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Apple iPod shuffle 512MB

At a Glance
  • Apple iPod shuffle 512MB

    Macworld Rating

Apple's flash-based music player isn't for everyone -- users who want to listen to a particular song at a particular time will be frustrated by the minimal controls and lack of display. But other people looking for a good value and a simple device will be pleased with a music player that doesn't skip, sounds good, and plays their favorite songs with the press of a button.--Christopher Breen

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Apple's first flash-based music player features circular, clickable controls but no screen. A switch on the back lets you choose between Shuffle and Play in Order modes. The 512MB player holds an estimated 120 songs.


    • Good sound
    • Inexpensive
    • Easy iTunes controls
    • Good battery life


    • No display
    • Connecting to some computers requires add-on accessories
    • LEDs can be cryptic
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