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Apple 2GB iPod shuffle®


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Our take on the Apple 2GB iPod shuffle®

The fourth-generation iPod shuffle packs a lot of music — and fun into a very small package. The player sports a click wheel for simple navigation. You can control basic functions such as stop, start, skip and pause, as well activate the VoiceOver feature.

The fourth-generation iPod shuffle packs a lot of music — and fun into a very small package. The player sports a click wheel for simple navigation. You can control basic functions such as stop, start, skip and pause, as well activate the VoiceOver feature.

VoiceOver — your player talks to you
Press the VoiceOver button on your shuffle, and your player will tell you what song you're listening to and who the artist is. You can create multiple playlists in iTunes® on your PC and load them into your shuffle. VoiceOver can tell you what playlists you have loaded, so you can easily switch.

On-the-go convenience
The shuffle comes with a built-in clip, so you can attach it to your belt, shirt pocket, or just about anywhere. And with a rechargeable battery that delivers 15 hours of continuous operation, you're sure to have music wherever you go.

Note: requires free iTunes® 10 software download from

Product Highlights:

  • fourth generation iPod shuffle
  • 2GB embedded flash memory holds approximately:
    • 33 hours at 128 Kbps (average MP3 sound quality)
    • 16 hours at 256 Kbps (better sound quality)
    • clickable control pad
    • other bitrates also supported
  • anodized aluminum finish
  • VoiceOver tells you song title, artist, and playlist titles
  • Shuffle and Order modes
  • high-speed USB interface for charging and syncing (cable included)
  • earbud headphones
  • built-in belt clip
  • built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of playback
  • 1-1/4"W x 1-3/16"H x 3/8"D
  • weight: 0.44 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 10 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
  • broadband Internet connection recommended
  • high-speed USB port
  • Mac OS X v.10.5.8 or later
  • high-speed USB port
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later

I can know see why everyone buys these little wonders. It has fabulous sound in a very small package. I put it in my car with just an inexpensive connector($6) and the sound is amazing and I have all my music in one place . Great buy!

Joanne LIz, Scarsdale, NY

What's in the Box:

  • Blue 2GB iPod shuffle digital music player (with attached clip)
  • White earbud headphones with 44" cord (stereo mini-jack connector)
  • 3.75" USB to minijack cable
  • Start Here booklet
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • Apple logo sticker

Apple 2GB iPod shuffle® Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Great product

Joanne LIz from Scarsdale, NY on 6/1/2011

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I can know see why everyone buys these little wonders. It has fabulous sound in a very small package. I put it in my car with just an inexpensive connector($6) and the sound is amazing and I have all my music in one place . Great buy!




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Features and Specs

File Formats MP3
AIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/Audible
Voice Recording No
Radio Tuner No
Display Illumination No
Display Color N/C
Equalizer Presets None
Maximum Battery Life 15 Hours
Included Battery Type None
Weight with Battery (ounces) 0.44
Width (inches) 1-1/4
Height (inches) 1-3/16
Depth (inches) 0-3/8
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Media Types
Built-In Memory 2GB
Built-In Memory Type Flash
Removable Media None
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output 3.5mm
USB 2.0 High-speed
Other PC Connections None

Product Research

Overview: The Apple iPod Shuffle (4th gen) is a sleek, compact, portable digital music player. Its main body is crafted from a single piece of aluminum and polished to a beautiful shine, so the new iPod shuffle (4th gen) feels solid, sleek, and durable. The iPod shuffle (4th gen) is equipped with a 2GB flash memory for music storage and offers playback functions such as VoiceOver & Genius Mixes. It also includes an integrated clip so you can attach it to your shirt, jacket, workout gear, backpack, or purse so you can listen to your music on the go.

Note: The new 2GB iPod shuffle (4th gen) is available in a blue, green, orange, pink or silver polished aluminum finish with white earbud headphones.

Music Player
Control Functions
Convenience Features
Software Requirements
Battery Information

Music Player

2GB Flash Memory: The Apple iPod shuffle (4th gen) has a built-in 2GB USB flash drive, capable of storing approximately 500 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 2GB shuffle (4th gen) supports the following audio formats: Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store; M4A, M4B, M4P), HE-AAC, MP3 (8-320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8-320 Kbps), Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, and Podcasts. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it is converted to AAC format by default.

Note: If you are using iTunes for Windows, you can convert non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format.

128 kbps AAC Format: If your iTunes library contains songs in higher bit-rate formats, such as iTunes Plus,Apple Lossless, or WAV, you can set iTunes to convert songs to 128 kbps AAC format as they're synced with iPod shuffle (4th gen). This doesn't affect the quality or size of the songs stored in iTunes.

Skip Protection: Because the iPod shuffle (4th gen) uses flash memory, playback is completely skip-free.

Store Data Files: You can use the iPod shuffle (4th gen) as an external disk to store data files. The iPod shuffle disk icon appears on the desktop (Mac), or as the next available drive letter in Windows Explorer (Windows PC). Drag files to or from the iPod shuffle (4th gen) to copy them.

Control Functions

Clickable Control Pad: The big, clickable control pad on the front of iPod shuffle (4th gen) is 18% larger than on previous iPod shuffle models, so it's even easier to see and use the music controls. Simply press the center button to play and pause. Press the outer buttons to skip forward or back and adjust volume.

Shuffle Switch: The portable audio digital player's shuffle switch has 3 positions. You can set it to the left, and your music will randomly playback. If you set it to the middle, your songs will play in order. And turn the iPod shuffle off by setting the switch to the right position.

