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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for what it is, 6 May 2009
This review is from: Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB - Blue (Electronics)
I have used MP3 players for a long time. I have in the past avoided players that did not deal with MP3s natively (i.e. converting them to ATRAC or whatever) and I always avoided players that had an integral battery. But times change, technology advances and priorities are shifted. This little device does what it is supposed to do very well. It is supposed to be ultra-compact and light, a go anywhere device. And it is. Obviously to achieve that, certain things have to go, such as the display. But I don't need the display to tell me what song is playing - it was me who put the music on there! The integral battery probably means that when the battery is finished, the device is finished as well. I have decided that I can live with that for a device that is as relatively inexpensive as this and considering the improvements in rechargeable battery technology (all that previous malarkey about having to completely discharge the battery regularly is, I understand, no longer necessary). I love this little device. It is so small and light that I can take it literally anywhere. The front control is big enough to be easily operated by a man's thumb, in the pocket, without looking. The on/off on the base is a bit more fiddly and requires a fingernail to operate it but at least it can't be accidentally turned on. I have not measured the battery life but it is way more than I expected. I regularly make 12 hour journeys and I have not had the battery expire on me yet. The only reason that I did not give five stars is because it is not possible to just 'drag and drop' files. I-Tunes is now bloatware and anyway it would not install on my last computer. I use MediaWidget to transfer files to and from the device. I did not get on with the supplied earphones. The sound was poor and they kept falling out. I replaced them with my Sony earphones that clip around the back of my ear (a good match for this device if you use it when running) and I would now rate the sound quality as excellent. I highly recommend this product.
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