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Hello World!

I am from Taiwan and I am a tyro to ipod.

Ipod 4G 40gig is my ideal walkman but I can not afford it because I am a student and do not earn so much for my living.

Ipod series are really attractive and I will have one if I have enough money.

Now, ipod shuffle makes my dream come true earlier than I've expected.

I can afford ipod shuffle and I do not care that the functions of ipod shuffle are simple.

The capacity is big enough because I could carry on ten CDs with me.

I booked one around one week ago and I will get it around middle February. I can't wait!

The most important of all, I have my first ipod!

I believe ipod shuffle is very great for new comer and professional user and it depends on how you use it.

Despite of some shortcomings such as no screen, no recording function, no handy charger, and so on, ipod shuffle itself is really user-friendly and the buyer-friendly.

I'll post more aspects after I get it and use it for a while.

p.s. sorry for my poor English

Kai-Chi from Taiwan

Posted by Kai-Chi on February 1, 2005 at 4:00 AM (PDT) Comment 51

I love Apple, and how they are an innovator on many levels, but the iPod Shuffle is not the first "Screenless MP3 player". Do any of you remeber the old Nike PSA things from about a year before the iPod waas released. They came in 64,128,256 and 512 I beleive. They were not that good though. Their button arrangement reminds me of the Shuffle.

Posted by BlackAndRediPod on February 2, 2005 at 5:56 PM (PDT) Comment 52

When your working out in a mode, the last thing you want is to be distracted by trying to look at a screen and looking for songs.
Shuffle is perfect for the gym. I just cant wait for the armband to come out.

Posted by Xav3D on February 3, 2005 at 1:23 PM (PDT) Comment 53

i think the shuffle is very cool

Posted by daveari on February 5, 2005 at 6:26 PM (PDT) Comment 54

I have to retract my earlier negative "Shuffle" comments. Until you actually go to the Apple store and hold, touch and feel this own your own, you will miss-judge on first impressions just as I did. Now that I own one, after checking the "Shuffle" out hands-on at the store, I am sold. Yeah there is no screen, but if that really blows smoke up your butt then by all means spend a few dollars more and get a iPod Mini. If archiving your music is your main concern, then the Mini will be too small in capacity so then opt up to the 4G model that best suits your needs.

As a iPod owner I have a 3G 10gig, a Mini, a 4G 20gig and now a 512mb Shuffle. Basically I'm all around covered. Be it a quick few songs via the Shuffle. My 20gig resides at home for use. The 10gig stays in my car (i never listened to the radio anyways) and the mini at the office connected to my notebook.

Yes I agree, on your point of the simplicity of the shuffle at the gym. I just tried it last nite and today. In the past I would bring out the mini for this purpose, but the mini falls short in battery life in comparison to the shuffle. Also I bring the shuffle into the sauna without worries (no moving parts, no screen for heat & moisture to ruin) Sweet! In the past I would wrap the mini in a towel hoping that 15 - 20 mins of sauna time wouldn't ruin it forever.

I have yet to fill the shuffle up with music, just opting to migrate over a few of my fav's from iTunes selection, about 30 songs. I have yet to mess with the encoding, but after reading the above article I might be tempted to see how much can really be sqeezed in without sacrifacing sound quality.

On a final note; here is hoping that the same company that brought us the awesome iPoDonut glow-in-the-dark does something similar with the shuffle's controls. Something simple like that would cause me to empty somemore $$$ happily.

Don't judge the Shuffle until you try it!

Posted by milk3pod on February 7, 2005 at 8:18 PM (PDT) Comment 55

Just wondering if a survey would be possible of the percent of 512mb vs 1gig purchasers. I'm just curious.

Posted by milk3pod on February 7, 2005 at 8:24 PM (PDT) Comment 56

The lack of screen is not a problem I think... As it's called, you play shuffle... So let's be surprised, even if you know what you downloaded in your ipod shuffle...

