Finally got my shuffle (months..)- a few minutes later 250 odd songs and playing. Utterly overwhelmed by the great quality of sound thru' regular ear-buds. Comparator c$100k (grand)fi ex-system UK; $5k current main hi-fi and some blasting $300 headphones (open). Cool- am buying all my staff a "work computer file" device (i.e. Shuffle512) next week . Enjoy..