A short history of the iPod Shuffle
In 2005, Apple released the iPod Shuffle, its smallest and most portable line of mp3 players. The first generation iPod Shuffle was advertised as being no larger than a pack of gum. Although the Shuffle has not been as massively successful as some of Apple’s iPods, it has the distinction of being the smallest and least intrusive product.
The primary drawback of the iPod Shuffle is the fact that it lacks a screen. This is a major hindrance when considering the fact that the majority of current iPods feature touch screens. The lack of a screen means no interface and no way of identifying music. A secondary drawback is the limited capacity of the device. The first generation’s largest model had only 1GB of space.
The second generation Shuffle addressed the space issue in 2008 by releasing a 2GB model. The third generation Shuffle took not of the lack of a screen by adding a VoiceOver button, which would speak the name of the song played. The third generation Shuffle also returned to a slim long shape of the first iteration of the shuffle.
The current fourth generation iPod Shuffle has the best parts of the previous generations: it is 2GB, adopts the small square clip design of the second generation, and incorporates the VoiceOver feature of the third generation.
If you are not bothered by the lack of a screen and the relatively small capacity of the iPod Shuffle, it is an excellent portable mp3 player. It comes in myriad of bright and distinctive colors, and it is very inexpensive. Its miniscule size and the clip on the second and fourth generation designs make it the perfect companion for exercise because you’ll hardly know it’s there.