Today Apple adjusted their iPod lineup slightly by dropping the price of the iPod shuffle and making the 1GB iPod Nano available. Aside from the size, the screen and $50 there is no difference between the 1GB Nano and 1GB Shuffle.
I’m pleased they’ve dropped the price on the 1GB shuffle, because it opens up a possibility to me that was just too expensive to consider before now. You see I have a shuffle that I keep in the car with a selection of my favourite tracks on it that I use in addition to the built-in six disc CD changer.
The problem with a 1GB shuffle with no display is that picking the music you want to listen to is more difficult. Let’s say, for example, that I wanted to listen to some Opera rather than the Rap I normally keep on the Shuffle. I could update it, but that’s a comparatively time consuming task, and I’d have to plan ahead when in reality I only choose my music when I finally sit in the car.
But now the Shuffle price has dropped it’s cheap enough to consider buying a second (or more) shuffles onto which I could place a selection of other music. Label up the Shuffles accordingly and keep in them in one of the storage compartments.
Now when I sit in the car I can go ‘Hmm, what shall I listen to?’, pick out a suitable shuffle and plug it into the XtremeMac AirPlay and I’ve got 3-5 hours of interrupted music choice.
Donations for the ‘shuffle jukebox’ fund are welcome :)