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What type of iPod am I? A shuffle perhaps…

As with all things Apple, their selection of portable media devices may be a bit overwhelming for the average buyer. This week we’ll take a look at the iPod shuffle.

So hold tight and don’t make any purchases until we’ve had a look at them all.

Let’s start with the baby of the bunch, the iPod shuffle; weighing in at 0.44 ounces and 1.14 inches high, significantly more streamline than the original shuffle which was more than twice the size at 3.3 inches back in 2005. The storage capabilities have also evolved over the years beginning with the original, which were available with 512 MB and 1GB memory.

The primary difference between the shuffle and the others in the iPod family other than its compact size is the fact that it only plays audio, so for those looking to download Apps and watch movies, this is not the device for you.

The fourth generation shuffle offers 2GB of memory and is available in a polished aluminium finish in five colours that will match most wardrobes. All joking aside, this tiny device comes loaded with great features and is a perfect starter device for those new to the world of portable media.

This bite-sized media device provides users with 15 hours of battery life and can hold approximately 500 songs.

Control of the shuffle is carried out primarily using the buttons on the front of the device, known as the control pad. The centre icon controls play and pause and the surrounding buttons allow you to fast forward and go back when looking for favourites. The remaining buttons are used to adjust volume levels.

Along the side of the device you will see two buttons, the one located to the right is used for three functions; shuffling music (left position), play in order (middle position), and to turn the device off (right position).

Another feature offered is known as Voiceover, and is the button located on the left which also serves a host of functions; it can tell you the name of the artist and song playing, inform you of remaining battery life, and is able to communicate in 29 different languages.

The iPod shuffle is perfect for working out at the gym, or while you are travelling because of its size, and ability to clip onto clothing and handbags allowing you to keep their hands free, and a great entry level device for the novice, due to its simplicity and price point.

See you all next week, when we take a look at the iPod nano.

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Published November 08, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 09, 2011 at 8:15 am)

What type of iPod am I? A shuffle perhaps…

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