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Shuffle to be Replaced by Nano?

Blue Velvet

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Would be a shame, if true. The Shuffle is built like a little tank and is the perfect no-nonsense basic MP3 player that can be used and abused.

I'd rather see the Shuffle form retained with a larger capacity, than see a easily-scratched prima-donna 1gb Nano.
 
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kenzbud

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The Shuffle has its own little niche.... They should keep the shuffle in my opinion.
 
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Butters

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The shuffle can't go it's one of their strongest products

a simple strong and small mp3 player is sometimes much better than a slightly bigger one with a screen thats prone to scratching and has to be intensively looked after

plus anybody who can't fill a shuffle with their iTunes library probably doesn't need or want a screen and photos anyway
 
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Chundles

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Jul 4, 2005
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You know, I can see Apple doing this.

And, introducing a 256MB shuffle, I can see the catchphrase now.....

"The new 256MB iPod shuffle. 60 songs, like... 10 different ways, or something."
Oh goody....more bloody stuff to make me want to spend my hard-earned. Once, just once I'd like to see them release something crap so I can say "you know what? I really DON'T want that." Hell, I even think the socks are kinda cool/

Or maybe:

"The new 1GB iPod nano. Welcome to the cheap seats."
Actually, that'd make a sweet podcast player. Christ Apple, stop making compelling products that I can almost afford!!!
 
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dcv

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May 24, 2005
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I only bought my 1GB shuffle on Tuesday as they'd been out of stock for a while in the UK... I'm using it for the gym so I'm not interested in a 1GB nano as those things seem to scratch/break far too easily plus I don't need the screen. I'd be slightly miffed if they were to bring out a higher capacity shuffle though as I'd prefer that, but can't see it happening.
 
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Mord

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Aug 24, 2003
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you know as proven by ars technica you can abuse the **** out of a nano and it'll still function as a shuffle would, heck you can run it over with a car drop it from 12ft onto concrete it's better in every way than the shuffle, if apple sold a 1GB nano for £99 as they do the 1GB shuffle it could only be a good thing.
 
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hyperpasta

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Aug 1, 2005
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Hector said:
you know as proven by ars technica you can abuse the **** out of a nano and it'll still function as a shuffle would, heck you can run it over with a car drop it from 12ft onto concrete it's better in every way than the shuffle, if apple sold a 1GB nano for £99 as they do the 1GB shuffle it could only be a good thing.

It functioned well, but its case was ruined. Also, the screen broke, and while that isn't on the shuffle, the nano interface assumes you have a screen. For instance, picking a song relies on using menus- which you can't see.
 
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Sharewaredemon

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hyperpasta said:
It functioned well, but its case was ruined. Also, the screen broke, and while that isn't on the shuffle, the nano interface assumes you have a screen. For instance, picking a song relies on using menus- which you can't see.


Good point!

Plus there is something about the Shuffle that's just great, they should update it to match the current products (ie black) but I think the shuffle is great for a lot of people, and they will eventually get nano's or bigger iPods...
 
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Mord

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you can just press play and it'll play the libary, also if you want to turn shuffle on/off you can use the clicker to tell what your doing.
 
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iGary

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Bad move, if true.

My little shuffle and I have spent many countless hours doing marathons, training, working out at the gym - it's the iPod I don't mind beating up.

The nano is more like jewelry than player.
 
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RyuMD

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Jan 29, 2006
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shuffles are great because you don't freak out at every drop, every scratch, etc. i used to have my old shuffle installed on my motorcycle's clip-ons so i can run the headphone wires from there, through my jacket, and into my helmet. :) ah, so durable. i guess this means i need to buy one before they run out.
 
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iJaz

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Dec 16, 2004
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No!
The Shuffle is great, I love mine! I don't have to care about scratches or whatever when I'm training. I'd like a nano or a video, but I would still use the Shuffle most anyway so it wouldn't make sense to have another iPod.
However, it wouldn't be bad if they made it smaller (not the capacity but the physical form).
 
