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Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Dave! My new iPod Shuffle arrived, but I didn't had time to open it up and play with it until today. In a word: it's brilliant!

Don't get me wrong, I love my original iPod (and really love the 40 gigabytes of storage) but, as small as it is, the thing can still be a little cumbersome to travel with. Usually what I end up doing is selecting a playlist, putting it on shuffle, and then dropping it in my pocket. But then you have a heavy pocket and must be careful that you don't let it fall out when you bend over, as that could be an expensive mistake.

iPod Shuffle, on the other hand, is so light-weight as to be almost unnoticeable. It comes with a lanyard that makes walking around with it safe, comfortable, and effortless.

Dave Shuffle

Some people will undoubtedly bitch about the lack of a display but, since I only use the display to select a playlist on my iPod original, I don't really care (besides, that would just add size and weight). The gigabyte of memory only has room for a single playlist anyway, so I already know what I'm getting when I turn it on. Selecting a new playlist is as easy as plugging your iPod Shuffle back into your computer and dragging a different one over. There's also a cool "auto-fill" feature which will randomly grab selections from your library until the memory is full. This is a great way to re-discover songs you may have forgotten or don't play very often.

Dave Shuffle

There is one downside, however: Apple decided to use a USB 2.0 connector instead of FireWire (which is what they used on all previous iPods). This wouldn't bother me except that Apple only recently began supporting USB 2.0, so not a single machine I own has it. This sucks ass, because transferring a gigabyte over USB 1.0 is slow. Really slow. Oh well, it does give the unit enough time to recharge.

Anyway, I am totally loving the iPod Shuffle. Especially since the iTunes Music Store just released Erasure's excellent new album Nightbird and Billy Idol's new pre-release single called Scream. Apple rules.

UPDATE: Now that's cool... I just noticed the shuffle/cycle settings are dynamic! All my playlists are in order by artist, so if I am listening on the "shuffle" setting, come across a song from The Cure, then decide I want to hear more from The Cure, all I have to do is switch to the "cycle" setting and play their remaining songs in order. Then I can go back to "shuffle" again with a flick of a switch! It's the attention to little details like this that makes me such an Apple whore.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "This information cannot leave this room, okay? It would devastate my reputation as a dude."
Yesterday's Answer: Feds (1988) with Rebecca De Mornay and Mary Gross.

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  1. Thomas Hawk says:

    Man I love the cartoons! Do you do those by hand or do you use a software program to make them?


  2. Dave2 says:


    The DaveToons are drawn in Adobe Illustrator, though sometimes I touch them up or add special effects in Photoshop.

  3. jenny says:

    I know the answer to the movie thing! Yay!! It’s one of my faves!

  4. Dave2 says:

    Well, let’s have it! 🙂

  5. miyna says:

    You make me want this more than ever. This is an excellent review – it’s exactly what the user wants to know, without all the stuff we don’t really need to know.

    Perfection in a few paragraphs!

    I’m going shopping on payday, thanks to you!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Was this one of those free ipods I keep hearing about?

  7. Dave2 says:

    Free? Err… no. They cost $99 for the half-gigabyte model and $148 for the full-gigabyte model.

  8. jenny says:

    Sixteen Candles!

  9. Dave2 says:

    Sixteen Candles indeed! One of my favorite guilty pleasures from the 80’s brat-pack films (the beautiful If You Were Here song at the end by the Thompson Twins doesn’t hurt either!).

  10. Richard says:

    I’m seriously thinking about laying out for one of these ipod shuffles. I’ve never really been taken by the idea (or the expense) of mp3 players before. But I find the notion of just uploading a raft of songs and then playing a sequence of random tunes from this tiny little device quite a captivating idea. And the ability to toggle between sequence and shuffle at the flick of a switch sounds perfect. It is a rather handsome device too, which helps.

  11. MRKisThatKid says:

    I luv me shuffle too, but i do find the slider on the back to be quite a challenge sometimes, probably because i’m essentially sans-finger nails (have to file them down to oblivion for.. um, reasons) so with the slider being completely flush my thumb just glides along it with no give.

  12. Dave2 says:

    As long as you don’t have a dire need for visual feedback, I highly recommend the iPod Shuffle. Now that I’ve played with it a bit, I actually prefer it to my original iPod for listening to music.

    I haven’t had any problems with the switch on the back… mine seems to have a bit rougher plastic there (instead of being perfectly smooth, like the rest of the unit) which seems to help out. You are right though… there are no ridges on it, so if your fingers are slippery you’ll have a tough time of it!

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