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Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)

Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)
alaScore 89

3313 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3313 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and performance are on the whole positive. The usability and sound are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the value for money.

design, sound, usability, performance, battery

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

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 330 user reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on Amazon.co.uk.

59% 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 - PinkApple iPod shuffle 4GB - GreenApple iPod shuffle 4GB - Silver

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1626 user reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

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60% 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 4 GB Silver (3rd Generation) OLD MODELApple iPod shuffle 4 GB Black (3rd Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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

 
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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.

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Apple iPod Shuffle 3rd Gen 4GB MP3 Player Review - Intro

 

Apple continues to decrease the size of its media players, as clearly evidenced by the latest iPod Shuffle. Storage space is the exception to this downsizing rule, however, since it packs in 4GB of memory in an even smaller package. Its more compact...

Minimalist and sleek design ; Small and sturdy - a great combination!; Nothing to draw your eyes away from the task at hand ; VoiceOver technology works fast and is a neat novelty ; Podcasts can be found easily among your music now ; Very good noise...

Apparently, we don't need no stinkin' buttons ; Small enough to warrant a choking hazard warning on the box; No screen means clicking is your only method of navigating your music ; VoiceOver is still slower than having a display to help you along ; No...

At its heart, this new Shuffle is exactly the same as its predecessors - it's a small, display-less iPod that will play back your music unerringly as you run, skip, and jump through life. It doesn't promise to do anything else beyond that, but what it...

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iPod Shuffle 3rd Gen Review

 

For those of you who poke fun at Apple's design philosophy, you have some new joke material.  Not to be outdone by the single button concept on the iPhone,

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Apple iPod Shuffle 3G Review

 

With Apple's minimalistic taste in design, less is always more. And there's no better evidence than the latest iPod Shuffle, which has no buttons, no display, no expandable media slot, and no removable battery – yet makes up for it in being so small...

Tiniest iPod yet; flawless Apple build quality; voiceOver pronounces track and artists names ; allows playlists

Only works with specific (and rare) headphones; headphone controls less intuitive; ultra-short data cable; weak text-to-speech capabilities

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

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Apple iPod shuffle (3rd Generation)

 

Sleek, durable design, Speaks the names of songs and playlists, Good sound quality and volume, First shuffle to support multiple playlists

Awkwardly placed inline controls, Users can only use the included headphones

The latest shuffle offers good sound quality and a sleek design, and its support for multiple playlists makes it an improvement over the last generation model. The VoiceOver feature, which works like a charm, makes it unlike any other MP3 player on the...

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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...

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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.

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This Is Not an iPod, This Is a Choking Hazard

 

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

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Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation, 4GB, black)

 

Apple's third-generation iPod Shuffle MP3 player ($79) is the smallest MP3 player you can buy. Its unique size and uncommon, remote-controlled design won't suit every purpose, but people looking for the next best thing to an invisible iPod will...

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.

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