Date: October 3th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Seeing this product is so small and simple, there is only a few things to point out as I walk you around this MP3 player.
The first thing to point out is the font control pad. The controls are easy to use and have a rather tactile click and feel to let you know that you the the pad has been pushed or is being used. There is no display on the Shuffle and there isn't a need for one. Just as an additional point to bring up, the grainy look of the Shuffle's anodized aluminum finish in this photo is actually how it looks up close and is not due to a grainy poor quality photo.
Now on another note, I see some user reviews complaining that there isn't a display integrated into this Apple product. My first question is, why is one needed and do you think it is feasible to put one on this useful player. This player is made for the user that wants to listen to music while working out, jogging or in any other situation without having to worry about lugging around a larger player. Not everyone needs to be playing with their iPod constantly and not everyone needs a screen to tell them what song is playing or to look at their album list. Sometimes there are more important things to accomplish. If you want a screen, get an iPod Nano, if not, stifle your whining. You knew what you were buying and you knew of the other iPod options available. This is a simple product with a simple purpose and that is to be an extremely small form-factor digital MP3 player.
Focusing on the player's side, there is three things to point out starting on the left and moving to the right. The first is the shuffle switch which is this player's namesake. You can set this player for continuous playing mode which will play the music according to how it was loaded, or you can use the shuffle mode which will have the player picking random MP3s. Moving to the right you have the main power switch which as you guessed turns the unit on and off. To the right of the power switch is the player status LED which displays the player's current status. The included function card has an easy guide to see what the blinking sequence means.
The other side is void of really anything to point out other than the headphone jack which also serves as the main dock connection. Just as a side note about this jack, some people have reported some headphone static caused by this particular jack, but it can be fixed rather easily. What I did to fix the problem was insert the headphone jack onto the port and twist the connection back and forth about 10-20 times to get rid of any debris or possible corrosion in the connections. Since then, not one problem and nothing but crystal clear playback.
Half of the overall depth of this player is due to the incorporated slip which can be used to clip this player to pretty well anything. If you are wearing clothes (let's hope you are during that daily jog!), you will have a place to attach this player. Nothing else is needed.