Date: October 3th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
Digital Player / Recorder
Digital player supported digital audio standards: AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible
Min Operating system: Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later
For around US$75-$80, you can easily find this player at your local BestBuy, Radio Shack or your favorite online retailer. Apple has done the right thing by making this player available almost everywhere. Locating this player shouldn't be a problem, locating your favorite color might be the only problem I can forecast when you venture out to make this purchase.
The retail package is simple and follows Apple's minimalist approach to display packaging. Now the model I will be reviewing today is the first generation of Apple's new iPod redesign of the shuffle. There is a new revision out this fall, but it is completely identical to the 2006 model in every way. Even iTunes identifies this player as a new 2007 model and will upgrade the firmware to the latest current version. The only difference between this year's and last year's model is slightly different packaging and new color choice. Orange is not one of the new color choices and seeing it is my favorite color, I had to pick up the 2006 model. Either way, you are getting the same player.
Once opened you will receive a quick start guide, two feature cards for quick reference, a card with two apple logos and the warranty paperwork.
Next out of the box are Apple's excellent stock earbuds. These are surprisingly good and you will be hard pressed to find a set that are much better for standard use. I personally bought a different set that hook behind the ear so they wouldn't fall out during weight training.
Next out of the package is Apple's iPod Shuffle dock/charging station. Everything is done through this dock including file/song transfer and charging. A computer with a powered USB port if needed for charging unless you find one of the many external chargers available through some online retailers or on ebay.
And finally, you get to unearth the iPod Shuffle. Describing this player as small is an understatement. The photo above illustrates the difference between this player and a quarter. And seeing the quarter is 5g and the shuffle is 15g, they almost weigh the same as well. You know when you are comparing pocket change dimensions and mass measurements in grams that you are dealing with a VERY small product.