Apple iPod shuffle (3rd gen)

Posted on: 11/06/09 by Brian Adrian Borleo

Boldly going where no technology company even dares to trot, Apple delivers another bombshell with the third-generation iPod shuffle. By "bombshell," we do not, in any way, mean that designers will get you jumping up and down with excitement. But there will be some form of glee only it will be followed by a sense of being let down.

First, the facts: despite being able to store 4GB worth of data (roughly 1,000 songs), the new shuffle is almost half the size and volume of its predecessor. Its controls are found slightly below the cord of the right earphone and not on the unit itself. Battery life is down to 10 hours from the second generation's 12. And the oft-maligned aspect of the shuffle, the absence of a screen, is now somewhat remedied by the VoiceOver text-to-speech innovation wherein the song's title and artist and even playlists will be read out to the user.

It seems perfect, doesn't it? But of course, there are hitches. The obvious one would have to be the controls. Although it's somewhat revolutionary, it takes a lot of practice and patience to play, pause, skip to the next track, go back to the previous track, and manipulate the volume. Let's just say everything is done a click at a time.

Also, because the controls are on the earphone cord, the shuffle will only activate when the cord is plugged in. That means that if you're tired of the same simple Apple earphones, you're stuck with it unless you buy a third-party accessory like Belkin's. That also means that the iPod dock you bought for your car or room will not work with this one. Bummer.

Arguably, though, the problem with mastering the new shuffle's controls pales in comparison with another dilemma we thought would be closer to every Pinoy's day-to-day life: This iPod is too small.

Now, before you say "But isn't that a good thing?" think of what the average Pinoy endures every day: hours of traveling onboard the MRT/LRT, jeepneys, and buses; snatchers; and closeted klepto officemates and acquaintances. Fact is, with a gadget this small, losing track would be too easy to commit. That, we fear, is something worth trembling about.

And so we say, buy the shuffle according to your patience level and ability to protect your belongings. Do know, though, that if you do decide to purchase it, you would get the same audio pleasure brought by previous iPods, 4GB of songs, a computer program talking to you, and a new iTunes interface coupled with easier syncing controls. That said, you've been warned.

Click here to see the Apple iPod shuffle in the Buyer's Guide.


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  • Handy
  • Cheap
  • It can talk! Sorta
  • It's hard to master the controls
  • Scary small
Bottom Line
  • At its best, it's a cheap USB thumb drive that plays music
Editor's Pick No
Price P3,290
Tech Specs
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Audio Formats Supported: AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible, Apple Lossless
  • Compatibility: Mac/PC
  • Battery Life: up to 10 hours
  • Size: 45.2 x 17.5 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 17.2g

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  1. Marlon Magtira: Unlike the old gen shuffles, this one is not designed to control song play on large speakers. You just plug it then listen and wait. hmmm
    November 7, 2020 at 11:23 pm


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