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L

Lau

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Nooo! I've promised myself a Shuffle for when I can run my off-road circuit again without collapsing in a heap. Now there's time pressure on me as well. ;)
 
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Loge

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Jun 24, 2004
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If they can offer it at the same price as the shuffle then it makes a lot of sense.
 
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bperkins

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iGary said:
Bad move, if true.

My little shuffle and I have spent many countless hours doing marathons, training, working out at the gym - it's the iPod I don't mind beating up.

The nano is more like jewelry than player.

So true. Please, Please Apple do not kill it. The Nano is awesome, but imo..not as gym/workout ready as the shuffle. Light and holds enough songs to get me through a workout.

I am not as concerned about scuffing the shuffle as I would be with the Nano or my 30GB.
 
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cubist

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Jul 4, 2002
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I bought a 512MB shuffle (refurb, $79) recently, and noticed that, on all the support pages for the shuffle, there is no mention of a 1GB version. It may be the 512MB version is going to be the only shuffle going forward. I like it - I got it to play songs in the car, where I can't be looking at a display.
 
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wordmunger

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Sep 3, 2003
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Loge said:
If they can offer it at the same price as the shuffle then it makes a lot of sense.

Yeah -- if it's $100 and has a screen, what's not to like? I have a 512 MB shuffle, but I'd really prefer to have a screen -- makes listening to podcasts much easier. All the same things apply -- no big worry if you lose it, etc. Just a better product for the same price. The size of a nano is not really a problem -- it's practically shuffle-size already.

Edit: now, if they kept the 512 shuffle at, say $59, that wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
 
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Yvan256

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Jul 5, 2004
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cubist said:
I bought a 512MB shuffle (refurb, $79) recently, and noticed that, on all the support pages for the shuffle, there is no mention of a 1GB version. It may be the 512MB version is going to be the only shuffle going forward. I like it - I got it to play songs in the car, where I can't be looking at a display.

Well, maybe the iPod shuffle will only be available with 512MB, and they'll introduce a 1GB iPod nano?

All I know is, the iPod nano can't replace the iPod shuffle for the following reasons:
- doesn't have a built-in USB connector
- bigger
- complicated interface (when compared to the iPod shuffle)

Maybe the 512MB iPod shuffle is out-selling the 1GB version 10:1 or something...
 
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wordmunger

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Sep 3, 2003
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Yvan256 said:
Well, maybe the iPod shuffle will only be available with 512MB, and they'll introduce a 1GB iPod nano?

All I know is, the iPod nano can't replace the iPod shuffle for the following reasons:
- doesn't have a built-in USB connector
- bigger
- complicated interface (when compared to the iPod shuffle)

Maybe the 512MB iPod shuffle is out-selling the 1GB version 10:1 or something...

Good points. I just realized, too, that the 1GB shuffle is $149. That's probably the price they'd sell a 1GB nano at. Then maybe they'd just keep the $99 512 shuffle -- or maybe bump the $99 shuffle to 1GB and dump the 512.
 
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emotion

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Mar 29, 2004
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They'll both be replaced with something a little smaller than the nano which has an OLED display (like those sony 'bean' players).

Apple will be glad to get rid of the headache that the scratchy-screened nano has given them.
 
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twoodcc

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Feb 3, 2005
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maybe if the nano take the place of the shuffle, they'll release a new ipod to either go between the nano and the video ipod, or one bigger than the current video ipod
 
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Chupa Chupa

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Jul 16, 2002
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Oh this is hi-lari-ous. Everyone mourning the shuffle. Why is it everytime Apple comes out with a new iPod everyone taunts it and then when Apple discontunue that same model everyone laments how it will be missed and that the new model doesn't compare?

Personally I liked the shuffle when it came out, but lets face it, not having a screen is a serious problem when you get to the 1GB+ level. It takes away from functionality not being able to program which songs you can listen to on the fly. Plus at $120, the $199 nano just looks like a much better deal...because it is.

The nano looks wimpy, but it's not. If you put a $3 screen protector on it and a $3 rubber case (both from AXSHOP) the nano is just as solid as the shuffle, just slimmer and more functional.
 
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