First-Generation iPod Shuffle Turns 14 Today

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  1. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    From the watch? You want a headphone cable going to your wrist?

    I had the first and last. I used the last until about a year ago, with Bluetooth headphones it made more sense to just use my watch in the gym.
  2. imikem macrumors member


    Nov 29, 2005
    Frozen tundra of MN
    Already available. That's called an, "Android phone".

  3. iTuna macrumors newbie


    Feb 11, 2017
    The first one was the best of all of them, especially with the lanyard case. Ran 13 marathons with that shuffle.
  4. audiophilosophy macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2017
    New Orleans
    The 1st generation iPod shuffle is well known to be at the top of the list-- as far as sound quality is concerned-- amongst all of the devices Apple has ever put out that can play audio. It has superior sound quality to iPods, iPads, and iPhones. I know from experience. It sounds amazing. That said, it's not nearly as convenient.
  5. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    These were simpler times when we were all so excited to get a new redesigned iPod and updates to iLife and iWork once a year a MacWorld.
  6. brofkand macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2006
    That makes no sense, it's not even a good joke.
  7. Mars56 Suspended

    Apr 26, 2018
    I liked mine, it was my first apple product. I quickly upgraded to the first Nano though. And liked that even more.
  8. kentsydney macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2015
    This was the Apple who I fell in love with . That love affair is rapidly coming to an end now

    Steve Jobs influence and vision is sadly lacking

    Thank goodness for Elon Musk
  9. chublet macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2018
    It is a shame that the only way to listen to music on an Apple portable device now is either on an oversized phone or an iPod touch, both of which are too large physically for what you need, and also don't hold a big music library unless you go for an extremely expensive option where you pay FAR too much for the extra space.

    Despite what tech companies seem to think, streaming is not an option on-the-go here in the UK, it may be fine when sitting at home but 3/4G coverage is so spotty I couldn't even drive from home to work, a journey of 6 miles in the South East of the UK, and listen to a track without it losing connection.

    The iPod line, particularly the Classic and Nono, were great devices, it is a shame that have all gone...
  10. pokeeto2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2010
    I still have my original 1GB iPod Shuffle. Haven’t used it since 09-2010 but it still works perfect. Played around with it 2 years ago for a bit and it still held a decent charge and worked perfectly

    Attached Files:

  11. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Back when Apple always made sure to have an affordable but still innovative low-end model in every lineup. Like the white MacBook, the iPhone SE or 5C, etc...
  12. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    Streaming services allow you to download music though.
  13. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I remember when TiVo would offer them up as bonuses - you could redeem points for things like the Shuffle. I still have a couple TiVo-provided Shuffles around here somewhere (as well as a cheap TiVo-branded messenger bag :D).

    I've got nothing against progress; but I do miss those days when tech companies seemed to have more personality (perhaps "quirkiness" would be a better term).
  14. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    Never owned an iPod shuffle but my first Apple device was an iPod mini. That’s where it all started for me.

    It’s amazing how far we’ve come. I saw this picture the other day and even in this setup is somewhat outdated.

  15. Harlowgold1 macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2008
    Ohio - GO BUCKEYES!
    --- Post Merged, Jan 13, 2019 ---
    Laugh if you must, but they cut the life-cycle on this product too soon. I still miss having something lite on me when working out. This was a great product to dive into the Apple ecosystem.
  16. nylonsteel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2010
    4th gen shuffle - my best running companion for years
    light weight
    easy user controls
    easy downloads
    Current setup: bluetooth earbuds with android phone - heavier and clunky
  17. timidpimpin macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    I had two different first gen shuffles, and loved them a lot, but the headphone jack went bad on both within a year. The 2nd gen. shuffle was the best by far.
  18. SSDGUY macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2009
    In many ways, for navigating playlists, still prefer the tactile connection of the old click-wheel iPod.
  19. timidpimpin macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    Agreed. I had the iPod mini and loved the click wheel.
  20. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    The 7th gen nano eventually supported AirPods with a firmware update, but there was an issue with low volume. I don't remember whether this was ever fixed before Apple discontinued the product line.

    As for myself, I still occasionally use my 5th gen nanos. That gen gets my vote for best non-iOS iPod, with its nice bigger screen (than 4th gen), video camera and built-in speaker. Yeah, okay, the speaker has virtually no bass, but it's there for what it's worth. I've never had a shuffle, though. A member of my family has a pink 4th gen shuffle, but it's that person's least favorite choice. The rest of the family's music devices are iOS-based now.
  21. Candykane75 macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2017
    A time Apple still Made great products. I really miss the Keynotes with Steve
  22. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I did not know that - it's a shame they never marketed it. I would love a nano for snowboarding.. since I have a LTE Watch I could just use afraid to use wireless headphones when snowboarding as if I take a spill they will totally fall out... so a Nano w/ Wired headphones would be perfect and i would not have to worry about losing my X.
  23. Candykane75 macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2017
    You be amased how many sporters still Use iPods . This is a market Apple forgot about . Big storage iPods i dont meen the touch screen ones . There is such a big market for them . Classic iPod remove the fragil hard disk and replace with huge flash.
    If you don’t want a Apple.
    The Sandisk clip jam might be for you. You will have to copy you files manually but it supports acc
  24. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I mean, the way we consumed music has changed. I don't think that Apple really killed the iPod because it was a bad product - the way that people just started to consume/listen to media changed.. its happens all the time in music with records, tapes, flash, sony mini discs, etc...

    I do wish they kept the nano around that could connect to wifi or make a cellular version that could stream music.. but hey, i understand that there probably isn't much demand for something like that.
  25. Hockey_Gym macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2017
    I wish Apple would consider making one that can sync with Apple Music. My 4gen shuffle is my go-to at the gym, its nice to be able to unplug and get in a good workout without any distractions.

    Hell, even if they made you sync the thing once a month to authenticate your Apple Music subscription it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

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