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4.3
30 reviews
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Type:
iPod Shuffle
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Apple
Models:
MC387LL/A, MC323LL/A, MC164LL/A, MB867LL/A
Apple - iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation MP3 Player

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Apple - iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation MP3 Player
 
4.3

(based on 30 reviews)

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The perfect MP3 Player for the gym - iPod Shuffle

I have found that my silver **iPod 3rd Generation 2 GB Shuffle** is a handy little device for listening to music when I don't want to be bothered by my full sized...Read complete review

I have found that my silver **iPod 3rd Generation 2 GB Shuffle** is a handy little device for listening to music when I don't want to be bothered by my full sized iPod. This little Shuffle is small! It is about the same length as a house key and only maybe as thick as two keys put together. It weighs almost nothing and can either be slipped in a pocket unnoticed or clipped onto clothing.

My model has 2 gigabytes of storage, which provides about 24 hours worth of music (about 400 songs in my case). The songs are placed on the Shuffle through its synchronization with iTunes.

Since it is so small, there really are not that many controls on the Shuffle. You have an on/off switch which lets you either play the music song by song on the Shuffle or randomly and there's a headphone jack on the Shuffle. That's where the iPod headphones are plugged in. The ear buds that that come with the Shuffle have a built-in control that lets you forward, repeat and adjust the volume on the music. You can also have the Shuffle give you a voice over to tell you the song and the artist if you want it to.

I use my iPod Shuffle almost exclusively for the gym. It is so small and light that I can clip it on to my shirt and not even notice it. The navigation button on the ear bud wires is easy to use, though I find myself searching for it if I want to adjust the volume or change the song while I'm working out. I find the volume to be fine for working out at the gym.

I can use the Shuffle for several days before having to charge it through it's USB connection.

I've been using iTunes and iPods for a while so I did not find the synchronization process between the Shuffle and iTunes on my computer all that difficult. Overall I really like the Shuffle, especially for the gym. I have a specific play list of songs I want to hear when I work out and since the Shuffle is so small and lightweight, I barely even notice I am carrying it when I use it. Plus I can clip it right on my shirt and keep it out of the way when I'm working out.

**My Take**

The iPod 2GB Shuffle is small, easy to use, sounds good and has a great battery life. All of this makes it the perfect MP3 player for the gym in my mind.

 

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buy the older model of ipod shuffle - not the 3rd generation

Ok, I love the ability the ipod gives me to listen to podcasts, music and books on cd.  I love being able to listen to something while I am cleaning the house,...Read complete review

Ok, I love the ability the ipod gives me to listen to podcasts, music and books on cd.  I love being able to listen to something while I am cleaning the house, working in the garden or finishing up projects.  I am very disappointed in Apple's latest ipod shuffle model.  I like that it is smaller, but HATE that the buttons are on the headphones.  It makes it impossible to use your own headphones, unless you want to drop more money on a converter, which I don't.  The reason I got a shuffle in the first place was because I didn't want the extra expense of a nano.  Luckily I can use these headphones, but my husband hates the ear buds and with this version of the nano you have to use them.  I think the buttons are way too confusing.  YOu have to memorize how many times to push and hold down the buttons to scroll through the songs you have on your shuffle.  Very frustrating, as I don't carry the owners manual along with me when I'm using it.  I wouldn't not recommend this model - find an old one!

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5.0

This little iPod is perfect for the technophobe in all of us!

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from Chicago, IL

Comments about Apple - iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation MP3 Player:

I love this little ipod! My only reservation -which I will get our of the way right away -is the lack of a screen. Oh, and since I'm laying all of my cards on the table -one of the features I love is a double-edged sword: the controls on the headphones are GREAT, but the earbuds hurt my little ear openings after a while. :) I received this as a gift to replace my giant Discman (Gasp! And I am only 33!). I am a bit of a technophobe, as well as a reformed Apple-phobe (I may have just coined that phrase), but now I don't know what I would do without this little guy. It is literally the size of a stick of gum and holds our ENTIRE iTunes library! I use it to run errands on foot, working out at the gym, waiting in the doctor's office -you name it. It clips right onto my clothing when I am on the go. It is simple to use, simple to upload music, and simple to charge. Oh, and the battery lasts forever! The controls take a bit of time to get used to, but I really love the feature that announces the song artist and title. (I just about face-planted on the treadmill when I heard "UnforJETable by Nat King Cole.) I highly recommend this little device, and barring a few small complaints, I really think it is ideal for someone like me.

