6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Generation)

About Video Transcript

First Look: Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Generation)

2:49 /

For the fourth-generation, Apple brought the iPod Shuffle's buttons back, along with a few extra features that make the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet better than ever.

-Hey I'm Donald Bell and today we're taking a first look at the fourth generation Apple iPod shuffle. This is Apple's smallest and most basic iPod offer with 2 gigabyte storage and priced at $49.00. It comes in 5 colors and includes a pair of basic earbuds and the USB headphone jack adaptor for syncing and charging with your computer. This is a return to form for the shuffle. Made a detour last year with this buttonless design, but now it was very similar to the popular second generation model. Aside from the obvious play, pause, skip, and volume controls on the front; all the other controls are located on the top of the player. There is the power switch that also works to set the mode between shuffles and sequential song playback. There is a headphone jack which is also use for charging and syncing music. There is a tinny tiny battery indicator light and finally there is a new button, which triggers a voiceover feature. Now, voiceover is a very cool feature and is a carryover from the last year's shuffle. It gives you the ability to figure out what song is currently playing and more importantly, it allows you to navigate between playlist, genius mixes, podcasts, and audio books. You just press the button once to hear the artist and song info. -Neighborhood #1, Tunnels, Arcade Fire. -Or hold it down to access the menu and use the buttons on the front to navigate through the playlist. -All song, all pop mix, electronically mix, hip-hop rap mix. -This feature is a big advantage over the first and second generation shuffles, which were basically only good for playing a random selection of songs. You can now have separate mixes for your workout, or your morning commute, or use this to play audio books without worrying that all the chapters are gonna get mixed up. The voiceover feature also improved from the third generation model since the button is now right on the player instead of the special headphone cable, so you can use any pair of headphones you want. Finally, let's talk about the clip. The clip on the back feels sturdy and is made out of the same anodized aluminum as the rest of the player. One complaint we have is that the smaller square design no longer leaves room on the front to where the clip gets pinched. As a result, when you clip this on, you'll probably gonna wind up squeezing the back button by accident. Overall, it is a surprisingly decent little audio player with better sound quality than the second generation model it resembles. Battery life is greater than 15 hours, which for something the size of coat button is pretty amazing. So, that's it. That's the fourth generation Apple iPod shuffle. An incredibly tiny affordable audio player perfect for anyone who goes to the gym who likes to travel light. CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell.

New releases

We found this old episode of the show in an archive (Tomorrow Daily 154)
21:01 April 1, 2015
Deep in our basement here at CNET, we discovered a dusty VHS copy of one of the earliest episodes of the show...cellular phones, Sony's...
Play video
2016 Scion iM: even automakers get hand-me-downs
1:15 April 1, 2015
The teenaged Scion brand inherits a small wagon from its parent company Toyota's global lineup.
Play video
2016 Scion iA: Built by Mazda, branded by Scion
1:23 April 1, 2015
Scion's first ever sedan has a sporty secret. It's actually a Mazda2.
Play video
Jaguar's 2016 XF gets a much needed update
1:29 April 1, 2015
Just when the current XF was starting to feel outdated, the Jag gets a high-tech redesign
Play video
What's free on Xbox and PlayStation: April 2015
2:27 April 1, 2015
Check out the free games of April 2015 available on PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live's Games with Gold services.
Play video
Whirlpool's Gold Series gas oven looks great but cooks slowly
2:04 April 1, 2015
Priced at a premium $1,749 the Whirlpool WEG730H0DS Gold Series gas range has expensive looks, is crafted from sturdy stainless steel,...
Play video
Lincoln Continental Concept shows the future of American Luxury in New York
1:47 April 1, 2015
Lincoln's new Continental Concept is looking lovely on the show floor of the New York International Auto Show. Let's take a closer...
Play video
Chevrolet's 2016 Malibu shows off its new curves in New York
1:33 April 1, 2015
Chevrolet is unveiling an all-new Malibu at the New York International Auto Show. Take a tour inside and out from the show floor.
Play video