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Apple unveils flash-based iPod Shuffle

updated 02:00 pm EST, Tue January 11, 2005

Apple unveils iPod Shuffle

, a new flash memory-based digital music player based on iPod's shuffle feature which lets users "experience their music in a million different ways." Smaller and lighter than a pack of gum, iPod shuffle comes with its own lanyard so it's ready to wear right out of the box. iPod shuffle works seamlessly with iTunes' AutoFill feature which automatically selects songs from a user's music library to fill up iPod shuffle with just one click. iPod shuffle is the most affordable iPod ever and is available in two models: 512MB holding up to 120 songs for $100 and 1GB holding up to 240 songs for just $150.

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  1. dece

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I mean, so we saw it coming, but I'm still in shock.

  1. Todd Madson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tiny? Miniscule.

    It's definetely small. I can see people with less cash
    who wanted an iPod or those who didn't feel the need for
    thousands of songs on their player would get one
    of these.

    I don't see myself getting one having been an early
    iPod adopter since the first 5 GB unit days.

  1. awcopus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sport pod

    I will take this thing with me to the gym or to the track or to the park.

    My 3G 30GB iPod will come with me on vacations, business trips, road trips, basically any longer excursion where I would want all of those extra songs or HD space. Of course, I'll keep the sport pod (shuffle, whatever) on my key chain in case I get a chance to work out whereever it is I'm going.

    Not really into the "life is random" thing, but I like the no-moving-parts thing.

  1. flask

    Joined: Dec 1969


    random for me

    Since I don't usually listen to music away from my computer, it was hard to justify the cost of an iPod. And even though it would be nice to have my entire collection with me to choose from, I also like the idea of just having iTunes fill it up randomly as I'm heading out the door and having enough music just for that one trip in the car. That's all I really need, all I wanted, and now Apple has provided. Thanks. :)

  1. alfredo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You can probably

    make CD's as one file. That way you will have random CD's, but not random songs.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My daughtes will love...

    My 5 year old wants a portable cd player. This is perfect for her.

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just bought 2

    I use my iPod photo at the gym regularly. The funny thing is I play the same 'Gym Mix' which randomizes the same 40 or 50 songs all the time. This thing is perfect for me and the right price. iPod photo for the car, vacations, trips..etc. iPod Shuffle for the gym.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They'll be giving them..

    ...away in 2 years... but looks like the right thing 4 me for yard work, gym, skiing, etc 'cause AAC is soooo much better than MP3... Add FM & I'd be even happier...

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cool, I guess

    I think it'll do fine because it's from Apple but it's not exactly "new". There are already keychain drives that play music. I know they don't work with iTunes or have the Apple ease of use. We did see it coming from the rumors but the price is much better than expected. Though I personally would pay the little bit extra it may have costs for just a one line display.

    There are lot's of practical reasons for it besides showing what track. Apple assumes that everyone won't mind to "shuffle". Personally, I go nuts on my iPod when I don't know what song is on or I want to hear a particular one. Yes, yes, there will be workarounds but that's missing the point.

    The display could have also shown the time, battery life, etc. Still very simple but adding a lot more value.

    It makes me think of that movie IQ with Tim Robbins when he visits the lab and there is a guy going crazy in a small room with glass windows. He asks what is going on and the scientists says he's doing an experiment on the deprivation of time. The guy is flipping out. Maybe it's just me but sometimes I need to know the song. Some songs start out very soft or slow or whatever.

    I'll probably still get one but I'm a little underwhelmed. Well, welcome to the flash market Apple. Go get 'em.

  1. John F.

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple did it again

    The iPod shuffle is nice for people who exercise a lot. All they want to do is hook up the iPod Shuffle, add songs randomly from a couple of specific workout playlists, and then go on working out! iPod shuffle is perfect for those people. And I think the audience who work out is rather big. So Apple did it again. For those people, the iTunes/iPod integration works miracles and is not to pricey.

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