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post #201 of 342
Given its size, and given that you're stuck with Apple's earbuds anyway, they should have just built the whole thing into the earphones -- like those hook-over-the-ear type headphones. Just one wire connecting ear to ear. Three touch pads on one earpiece for volume up, volume down, and control, plus a power switch on the other earpiece. Sorta like the Oakley Thump, only without the sunglasses.
post #202 of 342
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This new shuffle is just a diversionary tactic to keep us all from talking about Woz, the co-founder of Apple, and his dancing debut on Dancing with the Stars. Now that's a real news thread.

Heh, heh. This update is incremental, but it will give them better margins due to smaller form factor (less materials) and a necessary upgrade on the headphones. Pretty smart move for them to keep squeezing every nickel out of these low-end lines.

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post #203 of 342
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Given its size, they should have just built the whole thing into the earphones -- like those hook-over-the-ear type headphones. Just one wire connecting ear to ear. Three touch pads on one earpiece for volume up, volume down, and control, plus a power switch on the other earpiece. Sorta like the Oakley Thump, only without the sunglasses.

That's coming next. The iPod shuffle earwax edition.

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post #204 of 342
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Originally Posted by iReality85 View Post

This is probably the most horrible design I've seen of the Shuffle yet. I think in this case, form does not triumph over function. Apple is always hell-bent on making their gadgets smaller and smaller, but seriously? First, it looks like a simple boring brick of aluminum from the front. They should have at least stuck the Apple logo on the front and not the clip. Second, the controls being on their headphones is simply ridiculous, and all that this is going to do is piss off those who don't prefer Apple's headphones (at least until 3rd parties come out with their own variations in whatever form), but I think its principle. Why, if someone buys this new Shuffle, is Apple essentially forcing those who already own other premium headphones to go and shell out additonal money for a connector (surprise surprise?), or a new pair of headphones.

Expanding upon what I said, congrats, the Shuffle is now scratchable, because the clip is made of polished metal, same as the iPod. Good luck getting a case for that.
post #205 of 342
These work on the iPhone and Touch, I would think they just might work on the shuffle.

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post #206 of 342
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Originally Posted by tazinlwfl View Post

1. three taps
2. nothing, but its an overused icon that's been copied (and it wasn't a full blown click wheel, right?)
3. incase you have songs that have long, similar intros (like some techno/dance). And remember, only if you hold down the button for a while will it even say the name... have you watched the demo?

Has anybody watched? I doubt it because more than a page of comments posted to this thread wouldn't even exist if they had. Maybe ADD is a real problem for people familar with this forum.


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post #207 of 342
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Originally Posted by gmcalpin View Post

I think it will be more useful for knowing which of the multiple playlists you're selecting. That's the one enticing feature about this thing to me: multiple playlists.

Navigating 1GB of music on my old Shuffle (since bequeathed to my girlfriend) was enough of a pain; I can't imagine dealing with up to 4GB of music without multiple playlists.

Playlists help, but don't make up for the horrid controls on this thing. Double and triple-click? No thanks. Complete fail. Sticking with my previous gen shuffle.
post #208 of 342
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Originally Posted by iReality85 View Post

Expanding upon what I said, congrats, the Shuffle is now scratchable, because the clip is made of polished metal, same as the iPod. Good luck getting a case for that.

Why would you want a case for such a small device? Cases aren't made for it as adding a case defeats the purpose of the size. The clip is the only part that is polished and as such it isn't visible, the rest of the device is a brushed aluminum.

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Playlists help, but don't make up for the horrid controls on this thing. Double and triple-click? No thanks. Complete fail. Sticking with my previous gen shuffle.

I don't understand why this is such a major issue. Clicking through tracks has been available on the iPhone and iPod Touch for years. Using it as the only method of operation may be an issue for some, however decreasing the size by eliminating devices controls seems to be the next logical evolutionary step. As the shuffle is Apple's entry level and smallest iPod, if the controls do not suit a certain demographic then the Nano, Classic and Touch models may be better suited. The shuffle is meant to be just that, a shuffle. It never appealed to me as playlists and other iPod standard functions were not available, however with this new system these functions are now available.

