Apple restyles iPod Shuffle
Controls off the player onto the earphone cable
Apple has quietly revamped the iPod Shuffle - removing all its control in the process and making it half the size of the previous model.
Apple's iPod Shuffle 3G: look, ma, no controls
Well, sort of. The body of the player still has a power switch that also doubles up as the shuffe/sequential play slider. But the main controls are now built into a dongle on the earphone cable.
Still has a clip
Like the first Shuffle, the 3G model's tall and thin, its metal shell curving at the sides like the current iPod Nano. Like the 2G Shuffle, the new model has an integrated clothing clip.
Controls in the cable
The Shuffle will now tell you what it's playing. "With the press of a button, [Shuffle] tells you what song is playing and who's performing it," Apple said.
Available in dark or light grey, the new Shuffle has a 4GB storage capacity. It's priced at £59.
The 2G Shuffle is still available, but only in with 1GB of song storage. It now retails for £31. ®
At least they kept the 2G model on sale.
Half the price, with controls, not much bigger than the 3G model, and with different colours to choose from.
Only 1GB of course, but 200 songs is plenty if you're just making a playlist of your favourites to bung on there.
It's not just the earbuds.
The sound quality of every single iPod on the market is abysmal, people complaining about crap sounding earbuds, thats just the tip of the iceberg for sound quality problems, you need decent D-A inside, along with good quality analogue components, something none of the iPods contain.
Get a Walkman, they sound a million times better.
I'll stick to my 2G one - clips fine to my running kit and lets me use decent sports headphones.
I'm not a great Apple Fan (the 2G shuffle is all I have of theirs) but even I'm astounded at this stupidity.
Re: Seanie Ryan
Seanie, there is a miniscule difference between supplying headphones with control elements and doing so while voiding the player itself of all controls. So think before you speak or shut the fuck up yourself. I am sick of self-righteous morons who think they can tell why anyone would by something or not while obviously giving the matter itself not the slightest thought. Just because the Shuffle is a basic player it doesn't mean you want to use it with crappy phones.
How dare you point out the stupidity of the titans of industry who posted before you. They have the right to their short sighted stupidity and their also-ran, no-name mp3 players that are only so cheap because no one else wants to buy them. Let them marinate in their blind hatred.