I never owned an iPod until the day Steve introduced the shuffle. I was working a booth at MacWorld for the company I was with at the time and in the middle on the convention center, there were about two-hundred of them hanging off a giant display.
For me, it was always a pain to carry so many devices and until that point, iPods were still too big. That all changed with the tiny music playing device. It was absolutely brilliant how clean and simple the device was. You should have seen how many people were drawn to the display only later to be disappointed by the two month wait when they went online to order one. It was absolutely crazy to watch the delivery date go from a weeks to a month, to two months on their online store. Apple couldn't make enough of them.
The iPod shuffle was introduced to the world on January, 11th 2005 under the tagline "life is random". It was designed to be the entry level device into the iPod family although it later became marketed as a active life style music player.
According to their research, Apple found that iPod owners often left their music selection on random as their choice way of listening to music and the new iPod shuffle allowed Apple to capitalize on that realization in a cost-effective way. The result was an iPod that lacked a display, click wheel, and in device management features and user experience that has been synonymous with Apple at the time. What was so clever was that it made users rely upon iTunes even more so. Before they could just upload all their music on their higher capacity device and go.
iTunes however offered some new features for the iPod shuffle. The main one was the "autofill" feature which allowed users to quickly upload their favorite songs into the shuffle. Another feature is the ability to reduce the bit rate of songs to 128 kbit/s AAC. The conversion happen automatically when songs are sent to the iPod shuffle while the full quality files remain on the computer. Like other iPods, the iPod Shuffle can also be used as a storage device. 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.
iPod Shuffles were sold at $99 for 512 MB (0.5 GB) models, and $149 for 1 GB models. In June 2005, the price for the first generation 1 GB iPod Shuffle was lowered to $129. In February 2006, the prices for first generation iPod Shuffles were lowered to $69 and $99 respectively.
+ JT // October 30, 2008 / 19:45 PST
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|Introduction Date:||January 11, 2005||Discontinued Date:||September 12, 2006|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.|
|Processor Type:||D-Major STMP 3550||Processor Speed:||75 MHz|
|Details:||Uses a 75 MHz SigmaTel D-Major STMP 3550 processor.|
|Onboard RAM:||N/A||Storage Capacity:||512 MB, 1 GB|
|Song Capacity:||120, 240||Photo Capacity:||None|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod shuffle holds 120 or 240 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format" on the 512 MB and 1 GB version, respectively. It lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle is capable of charging and syncing by USB using the integrated USB connector or an optional dock.|
|Connectivity:||USB||Ports:||USB, Stereo Minijack|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle offers connectivity via USB 1.1 and 2.0 using the integrated USB connector. It has only "USB connector and stereo minijack" ports.|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod shuffle|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle uses a white plastic case without a "ClickWheel" controlled by a clickpad and a slider.|
|Built-in Display:||None||Display Resolution:||N/A|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle does not have an integrated display.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||12 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod shuffle provides "up to" 12 hours of music playback.
Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that are higher capacity than the stock models as well as cases, headphones, speakers, and other accessories.
|Battery Life (Photos):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle lacks a display and consequently does not support photo slideshows or video playback.|
|Full-Charge Time:||"About 4 Hours"||Model Number:||M9724LL/A*|
|Details:||M9724LL/A refers to the 512 MB model. The 1 GB model is M9725LL/A.|
|Dimensions:||3.3 x 0.98 x 0.33||Avg. Weight:||0.78 ounce|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth.|
|Mac Support:||MacOS X 10.2.8||Windows Support:||Windows 2000/XP|
|Details:||Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB port [running] MacOS X 10.2.8 or MacOS X 10.3.4 and later (MacOS X 10.3.6 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports).
It is compatible with a "PC with [a] USB port, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 [or later] or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 [or later]".
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod shuffle supports "MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), and WAV."|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "earbud headphones, lanyard, [and a] USB cap."|
|Original Price:||US$99, US$149||Est. Current Retail:||US$20-US$30|
|Details:||512 MB model (M9724LL/A) sold for US$99, the 1 GB model sold for US$149 (M9725LL/A).
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