Apple iPod shuffle (4th generation)

Basic Specs

Wi-Fi No
Internal size 2 GB

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Length 1.24 inches
Width 1.14 inches
Thickness 0.34 inches
Weight 0.03 pounds
Color Silver, Orange, Blue, Green, Pink

Connectivity

Wi-Fi No
Bluetooth No

Storage

Internal size 2 GB
External storage No

Software

Notable services supported iTunes
Operating system Proprietary
Audio codecs supported WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF, .AA (audible)

Ports

Video out No
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Data connection(s) Proprietary

Battery

Quoted audio time 15 hr
Removable No

Bundled accessories

Bundled accessories iPod shuffle USB cable

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8.0

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by AMVR (Currently owns)

    For a device which has no screen, no speaker, and no identifiable visual UI, the 4th generation iPod Shuffle is at times nothing more than a relic from yester-year. With its fellow brethren who have all moved on to a touch based system, the humble Shuffle lives on with its multitude of buttons and regenerative design, a real step back to the 2nd generation shuffle. Now don't get me wrong, its still a very usable and functional device (can't begin to tell you the little tank this device is), however for a device that only plays music, for the price of $50.00, it does seem a little steep.

    CONTROLS

    the iPod Shuffle has a multitude of physical controls that consist of:
    5-point front facing button ring (nearly identical to the 1st and 2nd generation)
    1 button for Voice-Over
    1 slider with three modes (off- "play in order" -shuffle)

    Including the controls that are on the device itself, all Apple iDevices come bundled with headphones that have a built in remote on the right earbud-wire, that include a play/pause/home button, volume rocker, and a mic (even though this particular product cant utilize it)

    DESIGN + UI + USAGE

    The design is very reminiscent of the second generation Shuffle, with a much more square shape, and like most Apple products, it is very beautiful. Once again a clip is included for fitness enthusiast, and a new scratch-resistant coating is a welcomed addition.
    In order to make up for its lack of visual UI, the 4th gen shuffle carries over the voice-over feature from its predesscor with some mild improvements and new languages.
    Battery life on this device is advertised as 12 hours and for the most part it holds up to it,

    BUY or SKIP?

    In all this product, as whole is a fusion of two generations of Shuffle (3rd+2nd), combining the best of all previous features and what seems to be the most that can be done to utilize the main concept of this product. The choice of purchasing this product boils down to the purpose. For the average consumer this product seems like a pointless investment ( given the vast presence of smartphone devices that can also play music), but for fitness enthusiasts, the small size and easy to use functions make this product a breeze to use while working out or running.
    -AMVR

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by ThaddW (Currently owns)

    The iPod Shuffle (4th Generation), is one item that I could not easily go a day without. I load it up with podcasts in the morning, take it to the gym. Afterwards, it’s clipped it to my belt loop; where it serves as my audio buffer to the world (throughout the day).

    For a use case like mine, the 4th Generation Shuffle, is very nearly a perfect product. It’s weight and dimensions are ideal. It’s build quality, is largely beyond reproach. The hesitation I have in that regard, is the same I'd apply to all iPod products; none of them are designed with moisture protection in mind.

    To be fair, the 4th Gen Shuffle, is – perhaps – as close to water-resistant as any Apple product has ever been. There are only two potential vectors of entry, after all: the headphone port, and the ‘off, play, shuffle’ switch. In over a year of workouts, and a lot of perspiration, my Shuffle has yet to falter. That said, would I take it outdoors for a run on a rainy day? I would not. Although, my reservation comes from having inadvertently killed a 2nd Gen Shuffle that way; not from applied practice.

    I've often heard/read people complaining about it's lack of screen. That has never once been an issue for me. When working out, or on a run, having to stop to futz around with a GUI is less than optimal. The brail of tactile controls are – in so many ways – the best interface for active use. Plus, the 3rd and 4th generation Shuffles have VoiceOver; which, not only provides effective audio descriptions, but deepens the overall functionality by enabling multiple playlists.

    As far as the Shuffle's operational software is concerned, it does its job well enough. There is one ‘feature’ though, that existed on the 1st and 2nd gen Shuffles, that is no longer present.

    The Shuffle, used to have a five second ‘safety buffer’ that it now sadly lacks. It made it so you could get back to the place you were (in a podcast, or audio book), if you accidentally toggled the back button. Providing you were quick enough, the Shuffle would take you back to where you were in a track.

    Now that feature is gone. So, if you mistakenly press the wrong thing, you’re either resigned to starting from zero, or to holding down the forward button to scan to your last position. (This sort of issue is always a case of user error, but it was still nice to be able to rectify the matter without so much fuss.)

    It seems unlikely that future iPod Shuffle’s will address these two niggling complaints (If Apple continues the line into the future). Still, I would be hard pressed to find a better audio product. I love the Shuffle.

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