Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod

The player iPod Shuffle is the smallest music device of all iPods from the company Apple.

1 year after the release of the first player of this line, which was approved by fans of ergonomic musical devices, in the fall of 2006 the company Apple presented to the world its updated version – improved iPod Shuffle, 2nd generation of the device. In March 2009, the updated 3rd generation iPod Shuffle was released, and the last iPod Shuffle 4th generation was released on September 1, 2010.

Due to its minimalistic design, affordable cost and compactness, the player quickly gained popularity among a wide range of consumers.

Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod

Specifications iPod Shuffle of different generations

1st generation:

  • iPod shuffle 1st generation.
  • Release date – January 11, 2005.
  • The amount of flash memory is 512 MB or 1 GB.
  • Dimensions – 84 x 25 x 8.4 mm.
  • Weight – 22 g.
  • Battery life – 12 hours.
  • Computer interface – USB.
  • Body colors – white.

2nd generation:

  • The amount of flash memory is 1 or 2 GB.
  • Dimensions – 27.2 x 41.1 x 10.4 mm (thickness with clip).
  • Weight – 15.6 grams.
  • Battery life is 12 hours.
  • Computer interface – USB.
  • Body colors are metallic.

3rd generation:

  • Dimensions – 45.2×17.5×7.8 mm.
  • Weight – 10.7 g.
  • Net volume – 4326 mm3.
  • Capacity – 2 or 4 GB.
  • Player control has been moved to headphones.
  • New navigation system 'VoiceOver'.
  • The battery lasts for 10 hours of music.
  • Body material – anodized aluminum.
  • Body colors – metallic, black, blue, green, pink, gold.

4th generation:

  • Dimensions – 31.6 x 29.0 x 8.7mm.
  • Weight – 12.5 g.
  • Capacity – 2 GB.
  • The controls were returned from the headphones to the player.
  • The nominal load resistance is 32 Ohm.
  • To enable VoiceOver, there is a separate button on the side of the player.
  • The battery lasts for 15 hours of listening to music.
  • Body material – anodized aluminum.
  • Body colors (updated Apple July 16, 2015) – silver, gold, space gray, pink, blue, red.


The kit includes the following components:

  • portable music player (player) – 1 pc .;
  • adapter in the form of a docking station for charging the device with an integrated cable (USB cable) – 1 pc .;
  • user manual (operating instructions for the device) – 1 pc .;
  • sticker with the company logo Apple – 2 pcs .;
  • plastic box with a lid (transparent), in which the device and all components are packed.

This is standard on all 2nd generation iPods.

Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod

To highlight both the positive and negative characteristics of this model, it is necessary to do a detailed review iPod Shuffle.


Unlike the technical characteristics of the phone (pros and cons) of the company Apple, iPod Shuffle has narrowly focused functions, since it is intended only for listening to music.

The length iPod Shuffle is 41.1 mm. The height of this music device is 27.2 mm. The thickness of the player reaches 10.4 mm (taking into account the thickness of the clip located on the back of the player). The device weighs no more than 15.6 g.

The player is connected to a personal computer using a USB cable.

In 2006 the player is released in 1 color scheme – 'metallic'. But since winter 2007 the company has been producing players in other colors. Pink, blue and green iPod Shuffle appear on sale. Since the fall of next year, the device is available in mint, purple, red and turquoise shades.

Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod

Supported formats

The player plays audio recordings in such music formats as: AAC, WAV, MP3, Audi ble, as well as Protected AAC. In this case, the permissible number of bits (bit rate) is from 8 to 320 Kbps per second, not only for the AAC format, but also for the MP3 format.


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This type of iPod is a player that uses flash memory for the first time. This iPod version has built-in memory for storing music files, the volume of which is 2 or 1 GB.


The player has a built-in battery that provides up to 12 hours of battery life.

The 220 mAh battery is based on special lithium polymer technology (Li-Pol), which explains its compact size.

It takes at least 4 hours to charge your iPod. The battery charging process is carried out using a docking station (first, the player is connected to it), which connects to a personal computer via a USB cable.

Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod


This version of the iPod is controlled by a special block (by means of a round-shaped button with 5 functional zones) located in the center of the front panel of the device.

Pressing the left arrow button will rewind the music you are listening to. By pressing the part of the button with arrows pointing to the right, you can fast forward the song.

Pressing the part of the button with the '+' sign increases the volume of the music composition, and pressing the part of the button where the '-' sign is depicted decreases the volume.

The central part of the control button is responsible for functions such as pause and start music playback.

If, when pressed, hold the central part of the button for 1–2 seconds, the control system is locked.

Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod

The player also has 2 sliding switches located on the side of the device. The first one changes the modes of listening to music. Available as Shuffle-mode, which means listening to songs in a chaotic order, and standard mode, which allows you to listen to tracks in the order set by the owner of the player. A second slide switch (like the side control keys) is needed to turn the iPod on and off.

There is a built-in indicator next to the switches, according to the color of which the battery level of the iPod is determined: green means that the battery iPod Shuffle is charged from 30% to 100%, orange informs the owner of the iPod that the charge level is less than 30 %, and red means the battery has less than 10% charge.

On the back panel iPod Shuffle there is a special clip that attaches the player to clothes or accessories (for example, to a pocket of trousers, to a belt, to a scarf) for a comfortable process of listening to music.

Sound quality

The sound quality of the iPod is not perfect. But in the process of listening to compositions, there are no distortions and noises.

The player supports both 'compressed' audio format and standard WAV files. Due to the specifics of channel separation, the problem of an unbalanced sound range often arises.

The music and sound quality of the tracks on this version of the iPod does not radically differ from the quality of the songs played on the previous iPod.

Review iPod Shuffle: Smallest iPod

Conclusions – pros and cons

The advantages of the iPod of this version include the compactness of the player, its narrowly focused functionality (the device is designed only for listening to music), attractive appearance, ease of operation and ease of use.

The disadvantages of this model include the peculiarity of the battery charging procedure, as well as the lack of a display.

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