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Apple iPod® shuffle 1GB

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Our take on the Apple iPod® shuffle 1GB

by Melanie Seibert
Apple

Never a dull moment — with the eminently portable iPod shuffle and your iTunes® playlist, each listen is a new adventure.

Take the iPod shuffle wherever you go. Offering completely skip-free playback and smaller than a pack of gum, this portable is a great companion for everything from jogs to commmutes. It's easy to use, too. The "cap" comes off the bottom to reveal a USB 2.0 connector. Just plug the player directly into your computer's USB port to transfer songs; the iPod shuffle is compatible with both Macintosh® and Windows® computers (see requirements below).

This tiny device boasts controls that are just as thoughtful and intuitive as those of the original iPod: you can play, pause, shuffle, or repeat tracks, or skip ahead or backward, with the touch of a button. For a completely random listening experience, let iTunes "autofill" the portable with mix of its own choosing, and set the player to Shuffle mode. You'll never know what's coming next, but you know you'll like it!

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Highlights:

  • 1GB embedded flash memory holds approximately:
    • 32 hours of music at 64 Kbps
    • 16 hours of music at 128 Kbps
    • other bitrates also supported
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, and Audible (2, 3, and 4) formats
  • Shuffle and Order modes
  • USB 2.0 interface (USB cap included)
  • earbud headphones
  • neck strap
  • built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery charges via USB (optional AC adapter is available separately)
  • iTunes CD-ROM (for Mac® and Windows)
  • up to 12 hours playback with built-in battery
  • 1"W x 3-3/8"H x 3/8"D
  • weight: 0.8 oz. (includes built-in battery)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
    Macintosh:
      • built-in USB port (1.1 or 2.0)
      • Mac OS X v.10.2.8 or later (v.10.3.4 or later required for use with low-power USB connection)
    iTunes 4.7.1 or later (included on the iPod CD)
      Windows:
        • built-in USB port (1.1 or 2.0)
        • Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 4 or later), or Windows XP Home or Professional (with Service Pack 2)
      • iTunes 4.7.1 or later (included on the iPod CD)

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      Features and Specs
      General
      File Formats
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      MP3
      AAC
      WAV/Audible
      Voice Recording
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      No
      Radio Tuner
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      No
      Display Illumination
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      No
      Display Color
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      N/A
      Equalizer Presets
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      None
      Maximum Battery Life
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      12 hours
      Included Battery Type
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      Rechargeable
      Weight with Battery (ounces)
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      0.78
      Width (inches)
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      1
      Height (inches)
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      3-3/8
      Depth (inches)
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      0-3/8
      Parts Warranty
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      1 Year
      Labor Warranty
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      1 Year
      Media Types
      Built-In Memory
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      1 GB
      Built-In Memory Type
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      Flash
      Removable Media
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      Inputs & Outputs
      Headphone Output
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      USB
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      1.1/2.0
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      Product Research
      What's in the box?

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      • 1 GB iPod shuffle digital music player
      • Earbud headphones with 45" cord (has a minijack stereo connector)
      • 4 Foam earbud pads
      • One 16" lanyard
      • iPod iTunes CD-ROM software (for Mac and Windows)
      • User's Guide
      • Warranty booklet
      • Software License Agreement
      • iTunes Music Store information sheet
      • 2 Apple stickers
      • Controls/Indicators information card

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      Features
      Music Management Software
      System Requirements

      Features

      Compatibility: This 1 GB iPod shuffle is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. See System Requirements section below for minimum requirements.

      Storage Capacity: This iPod shuffle has built-in 1 GB flash memory, capable of storing approximately 240 songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps). In addition to storing audio, you can use the flash memory to store data files as well.

      Audio Formats: The iPod shuffle supports the following audio formats: MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), and WAV. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it is converted to AAC format by default.

      Note: If you are using iTunes 4.5 or later on a Windows PC, you can convert non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format.

      Skip Protection: Because the iPod shuffle uses flash memory, playback is completely skip-free.

      Playback Controls: The iPod shuffle has the following playback controls: play/pause, previous/rewind, next/fast-forward, and volume +/-.

      Battery Status Button/Light: If the battery status light is green when you press the battery status button, the iPod shuffle has a good charge. If the light is amber, the iPod shuffle is low on charge, and if it's red, very little charge is left and you should recharge the iPod shuffle soon. If no light is visible, the battery is out of power and you must recharge the iPod shuffle to use it.

      Playback Modes: You can set the iPod shuffle to play songs in sequential order or random order.

