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Apple iPod shuffle (4th generation)

Apple iPod shuffle (4th generation)
alaScore 90

3875 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3875 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and sound. The value for money and portability are also appreciated.

usability, portability, value for money, sound, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod shuffle (4th generation) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Apple iPod shuffle (4th Gen. with Click Wheel)


Apple's fourth-generation iPod shuffle isn't going to elicit any "you've come a long way, baby" accolades, but adding a click wheel for navigation makes it far more user friendly. The shuffle has always been the least sexy player in the iPod line-up—a...

Lowest-priced iPod. Now has on-player controls for easier navigation. Voiceover feature speaks the name of songs, artists, and playlists

Not a lot of storage. No screen, thus no video or photo support. Bundled with lousy earbuds

It's hard to get excited about an iPod with no screen, but Apple's inclusion of on-player controls makes the affordable shuffle easier to navigate—and a better value.

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Apple iPod Shuffle 4th Generation


The fourth generation of the Apple iPod Shuffle redefines ultra compact MP3 players. Even without a display screen, VoiceOver gives you all the information you need about the song playing, the battery life available and the details of your playlists....

This ultra compact MP3 player provides 15 hours of audio playback

There is no display screen on the Apple iPod Shuffle

VoiceOver, Genius and the improved design make this Apple iPod Shuffle hard to beat.

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Amazon review summary for Apple MD775LL/A 2GB iPod shuffle - Blue


alaTest has collected and analyzed 987 user reviews of Apple MD775LL/A 2GB iPod shuffle - Blue from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on

usability, portability, value for money, sound, size

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod shuffle 2GB Silver (4th Generation) NEWEST MODELApple iPod shuffle 2GB Blue (5th Generation) NEWEST MODELApple iPod shuffle 2 GB Silver (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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small size ... small capacity


Wish Apple made an iPod between the shuffle and the nano. I would like more storage in a small form factor but I dot need all the features of the nano.

Great Sound","Simple Controls","Sleek\/Compact

Insufficient Storage

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Lightweight & good song storage.


Nice compact ipod. Stores a lot of music. Great sound. The battery seems to last longer than in the ipods with the graphic display. Would have given this item 5 stars, if it had a replaceable battery & better earbuds. Setting this up was a bit hard. I...

Great Sound","Long Battery Life","Lots of Storage","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls","Sleek\/Compact

Difficult to Set Up","Uncomfortable Earbuds

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It works


I've had an iPod shuffle since the 1st Gen. That 1st Gen shuffle still hasn't given up the ghost. These things last.

It plays the music I want it to, and clips to my shirt or cap when I'm running

Listening to people whine about iTunes. When I purchased this on Newegg, on the same weekend Target threw it on sale for $7 cheaper

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Halfway there


Apple hardware is usually fantastic and their software is usually trash and the Shuffle continues this trend. I avoid Apple like the plague it is but this came free with a monitor so I decided to deal with the Apple official virus know as Itunes. After...

A Fantastic piece of engineering marred by the Apple software

Itunes is nothing less than a virus. Why would I need 6 programs taking up over 295MB on my hard drive just to transfer MP3's to this player? Because it's Apple, that's why. Pop ups, updates, downloads, and more, once Apple has their claws in you they...

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Not bad, still some easy things to fix


I used the 2nd gen shuffle and mounted it on the side of my motorcycle helmet with my helmet speakers routing into the headphone jack. The 2nd gen buttons were a little hard to control with gloves on and it was a little bulky for a small player. This...

Very small (smaller than 2nd gen); Battery life is okay but not great; Buttons are better placed and a little bigger/raised more; Extremely lightweight

USB cable to charge is incredibly short but then again its super lightweight so you can just let the player hang off the cable. The voiceover or whatever they call it is a waste and the shuffle is one of the players you should know the songs you're...

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Great, affordable, and perfect for mowing / running / etc.


I haven't used it enough yet to gauge how accurate Apple's battery life expectations are, though I haven't been disappointed by battery life in their other products.

Amazingly small. I'm still wondering how they fit everything inside it. It's lighter than a single AA battery (IMO). The sound quality is great (playing 350kbps VBR AAC), and the volume definitely goes higher than necessary (not a bad thing) ;...

Not a complete con, more of a neutral issue, but the shuffle makes it difficult to navigate by album/artist/etc. The reason I can't completely categorize this as a con, because it's by design. The shuffle isn't really intended for those that must be...

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Good, but pricey for 2gb mp3


The Shuttle is a tiny device, easily lost or accidentally left on clothing bound to be washed. As an mp3 player for running/sports, it seems very solid and easily clips onto a shirt or waist-band. As mentioned, navigation on the Shuttle can be tricky...

The body of the player is made from a solid piece of aluminum and appears very sturdy. The most likely area for the unit to suffer any type of moisture penetration is through the clickable buttons, although that too appears fairly solid (more so than...

Voice Over installation fails for many Win7 users and Apple tech support seemed oblivious despite their forums having numerous people with problems. That problem IS fixable. Navigation on the Shuttle can be difficult during exercise since the buttons...

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording: No
Radio Function: No


Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Display Technology:Not Applicable
Number of Display Colours:Not Applicable
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: Yes
AVI Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: No
WMV Playback: No

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No