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Apple iPod Shuffle 3G

Apple iPod Shuffle 3G

The outspoken music player

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The Play button and volume controls for the iPod Shuffle 3G are located on the headphone cable, rather than on the player itself. The at-best-average audio quality of Apple’s headphones has long been considered one of the iPod’s main shortcomings.

Apple iPod Shuffle 3G

Controls on the cable limit headphone options

However, the fact that the Shuffle’s controls are on the headphone cable means that you can’t simply substitute an alternate set of headphones that you already own as they won’t be able to control the iPod.

In order to use your own headphones you’ll have to buy a special adaptor such as Belkin’s Headphone Adaptor for £15 or just bite the bullet and purchase an entirely new set of headphones from companies such as Sony, Klipsch or Scosche who are releasing Apple-approved headphones with the appropriate built-in controls. Still, at least Apple supplies a USB cable for charging and sync’ing.

Verdict

The limited choice of headphones is a nuisance, but the main aim of the iPod Shuffle is to provide an affordable and ultra-lightweight music player – and on that score it still succeeds admirably. The iPod nano is the mainstream model for Christmas, but the Shuffle should still sell well as a stocking filler for younger children or adults who want something really lightweight to wear when they’re working off their Christmas dinner down at the gym. ®

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Apple iPod Shuffle 3G

Apple iPod Shuffle 3G

Ideal if you’re looking for a really lightweight music player, but the limited choice of headphones will deter many people.
Price: £45 (2GB), £59 (4GB), £75 Special Edition (4GB) RRP

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