Trying to duplicate the success of the very cute iPod shuffle 3rd generation (the one that came with a clip), Apple launched its Apple iPod Shuffle 4th generation on 2008. The smallest device ever has buttons on the headphone cord, only a switch and voice activation that tells you which song is playing.
The buttons work this way: press once for play or pause, two to skip to the next song, three times to go back and then holding down for a second to hear the name of the song and the artist.
Apple iPod Shuffle 4th generation features
The switch allows you to turn power on, off and the other puts it on hold. The same little lights tell you about the battery and if the iPod is on, pretty much the same as the previous model. Apple really oversimplified it with this one, though.
Yes, this is definitely a love-it or hate-it problem. That’s the mistake Apple made, polarizing the Shuffle followers into two groups: the ones that stuck to the 3G model, or updated to the appeal of the iPod Nano Chromatic, or the ones that liked this new approach and bought it. Neither is right nor wrong, just a matter of personal tastes.
Apple iPod Shuffle 4th generation common problems
Still, this product has been acclaimed for being the best for workouts, daily chores and actually being very resistant to humidity conditions, something you wouldn’t bet the more sophisticated iPod Nano, or iPod Touch to be.
The worst thing I’ve ever heard of this model is the earphones. They seem to be the flattest ever and you should bother buying a new set of better ones from another brand. I don’t blame them since Apple surely wanted to make the cheapest and smallest mp3 player possible at the point of absurdity. I’m really unsure that this costs the price of $74. If anything, it should cost $50.
If you like to work out, hear only certain songs, if you like the concept of shuffling per se, don’t need much space, and like to feel that you’re not really carrying a mp3 player in your pocket, given the way it easily clings to clothes like it’s barely there, then the 4th generation iPod shuffle is for you.