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Encyclopedia > IPod Shuffle
iPod shuffle
Manufacturer Apple Inc.
Type Portable Media Player
Connectivity USB 2.0
Retail availability January 11, 2005-present
Media flash memory
either 512 MB or 1 GB
currently 1 GB
Operating system 1.1.5 (1G)
1.0.3 (2G),
Input Volume, FF, Rev, Play/Pause Buttons
Power lithium-ion battery
Display None

iPod shuffle is an iPod digital audio player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 11, 2005, using the tagline "life is random." Instead of storing data on a hard disk, it was the first iPod to use flash memory. The current second generation model weighs about 15 grams (0.55 ounces). It was introduced in September 2006 along with the revamped fifth generation iPod and second generation iPod nano. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 532 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Apple Inc. ... A portable multimedia player (PMP) is a self-reliant electronic device that is capable of storing and playing files in one or more media formats. ... Note: USB may also mean upper sideband in radio. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A USB flash drive. ... // An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer. ... Li-Ion Camera Battery Lithium ion batteries (or Li-ion) have become very common and dropped in price recently. ... iPod is a brand of portable media player designed and marketed by Apple and launched in October 2001. ... Apple iPod, the best-selling hard drive-based player An embedded hard drive-based player (Creative ZEN Vision:M) An MP3 CD player (Philips Expanium) More commonly referred to as an MP3 player, a digital audio player or DAP is a portable, handheld digital music player that stores, organizes and... Apple Inc. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ... For other uses, see Data (disambiguation). ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... A USB flash drive. ... BIC pen cap, about 1 gram. ... The ounce (abbreviation: oz) is the name of a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of mass that form part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The iPod 5G (often referred to as the Video iPod) is the fifth generation of Apple Inc. ... The iPod nano is Apples mid-range iPod portable media player. ...

Contents

Overview

First generation

Released on 11 January 2005, the first generation iPod shuffle was designed to be easily loaded with a selection of songs and to play them in random order. According to Apple, owners of existing iPods had often left the music selection to "shuffle", and the new iPod shuffle was a way of implementing that in a much more cost-effective fashion. It relies on the use of an "autofill" feature in iTunes, which can select songs at random from a user's music library (or from a specific playlist) and copy as many as will fit into iPod shuffle's memory. It can hold up to 240 songs (1 GB model, based on Apple's estimate, of four minutes per song and 128 kbit/s AAC encoding). is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the iTunes application. ... “KBPS” redirects here. ... MPEG-4 AAC DRM encoding as used in the iTunes Store Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a standardized, lossy compression and encoding scheme for digital audio. ...


It lacks the trademark display, scroll wheel, playlist management features, games, address book, calendar, and notes capability of earlier iPods, and cannot be used with iSync. In addition, it is incapable of playing Apple Lossless and AIFF audio files, unlike other iPod models due to its lower processing power. The iPod shuffle has a better bass response than 4th generation iPod, according to one review published days after its release.[1] The first generation shuffle weighed only 0.73 ounces (approximately 20 grams). “LCD” redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In its most general form, a playlist is simply a list of songs. ... iSync 1. ... Apple Lossless (also known as Apple Lossless Encoder, ALE, or Apple Lossless Audio Codec, ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. ... Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) is an audio file format standard used for storing sound data for personal computers and other electronic audio devices. ... Bass (IPA: [], rhyming with face), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency or range. ...

