I was looking for a quality music product that would not break the bank – then I found the Apple iPod Shuffle, and my search was well and truly over. It is was Christmas gift for my son because he wants to listen to music everywhere he goes!
I am a complete Apple freak, so I knew the product would be well made and just be awesome. But I was not expecting to find it quite so beautiful! It’s just so perfectly designed: It’s small, sweet, understated, and subtle!
And I love the fact that you can wear it and it is not at all conspicuous.
Sadly, a young teenager walking home from school with expensive gear hanging off his ears can attract negative attention. We have had quite a spate of kids ‘mugging’ others for their various obvious devices. So this tiny iPod is absolutely perfect because it discrete but as Apple says: “It’s small, but big on music.”
I was looking for a device that just played music, and with no Internet connection. Other things have all sorts of apps attached to them and kids end up constantly playing games or texting friends, I think that’s all a distraction.
But, although the iPod hasn’t got all that, it is nonetheless a fun product and my son absolutely loves his.
See how easy it is to use. And how lovely an Apple iPod Shuffle looks and feels.
A Cautionary Tale
I have just bought him his second one because we had a bit of an accident with the first.
It was black and therefore hard to see in the dark, and to make matters worse, my son didn’t like the white earphones and swapped them for black ones, making the whole thing practically invisible! This caused unforeseen problems when we were driving one night.
It was a particularly dark and rainy evening and we had to quickly run from the car to the front door to avoid getting drenched in the rain. And annoyingly my son dropped his iPod when he got out of the car.
We got on with our evening as usual, and then when it was time to turn in for the night, he noticed it was missing. We spent the next half hour or so searching bags and pockets and rooms – and then we traced back our steps –the last time he saw his iPod was in the car!
When we eventually realized that it must have fallen onto the curb, we found it had been run over!! Squashed and totally ruined.
We were both so upset that we immediately went online to Amazon and bought another one. He wouldn’t even consider looking at any thing else. The only thing we changed was the colour – he chose a shiny silver one so that it would be easier to see.
I was very grateful that it was an affordable product!
The Apple iPod Features
It is made of anodized aluminum and comes in eight bright elegant colours. It has a very sturdy clip, which makes it easy to attach to a collar or pocket, hat– or anything! It has an impressive 15 hours of battery life and 2GB of storage capacity so you can download hundreds of songs into it.
Another great feature is that it talks to you, telling you the song title, or the playlist name or how much power you have left in your battery. You can also sync playlists and make Genius Mixes so you have music for all your moods or genres. iTunes on your Mac or PC makes it easy to load audio files.
It is very easy to use and the instructions are easy to follow. If you need help then there’s plenty online.
I must admit that I use it too when I go walking to improve my health! It helps me keep my stride – and I love hearing all the new tunes my son is into – I’m back in touch – what a great feeling!
If you’re looking for a fabulous, affordable, trendy gift for anyone into music, I highly recommend the Apple iPod Shuffle.
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