Apple iPod Shuffle (2012)

The Good The iPod Shuffle includes a sturdy built-in clip; support for playlists, audiobooks, podcasts, Genius Mixes; and a multilingual VoiceOver feature that announces track information, battery status, and menu navigation.

The Bad The 2GB capacity can't hold much; there's no headphone remote nor radio; the track controls tend to get pinched when clipping the iPod to your clothes; and the chances of you accidentally running it through the washing machine are quite high.

The Bottom Line The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes it's too small for its own good.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

Almost too small

Apple's iPod Shuffle is small, versatile, colorful, and at $49, it's arguably the least expensive device that Apple sells. For those times when you want an impossibly small way to take music with you, the iPod Shuffle is still the most widely recognized solution around.

But it's certainly not the only way to go. Products like the SanDisk Sansa Clip+ or Sansa Clip Zip offer more features and more storage for the same price or less. They lack Apple's brand appeal and design aesthetic, but they deliver the goods and garner deservedly better ratings here on CNET.

Design
No matter how many times I see it, the iPod Shuffle seems shockingly small. Measuring 1.24 inches wide by 1.14 inches tall by 0.34 inch thick, it's practically a musical postage stamp. And while its size is a marvel of product design and engineering, it can also be somewhat impractical to use.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $49
  • Brand Apple
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Color yellow
  • Capacity 2 GB
  • Run Time (Up To) 15 hour(s)
  • Weight 0.44 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible AAX, MP3, WAV, protected AAC
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Type 1 year warranty
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