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This review is from: Apple iPod shuffle - 512MB [M9724B/A] (Electronics)
Got this given as a pressie so not sure if that makes you feel more or less "loyal" to a product or whether it affects your expectations but thought I would mention it up front.
This device is the business for 2 key reasons. Firstly it is tiny. Either on the lanyard or in your pocket or hand. You do not feel that "heavy pocket thing" with this device. Secondly it is so easy to manage the music on there - I guess because of iTunes if you are Windows or Mac use but not solely as I mostly use Linux to manage the device and that works great too.
Does it need a screen? This really depends on what you want from your music machine. If you want ALL your music on there - the 1000 songs scenario or even the 240 songs offered by the 1gig version then I think that a screen would be better. But that does not take away the stars from this version - if that is what you want then definately go for the nano or similar.
But if, like me, you are always listening to something new for a 50 minute walk to work then you don't need a screen. I usually get a new album every fortnight or so and then listen to that plus the previous one solidly for the next two weeks. The shuffle is just perfect for this - I never use the random mode as I want to hear the whole album in the right track order.
I usually only have about 2 or 3 albums on there - they get listened to then replaced with new stuff in a few weeks.
That's only one way of using it - and it works for me perfectly. You could also just have playlists on your computer and drag then onto it every so often and do the shuffle thing - that would turn it into a radio without ads or talk. That would also work really well.
What it won't do is be it's bigger brother, the entire collection device but they are more expensive, heavier and less robust so I think you would really need to want that "entire collection" thing for you to make that choice.
Hope this helps