First-Generation iPod Shuffle Turns 14 Today

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  1. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    The 1st gen. iPod Shuffle was my first-ever Apple product. I have since owned a bunch of different iPods, Macs, iPhones and iPads as well as Airports, Apple TV's and so on. I still remember it as a good product, although the headphone jack had a tendency to fail prematurely (at least the two that I had).
     
  2. Fidgetyrat macrumors regular

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    I think bluetooth really lead to the death of the shuffle. I used to use mine mainly at the gym with a set of headphones to which I soldered shorter wires. These days I just leave my phone in my bag and use a bluetooth headset to listen and control
     
  3. Stephen13 macrumors newbie

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    I recently pulled our old 1st-gen iPod Shuffles (2005) out of storage. They are both 512MB (lol). I plugged them into my iMac and iTunes told me the software was out of date (no kidding?). Both still work perfectly!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Ah, a vintage AD MacRumors mockup! A decade later and they still haven't hired you.

    Take the hint, buddy. :p
     
  5. adamjackson macrumors 68000

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    Spring 2005, Apple Retail employees weren't given iPod Shuffles for free but each store had a set of them that employees would wear while on the sales floor. Lasted about a year:

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  6. Doomtomb macrumors regular

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    Let's talk about why Shuffle was such a success: Introducing iPod to people at a entry-level pricepoint.
     
  7. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

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  8. Necross macrumors regular

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    I had the 1 GB version and loved it, till someone stole it outta my car :(
     
  9. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a

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  10. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    Will it call random people?
     
  11. Brenster macrumors 6502a

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    Still have my 1st gen shuffle and it still works. Gets used for lawn mowing duties where I don’t want to risk my iPhone. Great product then and now.
     
  12. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502

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    Since it was discontinued in July 27, 2017, shouldn't it be "iPod Shuffle would have turned 14 today?".
     
  13. Dave-Z macrumors 6502

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    Today's Apple would also provide a lanyard... As a separate purchase for "only" $15.
     
  14. az431 macrumors 6502a

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    iPod Shuffles were at least double what other similar MP3 players cost with less storage capacity, so while they were inexpensive relative to other iPod models, not many people would agree that they were priced any differently than Apple prices devices today.
     
  15. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    The Shuffle that I'm most impressed with is the 4th Gen model (2010) with hats off to the 2nd Gen (2006).
     
  16. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

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    When Apple considered customer affordability in their design and business strategy.
     
  17. racoop macrumors member

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    Still use my 4th gens daily (one green, one black) during running and at the gym. The 2010 version was the best, having enough physical space to grab the thing by w/o pushing buttons and better button feel. The final iteration was too small to manipulate easily w/o erroneously hitting the wrong buttons.
     
  18. b11051973 macrumors 6502

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    I had a 1st and 2nd gen shuffle. Used them at the gym. Loved it!! I had no interest in that 3rd gen version. No buttons, no thank you.
     
  19. AronDraws macrumors 6502

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    It's a shame they don't still offer a small iPod like this. My boyfriend's mum had to shell out over $300 to get a new one because her old one had gotten crushed. I enjoyed my clip style shuffle until the plastic button split right down the middle.
     
  20. ctdonath macrumors 65816

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    Joke aside, that's what the Watch+cellular is. Tiny cell phone with minimal interface; press button (or Lift For Siri) and say "call XYZ" and maybe it will actually call the number you want.
     
  21. Joniz macrumors member

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    Was about to come on here and comment about the truly lousy audio quality of the 1st gen shuffle until I saw the picture and realized I’d been trying to listen to an old Apple TV remote.
     
  22. jsalda macrumors regular

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    And the 1st generation had a better shuffle algorithm the iOS today. I hear the same dang songs on my iPhone.
     
  23. allapple macrumors newbie

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    bluetooth shuffle and new Airpods......perfect!! Save $500. on a watch!
     
  24. Khedron macrumors 6502

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    Tim would have sold the lanyard separately.

    First gen was great. I got a 4th gen as a backup as well. Being able to order them engraved made a nice gift too.
     
  25. EvilTrovis macrumors newbie

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    The first generation shuffle was actually a good price compared to other flash MP3 players on the market. I will agree later on, other products like the Sansa and GoGear and whatever else would undercut the shuffle's price, but it was a good value during the first gen. Plus most flash MP3 players at the time used triple A batteries, so it was nice that the shuffle had a built-in battery.
     

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