I picked up my shuffle (BTW, I'm new to the iPod world) at Circuit City last weekend-- funny thing is I went to the Apple Store (huge waiting list), then to CompUSA (huge waiting list), then around the corner to CC to two little bright lime green boxes just sitting on the bottom shelf, I thought I happened upon the holy grail.

Anyway, so far I love the thing and it suits my needs perfectly-- I find it difficult to fill it to capacity since I only want current music. The free 16 songs that it comes with actually turned out to be right up my alley, another unexpected plus.

The lanyard definitely makes you look like a dork, but it's sooo functional for doing stuff around the house without missing a beat. I just keep it stuffed in my jacket when out in public or under my shirt.

To me, the only drawback is not being able to fast forward within a song since I like to listen to audiobooks which are 2.5 hours at a time and I can't listen to other songs if I want to keep my place in the audiobook. I may need to somehow breakdown the audiobook into chapters first before loading it. I actually fell asleep last night listening and my iPod still had a charge in the morning, amazing!

Posted by coolguy on February 22, 2005 at 3:09 AM (PDT) Comment 76

i really think that apple should revise there number of songs on the shuffle, cause i have way more. i just used wmas

Posted by Jscrambler500 on February 22, 2005 at 1:10 PM (PDT) Comment 77

Posted by ziza on February 25, 2005 at 4:40 AM (PDT) Comment 78

I love the shuffle. It is great take to the gym, walk the dog, and really its an active iPod. I'm glad it has no screen cause then it would be to small.

Posted by evilsquirrel on February 26, 2005 at 12:22 PM (PDT) Comment 79

i really want a shuffle. All my friends have the bigger ones and rekon shuffles are too small. but who has time to listen to over 1000 songs? i certainly dont that why i hink the shuffle is for me. But will somebody answwr my question, what is wrong with the slider on the back? is it hard to turn or something???????????? pwb

Posted by sezdemon on February 28, 2005 at 12:55 AM (PDT) Comment 80

will someone tell me what is rong with the slider on the back of the sffle???? pwb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sezdemon on February 28, 2005 at 12:58 AM (PDT) Comment 81

I just got my 1Gig Shuffle. I am really impressed overall. I commonly use a USB flashdrive transporting files around at work and home. The Shuffle replaces the common flashdrive in my pocket AND allows me to carry a couple of hundred songs around. Two red-flags appeared, however.

Firstly, my work computer is a common Dell. The Shuffle does not fit into the front USB ports! It goes in the back and can be solved with a USB extension cord, but is still a pain.

Secondly, and more importantly, I figured I could load the Shuffle from home, go to work, have iTunes recognize the songs and play them back over my speakers at work. I had trouble getting iTunes to recognize my Shuffle. Consulting Apple's support page (FAQ's), it plainly states that Suffles can only be loaded and used on one computer. I guess the Shuffle can't count to 5, the authorization limit of purchased songs. I still love it, but was just a bit disappointed to learn this. Perhaps Apple could update iTunes to be able to play from a Shuffle, but not transfer?

Posted by rochester on March 2, 2005 at 10:02 AM (PDT) Comment 82

Sound the idiot alert. I popped the speaker plug out of the back of my desktop at work, plugged it into my Shuffle and have been rockin ever since!

Posted by rochester on March 2, 2005 at 12:51 PM (PDT) Comment 83

Just got mine...(512) love it. This is my first mp3 player & it's size & simplicity are perfect. I'm already pluging it into the stereo & will soon get an adapter for my car. Great lil gadget!! smile

Posted by hodad66 on March 6, 2005 at 10:13 AM (PDT) Comment 84

I got an ipod shuffle yesterday. Nobody on here has metioned sound quaity. I was a bit disappointed by the sound. The sound is a bit thin lacks bass. I wondered if anyone else thought this. Also is the sound quailty better on the other more expensive ipods.

Posted by jpjames on March 9, 2005 at 6:56 AM (PDT) Comment 85

Love my shuffle. I also have approx. 140 songs on it and more room to fit in my 512!

Posted by yoelnino on March 11, 2005 at 2:34 PM (PDT) Comment 86

why buy it when you can get it for free here:

The offers are legit, my friends have gotten their free ipod.
All you have to do is join, complete an online offer, and refer friends to do the same. That's it!

Posted by ipod the best on March 12, 2005 at 3:02 PM (PDT) Comment 87

why buy it when you can get it for free here:

The offers are legit, my friends have gotten their free ipod.
All you have to do is join, complete an online offer, and refer friends to do the same. That's it!

Posted by ipod the best on March 12, 2005 at 3:04 PM (PDT) Comment 88

My daughter gave me a Shuffle (512M) for my birthday. I think it is a brilliant design - small, simple to use and sounds great. And I actually prefer the random access feature.

I had a Creative Flash player last year that died as soon as their 90-day warranty clocked out. Furthermore, the Creative never really sounded very good.

In the power user's article, I noticed the silly cost per gig chart, but that misses the point. Sometimes less, and simpler, is ideal for some users. This is the perfect entry-level or exercise ipod. Apple will sell millions of these!

Posted by JTI2K on March 14, 2005 at 1:53 PM (PDT) Comment 89

The Shuffle is real deal at $99. And I agree with others that it's great product for athletes, while the iPod itself is not. However, I am upset with Apple for pricing guaging when charging $30 for a simple little arm band - almost a 1/3 of the price of the Shuffle! How is this morally justified? Surely it's made in Asia at a ridiculously cheap price. This is simply pricing guaging. Apple should be careful here, lest they turn off new and old customer alike. I will think twice next time I purchase an Apple product.