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2.0

Apple iPod Shuffle did not meet expectations for me.

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from Virginia Beach, VA

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I am a big Apple product fan so I was very upset to be so unhappy with my iPod shuffle. It was horrible. THe only option for headphones if you want to be able to control the volume or change the song are the stock headphones from Apple that come with the Shuffle and these are horribly. They are extremely uncomfortable and constantly fall out of your ears. BUT if you do not use these then you are unable to control anything on the iPod. Even when you are using these headphones the controls are still very complicated, you have to click something that does not even look like it is there in a certain order to be able to get the functions to work properly. I did like the size of it but that did not out weigh the fact that it was so annoying to use. THe price is really not that good for something that you have such a hard time working. I ended up selling mine, hopefully the new owner will have better luck with it!

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5.0

Shuffle is a great gift!

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from Memphis, TN

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This is probably the best gift I have ever received. I got it for Christmas one year ago and it has been a great everyday item for me. I take it with me everywhere I go and it has been a wonderful addition to my exercise routines and everyday activities. With the memory it has, I'm able to keep a good amount of my favorite music with me at all times and I can switch up as much as I like because it's so easy to use. It doesn't bother me that there isn't a screen to help me pick an artist or a song because I can set up custom playlists and choose those with the wonderful voice over command that is included. The best part has to be the ability to have the shuffle option on or off as you please. In addition to that, the size is perfect for taking it with you wherever you go. It's nice to have an mp3 player that you *don't* have to look at constantly. I just clip it on and I'm ready to go about my day!

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5.0

Need a cheap simple MP3 player. Here it is!

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from Milwaukee, WI

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The Apple Inc. iPod shuffle is a great addition to the iPod line up. The iPod shuffle 2GB can hold up to about 300 songs which is perfect for any jogger or someone that likes to listen to music while doing physical activities. This iPod can be dropped multiple times without being broken. It is a nice light device that can be clipped onto the end of your sleeve or your pocket. It is very convenient because it is very cheap and you don't need to worry about falling if you are a snowboarder or skier. This device can also be updated very easily by using iTunes which you can download from the apple website. This device also comes with voice over. Voice over can be activated by touching a button on top of the iPod. It tells you how much battery power is left, what song is playing and it tells you what playlist you might be listening to. This iPod is definitely worth the price and I recommend it to any athletic person looking for some music to run with. 

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4.0

So tiny yet packed with tunes!

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from Trenton, NJ

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I love my iPod 3rd Generation Shuffle.  It's smaller than a USB flash drive and has a little clip on the back so you can tuck it just about anywhere. It's great for going on runs because I can just clip it on to my sleeve or shirt.  It's virtually weightless and you don't even notice it is there.  I do have a complaint about the earphones though.  The ones that come with the iPod Shuffle hurt my ears and never seem to stay in.  It also uses the remote on the earphones to control the volume, start, stop, fast forward, etc. That means you have to buy a certain type of earphone just to listen to it.  Apple has some earbuds that have rubber cushioning in them and seem to block out the noise. These are great but I wouldn't recommend them for intense running. I bought a pair and they were incredibly expensive and when the sweat gets on them they don't work right.   One time the volume got stuck at the highest level and songs started skipping when I tried to use the remote. Definitely not worth the price for the earbuds but if you are using the Shuffle just to walk or relax, I would definitely recommend it.

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5.0

Tiny but very nice.

