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All posts tagged "ipod shuffle"


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So, How Good Are the New iPods?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPods" @ 08:30 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5632577/

"With the latest iPods shipping this week, you'll be wanting to know whether an upgrade is necessary-or whether to take the plunge into the wild world of iPoddery. So far, this is what the reviews are saying:"

Quick reviews of the new iPod Touch, the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle express a variety of opinions on the latest iPod generation, and they're mostly very positive, with a couple negatives thrown in. From the reviews:
  • The iPod Touch: not a replacement for a camera or videocam; the camera is not as good as the iPhone's camera; the speakers are lousy; the screen is less bright.
  • The iPod Nano: feels cheap, like an iPod clone; volume buttons are small and hard to operate; no more watching video, and no more camera.
  • The iPod Shuffle: using the clip, sometimes the controls (track back skip) are hit by mistake; audio a bit flat.
Overall, more positives than negatives, so it looks like Apple has another generation of winners. Also, the Nano displays a a digital representation of an analog watch, so there is already a clamor for a watchband for using the Nano as a watch replacement.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scosche and the iPod Shuffle

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

http://cultofmac.com/ipod-3g-shuffl...n-control/11592

"The latest iPod shuffle is arguably too small to need a case to keep it from harm, but the folks at Scosche devised a case with external controls - so you can plug in other headphones instead of relying on the originals."

This is a great solution if you have the latest iPod Shuffle. Very slick interface that also comes with a cable you can plug right into your input in the car, if your stereo has that option. This is due out in the first week of July 2009. You can pre-order over at Scosche, and it will be selling for $29.99 USD.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Shuffle Gets an Update, Software That Is.

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/139.../voiceover.html

"Apple on Friday released an update for the recently released iPod shuffle, fixing a couple of minor items. The 17MB download will install VoiceOver Kit 1.0.1, which contains corrected pronunciations for several artist names. According to Apple, the update also fixes a few minor bugs, but they did not elaborate on what was fixed."

Nothing yet on the downloads page for Apple, so this one is still done via the Software Update feature on your Mac.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shuffle Sales Surged 50%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...s_top_slot.html

"Sales of Apple's most affordable iPod shot up more than 50 percent a week after the company unveiled new, more compact models that shift the push controls from the player itself to the included pair of earphones. Barclay's analyst Ben Reitzes relayed via a report earlier this week data from market research firm NPD showing that sales of iPod shuffles grew 51 percent the week of March 21st, the first full week the third-generation players were on the market. Sales continued to gain momentum the following week, rising another 10 percent."

Sounds like they have a winner on their hands, and from what our very own Vincent has to say, I'd think he would agree. Combined sales for all ipod models were a different story, showing a 38% decline from the same time last year, which is right along with the industry average for all digital media players. So while some of the decline could be due to the new shuffle, it is more likely due to the economic factors. One caveat, however, is that these figures don't include sales from Apple's online store or distribution centers outside the U.S.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Apple Uses "DRM" In Headphones For New Shuffle

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/15/...apple-licensed/

"Sigh, it looks like Apple's habit of squeezing iPod accessory manufacturers for license fees has now extended to freaking headphones -- iLounge is reporting that the new iPod shuffle can only be controlled by headphones with a special hardware authentication chip. That means that third parties will have to pay Apple for the privilege of making shuffle-compatible accessories, and you can bet they'll just pass that cost right on to consumers -- we wouldn't expect any cheap headphone adapters or inexpensive replacement headphones for this thing."

I'm so tired of the idiots making this uproar. Really. There's no requirement to buy a new Shuffle. If your old one works, fine. Enjoy it. If it doesn't, but an old one if you simply must use your $4,000 custom moulded headphones on a $79 music player. As usual, the "everything must be free" people forget to examine the obvious: these aren't regular headphones. They're the remote control for the player unit that sits in your pocket. They do more than just put the music into that cavernous void you call a skull; they actually are the controls for the device, so of course they aren't going to be standard buds, and of course Apple is going to put a chip in there to do its thing.

Has Apple "locked out" third parties? Nope. The same ones who proudly stamped that "Made for iPod" logo on their stuff can still make Shuffle headphones or adapters if they so choose. If you weren't in that program and just producing plain vanilla headphones, then your buds ain't gonna work here. Sorry.

Am I happy that Apple took the controls off the Shuffle itself? Not terribly, but the frothing seething outrage over this stupid little chip and the association of it with the most famous boogeyman of the modern era, DRM, is laughable to say the least. Get over it people and tell the guy next to you with a gun at your temple that you're an independent enough thinker to not buy a device you don't like.

End rant.


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