Note: When you turn on the shuffle feature, books, podcasts, and Genius Mixes are not shuffled; they play in their iTunes order.

Playlists: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) lets you snyc different playlists and Genius Mixes from iTunes so you have the perfect mix of music for every mood.

VoiceOver: The Apple iPod shuffle (4th gen) can provide more control over your playback options by speaking your song titles and artist names, and announcing a menu of playlists for you to choose from. The VoiceOver feature changes the way you browse and navigate your music by telling you what title or artist you are listening to (through the headphones) without interrupting your music with a press of  button. The VoiceOver feature also allows Playlist playback the iPod shuffle (4th gen) since it will announce your Playlists names with press of a button. VoiceOver also tells you battery status and other messages.

  • Track Info: VoiceOver can speak the current track title and artist name while you're listening to iPod shuffle (4th gen).
  • Playlists: When VoiceOver is enabled, you can hear the playlist names and choose any playlist you've synced to the iPod shuffle (4th gen). If audiobooks or audio podcasts are synced to iPod shuffle, their titles are also read as part of the playlist menu.

Note: The VoiceOver features supports 25 different languages:

Genius: Genius finds songs in your iTunes library that go great together and uses them to create Genius playlists and Genius Mixes. Genius playlists and Genius Mixes created in iTunes can be synced to iPod shuffle like any other iTunes playlist. You can't add Genius Mixes to iPod shuffle manually.

  • Genius Playlist: A Genius playlist is based on a song that you select. iTunes then compiles a Genius playlist of songs that go great with the one you selected.
  • Genius Mixes: Genius Mixes are preselected compilations of songs that go great together. They're created for you by iTunes, using songs from your iTunes library. Each Genius Mix is designed to provide a different listening experience each time you play it. iTunes creates up to 12 Genius Mixes, based on the variety of music in your iTunes library.

Note: Genius is a free service, but you need an iTunes Store account to use it. If you don't have an account, you can set one up when you turn on Genius.

Podcast, Audiobooks & iTunes U Collections: The iPod shuffle(4th gen) supports the download and playback of Podcasts, iTunes U, and Audiobooks.

  • Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts are free, downloadable shows available at the iTunes Store. Podcasts are organized by shows, episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If you stop playing a podcast and return to it later, the podcast begins playing where you left off.
  • iTunes U: iTunes U is a part of the iTunes Store that features free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, which you can download and sync to the iPod shuffle (4th gen).
  • Audiobooks: You can purchase and download audiobooks from the iTunes Store or, or import audiobooks from CDs, and listen to them on the iPod shuffle (4th gen).

Volume Level: The loudness of songs and other audio may vary depending on how the audio was recorded or encoded. You can set iTunes to automatically adjust the volume of songs so they play at the same relative volume level, and you can set iPod shuffle to use those same iTunes volume settings.

Volume Limit: You can set a limit for the volume on iPod shuffle. You can also set a password in iTunes to prevent anyone else from changing this setting.

Convenience Features

Compact Design: The Apple iPod shuffle (4th gen) is very compact and light-weight. It measures only 1.245" (w) x 1.165" (h) x 0.355" (d).

Built-in Clip: The 2GB iPod shuffle (4th gen) comes ready to wear with its built-in, stainless steel, sturdy clip. You can clip it to your pants or shirt pocket, belt or shirt sleeve.

Reset: Reset iPod shuffle (4th gen) by turning it off, waiting 10 seconds, and then turning it back
on again.


3.5mm Jack: The Apple iPod shuffle's (4th gen) 3.5mm jack does double duty as a headphone connector and USB connector. The shuffle (4th gen) uses a 3.5mm male connector to plug in either the supplied headphones or to connect the iPod shuffle to your computer using the supplied minijack to USB cable.

Headphones: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) features a 3.5 minijack headphone output and comes with earbud-style headphones (Frequency Response: 20Hz-20,2000Hz; Impedance: 32-ohms). If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm minijack connector.

USB Cable: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) connects to your computer's high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading and charging the battery using the supplied minijack-to-USB cable.

Software Requirements

iTunes: iTunes is the software application you use with the iPod shuffle (4th gen). iTunes offers over 13 million songs for your to choose from. iTunes can sync music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more with your iPod shuffle (4th gen). When you connect the iPod shuffle (4th gen) to your computer, iTunes opens automatically.

Note: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) requires iTunes 10 or newer.

Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod shuffle (4th gen) 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.

Computer Requirements: The Apple iPod shuffle (4th gen) is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows: Windows 7, Vista, or XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 high-speed
  • Software: iTunes 10 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)

Note: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) comes with no software. You must download the latest version of iTunes music management software from the Apple website.

Battery Information

Rechargeable Battery: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) has an internal, non-user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium polymer battery. The battery offers up to 15 hours of playback. When the iPod shuffle (4th gen) is connected to a high-power USB port on your computer using the supplied minijack to USB cable, the battery charges. The iPod shuffle (4th gen) battery is 80% charged in about 2 hours, and fully charged in about 3 hours.

Charging/Status Light: When the battery is charging, the status light on the iPod shuffle (4th gen) is solid orange. When the battery is fully charged, the status light is green. In iTunes, the battery icon next to the name of your iPod shuffle also shows the battery status. The icon displays a lightning bolt when the battery is charging, and a plug when the battery is fully charged.

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