First generation iPod shuffle with the cap removed to show the USB connector. The cap snaps onto the unit. iPod shuffle comes with a second cap on a lanyard which a user can wear around his or her neck.
First generation iPod shuffle with the cap removed to show the USB connector. The cap snaps onto the unit. iPod shuffle comes with a second cap on a lanyard which a user can wear around his or her neck.

iTunes offers some new features for iPod shuffle. One is the ability to reduce the bit rate of songs to 128 kbit/s AAC. The conversion is done automatically, with the original file left untouched on the computer and the smaller (lower bit rate) file sent to the iPod shuffle. Older versions of iTunes allowed an iPod shuffle playlist to be viewed and changed while the unit is not connected; the next time the unit is connected, it can then be updated with the changed playlist. This functionality is no longer a part of iTunes as of iTunes 7. Image File history File links Use of this image requires that the photographer (Brian Kendig) is credited. ... Image File history File links Use of this image requires that the photographer (Brian Kendig) is credited. ... “USB” redirects here. ... A lanyard (sword knot) fixed to an infantry sword handle A lanyard, also spelled laniard, is a rope or cord often worn around the neck or wrist to carry something. ... In telecommunications and computing, bit rate (sometimes written bitrate) is the frequency at which bits are passing a given (physical or metaphorical) point. It is quantified using the bit per second (bit/s) unit. ... MPEG-4 AAC DRM encoding as used in the iTunes Store Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a standardized, lossy compression and encoding scheme for digital audio. ... A computer file is a collection of information that is stored in a computer system and can be identified by its full path name. ...


The front of the iPod shuffle has buttons for Play/Pause, Next Song/Fast Forward, Previous Song/Fast Reverse, and up and down volume adjustment. On the reverse, it has a battery level indicator light (activated by a button) and a three-position switch to turn the unit off or set it to play music in order or shuffled. It plugs directly into a computer's USB port (either 1.1 or 2.0), through which it also recharges its battery, which has an expected life of around 12 hours between charges. The USB plug is hidden beneath a cap. The unit also comes with a lanyard that attaches to the iPod shuffle via an attached cap and this allows the user to wear the iPod shuffle around his or her neck. For other uses, see Volume (disambiguation). ... Symbols representing a single Cell (top) and Battery (bottom), used in circuit diagrams. ... This article is about the machine. ... “USB” redirects here. ...


iPod shuffle can also be used as a USB flash drive. iTunes allows a user to set how much of the drive will be allowed for storing files, and how much will be used for storing music. “JumpDrive” redirects here. ...


First generation iPod Shuffles were originally sold at US$99 for 512 MB (0.5 GB) models, and US$149 for 1 GB models. In February 2006, the prices for first generation iPod shuffles were lowered to US$69 and US$99 respectively. “USD” redirects here. ... ReBoot character, see Megabyte (ReBoot). ... This article is about the unit of measurement. ...


Second generation

A Second-generation iPod shuffle in size-comparison to a Dell mouse.
A Second-generation iPod shuffle in size-comparison to a Dell mouse.

On September 12, 2006, Apple announced the release of the second generation iPod shuffle, calling it "the most wearable iPod ever".[2] First shipments of the unit were slated for an October 2006 arrival, but actually started shipping on Friday, November 3, 2006[3]. The new generation featured a lone 1 GB model at US$79, GB£49, CA$89, AU$119 or 89 (France) in a silver brushed aluminum case similar to the second generation iPod nano and the older iPod mini. The new model is less than half the size of the first generation model at 41.2 x 27.3 x 10.5 mm (1.62 x 1.07 x 0.41 in), and is reminiscent of the iPod radio remote available for iPod nanos and 5th generation iPods. Apple branded it as the "world's smallest MP3 player". This size includes the new built-in belt clip; the actual unit itself is thinner, with the entire device weighing only 15.5 g (0.55 ounces). The power and shuffle/no shuffle switches were also separated into two controls to prevent accidental choice of shuffle when that may not be the desired mode of operation. The formatting of the iPod itself is new to Apple, as the 2G (2nd Generation) Shuffle will only format itself to FAT32. iTunes issues a warning that the iPod is incorrectly formatted if brought to the Macintosh format HFS+. All previous iPod models have allowed the usage of either the Mac format or the PC format.[4] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1546x1530, 744 KB) My own picture of a 2nd generation iPod Shuffle in comparison to a Dell mouse. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1546x1530, 744 KB) My own picture of a 2nd generation iPod Shuffle in comparison to a Dell mouse. ... This article is about the corporation Dell, Inc. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the unit of measurement. ... “USD” redirects here. ... “GBP” redirects here. ... “C$” redirects here. ... ISO 4217 Code AUD User(s) Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island Inflation 2. ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... The iPod mini is a smaller version of Apple Inc. ... BIC pen cap, about 1 gram. ... File Allocation Table (FAT) is a partially patented file system developed by Microsoft for MS-DOS and was the primary file system for consumer versions of Microsoft Windows up to and including Windows Me. ... HFS Plus or HFS+ is a file system developed by Apple Computer to replace their Hierarchical File System (HFS) as the primary file system used on Macintosh computers. ... For other uses, see Macintosh (disambiguation) and Mac. ... A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals. ...


