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iPod Shuffle (2012)Apple's iPod Shuffle is still a great choice for music fans who want an inexpensive, nearly-invisible MP3 player that can go with them anywhere.
-This is a really simple, really lightweight to get music into your ears. Hey, I'm Donald Bell and I'm here to show you the Apple iPod Shuffle. Now this is the same iPod Shuffle that's been around for years more or less the same design and that same $49 price that gives you 2 gigabytes and storage. The controls here are really pretty basic, there's a play/pause button on the front, the big button right on the front and then you get your volume controls on the top and bottom and your track/skip controls. You also get a headphone jack up here on the top along with that power button and that voice over button which you can push to have the iPod Shuffle announce in a synthetic voice what song you're listening to. You can even press and hold that button and actually navigate between different playlists or audiobooks. -Black Mudd, the black keys. -So you get a little more flexibility than you have with the original iPod Shuffle which just took all of your music, all of your stuff and shuffled it up and you really had no idea necessarily what you were listening to. Now, they got that ability. On the back here, you got the metal clip that is kind of the hall mark of the iPod Shuffle design and that's all there is to it, for better or for worst. So what's the downside? Well, for $49 you're getting a very small mp3 player but you're also getting some annoyances, you're getting a super small little USB adapter for charging that plugs into the headphone jack, expect that you're gonna loose this. You're getting the standard old iPod headphones that have been around for years, you gonna wanna upgrade these. The other thing is I don't know an iPod Shuffle owner who wasn't misplaced one of these from to time or accidentally run one to the washer. Now, for the same amount of money, you could buy, if you didn't really care about the stylishness of the mp3 player or being super, super small, you could get something like the Sansa clip zip from Sandisk this thing is around at same $50 price maybe a little cheaper if you shop around. You get twice the storage, you get that same clip on design but you'll also get features like radio, you get a built-in screen here, you can actually see what you're listening to and do navigation that doesn't involve the synthetic voice in your head, sound weird but, that's what I mean. Still I can't blame you from wanting for the smaller, lighter, more fashionable option here with the iPod Shuffle at $49, you're still getting a lot of mp3 player for your money. So there you go, that is the Apple iPod Shuffle, a small, light, ultra portable way to take your music with you. For cnet.com, I'm Donald Bell.