Posted by mikbrand from paris, Fr on February 8, 2005 at 4:18 AM (PDT) Comment 57

Can I connect the Shuffle to the Bose Sound Dock system? I am hoping that they offer a retro attachment to make this connection. Has anyone tried this or aware of anything Bose is doing to make this an option? Thanks

Posted by Bill The Thrill on February 9, 2005 at 12:07 PM (PDT) Comment 58

I'd just like to say, I've gone about 2 years without an mp3 player. I sit on the bus for an hour each day next to screaming babies and annoying people. I haven't been able to convince my parents to spring for an mp3 player. When the shuffle came out they jumped at the idea of getting me one. I think its great for any user that is interested in low cost and simplicity.

^_^ no more headaches for me ^_^

Posted by Shroin on February 9, 2005 at 9:08 PM (PDT) Comment 59

I'm waiting for someone to talk in more detail about the actual *operation* of the Shuffle.

One of the things that bothers me most about other flash MP3 players is the lack of "resume" -- start playing right where you were when you shut it off. Does the shuffle have this feature? It was some time before I found that pausing my 2G iPod (instead of turning it off directly) gave me this feature. But I've always been disappointed that plugging in the charger cord (unless I do it *while it's playing*) wipes the current playlist and I have to start all over again. This competes with shuffle mode, because battery life is still less than the total number of songs, so if you have to re-shuffle each time you turn the unit on, you're going to hear repeats.

Some might say this is a small point, but to me it's the most important point of shuffle mode. Everyone likes to credit Apple with genius interface, yet no one talks about it in detail!

Posted by creeble on February 10, 2005 at 7:14 AM (PDT) Comment 60

The SHUFFLE is Great! I have a 3g 40GB and it is great for carrying a lot of music, but the Shuffle is excellent for going to the gym because it is so small. I love the autofill function because it grabs a lot of songs that I normally wouldn't put on my playlist. It really offers me a nice change in my music choice.

Posted by Ryanide on February 10, 2005 at 6:38 PM (PDT) Comment 61

I had mine 2 days ago and it was superb.. I lived in an apartment and while i was throwing my rubbish down the rubbish chute, my shuffle fell with it as i was holding my i pod with the same hand. Guess what, it survived the impact 4 storey high and also i would say it is a little water resistant ( rubbish bin full of nasty water ). It still works now, and never been better. Also, the shuffle remembers the last song it plays. when u turn it on again, it continues from the last song u played.

Posted by jckidz on February 11, 2005 at 12:57 AM (PDT) Comment 62

I am an iMac power user, but couldn't justify the high price point of the ipod. This shuffle is exactly what I was looking for plenty of music, easy controls and kidproof! My 10 year old daughter keeps snagging it from my purse. I guess she will get one for her birthday!
Don't try to connect them to 2 different Macs however, you can not move music from home computer to work computer. The shuffle erases when connecting to a different computer iTunes program.
My teaching buddy has problems connecting his to a G3 iMac and a couple of iBooks. We are still trying to figure that out, but otherwise I connect to my car stereo with Monster cassette and love it.
Get one for each family member! Good for your kids to move files from home to school and have music at hand. Simple to work, even if you have never used iTunes!! Price point is right on.

Posted by rmom on February 11, 2005 at 7:10 AM (PDT) Comment 63

I have one word for you "walkman"

Posted by Bluclax on February 12, 2005 at 5:28 AM (PDT) Comment 64

I have an ipod mini with 600 songs and I just got an 1 gb Ips and its awesome. The lack of screen doesn't effect me at all. I mostly used the shuffle feature with my mini so on the shuffle was no different. This is the ultimate portable music player so far. You need to get one of these!

