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Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2719 reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen). The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People are impressed by the sound and design. The portability and size also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the connectivity and reliability.

usability, size, portability, design, sound

headphones, reliability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 348 user reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the sound and portability. The size and design are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and headphones.

usability, design, size, portability, sound

headphones, reliability

60% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New Apple iPod shuffle 4GB - PinkNew Apple iPod shuffle 4GB - Pink

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1415 user reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The size and portability also get good reviews, but views are divided on the headphones. The connectivity and reliability get negative views.

usability, portability, size, price, design

reliability, connectivity

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB Silver (3rd Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB Silver (3rd Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Nick Mokey (digitaltrends.com)

Apple iPod Shuffle 3G Review

 

Apple advances style at the expense of its other guiding principle: ease of use.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation, 4GB, polished silver)

 

For years, my iPod and I were inseparable. No longer tethered to my denim FUBU CD case/purse hybrid and bulky CD player, the sleek, pocket-size Apple MP3 player was the immediately lovable, magical music box I could bring with me anywhere I went.

The Apple iPod Shuffle is affordably priced with a compact design and long-lasting battery. It's both stylish and easily wearable, thanks to its sturdy built-in clip.

Requires a USB sync from a PC or Mac running iTunes. There's no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Only 2GB of storage. Navigating your music is a bit difficult without a screen. You can't download subscription Apple Music songs.

Apple's most affordable iPod is a cheap, workout-friendly option for listening to music or podcasts, but it shows its age with a reliance on iTunes syncing and lack of wireless support.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Apple 4GB iPod shuffle special edition (3G, late 2009)

 
Sep, 2009

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

Apple iPod shuffle (3rd-Generation Update)

 

Preview of the Apple iPod shuffle (3rd-Generation Update).

Compact design. Nice price for 4GB capacity. Adds support for playlists. VoiceOver feature announces song titles, informs you when the battery needs recharging.

Controls built into low-quality earphones. No display. No FM tuner. Bundled USB cable is too short.

Apple's latest iPod shuffle now comes in two capacities: 2GB ($59), and 4GB ($79) and multiple colors including silver, black, pink, blue and green. Otherwise, it's identical to its predecessor. Read our of the 3rd-Generation iPod shuffle.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple iPod shuffle (3rd Generation Update)

 

Apple's latest iPod shuffle now comes in two capacities: 2GB ($59), and 4GB ($79) and multiple colors including silver, black, pink, blue and green. Otherwise, it's identical to its predecessor. Read our full review of the 3rd-Generation iPod shuffle.

Compact design. Nice price for 4GB capacity. Adds support for playlists. VoiceOver feature announces song titles, informs you when the battery needs recharging

Controls built into low-quality earphones. No display. No FM tuner. Bundled USB cable is too short

The shuffle gets smaller and now it talks to you, but it still lacks a screen, a radio, and even on-player controlsthey're embedded in the earbuds.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

iPod Shuffle

 

The minimalist Shuffle has innovative text-to-voice technology, but the controls take some getting used to.

Sophisticated, minimalist design ; VoiceOver is innovative alternative

Earbud controls can be difficult to use ; Too expensive for the features you get

The diminutive Shuffle packs a generous 4GB of storage. While added storage is always appreciated, I would have liked to see some 2GB Shuffles available at a lower price. For one thing, 4GB might be too much for people expecting to use their Shuffles...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

Apple 4GB iPod shuffle (3G, late 2009)

 

Apple's third-generation iPod Shuffle ($80) will please minimalist-design enthusiasts: Smaller than a USB thumb drive, it is completely devoid of buttons, knobs, and a screen. While it is attractive, the Shuffle's earbud controls and VoiceOver feature...

Sophisticated, minimalist design ; Can navigate thanks to VoiceOver controls ; VoiceOver is innovative alternative ; Supports multiple playlists ; Higher-capacity ; Good sound and volume ; Supports Apple Lossless files

Earbud controls can be difficult to use ; Navigation more difficult than in the past thanks to headphone-based controls ; Too expensive for the features you get ; Must pay for adapter or compatible headphones if unhappy with included headphones ; No...

The sophisticated third-generation Shuffle has some innovative features, but they take getting used to.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : D Dumas (wired.com)

Review: Apple iPod Shuffle 3rd Gen

 

No buttons? No problem. Apple's new iPod Shuffle moves the controls to the earbuds with mixed results.

Thumb drive size. Can double as a tie clip. Battery life lasts for 12 freaking hours. Short USB sync cord is the sexiness. Yes, we’ll admit, it’s another beautifully designed piece of hardware from Apple. Battery bonked out after 11 constant hours of...

Proprietary headphones are required. Control set awkward to use, hard to get used to. So small, it nearly gets lost in the packaging it comes in

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Apple iPod shuffle (3rd Generation)

 

Apple has redesigned, shrunken, and added more features to the least-inspiring member of the iPod family.

Revamped, more compact design. Nice price for 4GB capacity. Adds support for playlists. VoiceOver feature announces song titles, informs you when the battery needs recharging.

Controls built into low-quality earphones. No display. No FM tuner. Bundled USB cable is too short. ; Watch the Apple iPod shuffle video!

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Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Donald Bell (cnet.com)

Apple iPod Shuffle third-generation review

 

Editors' note: Apple gave the third-generation iPod Shuffle a minor refresh in September 2009. The line added new color and capacity options. Find out more here .

The third-generation Apple iPod Shuffle is as light as a feather and as small as a paper clip, and it includes VoiceOver cues, and improved support for podcasts and audiobooks.

You need to operate the Shuffle using a pill-size remote control on your headphones, battery life isn't great, features are few, and the design is a bit boring.

The third-generation iPod Shuffle is the next best thing to an invisible MP3 player, but the quirky controls and microscopic design make it a limited recommendation.

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Equalizer: Yes
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Impedance:32
MP3 bit rates:8 - 320

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Green / Pink / Silver

Display

Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:10
Rechargeable: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, WAV / AAC, MP3, WAV / AIFF, WAV

Headphones

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone frequency:20 - 20000

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

Audio recording formats:AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, AIFF, WAV
Bit rate:16 - 320 Kbps / 8 - 320 Kbps
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.4.11 / Mac OS X v10.4.11 +\nWindows Vista, Windows XP Home / Professional SP3 + / Mac OS X v10.4.11+\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP Home/Professional / Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista, Windows XP Home, Professional / Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP Home/Professional
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):0.689 x 0.307 x 1.78 / 1.78 x 0.689 x 0.307
Headphone outputs:1
Product weight:17.5
Product weight (lb):17.5
USB cable:1 / USB
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
FM Transmitter: No
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Line-out connectivity:3.5
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:10
Rechargeable:Y

Radio

FM radio: No

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: No
Voice recording: No

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:4

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum system requirements:iTunes 9
USB required: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.283 / 0.307
Height:1.78
Weight:0.377 / 0.607
Width:0.689