Looking to mix it up a bit? Take a look at the iPod shuffle! This easy-to-use little brother of the famous iPod holds up to 8 hours of near-CD-quality audio. Create a hand-picked playlist using the provided iTunes® software — then listen to your tunes in order, or in Shuffle mode. Or, for a truly unpredictable listening experience, let iTunes "autofill" the player with a mix of its own choosing.

Transferring those tracks to the iPod shuffle is simple: the "cap" comes off the bottom to reveal a USB 2.0 connector. You simply plug the player directly into your computer's USB port. This amazingly tiny device (smaller than a pack of gum) is compatible with both Macintosh® and Windows® computers (see requirements below). Plus, its controls 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. And because the iPod shuffle uses flash memory, playback is completely skip-free!

Product Highlights:

  • 512MB embedded flash memory holds approximately:
    • 16 hours of music at 64 Kbps
    • 8 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)
    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)

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    • 512 MB 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 512 MB 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 512 MB flash memory, capable of storing approximately 120 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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    Apple iPod® shuffle 512MB

    Written By Noel, south florida on Friday, March 18, 2005

    this is a great little mp3 player. it's small, light and it sounds great. the problem is, you have to use the software to add songs. so you cant just add songs from just any computer. if you have 2 computers like me, then you have to istall itunes on both. i keep my music on my desktop. i like to charge my shuffle on my laptop. itunes automaticly updates the music on your shuffle when you plug it in. when i have my desktop off, my mp3's are unavalible. itunes updates my shuffle my deleting all the unavalible mp3's. the last flaw...if you just want to change the songs you have to:
    1. create a new playlist
    2. add the songs to the playlist
    3. delete the old songs off your shuffle
    4. update your shuffle with the new playlist
    i also have a rio mp3 player. to change the songs on that, all i have to do is drag and drop the mp3's...much easier. for a 40GB ipod the software works well. for the 512MB shuffle it's a pain i the butt. i do like the shuffle, but i think apple should put out a lite version if itunes, or let the shuffle just play mp3's without needing any software

    Apple iPod® shuffle 512MB

    Written By Alexnco, OK on Tuesday, March 08, 2005

    Neat toy! (Especially if free.)

    Pros:
    Very light in weight.
    Great volume and bass from included earbuds.
    Recharges quickly the internal (not user-removable) battery.
    Plays for hours.
    Continues playing from last place when shut down or paused.
    PC version of iTunes software is quite capable. Visualizer is nicer than Windows Media Player.
    Perfect cool gadget for an older child. (Although 1GB would be nicer.)
    May be used as a USB compact flash "USB disk", handy for file moves.

    Cons:
    Recharges only through USB port, so you *need* some sort of computer with USB to recharge.
    No display, cannot tell where you are on the loaded songs list.
    Not the most comfortable earbuds.
    When you plug to recharge, iTunes may re-load and replace all songs (depending on your configuration.)
    iTunes converts Windows Media Audio (and other) files for use in the iPod Shuffle (although it keeps originals intact) so now you have two copies of all these files on your computer! (Maybe I need to dedicate a computer or profile just for the iPod?)
    May also be used as a USB compact flash "disk"! (Hmmm... is my Anti-Virus checking my USB ports too?) You wont be able to "move" music files AND play them while on the iPod: you must partition the device for both uses. The player wont play "files", only those audio files specifically installed with iTunes. (I will have to play with this some more.)
    To play songs from places OTHER than iTunes, you will have to have full licensing rights (unlikely) and "transfer" to the iTunes software and then to the Shuffle.

    Still, I like it enough to keep it away from my kids ... at least for now...

    Shuffle Rules

    Written By hodad66, Melbourne, FL on Sunday, March 06, 2005

    Great little gadget! Slim, trim & so simple. Never had an MP3 player before but this one is so cheap & so small that I had to get it. I'm currently listening to an audio book but music plays clean & flat in response. Now I want an adapter to connect to my Tacoma's receiver. Great little Gadget. :)

    one word...Simple.

    Written By Rell, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, February 26, 2005

    Throw the songs on, then listen to then. This thing is smaller then a pack of gum, and soo cool lookin. Its amazing to be in the gym or at work gettin such rich sound from this tiny little device. And using iTunes is always a joy. I havent had any let downs in regard to this device...Plus I got mine for free.