Posted by pachamama on March 15, 2005 at 5:26 AM (PDT) Comment 90

I just got my Shuffle last night and I think it's pretty cool, so far I haven't got any complaints. I read that the sound quality from the shuffle was much better than other ipod and mp3 player on the market and that helped seal the deal for me getting one. I'm predominantly using it for working out so the size factor is awesome, when I got home and opened it I was surprised to feel just how light it was, it doesn't really weigh anything. I bought the sport case for it and I think that it is so cool, I got it for extra protection, i didn't want to scratch up my shuffle or sweat on it and it does the job well. Kudos to Apple on such a good job. Oh yeah have you seen that cool aluminum case from Griffin that's coming out soon, I just have to get one of them, i only hope that they make a cover for the usb port.

Posted by dlroto on April 4, 2005 at 8:45 AM (PDT) Comment 91

First off, I love shuffle modes, and have used them on all my previous music players; my music collection is large enough to fill a full-sized iPod, so I prefer to leave the choice of song to chance.

A major point against buying a huge player is that I can't actually listen to 20GB worth of music in a day; and, at the end of the day, I can stick my Shuffle on autofill for a new selection. Plus, it's great for driving.

Posted by Bobstar on April 5, 2005 at 8:34 AM (PDT) Comment 92

New Ipod owner. The shuffle is great for mountain biking. Slip it around the neck, under my jersey and go. I can even operate the controls through my jersey. The desire to have music while biking lead me into the ipod world. I think it is great and totally serves my needs.

The comment about the power switch being akward to use would also be my only grip.

Posted by mlb on April 5, 2005 at 1:24 PM (PDT) Comment 93

The iPod Shuffle is really an excellent alternative to the iPod mini and regular iPod. Personally, I agree with halo6 to no end. Yah, while I'm off listening to my music, you have fun counting the pixels in U2 and wiping your screen clean with pamper's baby wipes. Oh! And you can even recharge your battery while you do that! Hrm... As for me... Oh Look! I've still got a couple of hours left.
Hahahahaha. Just kidding. I suppose I'm only insulting the regular iPod/iPod mini because it's beyond my price range. They are both excellent items, but for the average user such as me, then the shuffle is perfect. Oh, and as for not being able to have entire collections on your shuffle, that is true. However, what I think of it is thus: It forces you to put only your favorite songs on it to conserve space, therefore (At least this is it for me) making any song you listen to one of your favorites. A+ for apple's new toy.

Posted by Hobbez on April 8, 2005 at 1:34 PM (PDT) Comment 94

The ipod shuffle is just a tool to take selections of songs from my cd collections. It is a $100 gadget that allows me to do this and if it gets "borrowed" or damaged it is not like a ipod with a display. It fell on the cement and only has a nick on the case. No problems. It is like a Jeep off road. Used a cassette adapter for the car and turned a four hour drive into a trip down music memory lane. My only problem with the shuffle is the switch on the back. Who's idea was that?!?!

Posted by saewert on April 24, 2005 at 3:08 PM (PDT) Comment 95

I bought a shuffle not because I wanted to satiate my desire for an iPod (which I am waiting to support a couple new features before I want to pony up all the dough) but because I wanted to replace my CD player. When I told a friend I bought a shuffle he scoffed and said that it doesn't even have a screen, and the size is so tiny, so what good is it? I told him it wasn't as good as a real iPod, but it's still a million times better than dragging around a CD player. For me, shuffle mode is not nearly as useful as linear mode, so I can listen to a half dozen CDs in order, the way I like to listen to music.

The feature I am waiting for is gapless audio. This is really important to me because I don't listen to songs, I listen to albums, and I don't want to encode entire albums as single MP3s. I won't buy a big iPod until it has that feature, and bluetooth, and a size > 80 GB (so it'll fit my whole library). Until then, this tiny gadget is stunningly magical.

Posted by Nicholas Rinard on May 9, 2005 at 1:47 PM (PDT) Comment 96

I purchased the Shuffle as a birthday gift for my daughter, who ice skates. (She was thrilled!) The lanyard swings too much and I am considering getting either a clip or armband--but I need something that will hold it in place very securely so it doesn't go flying off and where she can access it easily to repeat a song. I would appreciate it if anyone can suggest a brand name of an item they know is secure.

Posted by sk8ermom on May 14, 2005 at 10:49 PM (PDT) Comment 97

ipod shuffle...
honestly i wasnt sure of buying the shuffle since it was going to be my first ipod, the lack of screen was my biggest concern, now that i've got it for a couple of months, i cant get enough, its fabulous, perfect for the gym, am not affraid i'll *accidently* break it or sth, and its sooo small, yet cute... keeping the shuffle, am thinking of getting another ipod, a color mini maybe, will keep my fingers crossed for the apple event tomorrow... thank you APPLE... smile

Posted by hamatosha on September 6, 2005 at 11:49 AM (PDT) Comment 98

i think the shuffle is great. it allows you to keep your favourite music in a relatively cheap and sturdy flash player.

Posted by gio_pod on December 9, 2005 at 9:15 PM (PDT) Comment 99
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