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Third-generation iPod shuffle

Price when rated: $79

Pros

  • Can navigate thanks to VoiceOver controls
  • Sophisticated, minimalist design
  • Supports multiple playlists
  • VoiceOver is innovative alternative
  • Higher-capacity
  • Good sound and volume
  • Supports Apple Lossless files

Cons

  • Earbud controls can be difficult to use
  • Navigation more difficult than in the past thanks to headphone-based controls
  • Too expensive for the features you get
  • Must pay for adapter or compatible headphones if unhappy with included headphones
  • No controls on iPod
  • Battery charge poorer than in the past
  • Tiny switch on top of iPod difficult to manage with adult fingers
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