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Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2757 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 really like the sound and design. The portability and size also get good comments. Many are critical 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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 344 user reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the sound and portability. The size and design also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the reliability and headphones.

usability, design, size, portability, sound

headphones, reliability

61% of the reviews on 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

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1415 user reviews of Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Gen) from 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 Reviewers really like the design and price. The size and portability also get good comments, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity and reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the headphones.

usability, portability, size, price, design

reliability, connectivity

57% of the reviews on 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) OLD MODEL

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (

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

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: (

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: Marianne Schultz (

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Steven Grady (

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,

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Nick Mokey (

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.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (

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...

Mar, 2009

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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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: D Dumas (

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: Ginny Mies (

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: Donald Bell (

Apple iPod Shuffle third-generation review: Apple iPod Shuffle third-generation


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