Originally Posted by solipsism;1390210[QUOTE
Nice review from iLounge as usual, but what exactly did you predict that wasn't known before.
You must be joking. Everything that I wrote as well as anybody else who thought this was a sucky update you lambasted as a "complainer
". I said a simplified product had been made too complex just for starters as well as many other items that i simply just don't feel like repeating. Perhaps you should go through and re-read my posts and not the ones that were a response to a Kool-aid attack.
The only thing you list that I recall you predicting was that the audio was going to be worse quality, while iLounge states that it is better than the 2G Shuffle. Personally, I think using $1,200 headphones with an $80 player is foolish. Fine for testing purposes, but don't kid yourself into thinking that such a setup is the norm and don't try to defend such a pairing in the real world.
Add that to what I just stated above- so far 2 things - keep reading my prior posts. And again you're twisting it- how many times did I say that it remains to be seen until it's tested what the sound is like. I never, ever predicted that the sound would be worsed-. How could I? Why and how would I know that/ You twist again! I repeatedly said that unless the sound quality was restored back to the 1G it would be a failure. And now that it has been concluded that it is in fact worse than the 1G - it fails! How can you keep twisting it to make it seem like it's not?? And FYI- my $15 SONY headphones sound better than Apple's - not $1,200 of which I or others on here just don't own.
I wouldn't say that the battery "diminished considerably" when we are talking about 17% reduction is stated duration, which was "increased considerably" in ral use according to iLounge's testing: "Even with occasional VoiceOver interactions to check their batteries, one ran for 11 hours and 45 minutes, the other 13 hours and 5 minutes, for an average run time of 12 hours and 25 minutes." Not bad for a battery half the size than the previous models and probably not a concern for people buying the product.
"Diminished considerably" means exactly that- why do you keep twisting information to your advantage and not let the test speak for itself.
I see no cavets here, but them again I requested these updates before the product was announced so I'm not in the small category that were looking for a larger model with pointlessly long battery times and a single line monochrome display.
IF THAT'S NOT A WHINE AND
- THEN WHAT
I'm also in the category that asked for Apple Lossless. Despite the number of people that constantly seem to be saying that iTtunes Store audio sucks because they don't use ALAC at the ridiculously high ~1MB/sec that is about 55% of an AiFF file, this review seems to make no mention of this new (and important) inclusion. I'm curious how long the battery would last running ALAC files; I suspect it would be dramatically decreased. In fact, I'd like to see how different file types last and if the chapters built into my 200MB+ audiobooks will be recognized and if it will remember my place.
Because lossless obviously doesn't matter if your outputting crap, that's why.
Besides this being a very solid product I don't buy extraneous things if that don't serve a particular purpose and I am quite happy with my 2G Shuffle. I think you might get your hopes up by expecting too much from this tech company so you et al. can't help but be disappointed when the impossible and improbably doesn't materialize.
NO- I just don't want Apple wasting R&D on ridiculous unnecessary dreck such as this instead of concentrating on more important matters- that's all. Who's been craving to have their song titles spoken to them????WHo needs and wants this gimmick??? Who??? Besides you??? you???