So I’ve never really been much of a fan of the Shuffle. It’s always just seemed like yet another iPod Apple put out. So, while I do think there is a market for it, this second time around for the Shuffle doesn’t change my mind.
From a design perspective, this Shuffle is much more aesthetically pleasing. It doesn’t feel as cheap as the first one did and takes the idea of having something you can put in your pocket to a new level. With the attached clip on the Shuffle it really does make it the perfect “pocket” MP3 player.
Unfortunately, where the design excels, sound quality really just plain fails. At first I thought it might just be the Apple headphones, but I tried them on multiple headsets of varying quality and on all of them the sound was flat and muddy.
So, while the price point of this Shuffle is very appealing, from a sound quality perspective do yourself a favor and snag one of the new iPod nanos. They may be more expensive, but they are still incredibly small and the sound quality is worlds better.