when you don't know what song will play next. iPod shuffle adds musical spontaneity to your life. Lose control. Love it. iPod shuffle weighs as little as a car key and makes a tuneful fashion statement. Just throw the included lanyard around your neck and take a walk. Or run. Or ride. There's nowhere your skip-free iPod shuffle can't go, and with up to 12 hours of continuous playback time, it keeps going as long as you do. A neat little cap protects the USB connector, and those signature white earbud headphones tell the world you love to listen in style. Ready for anything from a transatlantic flight to a weekend at the beach, the iPod shuffle makes the perfect, low-maintenance pal. Good things really do come in small packages. The controls on the iPod shuffle feel as intuitive and easy to use as those on every iPod model. Play, pause, skip, repeat, shuffle and hold at the touch of a thumb: The circular, ergonomic controls and one-click slider make it simple to listen without looking.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player


Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)

Digital Player (Recorder)

iPod Generation:1G/2G
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / AIFF / Audible / MP3 / WAV/AAC / Audible / MP3 / WAV/MP3 / Audible / AAC / WAV

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Flash Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:United States
Model:From HP mp3002 photo
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPod shuffle



Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty