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iPod Shuffle 4G Review

The latest iPod Shuffle (4th generation) does not enjoy the title of the smallest music player from Apple. That title is still retained by the older model which they abandoned. Check out our full review of the iPod Shuffle 4G after the jump.

In fact, Apple reverted back 2 generations into the design of the iPod Shuffle (2G). It seems like Apple is admitting they got it wrong with the design of the iPod Shuffle 3G and should have gone with the design of the 2nd generation instead.

And so the correction has been made and the new iPod Shuffle is still small, slim and comes with a clip. The physical buttons are back (clickable control pad) so you’re not left at the mercy of the controls attached on the earphones.

The build and design is still an Apple signature with an anodized aluminum body that comes in a variety of colors. Probably, the only feature changes that was retained from the previous model was the use of the audio jack as the power and data socket (so charging the transferring music into the device via the audio/headphone jack).

The other one would be a physical button beside the Off toggle called VoiceOver button that speaks the song title, playlist/artist name or battery status. This helps give the user some sense of direction considering the lack of a display screen.


 




The headphones that came with the new iPod Shuffle is the same old white cord minus that small mic/volume controls that’s attached to it from the previous model (the coating is also less rubbery) .

Audio quality of the iPod Shuffle 4G is decent to good (I wouldn’t call it great) and does not seem to have any improvements from previous model of the iPod Shuffle. It doesn’t have that enough bass and range. However, if you’re a long-time uer of the iPod Shuffle (or even the Nano), you won’t notice any difference at all.

I think the headphones did not add any help since the sound tends to get a little tinny and broken at the highest volume setting. However, when using a better set of headphones (Sennheiser), the audio quality seemed to have improved considerably.

As usual, battery life is superb and you can use the iPod Shuffle for almost the whole day on just a single charge. Apple claims up to 15 hours but that hasn’t been achieved yet on my several tests (I only get around 12 hours on average).

The 4th generation of the iPod Shuffle shows some indication that Apple (or Johnny Ive) is somewhat having trouble coming up with new design inspirations for their entry-level iPod. It’s either that or the iPod Shuffle is already at its peak state (just like the iPod Classic).

What could be the most exciting news about the new iPod Shuffle 4G would be the price point. With a suggested retail price of Php2,490 (2GB), it’s almost 40% cheaper than the previous model (and even cheaper than the 1GB model that’s already been discontinued).



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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22 Responses

  1. Jay says:

    nice review abe!

    is there going to be a review of the New Ipod Nano too? thanks!

  2. RJCA says:

    I have a black on silver one and there is one design flaw.

    There’s hardly any space to place your thumb when unclipping it.

    If you’re not careful you’ll end up pressing the back button and this is a problem because there isn’t a hold button. Annoying.

  3. tipler says:

    When you say that something is “no longer the smallest music player from Apple”, that means something replaced it for that role. But since it is the latter product it’s more like, it’s not the smallest.

    Also, AFAIK, the ipod shuffle 2G did charge and sync via the 3.5mm audio socket. Although it had a dock type peripheral instead of the truncated cable

  4. dongkidoodles says:

    I think battery life depends on the bit rate of the songs. A 320 kbps song would consume more power than a 128 kbps ripped song. I guess if all your songs are ripped in 128 kbps, battery life would somehow reach the maximum level indicated.

  5. jay says:

    how about the battery life, battery lifetime

    anybody tried replacing those iphones ipod ipads batteries ?

  6. Jhay says:

    A lot of these babies would sell this December, it’s cheaper and it’s from Apple. :P

  7. cArLo_AnGeLo says:

    @RJCA:
    “There’s hardly any space to place your thumb when unclipping it.

    If you’re not careful you’ll end up pressing the back button and this is a problem because there isn’t a hold button. Annoying”

    I agree. I just got my blue shuffle the other day and that “minor” thing really annoys me! :x

  8. gringo says:

    sir abe, walang review un itouch na bago?

  9. parenghilton says:

    Great for commuters

    -Sent via YugaTech Mobile App

  10. manong says:

    “With a suggested retail price of Php2,490 (2GB), it’s almost 40% cheaper than the previous model ”

    kelan pa naging cheap ang apple?

    490 lang dapat pero dahil apple brand, plus 2k.. heck! u can buy a 2g mp3 player w/ screen for 750 in cdr-king and they are comparable in sound quality, parehas lang made in china..

  11. Jhe says:

    Before i really love to have a 3rd gen ipod shuffle, 1st, it is b’coz if people my not see your player, they my tendency thinks that i have itouch or iphone though, even w/out mic. I love it the 2nd time is that the easy way to listen to the next song w/out looking at your player and the compatibility to have and play it the same way, anyway lets get back to the new and my loved ipod shuffle 4rth gen..
    Here’s the short story..
    The first time i saw this new ipod shuffle 4rth generation, this small and very cute stuff got my attention, 1st i never thought that it was from apple i saw this somewhere @ monumento where stand and items there sell as a china mp3 player, which turned me off to look at ehm.. Freak me out coz this mp3 player well known as ipod shuffle tells me that im great! And wo0oh! Blast and glad! @ 2,490 i can able to have it, and i love it dven m0re, the functi0nality that attach love it the same way, as i gro0ve it into.. And awesome, anyway :-) lol

  12. Brian says:

    @RJCA:
    “There’s hardly any space to place your thumb when unclipping it.

    If you’re not careful you’ll end up pressing the back button and this is a problem because there isn’t a hold button. Annoying”

    ~
    you can lock the button by press then holding the middle button

  13. joedpogi says:

    yeah. i got mine 2 weeks ago. and i enjoy using it but everytime i connect it to my pc i always got the option to restore it. KAINIS. so i always put songs and sync it everytime i go home cos i need to charge it. anyone who experience this thing?

  14. mibrabakk says:

    @manong

    490 lang dapat pero dahil apple brand, plus 2k.. heck! u can buy a 2g mp3 player w/ screen for 750 in cdr-king and they are comparable in sound quality, parehas lang made in china..

    don’t rely too much on “Made in China” label because Ipod is an Apple branded mp3 player which means that even if it is made in China, they still have to follow the company’s quality standards.

  15. joedpogi says:

    yeah cd-r king ang cheap. pero dpnde nmn sa user. if u can afford why not. SULIT naman kasi cia. my voice over feature pa an playlist. and maybe soon the next gen ipod shuffle will have FM na rin =)))

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