The Shuffle – A Different Kind of iPod

The iPod Shuffle is a step in a whole new direction with micro MP3 players. They’ve just never gotten this small, like the newest iPod shuffle. This is mainly because of better chips from Apple that do more with less space. Traditionally, you always had to give up something when you chose a smaller sized version of anything electronic. That’s not really true anymore. Another model from Apple that follows this same principle is the iPod Nano. This MP3 player is almost as thin as a credit card, but still has plenty of space for your music, and a great battery.

People have always wanted to carry their music around, whether they listened to it while traveling or not. We had tape players, “Walkmans,” and decades later we had the first round of MP3 players, which were a joke. They were big and bulky, often had no screen, lights, or any way to tell you what song you were on. The biggest joke of them all was actually an enormous sized one, heavy and made of metal, from a boutique audio brand, which had an on/off switch, but no other way to tell if the unit was on. Storage also left a lot to be desired.

The iPod Shuffle is such of a night and day difference from those old models. Size isn’t the only thing people consider, although with this model it plays a major role. When you put the iPod Shuffle next to other MP3 players that have been dubbed “small,” the iPod wins out in pretty much every area. Other MP3 brands make you rely on buying batteries, external media like cards and memory sticks, and generally won’t play your music for that long. The iPod’s battery is a built in lithium-ion batter, the same kinds they use for the best cell phones on the market. Most users say their iPod shuffle plays hours of music for them, before needing a recharge. The iPod storage is also built-in. All you do is sync it up with your computer and download all of the songs through the USB port.

Apple also put out numerous other models of the iPod. Features that the shuffle doesn’t have are video playback, photos, or mainly anything graphical. The iPod Shuffle is geared towards those who are only interested in the audio, and want a micro solution. The shuffle has become so small that it can clip onto basically anything and go unnoticed. The reputation of the iPod Shuffle before was that it couldn’t play the songs in the order you wanted to, since its “random play” function was always on. Now, today’s model lets you turn that random “shuffle” mode on or off.

Apple isn’t the only choice you have if you’re looking for a small MP3 player, but most people go with the iPod because there are so many clear advantages. They don’t just make one product, like so many do. They’ll release five different versions, each intended for people with different interests, and different ways of life. Take the ipod nano [http://www.ipods-mania.com/ipod-nano.html], for instance. Apple also releases a range of storage options for their models. You’re not locked into buying the most expensive version with all this extra storage if you don’t need it. It’s pretty obvious why Apple is the leader in MP3 players everywhere in the world.