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iPod fans rage against new shuffle’s earphones, adapter

Initial response to the third-generation iPod shuffle’s requirement of special new earphone-mounted controls has been overwhelmingly negative, based on comments posted on iLounge and across the Internet. While electronically compatible with past earphones, the new shuffle cannot be controlled by them, and will require as yet unannounced and undeveloped third-party remote adapters to remedy that issue. Repeatedly using descriptors such as “fail,” “mistake,” and “disappointing,” readers have cited these and other concerns as reasons to shun the device. “What about Podcasts?” writes iLounge reader Matt. “The biggest problem with this new design is there is no way to fast forward through a track. My older shuffle is the best way to listen to podcasts, as I can fast forward through parts I don’t want to listen to without having to look at a screen. This new model is virtually unusable for podcasts or audiobooks (unless you always listen start to finish).”

“I’m very disappointed,” says reader Tim Warneck. “I was hoping the new shuffle to have a small screen or something where you can see what music you’re playing. Have voiceover and the controls in the headphones just shows they’re only focused on one thing - size… The shuffle now has no character, it’s some tiny piece of metal. No one’s going to know it’s an iPod anymore!”

“Apple headphones cause me physical pain. Seriously,” reader Ort states. “This seems like a clunker. Simplicity and affordability were the two big things the old shuffle had going for it, and Apple pretty much crapped on both of those.”

Reaction was not much better on other sites, with Engadget saying “Apple’s cheapest iPod is now the most needlessly complex,” All Things D calling the new earphone requirement “off-putting,” and Boing Boing Gadgets comparing Apple to one of its proprietary format-obsessed rivals, stating, “the part of Sony will be played by Apple.”

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apple headphones really hurt my ears - they are too big and become very painful within a few minutes. The sound from them is pretty poor compared to other headphones. Wont be buying a 3rd generation shuffle, hope I can get another second gen somewhere :-(

Posted by ainee on August 20, 2010 at 5:30 AM (CDT)

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Although the new Ipod Shuffle is designed for those who want music in there daily lives, it still sucks regardless. First of all, there are songs that you sometimes what to listen again, and without the new earphones, you can’t do so. It becomes a pain! Most people buy shuffles because it’s cheaper then Apples other knock offs, and it’s not that there in need of a “LUXURIOUS” place to store a couple of tunes. But the new shuffle, has by far become one of the most ridiculous thing that Apple has every made! It’s crying, RIP OFF! I bought the new shuffle because someone stole my older version one, but the more and more I have it, the more I hate it and want my old one back. Instead of making such a crappy rip off of a shuffle, Apple should have just made the older one better, with the same capabilities, just expand…NOT TAKE OUT THE CONTROLS, AND MOVE IT TO THE EARPHONES…AND CALLING THAT COOL, NEW AND HIP!

Posted by OctaveRain on September 12, 2010 at 3:11 AM (CDT)

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I have a 3rd generation IPod shuffle, the super slim like a lighter size. The control is on the ear phone cords.

I have now purchused countless sets of speakers that I have been told will work and of course the haven’t.
I have been struggling with this since last christmas.
Is there even a set of speakers or speaker dock out there that works with this crazy Ipod.
HELP ME PLEASE

Posted by Sen on February 9, 2011 at 1:29 AM (CST)

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