iPod Shuffle, decent investment?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iCharlie, May 29, 2009.

  1. iCharlie macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    I've realised my iPhone is way too chunky for gym use and is just not practical enough.
    I've wanted a Shuffle for some time now but feel that use with any other headphones than Apple's will restrict its functionality. Its size and storage specifications are super and it's only the headphones that worry me, are there alternatives to the Apple's standard ones?
  2. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    I personally like the new shuffle for casual listening around town. I have two caveats though, I had already owned the new in ear headphones which sound really nice for the price and can control the shuffle, and you have organize your music in relatively small playlists that are easy for you to organize.

    All things being equal though, for a better investment, I would spend an extra $10 and get a refurbished nano.
  3. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    You could consider buying the 2nd-generation Shuffle. Those come in 1GB or 2Gb flavours, have buttons on the body, and use normal earphones.
  4. mrcourt123 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I agree. I love my 2nd gen shuffle and don't really understand what benefits the 3rd gen has. Obviously the storage is greater and it has that silly voice-over thing, but IMHO the 2nd gen is a perfect workout/casual listening music player. My suggestion, save the money, but a refurb 2nd gen shuffle, spend the extra money on some music (or whatever), and you will probably be very happy with your purchase.
  5. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Another vote for the 2nd Gen Shuffle here. I use mine almost exclusively for working out. Super simple and as others have said no need for specific head phones.
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I have both second and third gen. shuffles. I really like the second but for some of my needs, especially when I use it for motorcycling, I like the third. Controlling by a click near my ear works wonderfully.
  7. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    investment? sorry but the idea of the shuffle as an investment made me laugh a little.

    To answer your question, i'd get the 2nd gen shuffle also, itsa much better option. To me the new shuffle is an incredible waste of time. Don't you need to click three times togo back a track? Sheesh:rolleyes:

    When this came out my first thought was that i never actually thought apple would stoop to the level of either this or this
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I don't think apple hit the nail on the head with the current shuffle..but I dont own one I've only seen one so I'm really not up to judge. A friend of mine has 15+ shuffles (Not kidding you!) and he loves the current one, although I think he likes last generations more because of the use of any headphones as well as the buttons.
  9. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    I love my shuffle (I have a 1gb 2nd gen one), it really is great for the gym. I tried using my iphone and 80gb ipod in the gym but both were too big and clunky. The shuffle is great, you can't even feel its there when you clip it on! Go for it! [​IMG]
  10. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
  11. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I have a first generation shuffle and I love it. Slightly less convenient size wise (though still really small) and doubles as a USB drive (plus you don't need a dock to use it). I wish they'd kept the USB aspect...

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