Splash Damage: Damage vs. iPod Shuffle (2G)
Oops, I did it again. I’ve broken your heart, and lost in the game. No, I’m not flashing back to early 2000s, when Britney and Lindsay were nice and pure, a perfect role model for any up and coming teenager idols wannabes.
However, the iPod Shuffle (2nd Gen, clip on) was intriguing enough to elicit a purchase. After a month of usage, I have to say that iPod Shuffle is dead simple. But within that simplicity lies a… well, a very simple vehicle for playing back your MP3s. No advanced playlisting, no fancy smart or intelligent shuffle, no videos, no wifi. Pure and simple MP3 playback.
Sure, the Zen Stone plus had this too. But it was marred by dumb mistakes here and there (navigation being the key faux pas). The shuffle is an interesting study of media playback. Do you let your musical destiny be controled by the fwd button (shuffle), or do you take to predestination (playlist)? Do you dare let iTunes control your musical discovery like a whimsical muse (autofill) or do you take that predestination concept to the max?
No matter your philosophy, you have a very decent playback device. Nothing fancy, just you and your music. And some rather notable hiss, though you do not get any Noise cancellation like you did with other MP3 player (and the only one in the market to do so… pity). Aside from that, it’s a serviceable unit.
In a way, it’s more Zen then the “Zen Stone,” if you like to think of it that way.
The Good: Small and compact. Even a zombie can enjoy it. While eating brains.
The Bad: No LCD. Battle with one’s inner self may occur as result of thinking too much about Music and predestination or something.
The Ugly: The new pastel colors. Hisses just as loud as a certain Sony unit, but no Noise Cancelling powers like that of said unit.
Grade: B-. To be honest, there is no way the Shuffle will get anything higher than a B. The shuffle makes a terrific complementary unit to your main iPod or MP3. The fact that you can use other programs to sync to it only helps.