Ok… Unfortunately I’m old enough to have lived through old Coke vs New Coke vs Classic Coke – which by the way isn’t the same as the old Coke. This might be just a matter of taste too, but I belive the original iPod Shuffle is still the best iPod Shuffle.Â By now it’s quite obvious that Apple’s business model is to come out with new iPods every few months so that there’s always a new iPod that you’ll want to buy.Â For most of their other iPod models the new ones generall are better than the old ones.Â But I still have my original iPod shuffle and it still works great.Â And while it doesn’t talk to me, it has some features that make it the best..
While now it actually looks kind of big compared to that pack of gum, the original was revolutionary small.Â Small enough to get lost in your pocket, but still big enough that you could feel the controls.Â How small is too small on devices that cost 80 bucks?Â This morning my wife brought me a 4GB memory stick that went through the washer and dryer.Â (it still works fine by the way – thanks for asking)
Ok.. It’s never big enough. But my 1GB unit was enough to hold 240 songs, which honestly is enough for me.Â Let me clarify.. FOR an iPod Shuffle!
Use ANY Headphones
One of the big tech complaints of the day is that the new iPod Shuffle has virtually no controls on the unit and they’ve been moved to the headphones. This means that you’re stuck using Apple’s earbuds.Â And if they get lost or chewed by you’re dog it’ll probably be $20 – $30 to replace them.Â The original iPod Shuffle had a simple click-wheel on the unit and could use any headphones.
USB Mass Storage Mode
One of the featuers of the original iPod Shuffle was that you could also store files along with your music.Â In iTunes you could divide up the 1GB (or 512 MB) and assign a certain amount of it for data storage.Â It’s a feature that would be nice on the newer models and, for me, would help justify the purchase.
This is where they totally lose me and why the original iPod Shuffle wins.Â How is it better to have a dock or a cable?
Why not put the USB connector right on the unit?Â Go ahead and make the unit smaller, but keep the USB connector so I don’t have to carry a bunch of crap around with me.Â The previous generation Shuffle was the worst, with that annoying little dock.Â But even this new one requires a cable to attach it to a computer:
What do you guys think? Does it bother you to have to take a dock or a cable with you? What’s your favorite iPod and more specifically, iPod Shuffle?