On the second generation iPod shuffle, USB connectivity is provided via an included dock, which transfers data through the headphone jack. The second generation iPod shuffle is also able to act as a flash drive, just like the first generation iPod Shuffle. However, unlike the first generation iPod shuffle, the second generation does not have a built-in USB connector. This means the dock is required for connection to a computer on the second generation model. “USB” redirects here. ...


The second generation Shuffle can play MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC,, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV and AIFF, meaning that the only iTunes format not supported is Apple Lossless. (Note that using WAV or AIFF on a 1GB device will mean very few songs may be held.)

All nine colors of the second-generation iPod shuffle. The bottom row are the original colors; the top row are the "refreshed" colors. Silver units have been available throughout the life of the second-generation shuffle.

On January 30, 2007, Apple announced the addition of four new colors to the iPod shuffle line. In addition to the original silver, a pink, orange, green, and blue color has been made available via the Apple Store (online). Of the colours the blue, green, and pink are essentially the same hues as the second generation minis and nanos. The new orange color is a first for the iPod franchise. They also now come with the new redesigned headphones that were not included with the original silver model. The box was also changed to have gray text instead of the lime-green text, lime-green showing that the original headphones are included, and gray text showing that the new headphones are included. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 219 pixelsFull resolution (2000 × 547 pixel, file size: 426 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) iPod Shuffles File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 219 pixelsFull resolution (2000 × 547 pixel, file size: 426 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) iPod Shuffles File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


On September 5, 2007, Apple refreshed the line with four new colors including a Product Red version. The new colors (turquoise, lavender, mint green, and dark red) replaced the previous colors (pink, orange, green, and blue). is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Product Red (styled (PRODUCT)RED) is a for-profit brand which is licensed to partner companies such as American Express, Apple Inc. ...


Accessories

Both Apple and 3rd-party manufacturers offer a variety of accessories for the iPod shuffle. Apple offers such things as armband attachments (so it can be worn on one's arm), a sport case that protects the iPod shuffle from the elements, and an iPod shuffle dock that allows easier connection to a computer, similar to the dock units available for the regular iPod and iPod mini. Third-party manufacturers offer such things as custom dock connectors, iPod shuffle decorative and protective t-shirts, sleeves, belt clips, AC and DC power plugs, earphones, and FM transmitters etc. City lights viewed in a motion blurred exposure. ... Direct current (DC or continuous current) is the continuous flow of electricity through a conductor such as a wire from high to low potential. ... In telecommunications, frequency modulation (FM) conveys information over a carrier wave by varying its frequency. ...