Just as any new HID, the general public may be split in approval opinions. However, over time people will become accustomed to this new method of input control and the complaints will fade away.
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post #209 of 342
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Originally Posted by Expat View Post

From what I've read, they will still sell the 2G design. I'm definitely happy about that, as it was the best gym/jogging MP3 player I've ever found. Small, light, and the controls on the unit make it convenient. I always have the cable running inside my shirt so it isn't flopping around while running, with the shuffle clipped to the bottom of my shirt. The controls on the headphones will be annoying, nit just because you need to play hide and seek to change songs (I have a short attention span when jogging), but because it will add some weight (not much, but every bit counts) to the cord, which could be annoying.

In other words, Apple drags their heels with updating their desktops, but then give us an update no one was asking for. Point?

I do pretty much the same thing. With the cord inside my shirt, I can pretty much guarantee that these new headphones would fail about two weeks from sweat getting inside the controls (how well sealed is it?). I clip my shuffle to my shorts, so I know exactly where the controls are and can easily change volume, skip songs, etc without having to fumble around for a control bouncing around on the cord.

The previous 1 GB one is still available at the same price, but it appears the 2 GB is discontinued. It's not on the clearance page yet, but I'll be keeping an eye out and plan on getting a spare of the previous gen shuffle for when my current one dies.
post #210 of 342
Compatible headphones will come out for the Shuffle as will adapters so I'm not sure where the ignorance in this thread comes from. Nor do I understand where all the mis-information about the operation comes from.

To me the real problem with this Shuffle is it's max temperatures, both operating and non operating. If these are indeed functional limits then people will have problems with this device. People need to read the spec page and other info about this device. What happens when the device is in an environment that is hotter than 95 degs F?



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post #211 of 342
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Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post

Maybe because the device target audience never considered sound quality as important feature?!

People who care about sound quality usually buy high end headphones and if you can spend a $200 on a high end larger headphone then there is no point of buying a shuffle since the main feature of the shuffle is its small size and relatively low cost.

Why anyone who doesn't care about sound quality would concern themselves with ANY device that exists for the sole purpose of being listened to is beyond me. Being small and less expensive than a higher capacity unit has nothing to do with my desire to hear music at as good a quality as I can afford via the headphones.

I have a 120 gig classic I bought for it's capacity to attach to a behind-the-dash ipod controller unit that works with the JVC HD radio I put in my car; and to use via charging doc and on-screen interface with a Denon A/V receiver in my HT.

I bought a shuffle to take to the gym, biking, and jogging because it's small and won't get beat up attached to the neck of my T-Shirt. I didn't check the feature to limit transfer to the unit to 128 bps. I use the same pair of headphones ($400 Ultimate Ears Triple.fi) I bought to listen to the 120 gig classic late at night to avoid bothering my neighbors as I do with my shuffle. Those headphones are super pricey, but after investing in all the music I own and as much as I listen to music, they were worth every penny. They sound fantastic. The playback device is the starting point, crappy headphones will only make whatever shortcomings the device has in reproduction worse. The cost of the headphones has no relevance to how much I spent on the playback deviceI still want good sound not to mention comfort. Your argument is like saying buying a $1200 26" NEC monitor to use with a mini is useless. Not so, the image quality you are willing to pay for or need has nothing to do with how much you spent on the CPU. Your eyes still work the same so a good quality monitor you can calibrate is important no matter what you attach it to.

I'm glad I bought the shuffle when I did. Sound quality aside, Apple earphones hurt my ears, or fall out if I set them in a way that is comfortable. They are useless to me. I would have liked to have higher capacity, but that's not what I bought it for. If the new shuffle was the only thing around 2 months ago when I bought the one I have, I'd have passed on it. The new model is thinner, but taller, adding an adapter would make the thing even taller. Aside from the extra 2 gigsI don't see the point. The speech feature seems like software they could ad to any iPod if they wanted to. Apple leaves me scratching my head more and more these days.
post #212 of 342
I think that Apple are looking a couple of models ahead for the shuffle and imagining that the shuffle will become so small and light that the earbuds will form the bulk of it. With this latest change they are trying out some of the features that would then become necessary. The move to controls on the earbuds is a stepping stone feature by which they will research the ergonomics of a device that effectively has no mass.

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post #213 of 342
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

Not the sound of the voice , the sound quality of the music, for godsake!!

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post #214 of 342
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Originally Posted by paxman View Post

Keep it - no change - still great.

Are AI forum frequenters having a bad morning? I have never read so much bitching about nothing for a long time. Or are you guys just genetically pre-disposed to see the negative with any given situation?

These guys aren't married, which means there are a lot of "lucky" girls out there!

post #215 of 342
okay, if the clickwheel really has to go: why not adding a macbook inspired battery indicator on the front?!

this way, you'll get an idea on how much juice there is.
post #216 of 342
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Originally Posted by christopher126 View Post

These guys aren't married, which means there are a lot of "lucky" girls out there!


How are they lucky? Because no one is paying attention to them?

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post #217 of 342
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

Not immediately anyway.

From CNET

"The only controls on the device itself are the on/off switch and the shuffle/llnear switch, Joswiak said. Apple will ship its own in-ear headphones with the Shuffle, but third-parties will be able to make their own headphones that have the controls, and they'll also make adapters that will let you use the controls with existing headphones, he said. {Joswiak}"


Apple should have offered an adapter of their own from day one of making the main unit available for sale. Without one, it's a poke in the eye to those of us who've invested in higher quality headphones. Sigh (looks to sky with clinched fist and screams, "JOOOOOOBS!" in a Steven Colbert imitation).

Really? Just because you can't buy what you want on day one?
Just because you might have to wait a few weeks? Do you think your
investment quality headphones are going to break down before you
can get the accessory you need?
post #218 of 342
Bummer on putting the controls on the cord -- I've had my iphone (3G) since August, and I've already killed the headphones that came with it by keeping them in my pocket. The inevitable fate of all headphones I own. Why? because I don't listen to music all the time, but I like having it available when I want it. That would be the whole reason I like small form-factor ipods, so that they can sit in my pocket and be forgotten, until I want music, or an audiobook (having a dedicated shuffle for an audiobook works suprisingly well).

The other issue is, what if I want to pipe my shuffle into the stereo at my lab? what do I do then?

I jsut don't see this as an improvement, and I generally like these updates.

All that said, I hope it sells like gangbusters -- I've already lost over 25K in AAPL in the past 12 months (past two days have been nice, though), and I'd like to see some recoup.

We'll just have to see...
post #219 of 342
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Why would you want a case for such a small device? Cases aren't made for it as adding a case defeats the purpose of the size. The clip is the only part that is polished and as such it isn't visible, the rest of the device is a brushed aluminum.

My point exactly- they don't make many cases for the Shuffle. The iPod has had a shiny rear forever, and despite it being the backside, this has not stopped masses of people from buying cases and protective film so that their baby doesn't receive the slightest scratch. Moreover, I think that those who own Shuffles tend to be a little more free-wielding with them (unconsciously) than those who own other iPod models, in that given the Shuffles' size and weight, they are much more likely to be tossed happlessly on furniture, fall off their owners' clothes, or be treated roughly in general. Just watch all the complaints flow in.
post #220 of 342
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Originally Posted by iReality85 View Post

Moreover, I think that those who own Shuffles tend to be a little more free-wielding with them (unconsciously) than those who own other iPod models, in that given the Shuffles' size and weight, they are much more likely to be tossed happlessly on furniture, fall off their owners' clothes, or be treated roughly in general.

Exactly. It's meant to be tossed around and abused.

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Just watch all the complaints flow in.

I've been watching them all day it seems, it amazes me how much people complain...

