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The New shuffle: Seven Facts Worth Knowing

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Articles Categories: Reports

Based on numerous questions from our readers, we’ve put together this short list of new facts on the second-generation iPod shuffle in advance of our upcoming comprehensive review. Enjoy!

(1) Packaging: The second-generation iPod shuffle comes in a clear hard plastic box that’s identical in size and shape to the ones used for second-generation iPod nanos; all that’s different is the white card stock insert, the manuals, and the accessories.

(2) Lights: Wondering about indicator lights? Apple has hidden them in pinhole-sized dots on the top and bottom right sides of the new shuffle. But instead of using one light to show you battery status and the other to indicate the shuffle’s responses to commands or synchronization, both of the new lights flash at the same time and tell you the same thing.

(3) Battery: Since there’s no battery check button on the new shuffle, you can check the shuffle’s battery charge only by flipping the power off and then on again. The indicator will flash green for a “good” charge, amber for a “low” charge, red for a “very low” charge, or nothing for no charge.

(4) Clip: There is no obvious way to remove the rear clip - it does not use an exposed, easily removable pin. And it’s thicker and a little larger than the clip found in Apple’s iPod Radio Remote, though otherwise very similar. You may wonder if the clip is really made from metal, or from coated plastic.

(5) Size and Build: Though the new shuffle does indeed inspire “wow, that’s small” reactions from first-time viewers, it’s actually thicker and a hair wider than the current-generation iPod nano. Its metal casing feels substantial and strong in your hand; the aluminum appears to be at least as thick as the nano’s shell.

(6) Earphones: It comes with Apple’s old, less impressive earphones. We’re not happy about this.

(7) Dock: The new, packed-in dock has no moving parts - the plastic piece in the well appears to be there as a spacer to guarantee that the proprietary charging and syncing headphone port plug (with three white rings) aligns properly with the shuffle’s charging and syncing connector. Apple’s second indicator light - the one on the shuffle’s bottom - is there to be seen when you’ve flipped the shuffle over for docking, and want to see battery or data transfer status.

We’ll have much more on the new iPod shuffle in the very near future.

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Comments

1

The fact that you can’t remove the clip is disappointing.  This would make a great keychain player if you could.

Posted by stark23x on November 1, 2006 at 3:31 PM (PDT)

2

“Though the new shuffle does indeed inspire “wow, that’s small” reactions from first-time viewers, it’s actually thicker and a hair wider than the current-generation iPod nano.”

If you’re unhappy that the 2G shuffle’s wider than the nano, just rotate the shuffle 90 degrees.

Posted by orgel in Falls Church, VA on November 2, 2006 at 10:14 AM (PDT)

3

I just recently purchased the ipod shuffle. I am new to the ipod world, and figured this would be a great enhancement for me while working out. I was dissapointed that it arrived with no “real” instructions for use, I basically had to figure out the syncing and other downloading facts online. I am also wondering now just how often will I have to replace the battery.? And I absolutely hate the earphones….

Posted by winter_winz on November 3, 2006 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

4

I got a new Shuffle to use while jogging, but am concerned about protecting it from moisture.  Are there any Apple or aftermarket sports cases available yet?

Posted by staunen2 on November 17, 2006 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

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