In Praise of the iPod shuffle

Apple updated what’s left of the iPod line earlier this week. They bumped the processor and improved the camera on the iPod touch, and added some new colors. And they also added new colors to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle.

You may wonder why Apple is still selling the iPod shuffle. After all, when you can have an iPhone that runs apps, takes photos, records and plays HD video, and uses GPS to give you directions — or an iPod touch with most of those features — why keep selling a tiny little device that does nothing more than play audio?

Because the iPod shuffle plays audio and nothing more.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

4 thoughts on “In Praise of the iPod shuffle

  1. This is exactly why I’m enjoying my old ipod nano and mini. All I need to listen to music and nothing more. Removes distractions like apps, web browsing, notifications, etc.

  2. This is exactly why I’m enjoying my old ipod nano and mini. All I need to listen to music and nothing more. Removes distractions like apps, web browsing, notifications, etc.

  3. I just recently replaced my 4G iPod Shuffle with a bran-new one, I managed to wear out the volume-up button. I never understood why the Shuffle doesn’t retain the volume setting like every other Apple device ever made – lawyers, maybe? (since there is no visual indication of the volume setting and you might blow out your eardrums). I use it all the time, podcasts while commuting to work – I connect it to a jack in my car radio; out for walks with ’60s jam-band music; and my ritual audiobook bedtime story, usually some recent sci-fi novel.

    I couldn’t live without Voice-Over and the Playlist feature, I’m so glad Apple added those to the Shuffle!

  4. I just recently replaced my 4G iPod Shuffle with a bran-new one, I managed to wear out the volume-up button. I never understood why the Shuffle doesn’t retain the volume setting like every other Apple device ever made – lawyers, maybe? (since there is no visual indication of the volume setting and you might blow out your eardrums). I use it all the time, podcasts while commuting to work – I connect it to a jack in my car radio; out for walks with ’60s jam-band music; and my ritual audiobook bedtime story, usually some recent sci-fi novel.

    I couldn’t live without Voice-Over and the Playlist feature, I’m so glad Apple added those to the Shuffle!

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