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from Ypsilanti, MI

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I got this for free, but I do have to say that it's really nice. Well as long as you don't care that there's no screen to read the titles and that it's very small. There's a voice that will read you the titles but if they're in a different language (such as Japanese as I listen to a lot of that type of music) you will not be able to tell what they're talking about. Also you have to deal with the fact that you have to have iTunes installed on your computer so you can charge the thing and add or take music off of it. I find that a bit annoying and tried getting a plug for it (of course the plug died so I'm stuck with iTunes again.) There's also the fact that you have to use their headphones for it. You can't just get another pair because the controls on the headphones' wires. I really dislike that because these are the kind that you stick inside your ear (sort of weirds me out and I can't wear those for a long period of time because they hurt my ears). So not bad for what I paid.

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5.0

a runner's dream

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from Germantown, OH

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I love this product.  I run and find it so small and easy to carry without jiggling or causing any undue bulk.  I especially love the small buttons on the earphone cord that make changing songs simple and without causing disruption during a run.  The battery life is decent but could be longer.  I have found that previous products were bulky and not easy to change songs, this one is perfect as a simple touch of the button can forward you to the next or previous song or replay the one you heard.  Drawbacks however is that you cannot see (no screen) what songs you are listening to and it is a bit too confusing to create playlists (I still haven't figured out how to do this).  My favorite thing however is definately the earphone remote.  I did upgrade to the more expensive earphones as the ones that come with it are very uncomfortable for me, the upgraded earphones are fantastic and very comfortable! (does add to the cost of the product though).

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5.0

My 13 y/o loves his iPod Shuffle!

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from Half Way, MO

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I bought the iPod Shuffle for my 13 y/o son.  He is into all sports and archery.  I didn't want him using something that would be large or bulky.  The shuffle is so small it fits perfectly into his pockets.  It holds a lot of songs on this little thing.  I listen to it when he lets me and the quality is out of this world.  The headphones talk to you and tell you the song.  It allows you to pick the genre, most played, recently played an downloaded songs.  With the controls on the ear phones, there is no need for accidently hitting the iPod and changing things.  I was also impressed with the fact that this little thing is tolerable to the washing machine.  He left it in his jeans and I ran it though the washer.  Afraid that I ruined the iPod, I plugged it in and it still worked.  His other mp3 player would not had made it.  The way you recharge the iPod is plugging it into the usb on the computer.  It doesn't take long to recharge the battery. 

I am so happy and impressed with how this iPod works, that I won't think twice about getting him another one when the time comes.  The quality is excellent.

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5.0

Great for exercising

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from Carson City, NV

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The iPod Shuffle 3rd generation is tiny, so its easily portable. The headphone controls are convenient and easy to use. On the other hand, the headphones are the only way to control the Shuffle. The Shuffle can not be hooked up to any device to play the music out loud. The Shuffle headphone can also control other Ipod devices, like the 5th gen Nano, which is a bonus. The Shuffle was a bit overpriced, but an overall good product. This is a wonderful iPod. I got it for its small size and ease of use features. I was not looking for all the bells and whistles in other models, so this suits me perfectly. Particularly like the "talk to you" feature, and the ease of navigating to a folder I'm looking for, all with the simple squeeze of my fingers. 


The thing I like most about Apple products is the the fact that you can trust them. This iPod Shuffle is no different. It's clean design and ease of use is very nice. The voice over feature is an awsome addition. I thought it would be something I never used, but I use it everytime I turn it on. Very good product.

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5.0

This is the best iPod I could have ever asked for!

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from Osseo, MN

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I have three boys, ages 2 to 7, and I am always on the go with them.  I am also rather clumsy when it comes to electronics of any kind!  (I usually blame the boys though!)  I love that this one does not have a screen so I do not have to worry about breaking it or dropping it.  It holds all the songs that I want, and I still have loads of more free space!  I was able to get it in pink, my favorite color which is a big plus for me!  I really like that I can throw it in the suit case for a trip, in the diaper bag or my purse for a day outing with out having to worry about.  I am also a rather petite person, and the other ones were just way too big for me to try to put in a pocket or even one of those arm band things.  The only thing that I don't like about it is that I have not been able to figure out how to hook it up to speakers since the controls are on the headset.  Maybe it was not made for them, which is fine because I can just burn my songs onto a cd.

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