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Cool new shuffle is out!

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  • kmac23va Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2009 11:15 AM (in response to 0Ari0)
    Those earphones are the earbuds, same as what comes with this new Shuffle, except you can add a microphone (which of course is useless with a Shuffle). But the in-ear headphones, which many would prefer since they'll stay in, are still $79. And they don't offer over-the-ear models...I have some Sony in-ear headphones with over-ear backup, and they never fall out.

    I don't know why they couldn't build the same remote interface into the face of the Shuffle, or at least sell the remote half of the cord with a female plug to separate the included earbuds from your own headphones. My earbuds always go into the trash immediately, I don't even open them.

    Someone in another thread said they'd offer an interface...that's great, but that's more money. A $79 price point is great...make it $69 for the unit and remote half of the cord, and sell earbuds for $10 separately, and I think you'd have a winner.
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  • Badtastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 11:40 AM (in response to 0Ari0)
    You are correct but I was referring to the in-ear version.
    Cheers / Badtastic
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  • Badtastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 11:48 AM (in response to rdlomas)
    Come to think of it....
    One would think (or expect) a shuffle to be simple to operate, a no brainer. The fact that apple has actually posted a tutorial film to explain how to even operate this buttonless, anonymous thing speaks volumes.

    Cheers / Alex
    MacPro (2008) OS X 10.5.6, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 12:09 PM (in response to regisignunt)
    any cord that they make for it should be included in the price, IMO! With their pricing structure, I can just imagine IF they make a cord, it will be north of $30. ANd if that's the case they can kiss my purchase good bye. I'm a 9-iPod and counting guy (me and my wife) but I'm not STOOPID and will buy an iPod (the only APple stuff I buy) that so glaringly omits an item necessary to get one of it's FEW unique features to actually WORK!!!

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    Windows Vista, Windows XP-SP3 - Ipod 4G, Ipod Mini 2G, Shuffle 2G, Nano 2G, Touch 2G
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 12:10 PM (in response to glenn mcdonald)
    dude, have you HEARD the voice over? I just heard it. I think it bites the big one. one voice for mac based itunes synchs, and one for Windows.
    Windows Vista, Windows XP-SP3 - Ipod 4G, Ipod Mini 2G, Shuffle 2G, Nano 2G, Touch 2G
  • UKOutpost Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 1:29 PM (in response to Bryan Mick)
    They've dropped the 2GB version though. I was looking forward to a 4GB version of the 2nd Gen.
    The new one ***** ! ..... Drab looking, and I will not be able to use my own headphones with it.
    Really bad move.
    iMac 24" 3.06 GHz 4GB RAM + Macbook x 2, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPod Touch 32GB, 160GB iPod classic, Shuffle 2G 2GB
  • steveyessteveyessteve Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2009 1:54 PM (in response to Badtastic)
    I am racing out to get a few hundred left-over 2Gb colorful 2nd generation iPod Shuffles! Our family has 2 now, soon 202. eBay away! I plug it into my car via a cassette adapter (yes, my 2002 Volvo has a cassette player-- wonderful- my wife's Rav4 from 2000 has one too!)

    GO square G2 2G iPod Shuffle -- and if I wanted to know what song I was listening to, I'd use my iTouch!
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  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 2:53 PM (in response to Badtastic)
    If you look carefully at the film (which you claim to have done), you will see the controls are in fact quite close to the right ear, and will not in fact be inside your clothes as they are clearly above the collar line. The buttons will be easy to find and in fact are less likely to be confused as there can be no orientation issues which can occur on the old model.

    In a few weeks there will be third party cables which have the controls on the end of them with a socket for your own headphones, how easy is that.
    24" iMac C2D 2.16Ghz, Au MacBook 2.4Ghz, 16GB iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • rdlomas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 2:56 PM (in response to Ian Parkinson)
    Perfect!

    When I'm running I can have the controls swinging around near my ear! What a great innovation!

    "...In a few weeks there will be third party cables which have the controls on the end of them with a socket for your own headphones, how easy is that..."

    Umm, not as easy as just plugging in whatever headphones you want! (like the 2G)

    It's amazing what lengths people will go to in defending a simply dumb move by Apple!
    Unibody MBP 2.53, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPhone 3G 16GB , iPod 5G 30gb, iPod Shuffle 2G, AEBS (3)
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 3:04 PM (in response to rdlomas)
    I'm not defending a dumb decision, I'm simply stating the obvious.

    If the new shuffle is not for you then fine, don't buy one. Stick with your 2G.

    I suspect that it will still sell in great numbers. I have ordered one because for 'me' it is an improvement over the 2G that I have. I prefer the 4G storage, I really like the VoiceOver and Playlist selection features and I like the remote control option. I don't mind the Apple headphones, I use them on my 2G shuffle and will use them on the 3G. Many, many people do not change there iPod headphones, you still see loads of people with them day in day out. Most people are buying the shuffle as a cheap iPod and are not bothered about buying extra headphones.

    Some people don't like change, others do. They can't please everyone and nor should they try.
    24" iMac C2D 2.16Ghz, Au MacBook 2.4Ghz, 16GB iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • hmacross Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 3:14 PM (in response to kmac23va)
    You could send the earbuds my way! I love them as they do not fall out of my ears and I have yet to find a set of comfortable in-ear ones.
    PC, Windows XP, 160 gb classic, nano, shuffle
  • kpizzo Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2009 3:26 PM (in response to laundry bleach)
    I use the 2nd gen 1gb shuffle on my Harley. I have a cord with a female connector on each end and run it through the stereo on my Harley. I clip the Shuffle back onto the cord (not on me... hard to steer bike when you are clipped to it!)and use the controls for skipping around or for volume. I bought the shuffle specifically for this as I do not want to lose or ruin an ipod that was very expensive. Now the 2nd gen 2gb seems to have disappeared. I am VERY disappointed.

    All my riding friends have bought or will be buying a shuffle to do the same. I guess I better get them to hurry up an buy a 2nd generation.
    fujitsu lifebook, Windows XP
  • Synsongs Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2009 4:09 PM (in response to kpizzo)
    Hi folks,

    I agree with most of the above (can´t understand the headphone stuff), but even more important: Do you like the new design?

    When I frist saw it, I thought "whow", but after looking closely, it resembled a bar of aluminum with no reference to Apple at all. Why is the Apple logo printed on the backside (on the clip)? Why isn´t there the logo on the front engraved?

    Interested to read your opinions...

    Cheers
    Tom
    Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Ken McAndrew Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2009 4:44 PM (in response to Synsongs)
    It looks like a tie clip to me. I don't have a problem with the general design of it, just the control interface; no reason they couldn't have attached that thin strip control to the front of the device, make use of it, and give users the option of headphones. I'd have to see one at actual size to judge better.
    Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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    Mar 11, 2009 5:14 PM (in response to Ian Parkinson)
    Hmmm, you LIKE the buds, huh? Do you also listen to 128k files and find them to your liking?
    Windows Vista, Windows XP-SP3 - Ipod 4G, Ipod Mini 2G, Shuffle 2G, Nano 2G, Touch 2G

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