Apple iPod shuffle MB518ZO/A 2 GB Second Generation

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Apple iPod shuffle MB518ZO/A 2 GB Second Generation

The popular iPod shuffle is just half a cubic inch in volume, weighs just half an ounce, features an aluminum design with a built-in clip. The 2GB mod...

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published 02/08/2012 | SirJoseph
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Cons Size, No Screen/Repeat/Shuffle, Price
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Like many, I tend to listen to music everyday, via television, radio, pc or mp3, I consider it important. However when times get tough at school, college, work, whenever, you're average mp3 player dies and you need to replace it. The Shuffle is one to consider for a specific type of person - someone who's far less bothered about having all the music they love, but for a sturdy selection of new songs. This tiny little player is best left to those who couldn't ever be considered music enthusiasts but instead fitness freaks who need a pumping bass line while they cycle up a hill or leg it on the treadmill.

As usual, Apple deliver with supreme sound clarity and a decent volume. Thanks to the ever brilliant Apple earphones (often faulty, but I find them more comfortable then earbuds) your music is delivered with great efficiency. For me, this is the main attraction (along with size) of the Shuffle, because its an Apple product thats a cheap music player, incredibly portable with a fair amount of space. You're paying for music quality, shame there's not much else..

One of the first things you notice when shopping for a Shuffle is the range of colours they are available in. Look about and you can find chalky pastel turquoise to a lightning bubblegum pink, all with white elements in the buttons. Of course you can always get the default silver which looks clean and slick, suitable for showcasing the brand. It features an on/off switch which doesn't move when in your pocket so thats handy. Other than that you get the bare basics, rewind & forward, play & pause, volume up & down.. But that's about it, so you're missing out on what even cheaper models offer - there is no repeat function, which isn't a big miss, but when you name a product 'Shuffle' without the option to 'Shuffle' the tracks within it... kinda takes away the point. On the bright-side, the clip on the back is strong enough to clasp clothing while you exorcise or just be on the move, even under super sweaty conditions. The lack of a screen isn't necessarily a problem, but it causes them for apple, possibly the reason why the features are so limited. I find the lack of order in tracks a bit frustrating, but then again, you hardly have many tracks to scroll through in the first place. It's charger is a tad clunky too as its not your standard cable, but a specific plastic hunk of weirdness. The battery life is another one of its positives, easily lasting a day or two and charging with fantastic speed.

2GB isn't bad if you're only a casual listener, but when you use the device everyday, it quickly becomes an annoying burden of a tool that you have to keep updating with fresh tracks. Considering its physical size, 2GB seems rather unimpressive, as Philips have a similar sized mp3 for around the same price when released (£25-£40) which had an 8GB memory, along with a screen and more features. All mp3 manufacturers claim their products hold hundreds of songs and tend to exaggerate their true space - they usually base their claim on songs no longer than 3 minutes - in other words - short songs.

I really can't recommend this mp3, mainly because there are so many better alternatives for competitive prices. Its rather pointless to buy the 'best' brand 'small' mp3 player when you can get more for your money elsewhere. It seems you really are paying for the brand alone with the Shuffle.. if you're going to drop some serious coin on a music player, why not do it properly and get a different name, like a Nano or Classic.. or just stroll in any electronics shop and pick up a bargain.

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  • Coloneljohn published 20/08/2012
    Very well reviewed. John
  • RICHADA published 04/08/2012
    I agree entirely. If you must have an iPod (and we must!) for me it has to be a Classic - an MP3 player without competitors in terms of storage space (over 10,000 tracks on ours). R.
  • Mistee-Dreamz published 04/08/2012
    Excellent review
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Product Information : Apple iPod shuffle MB518ZO/A 2 GB Second Generation

Manufacturer's product description

The popular iPod shuffle is just half a cubic inch in volume, weighs just half an ounce, features an aluminum design with a built-in clip. The 2GB model lets music lovers bring even more songs everywhere they go in the impossibly small iPod shuffle. The world's smallest digital music player, the iPod shuffle lets you wear your favorite songs on your sleeve. Or your lapel. Or your belt. Clip on iPod shuffle and wear it as a badge of musical devotion. You know what they say about good things and small packages. But when something 1.62 inches long and about half an ounce holds up to 480 songs, "good" and "small" don't quite cut it. Especially when you can listen to your music for up to 12 continuous hours. In fact, iPod shuffle just may be the biggest thing in small. Clip it to your coin pocket. Clip it to your bag. No matter where you clip your skip-free iPod shuffle, you'll have instant access to music. And iPod shuffle's anodized aluminum enclosure goes with absolutely everything. Put it on, turn it up, and turn some heads. Got more songs in your iTunes library? No problem. Let iTunes autofill your iPod shuffle and get a new musical experience every time. Pop follows jazz. Rock follows rap. iPod shuffle loves to improvise. Take the Shuffle switch, for instance. Even if you've synced a particular playlist, you can shuffle songs with a flick.

Product Details

Product Description: Apple iPod shuffle - digital player

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Enclosure Colour: Silver, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple

Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.1 cm x 1.1 cm x 2.7 cm

Weight: 16 g

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

iPod Generation: 2G

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Flash Memory: 2 GB

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Interface Supported: USB 2.0

Battery: Player - rechargeable - lithium polymer

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Audio System / Type: MP3 Player

Flash Memory / Installed Size: 2048

Digital Storage Media: Built-In Flash Memory

Built-In Radio: Without Built-In-Radio

Manufacturer: Apple


MPN: MB518ZO/A, MB683ZD/A, MB685ZD/A, MB523ZK/A, MB681ZD/A, MB518LL/A, MB520ZD/A, MB681LL/A, MB521ZO/A, MB519ZO/A, MB526ZG/A, MB522ZG/A, MB518ZG/A, MB520ZG/A, MB520LL/A, MB681ZG/A, MB685, MB685ZG/A, MB683ZG/A, MB526LL/A, MB522LL/A, MB522ZO/A, MB520ZO/A, MB526ZO/A, MB685ZO/A, MB683ZO/A, MB681ZO/A

Product Type: Digital player

Digital Player Type: Flash based

Width: 4.1 cm

Depth: 1.1 cm

Height: 2.7 cm

Weight: 16 g

Enclosure Colour: Silver, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple

Enclosure Material: Anodised aluminium

Interface Supported: USB 2.0

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3

iPod Generation: 2G

Audio System

Flash Memory: 2 GB

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Features: Battery level indication, USB 2.0 compatibility

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Bit Rate: 8 - 320Kbps

Features: Variable bit-rate compatible

Playback Modes: Skip playback


Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ohm


Connector Type: Headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )


Included Accessories: Docking station


Battery: Player - rechargeable - lithium polymer

Battery Enclosure Type: Integrated

Run Time (Up To): 12 hour(s)

Recharge Time: 4 hour(s)

System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later

Software Requirements: iTunes 7.4 or later, iTunes 7.7 or later

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Additional Requirements: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days


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