The iPod Shuffle

iPod shuffle comes in four colors: blue, grey, green, purple and red (this last color only on Apple stores). It doesn’t have an LCD display, which helped shrinking its size, weight and price.

iPod ShuffleFigure 4: iPod shuffle.

As you can see, it doesn’t have a lot of buttons, making it probably the easiest MP3 player to use. It only has volume control, play/pause, jump to previous/next song and that’s it. At the bottom of the unit you can also find the mode switch – where you can choose between playing the songs on the same order they are saved inside the player or to shuffle them up.

iPod ShuffleFigure 5: iPod shuffle, bottom view.

Besides the on/off switch there is a tiny LED that indicates battery life (green: good charge; orange: low charge; red: very low charge) or status, when the iPod shuffle is connected to the PC (green: charged; orange: charging; blinking orange: transferring files).

On the top of the unit there is just one 3.5-mm jack, which is used for installing both the headphones and the docking station.

iPod ShuffleFigure 6: iPod shuffle, top view.

In Figure 7 we took a picture of iPod shuffle besides a ruler for you to see how small it really is.

iPod ShuffleFigure 7: iPod shuffle is really small, measuring only 1.62” (4.12 cm)!

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.