Safe to buy Shuffle now ?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Metalmorphed, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Metalmorphed macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2010

    Now that the 'lets talk iPhone' thingy happened, nothing was said about the iPod Shuffle (haven't seen it yet, but no new news here). I initially waited to buy a Shuffle, but is it safe to buy it now or is there any other Apple Event coming soon?
    There's no hurry for buying it, but if there's no chance it'll change, why wait ?

    Thanks !
  2. Hexiii macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Republic
    I don't think there is an Apple event coming just for iPod Shuffle. What could they upgrade on it though?
  3. ilp macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    I think it's safe. I just went ahead and bought one yesterday.
  4. Yvan256 macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    They can't update it because it's already perfect. :D

    I'm glad it was on that Keynote slide with the iPod nano and the iPod touch.

    The only update they could possibly do is a capacity increase to 4 GiB for those who prefer to use Apple Lossless.

    I'm curious about battery life for this scenario. On one hand it means a lot more data to read from the flash memory but on the other hand it takes a lot less processing to decode Apple Lossless compared to AAC.

    Time to test something with my 2nd generation* iPod shuffle! :cool:

    The one with the offset click wheel BUT with the cool little dock.
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I wouldn't buy it now. Rumors of a teardrop shaped design. I think MR paid for a mockup. ;)
  6. ilp macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    I just used the new Shuffle while running. I previously have been using the previous gen buttonless shuffle.

    My micro-review: very nice to have those buttons! Oh man, the controls on a wire idea was only mediocre in practice and was terrible in a sweaty running environment. Those controls kept breaking down on me like clockwork. WIth the new buttons, I can adjust volume and ****. It's like, the basic functionality is there. Voiceover still works great for knowing what you're listening to. It's actually a good tradeoff for not having the screen. As a bonus, the voiceover button now requires only a push to hear the voice (vs the old shuffle requiring a long hold of the remote button) and one medium length hold to select playlists (Vs a ridiculously long hold on the remote before).

    Downside: since the buttons are crammed on the entire face on the shuffle, it's hard to squeeze open the clip without pushing any buttons. With the previous buttonless shuffle, I could easily relocate it without thinking twice about it. Now, I have to use more care. I will need to develop a technique that works without accidental presses that lose my track position (I often listen to 1hr or 2hr long mixes, so accidental track switch sucks big time).

    Let's see how long this one lasts before I kill it with sweat.
  7. Alvesang macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2010
    Just press and hold the Play/Pause button for a couple of seconds. It activates the lock. Same procedure for removing the lock.
  8. davydavy macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2011

    Hi - I've got the same 2nd generation shuffle, and it's great! How are you finding the current model in terms of audio quality. I think that my 2G shuffle sounds better than my iPhone 3GS but I'm not sure if it's just my imagination.
  9. Kajover macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    can you back this up with images or any rumors (links)?
  10. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    The shuffle isn't going to change, perhaps 4GB capacity will come back but who knows. Personally the 2GB works fine with 128kbps conversion turned on I never go through the entire thing on a 8hr shift at work, in fact I probably hit around 30% of the amount of music on it.

    If anything the shuffle will be canned in favor of the nano, however I think there is just enough difference between the devices to warrant keeping it on the market. The shuffle has physical buttons making it a great device for working out.
  11. Kavier macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I seriously doubt an update to the shuffle will be released anytime soon if at all.
  12. Metalmorphed thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2010
  13. philipt42 macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2009
    The shuffle really is not going to change'll be fiiiine, even on the outside chance that they do update it!

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