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iPod shuffle, second-generation 1GB

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At a Glance
  • Apple iPod shuffle, second-generation 1GB

The shuffle's small size is a testament to efficient engineering, but it also makes for a music player that could be easier to use. It's also not the best-sounding player that Apple's made, but given the environment that a shuffle is likely to be used in--during workouts or for kicking around when a larger iPod is just too much to carry--it's more than a capable musical companion. --Christopher Breen

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At a Glance
  • Apple replaces its compact flash-based music player with a second-generation shuffle that's half the size of its predecessor. The silver shuffle comes in only one capacity -- 1GB -- and adds a built-in clip to easily attach the music player to your clothing. The headphone jack also serves as the connection to sync and charge the shuffle. In September 2007, Apple added four more colors to the iPod shuffle line; otherwise capacity, battery life, and price remain unchanged from the 2006 models.


    • Rugged finish
    • Plenty loud
    • Attractive price
    • Cute as a button
    • Good battery life


    • No Apple Lossless support
    • Audio quality not as good as some other iPods
    • Small size makes iPod harder to use
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