The new iPod Shuffle 4G is the new addition to the iPod mp3 player family with the new click wheel navigation to make it more user-friendly. Like the typical Shuffle it has no screen. But is that all the difference it offers compared to its predecessors? Is it even worth the price?
Just like the rest of the Shuffles and the Nano, the new Shuffle is designed and packaged for the mass market. The click wheel apparently was just a restored five-button control scheme from the previous versions of the iPod Shuffle. It came augmented by a new VoiceOver and battery level button while support for remote controls remains. The 4th generation of iPod Shuffle has polished metal body with the size nearly as small as one could expect but the usability of the buttons are not compromised.
iPod Shuffle 4th Generation: Let’s Describe It
This 4th generation of iPod Shuffle has 2 GB storage capacity enough to hold hundreds of songs, multiple playlists, podcasts and audio books. The player comes with the same circular playback controls you see on the second generation only 18% larger making it much easier to use.
The body itself is crafted from a single piece of aluminum and polished to a beautiful shine. The aluminum cover of the Shuffle comes in five different colors: blue, green, orange, pink and silver which make a perfect fashion statement.
What’s there to love with the iPod Shuffle 4th Generation?
The new iPod Shuffle has built-in clip making it portable and wearable without the addition of any accessories. This feature is great for people living an active life outdoors. You can clip it to the sleeves or collar of your shirt and you have your Shuffle with you anywhere you go.
A VoiceOver button located at the top of the device supports 25 languages and with the press of a button you get to hear the name of the album, title of the song, artist, menu playlist, and battery status. Playlists can also be synced into the Shuffle. It comes with an array of accessories and attachments for better use of the device and the battery life lasts 5 hours longer than the previous iPod Shuffle G3.
What’s there to hate with the new iPod Shuffle 4th generation?
Apparently the iPod Shuffle 4G is slower than its predecessor the iPod G3 for music and file transfers. The device is not even as competitive with its rival products with the same price. The initial collection of colors for the aluminum polish cover of the new Shuffle seems dull compared to the best iPod models and some may find its texture a little bit too slippery. Its USB cable is tiny and has only one storage capacity.
For someone who loves to be backed with music as they work and commute to and from work, the iPod Shuffle delivers the goods. But for someone who is into storing loads and loads of data, this can be passed over for other iPod models.