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iLounge is proud to present the world’s first photo gallery of the new iPod shuffle, Apple’s $99 iPod (512MB). A limited quantity of iPod shuffle units were made available at Apple’s San Francisco retail store, and iLounge was on hand for the launch. Additional units are shipping from Apple’s factory in Asia today, and should be available nationally this week.

The 512MB unit includes 120 song storage capacity, a 12 hour rechargeable battery, and headphones. A 1GB unit will also be available at $149.

Ipodlounge has six iPod shuffles. We’re giving away three to our readers. Stay tuned for the giveaway details later today.

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21

I can’t see how Steve Jobs and Apple can justify this player in a market full of players that offer so much more.  Around Christmas I bought a 512mb SanDisk player that has a nice LED screen, voice recorder, FM radio and presets, armband, EQ presets, etc for 80 dollars.  With Apple moving its ipods upscale with better screens (i.e. ipod color), a small blue screen wouldn’t have hurt.

Posted by lancep97 in Texas on January 11, 2005 at 10:38 PM (CST)

22

well you cant sattisfy them all

it was like this last year tooo
oh price too high not enough no one will buy well they did could be mostly the name but come people tis is simple and easy for the average joe and just like last year this is the wrong place for it to be discused mostof dont need one cuz we got our other ipods and thats fine it is for all th people that didnt even know this oline comunity existed

Posted by BIGP in Texas on January 11, 2005 at 11:07 PM (CST)

23

The thing that will justify this iPod- like all others- is the third-party support it will enjoy. There will be gadgets and cases and all sorts of things for this one, while the Rio and all the others won’t have ANY third-party support, as usual.

You’re also buying Apple’s quality with this one. Consumer Reports consistantly lists Apple as having the best quality and customer support in the business. Ever try to talk to Creative Labs, SanDisk, or Sony about their MP3 players?  Apple wins the customer service game hands down.

Finally, this thing is small. It’s light. It’s easy to control. It’s perfect for people who just want a nice player that doesn’t take a lot of thought or space. I think it will be a hit.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on January 14, 2005 at 4:18 AM (CST)

24

“Why is this better than any other flash-mp3 player?”

1 reason more…

4) it integrates with iTunes.

No other flash-based player has it’s very own and very advanced jukebox ..

I allready have a 4G iPod and I feel like buying one of theese (And in Denmark the price will be 30% more…)

Posted by klang in Denmark on January 15, 2005 at 5:18 AM (CST)

25

No other flash-based player has it’s very own and very advanced jukebox

Media Center is plug and play with virtually every flash and hd-based player out there, and it’s more advanced and configurable than iTunes. There’s more than one way to skin those cats!

Posted by Demosthenes on January 15, 2005 at 9:43 AM (CST)

26

No screen? What are they thinking? 12 hr battery life? I was super hyped for one, until i read these features. Here is hoping that the 2nd or 3rd generation fixes this and then I’m getting one.

Posted by milk3pod in chicago, il on January 15, 2005 at 3:30 PM (CST)

27

You’re also buying Apple’s quality with this one. Consumer Reports consistantly lists Apple as having the best quality and customer support in the business.

Opinions Differ
In rushing products to market, Apple has seen several problems with build quality. The company had to issue three major exchange notices last year thanks to faulty engineering.

Apple’s aftercare programme is ruinously expensive for the customers (it generates over $300m for the company) and the products take between four and six weeks to fix, which has eaten away at goodwill.

Posted by Demosthenes on January 15, 2005 at 4:07 PM (CST)

28

Demosthenes:

1.  Media Center costs $24.98, $39.98 normally.  iTunes is free.

2.  ALL companies have build quality problems.  No one builds devices with a 100% non-defect rate.

But pay attention to the post you have replied to:  Consumer Reports consistently lists Apple as having the best quality and consumer support in the business.

http://www.consumerreports.org/main/detailv2.jsp?CONTENT<>cnt_id=160105&FOLDER;<>folder_id=21135

Posted by deepfriedd on January 17, 2005 at 4:16 AM (CST)

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Media Center costs $24.98, $39.98 normally. iTunes is free.

Sometime, you get what you pay for. iTunes is pretty good for freeware, but it is quite limited in many ways. If you are interested in unifying all of your devices within a single interface and accessing them anywhere across your LAN or the internet, then MC is for you. iPodders have already paid a premium for their boxes, so I can’t see why your sticking point is $30!

CR’s reports suffer from user-bias - they reflect the prejudices of the owners. Having generally paid more for their rigs, many Apple owners assume they are getting better service. They also tend to be more devoted to the company.

Do you know how much next day on-site AppleCare actually costs?

Posted by Demosthenes on January 17, 2005 at 8:20 AM (CST)

30

And on the subject of getting what you pay for, the average MSRP of Apple’s PCs is quite high, so comparing Apples to oranges, sorry, $700 Dells, isn’t quite so useful. We are dealing not with user bias, but with selection bias. Apple’s performance in the past should more accurately be compared to service from other high MSRP low-volume boutique PC kit makers, such as Alienware or VoodooPC.

With the new cheap mac we will see how Apple does on the super-low-end. Although given the diabolical quality of the former lowest priced entry, the eMac, I am not sanguine.

Posted by Demosthenes on January 17, 2005 at 9:11 AM (CST)

31

I have an Ipod Shuffle. I got it from the manufacturer. It is the best and it is worth the price. I bought the 512mb. instead of the 1g. I don’t see why you need a screen, It would be nice, but it would also take up battery life and space, so I would recommend the Ipod Shuffle to someone that listens to about 120-240 songs and if you like something small. The reason I bought the Ipod Shuffle is because it was small, the the storage was just the right amount, not like the other Ipod’s, 10,000 songs are a lot, there are barely anyone that listens to music that much, and it is a reasonable price for an Ipod. The Ipod Shuffle is the best Ipod I had own and from experience, The Ipod Shuffle is the best out of all the other Ipods.

Posted by ipod shuffle is the best!!!! in Rancho Cucamonga on January 29, 2005 at 4:07 PM (CST)

32

I have an Ipod Shuffle. I got it from the manufacturer. It is the best and it is worth the price. I bought the 512mb. instead of the 1g. I don’t see why you need a screen, It would be nice, but it would also take up battery life and space, so I would recommend the Ipod Shuffle to someone that listens to about 120-240 songs and if you like something small. The reason I bought the Ipod Shuffle is because it was small, the the storage was just the right amount, not like the other Ipod’s, 10,000 songs are a lot, there are barely anyone that listens to music that much, and it is a reasonable price for an Ipod. The Ipod Shuffle is the best Ipod I had own and from experience, The Ipod Shuffle is the best out of all the other Ipods.

Posted by ipod shuffle is the best!!!! in Rancho Cucamonga on January 29, 2005 at 4:08 PM (CST)

33

I don’t even know I have it on, it’s so light and simple.
I wanted a player to listen to at work and my son talked me into the 1GB shuffle and i am glad he did so far no complaints

Posted by falman308 in Indy on March 15, 2005 at 1:52 PM (CST)

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