      Headphones: The iPod shuffle comes equipped with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers that use Neodymium magnets. If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm miniplug.

      Computer Interface: The iPod shuffle can be directly connected to your computer's USB 1.1 or 2.0 port. You can also connect the iPod shuffle to your computer using an optional iPod shuffle Dock or a USB extension cable.

      Power Requirements: The iPod shuffle has an internal, non-user-replaceable, rechargeable battery. The battery offers up to 12 hours of playback. When the iPod shuffle is connected to a high-power USB port on your computer, the battery charges. The iPod shuffle battery is 80% charged in about two hours, and fully charged in about four hours.

      Music Management Software

      iTunes: The supplied CD-ROM software provides iTunes 4.7.1 music management software for Mac and Windows users. This software allows you to organize and manage your music and audio downloads. With the software, you can buy music and audio books from the iTunes Music Store, create your own custom audio or data CDs, import tracks in AAC, rate tracks and sort your library based on ratings, create mixes automatically with Smart Playlists, share playlists with other users, play audio books, or learn a foreign language. With iTunes 4.7.1 and an AirPort Express Base Station, you can stream music wirelessly from your Mac or PC to your home stereo or powered speakers.

      Volume Levels: iTunes can adjust the volume of songs automatically, so they play at the same relative volume levels.

      Audio Books: In addition to music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately 5,000 titles), or from Audible.com, an independent website with over 18,000 titles.

      High-Speed Transfers: Transfer time varies depending upon how much music you want to transfer from your computer to your iPod shuffle. You can connect the iPod shuffle using USB 2.0, which transfers data at up to 480 Mbps.

      Note: Although the iPod shuffle is compatible with USB 1.1, data transfer speeds are much slower.

      Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod shuffle to your computer, the unit's Auto-Synch feature automatically updates it with any changes made to the iTunes program on your computer, including any new music purchased at the iTunes Music Store.

      Song Ratings: You can assign a rating to a song from 1 to 5 stars to indicate how much you like it. Song ratings can be used to help you create playlists automatically in iTunes.

      Smart Playlists: You can create customized Smart Playlists from the songs stored in your music library. Smart Playlists can include only certain genres of music, songs by certain artists, or songs that match particular criteria, such as songs rated 3 stars or higher or a playlist that's no more than 3 GB in size. After the Smart Playlist is created, any songs you import that meet the Smart Playlist criteria will be automatically added to the Smart Playlist.

      System Requirements

      Minimum Requirements for Macintosh: To use iPod shuffle with a Macintosh, you must have the following:

      • Macintosh with built-in USB 1.1 or 2.0
      • Mac OS X v10.2.8, Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later
      • iTunes 4.7.1 or later (included on the iPod CD)

      Minimum Requirements for Windows: To use iPod shuffle with a Windows PC, you must have the following:

      • Windows PC with built-in USB 1.1 or 2.0, or a USB 1.1 or 2.0 card installed
      • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
      • iTunes 4.7.1 or later (included on the iPod CD)
       
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      5 out of 5

      I Pod Shuffle

      Written By klem, Southern Minnesota on Wednesday, November 09, 2005
       
      I have had my Shuffle for about 8 months now and really love it. It is the first MP3 player I have had and it really works with my lifestyle. I mtn. bike, snowboard, motorcycle, and do alot of things on the go and this Ipod has never let me down. The sound quality is great (with aftermarket earpods) and I really like the size, my friend has a full size pod and that is abit bigger than I would like in my pants or coat pocket. Also with the shuffle just being a memory stick there are no moving parts to reck like the harddrive of a regular pod. I have the 1gig and that is more than enough music for me between downloads. Thanks Apple for a great product, excellent value for the money
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      5 out of 5

      best portable mp3 player for the money hands down

      Written By Mario, Detroit, Mi on Thursday, February 17, 2005
       
      If you are looking for a simple way to carry around your digital music, then this is it my friend. Apple's ease of use along with stylish looks really makes this a true winner in the portable digital music market. I have to admit I'm an apple computer owner but when I read about the shuffle I was a bit skeptical. I purchased the 1gb. model that holds up to 240 songs and wondered would this be enough storage space for me and the abscence of a screen to let me know which song I was playing made me a bit apprehensive at first but when I first put my shuffle on all that was put to rest. The sound quality is just as good or better than the regular ipods and the ease in which to download your music into the player is just phenomenal. I love my shuffle and wouldn't trade it for the world. So buy it, you won't be dissappointed.
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