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Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB (4th generation) review

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Price when reviewed : £39
inc VAT

The newest iPod Shuffle isn't without its charms, but there are better value MP3 players available, even at this low price.


Unlike the last generation Shuffle, the earphones included with this model don’t have an integrated in-line remote. This is no great loss, as there are plenty of third party earphones with in-line remotes available. In any case, the included earphones sound very muddy and lack bass, so you’ll want to replace them anyway. Audio quality vastly improved when we used a better-sounding set of third-party earphones, producing a much richer, deeper and more detailed sound.

Unsurprisingly, given its small size and lack of a screen, the Shuffle doesn’t have any extra features – not even a FM radio. There’s no WMA or OGG support, but the Shuffle can play WAVs and Apple Lossless files. It can play Audible-formatted audiobooks though.

Apple iPod Shuffle colours

Apple’s iPod Shuffle is an impressively tiny portable audio player with long battery life that improves upon the poor controls of the last-generation model. However, unless you must have an iPod, there are better value MP3 players available. The Sandisk Sansa Clip+ is almost as small, has even longer battery life, extra features such as a FM radio and a screen, and has twice the storage at 4GB.

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Formatted capacity1.77GB
Storage mediumflash memory
Battery and charge optionsLi-ion, USB


Device has screen?No
Native resolutionN/A
Memory card supportNone
FM Radiono
Audio record optionsNone
Video record optionsNone
Supplied withheadphones, USB adapter

Test Results

Tested battery life (MP3 playback)17h 5m
Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackNo
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackYes
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackYes
Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackNo
Video WMV playbackNo
Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportNo
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Download compatibilityiTunes

Buying Information

Price per MB1.9p
Warrantyone year RTB or customer carry in

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