Impact

The iPod shuffle was announced at the same time as the Mac mini. Like the iPod shuffle, the Mac mini is a scaled-down product which has been introduced at a lower price point. These two products together can be seen as a conscious effort on the part of Apple management to target a lower-end market and increase visibility in the mass-market. Previously, the success of Apple's iPod and especially the iPod mini had been chipping away at the inexpensive flash player market, causing flash players at the beginning of 2005 to account for less than half the market share they did in 2004. However, the original and mini iPods were costly and the shuffle was intended to make the iPod accessible to the mainstream audience. The Mac mini is the smallest desktop computer marketed by Apple Inc. ... Price Points along a Demand curve Price points are prices for which demand is relatively high. ... For other uses, see Management (disambiguation). ... In the USA, as well as in most developed countries, the low-end market consists of lower-priced products suitable for customers who are not willing or able to spend large amounts of money. ... Mass-marketing is the process of widely marketing a mass-produced item. ... iPod is a brand of portable media player designed and marketed by Apple and launched in October 2001. ... The iPod mini is a smaller version of Apple Inc. ...


By April 2005, the end of Apple's second fiscal quarter, the iPod shuffle had already proven itself to be a successful product for its manufacturer. Although Apple has chosen not to specify how many iPod shuffles were sold in the product's first three months of existence, analysts at Piper Jaffray estimated that 1.8 million of the 5.3 million iPods sold in the second quarter were shuffles. NPD Group estimates that the iPod shuffle captured 43% of the flash-based music player market in February of 2005, after only its second month of existence.[5] By March of 2005 the iPod shuffle's market share had risen to 58%.[6] Piper Jaffray is a US boutique investment banking firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a focused on delivering financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within targeted sectors of the financial services marketplace. ... The NPD Group, Inc. ...


In September 2006, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced during his keynote presentation on the "It's Showtime" Special Event, that until then, Apple had sold 10 million first generation iPod shuffles. “Chief executive” redirects here. ... Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is the co-founder and CEO of Apple and was the CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney. ...


Chewing and eating

The notice

Due to its small size (8.38 × 2.49 × 0.84 cm or 3.3 × 0.98 × 0.33 inches), Apple's web site declared the first generation iPod shuffle "smaller than a pack of gum and much more fun," with the footnote on its American web site: "Do not eat iPod shuffle."[7] As of September 29, 2005, the footnote has disappeared from the American website. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The UK and Ireland site had a slightly reworded version: "Do not chew iPod shuffle," while some other versions of the site, such as the Canadian, French and German versions, made no mention of this. These "warnings" have since been removed. This has resulted in numerous insurance claims made in France, Germany and Canada, due to the number of people accidentally chewing or ingesting their iPod shuffles.


Blinking light problem

PC World was the first to report an issue with first generation iPod shuffles inexplicably ceasing normal function, only to flash orange and green lights and become unmountable. If the device is still covered by warranty, Apple has reportedly offered to replace it for free.[8] PC World is a global computer magazine published monthly by IDG. It offers advice on various aspects of PCs and related items, the Internet, and other personal-technology products and services. ...


On October 26, 2006, Apple released an iPod shuffle Reset Utility that corrected this problem for some owners of first generation iPod shuffles.[9] is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Lately, this problem has occurred to many 2nd Gen iPod Shuffle owners, but the Reset utility has not currently been updated to run on Windows Vista. Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...


Timeline of compact iPod models

See also: Template:Timeline of iPod models

Sources: Apple press release library,[10] Mactracker Apple Inc. model database[11]

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References

  1. ^ Bill Machrone (January 20, 2005). Apple iPod Shuffle. PC Magazine. Retrieved on 2005-03-29.
  2. ^ "Apple Unveils the New iPod shuffle", Apple.com, September 12, 2006. Accessed April 2, 2006.
  3. ^ blompo.com
  4. ^ Apple.com
  5. ^ appleinsider.com
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ iPod Shuffle page with "do not eat" note on Archive.org
  8. ^ Stuart Johnston (June 22, 2006). If Lights Blink on Your iPod Shuffle, It Could Be Bad News. PC World. Retrieved on 2006-02-08.
  9. ^ About the iPod shuffle Reset Utility. Apple.
  10. ^ Apple press release library, retrieved September 19, 2007.
  11. ^ Mactracker (mactracker.ca), Apple Inc. model database, version as of July 26, 2007.

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