A good friend of mine is from Croatia, and she jokes that when she first came to the states the technology was overwhelming. She used to wash her clothes by hand in cold water and never even had a cell phone, and is to this day amazed at everything technological. It's amazing how spoiled we've become.
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post #221 of 342
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At the gym my headphones go down the back of my neck, not the front, due to sweat and they get in the way- so this is totally worthless to me, not to mention that I know what I want to hear in the gym- the music. I don't want voices speaking to me- that's why I wear headphones.

Many of those that "go to the gym" wear their fashionable new iPod right out where it can be seen to impress all the other "go to the gym" people. Most of the time it's not even turned on, it's just conversation bait. Same as their $200 trainers and designer label "go to the gym" clothes.

Funny how so many forum-crawlers are suddenly fitness buffs.
post #222 of 342
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Originally Posted by GMHut View Post

Why anyone who doesn't care about sound quality would concern themselves with ANY device that exists for the sole purpose of being listened to is beyond me. Being small and less expensive than a higher capacity unit has nothing to do with my desire to hear music at as good a quality as I can afford via the headphones.

Average teens are the target buyers for the Shuffle due to relatively low cost, small size, and durability. How many 12 year-olds you've meet put sound quality over price? You will be surprised how many people don't know the difference between 128 bit and 256 bit or mp3 and AAC. Many don't even notice the difference. Not everyone is music and tech savvy.

It's true that some people buy the Shuffle as a secondary iPod but they already know the limitations and compromise and they accept it.

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Your argument is like saying buying a $1200 26" NEC monitor to use with a mini is useless. Not so, the image quality you are willing to pay for or need has nothing to do with how much you spent on the CPU. Your eyes still work the same so a good quality monitor you can calibrate is important no matter what you attach it to.

Then does it make since to buy a $1200 HiDef LCD TV to use it with a $10 DVD player to watch SD content?!
post #223 of 342
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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

Heh, heh. This update is incremental, but it will give them better margins due to smaller form factor (less materials) and a necessary upgrade on the headphones. Pretty smart move for them to keep squeezing every nickel out of these low-end lines.

Very true- But I want to talk about Woz's form factor- he was hysterical and the genius bar itself got a mention to millions. Talk about good, free publicity for Apple.
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post #224 of 342
I don't know if it just me, but I can't help but feeling that this really doesn't look like an Apple product. I am unsure if it is the blank face of the shuffle that makes me feel this way, but any thoughts on whether or not Steve's influence is missing in this product. You also have the headphone problem, which is a big issue for me.

I'm thinking that maybe Apple are missing Steve's influence in their products. Yes this is innovative, but nothing so very brand new considering VoiceOver is taken directly from OSX. This is echoed throughout the new updates in the Apple line, they seem to be scared to innovate without Steve there.
post #225 of 342
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Many of those that "go to the gym" wear their fashionable new iPod right out where it can be seen to impress all the other "go to the gym" people. Most of the time it's not even turned on, it's just conversation bait. Same as their $200 trainers and designer label "go to the gym" clothes.

Funny how so many forum-crawlers are suddenly fitness buffs.

You obviously never go to the gym or else you would know that you can wear the shuffle on your waistband of your shorts/pants at it can just as easily be seen.
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post #226 of 342
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chil-lax! Sheez

Ok, but who cares about some robotic voice spewing " Baby Got Back; Sir Mix-A-Lot".
post #227 of 342
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Many of those that "go to the gym" wear their fashionable new iPod right out where it can be seen to impress all the other "go to the gym" people. Most of the time it's not even turned on, it's just conversation bait. Same as their $200 trainers and designer label "go to the gym" clothes.

Funny how so many forum-crawlers are suddenly fitness buffs.

LOL.. Yeah I know.

I don't know what's the point though. I personally have an old video iPod with an armband that I use when I go running. It didn't make sense to me to buy a new $50 iPod Shuffle to avoid damaging my $50 (at current market value) iPod video!! If I can find an armband that doesn't require my iPhone to be taken out of the protective case I would buy it and use my iPhone instead!I even have an Nano that I got free when I bought my wife's MB a year back.. No one is using it!! The iPhones basically retired all our iPods.
post #228 of 342
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Really? Just because you can't buy what you want on day one?
Just because you might have to wait a few weeks? Do you think your
investment quality headphones are going to break down before you
can get the accessory you need?