Posted by robertll on February 13, 2005 at 5:04 AM (PDT) Comment 65

what would be cool is if you could sync the shuffle off of a bigger ipod. i.e. plug the shuffle into my 20g ipod and sync off of that instead of always having to be by a computer

Posted by wezman2k on February 13, 2005 at 7:33 AM (PDT) Comment 66

Perfect for conceiling it at work! i shall dub it the "iPod Stealth" it will also be less prone to being crushed since its smaller and it wont be noticedin the pocket. but i still like my 3rd gen, even though its out of commission right now (its sitting next to me waiting for the box from apple...which was suposed to be here about a week ago...

Posted by GatesCanSuckIt on February 15, 2005 at 3:58 PM (PDT) Comment 67

I've had the 1GB Shuffle for about a week now and I haven't found the lack of a screen to be a problem. I just use iTunes to sort out the same genre of music according to what I feel like listening to and then copy them into Shuffle. The smooth power switch is hard to use, so I have to breathe on my thumb to get some moisture for grip (also prompting some puzzled looks from other people). I did wish that the cases would ship with the shuffle, but other than that, everything else is great!

Posted by iPod Dave on February 16, 2005 at 1:23 PM (PDT) Comment 68

The reason I choose the Shuffle over any of the other flash players is that I have already encoded 35GB of music in AAC format. I don't want to redo this to accommodate a cheap flash player with a screen. Apple was really smart about the whole thing. Once you get an ipod, they have you wrapped up- it's brilliant!

Posted by immeshort on February 16, 2005 at 1:52 PM (PDT) Comment 69

My shuffle is teal cute,an it only takes 5 mins 4 the auto fill,i want a mini,but just think ill brake it!

Posted by molly devlin on February 16, 2005 at 2:02 PM (PDT) Comment 70

apple is trying to get rid of their old technology once again. (just like with the U2 ipod *cough* and this mini computer they crammed into a little box cuz it was cheaper than making laptops) I mean seriously... mpio and other devices that should have been mentioned in this article hold 1GB... they are smaller, have screens, and if you want to set them on shuffle, go ahead, at least it's an OPTION! This thing is a JUMBO memory key. Except it can only store songs!!!! Waste of $$$...am I allowed to be a hater? haha aw well. Apple is great... but they can't cover everything up with glossy whiteness.

Posted by fiasko on February 17, 2005 at 1:11 AM (PDT) Comment 71

I have been using my ipod shuffle for about a week now and it is great! It is my first ipod and the only reason I bought it was to use in the gym and when I am running. It is perfect for that. There is only one thing that I would change. It is very hard to turn on and off because of the design of the sliding power switch. I would have added a ridge or a grove that would allow you to get some grip. I am not sure why there is a 512mb Shuffle, just spend the extra $50 and get the 1gig.

Posted by JakeMG on February 18, 2005 at 9:51 AM (PDT) Comment 72

Finally got my 1gb shuffle. The feaures it is missing compared to my ipod are what i like best about it. No matter how i tried to use an ipod to workout it always was annoying. And i really needed to shut out the annoying old hippie music they play at my gym. i cannot even feel the shuffle because of its weight and size and I can control it through my shirt if i wear it around my neck. I stuck a clear stick-on silicon dot on the switch cus it is too hard to switch otherwise.

Posted by silvertrailer on February 18, 2005 at 12:47 PM (PDT) Comment 73

The shuffle is perfect for the people it is perfect for. I carry it in a small pocket, listen to it during lunch at work, dance with it when I don't want to disturb my spouse when he is studying. I plan to put a small drop of hot glue on the slide, although I am getting used to it. It is less likely to be accidentally switched on as is. All my fellow nurses are saying "That is just right for me!" So for us baby bears, the smallest ipod is the one for us, our little shuffle, so stop messing with us.

Posted by joanw on February 18, 2005 at 7:13 PM (PDT) Comment 74

my ipod shuffle 1gb will hold alot more than 240 songs. i am at 115 and it only takes up 158 mb. i am using wma files. i will proly have way over 240 songs once i fill it up. its crazy!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jscrambler500 on February 21, 2005 at 10:46 AM (PDT) Comment 75
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