Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ipod Shuffle - Not Dead Yet

My original iPod Shuffle classic isn't dead yet. Fortunately, the ring came off while i was at my desk, and i saw where it landed quickly. I doubt i could get another ring. It appears that the ring was simply glued on in such a way that the bubble buttons underneath can be pressed with it. So, all i should have to do is glue it back on. There are a couple protrusions on the back side of the ring that allow the ring to be aligned properly so the symbols match up.

I fully expect the device to die eventually. After all, there's a non-replaceable rechargeable battery inside. It won't last forever. And, the cover cap for the USB port doesn't have any kind of permanent connection, so one expects to lose this eventually. It came with a second cap that has a cord attached. I never use it. It's around somewhere (i never throw anything out), and could be used as a spare, i suppose.

I have three other mp3 players. They all have more memory than the iPod. From twice as much to four times as much. And they all have more features, for example, a display so you can see what track you're listening to. But i end up using the iPod the most. And that's because i use it while commuting to work. You see, since it has no display, it is designed to be operated without looking at it. The other units are way more complex, and really can't be conveniently operated without looking at them. I've seen an mp3 player without a display since my iPod, but by comparison, it sucks. It's much cheaper, and for example, suffers from having too short of battery life per charge. So my iPod may be irreplaceable.

There are bugs and limitations in the iPod Shuffle. It's not perfect. If you miss the last bit of a track, you can't simply "rewind" into it. And it can be quite painful to "fast forward" from the beginning, if the track is long. And this happens often. I listen to mostly talk shows, and have missed the final punch line of an hour show due to traffic, etc. Another issue is that, from time to time, it fails to turn itself off. So, the battery is dead, even though it was just charged to full. And speaking of charging to full, all you get is a green, yellow, or red light for a battery indication. This isn't really enough to tell if you've charged it enough. And, finally, sometimes when you pause the playback, it will turn itself off, but when it starts back up, it has forgotten where it was. I've run into a couple other bugs, not worth mentioning. Essentially no software is perfect. But simpler devices tend to have fewer issues.