Seth Myers or Amy Poehler fan?

Really. Well, that is if Apple wants to sell them to as many people as possible as soon as possible (which is the goal for most people who sell things). I'm guessing at least some of their share holders would agree (even ones who won't be buying new Shuffles). I already have the devices I want at the moment, at least w/re: iPods, so I won't be buying any shuffle of any kind until it dies. I was referring generally to anyone who has headphones they may prefer for what ever reason (sound quality, comfort, whatever) not just my self. A few weeks? I guess if Apple gave a heads up to other manufacturers in advance that's possible. Otherwise it seems to me a few weeks is a pretty quick turn around to design, manufacture, and bring to market a new product to compliment another company's product from scratch, especially if you want to wait a little to see if their sales warrant the investment. Of course I could be wrong.

Since Apple already makes the controller, why not just adapt the design to a version that's the same unit except one end is a female audio jack instead of earphones. That way they can satisfy all of their potential customers (or most anyway) rather than just targeting people who take whatever Apple shoves their way with glee.

Settle down, you don't have to take anything said against (what is apparently your beloved) Apple or any particular new product they offer so personally. Believe it or not, I have been an Apple fan since 1985. However, I have no emotional connection to any corporation and I have no delusions about Apple as a corporate entity vs. any other company whose products I support as deserving all praise or all critique. My real point is that Apple is heading ever further down the road of releasing products that have fewer and fewer options designed to limit customer choice, either to force you into buying only Apple branded products, or abandoning reasonable choices in favor of what they fancy rather than what their customers do. Regardless of what you may want to believe, all you have to do is read posts on the web to see that this trend is pissing off more, and more of their customers. That is never a good thing for any company to ignore.
post #229 of 342
its purdy but not overly shiney...


Ultimately, apple are hoping to catch people with the halo effect from their wider product range. Cant afford a nano/touch, get a shuffle. Sure you will have to spend more ($$ to apple) to actually get a product that isnt limited by their cheap ear buds, but at least most who are wanting the symbol will keep the white headphones, right?

But for the gadget guys, the new shuffle is limited. Which is ok by for the ipod business unit, as its a massmarket thing, not specialised groups.

If you dont like the iLighter, don't fret, there are plenty of other great quality units available, often with FM, sound recorders and a screen, even within a small sized unit. They can also cost less. I have a philips model, does great for the gym, a little larger than teh old shuffle, but that small differences is not enough to notice.

It doesnt sync with my itunes library but thats a just the price to pay, which was also 1/2 the cost of the same sized shuffle (2nd gen)...
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post #230 of 342
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This is probably the most horrible design I've seen of the Shuffle yet. I think in this case, form does not triumph over function. Apple is always hell-bent on making their gadgets smaller and smaller, but seriously? First, it looks like a simple boring brick of aluminum from the front. They should have at least stuck the Apple logo on the front and not the clip. Second, the controls being on their headphones is simply ridiculous, and all that this is going to do is piss off those who don't prefer Apple's headphones (at least until 3rd parties come out with their own variations in whatever form), but I think its principle. Why, if someone buys this new Shuffle, is Apple essentially forcing those who already own other premium headphones to go and shell out additonal money for a connector (surprise surprise?), or a new pair of headphones.

Or simply not buy the new shuffle, no one is forcing you to buy it
post #231 of 342
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You obviously never go to the gym...

Correct. Gyms are for people who sit in boxes all day for a living, and can't afford an active lifestyle. Unless you're a pro athlete. That's gotta be it, you're one of those really smart pro athletes I hear so much about.

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...you can wear the shuffle on your waistband of your shorts/pants at it can just as easily be seen.

Sounds like you've been lookin' around, eh?

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How do you know I'm not replying on a treadmill right now?

Could be. A lot of your posts sound like your brain is starved for oxygen.
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A good friend of mine is from Croatia, and she jokes that when she first came to the states the technology was overwhelming. She used to wash her clothes by hand in cold water and never even had a cell phone, and is to this day amazed at everything technological. It's amazing how spoiled we've become.

