AMITIAE - Wednesday 5 August 2015
Cassandra: iPod shuffle - A New Look at a Refreshed Product
By Graham K. Rogers
When Apple Music went live a few weeks ago, many noticed that some of the images showed iPods in different colors, suggesting a revision was in the works. The iPod shuffle and iPod nano were given new colors and the iPod touch was updated with new insides. I will get to that in a day or so. These revised iPods arrived in my hands this week and I have been playing with them, starting with the smallest: the iPod shuffle.
The box contained some papers in Thai and English to explain how the device works. Basically this is plug it in and let iTunes do its stuff. The ON button showed me there was a charge (as there always is with new Apple products). Even when in use, the power light goes out in a few seconds to conserve power.
I decided to scrap the first sync however and selected a couple of older playlists, ending up with 301 tunes, which was reportedly a running time of 1 day, 55 minutes and 9 seconds. Not bad for a device 29 x 31.6mm and weighing 12.5 grams. The selection included an opera, several symphonies a number of modern albums, as well as a few random tunes. I can sort this all out later. Or not.
Although I have a set of the newer ear buds that came with the iPhone 6, I decided to try the older-style ones that were in the box. I found the sound output more than acceptable, really belting out Rex Tremendae from the Mozart Requiem. I did switch to the newer ear buds later, but those that come with the iPod shuffle are fine for casual use and I did have to turn the volume down with several tunes.
Music can either be played in order or shuffled. The function is selected with the power button: the full ON position shuffles the music; halfway will play in list order.
iPod shuffle - Image Courtesy of Apple
These also make good presents and Apple does have a Corporate Purchase Program that makes this an attractive choice for corporate gifting as well as lower-priced gifts for family or friends. Bought in the online store, the product can also be engraved. There is free gift-wrapping and delivery.
See also:Cassandra: iPod nano - Another Updated Member of the iPod Range
Cassandra: iPod touch - Updated Member of the iPod Range with Much Still to Offer
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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