And we are considered several years behind the curve to some of the Asian countries... South Korea, Japan...

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Seth Myers or Amy Poehler fan?

Really. Well, that is if Apple wants to sell them to as many people as possible as soon as possible (which is the goal for most people who sell things). I'm guessing at least some of their share holders would agree (even ones who won't be buying new Shuffles). I already have the devices I want at the moment, at least w/re: iPods, so I won't be buying any shuffle of any kind until it dies. I was referring generally to anyone who has headphones they may prefer for what ever reason (sound quality, comfort, whatever) not just my self. A few weeks? I guess if Apple gave a heads up to other manufacturers in advance that's possible. Otherwise it seems to me a few weeks is a pretty quick turn around to design, manufacture, and bring to market a new product to compliment another company's product from scratch, especially if you want to wait a little to see if their sales warrant the investment. Of course I could be wrong.

Since Apple already makes the controller, why not just adapt the design to a version that's the same unit except one end is a female audio jack instead of earphones. That way they can satisfy all of their potential customers (or most anyway) rather than just targeting people who take whatever Apple shoves their way with glee.

Settle down, you don't have to take anything said against (what is apparently your beloved) Apple or any particular new product they offer so personally. Believe it or not, I have been an Apple fan since 1985. However, I have no emotional connection to any corporation and I have no delusions about Apple as a corporate entity vs. any other company whose products I support as deserving all praise or all critique. My real point is that Apple is heading ever further down the road of releasing products that have fewer and fewer options designed to limit customer choice, either to force you into buying only Apple branded products, or abandoning reasonable choices in favor of what they fancy rather than what their customers do. Regardless of what you may want to believe, all you have to do is read posts on the web to see that this trend is pissing off more, and more of their customers. That is never a good thing for any company to ignore.

Just calm down and wait for a little while. Why are you getting in such a flap over nothing?
Do you need a new shuffle right now?
Very shortly you will be able to buy a cable that does exactly what you want, enable you to connect your over priced head phones to the cheapest iPod. It will not be a huge adapter, it will simply be a cable that allows your headphones to be connected.

For someone who says the have no emotional connection you seem to be getting very emotional about a $79 iPod that you don't even need.
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Correct. Gyms are for people who sit in boxes all day for a living, and can't afford an active lifestyle. Unless you're a pro athlete. That's gotta be it, you're one of those really smart pro athletes I hear so much about.


Sounds like you've been lookin' around, eh?


Could be. A lot of your posts sound like your brain is starved for oxygen.

Whoah... personal attack much?

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Could be. A lot of your posts sound like your brain is starved for oxygen.

post #236 of 342
On to real questions: where is Apple getting the international Voice Over voices? Are they going to show up in Snow Leopard?
post #237 of 342
I don't need the new shuffle yet, but I am actually surprised by the poor quality of the speech tech. Sure the thing is small, which could compromise its potential, but it's funny to see them try and sell this feature when it just sounds terrible.
post #238 of 342
No one mentioned, not even AI, that this is the first Shuffle that can play Apple Lossless. I guess that means that Lossless isn't as important as people want it to be.

I think that means that Apple has not only changed the exterior, but also beefed up the internal components enough to play the lossless files. Though I suppose more sophisticated codec could account for the change.
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I don't need the new shuffle yet, but I am actually surprised by the poor quality of the speech tech. Sure the thing is small, which could compromise its potential, but it's funny to see them try and sell this feature when it just sounds terrible.

It sounded like the best, mort advanced default voices that come with Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard. I hope that if one change the default voice in VoiceOver Utility to make the voice anything you wish with varying rates of speech.

I doubt the Shuffle reads the metadata and then creates the voice. It would be far faster and easier to have iTunes do it by creating audio files of the artist and song as it copies the playlists to the device.
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post #240 of 342
They should have made the whole thing clickable like the Apple Mouse. Squeeze the top/middle/end to control.
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