iPod Shuffle

Written by | March 24, 2005

Topics: Tech

iPod Shuffle

FEMALE FRIEND: It’s soooo small.

MARVO: It’s not THAT small. Besides, it’s pretty powerful and it can go for a long time.

FEMALE FRIEND: How long can it go?

MARVO: I got it to last for over twelve hours.

FEMALE FRIEND: Twelve hours straight?

MARVO: Yeah.

FEMALE FRIEND: That’s a lot of Doggystyle, Piledriver, Missionary, Lotus, and Cowgirl.

MARVO: Oh, don’t forget the Pretzel, Helicopter, and T-Spoon.

FEMALE FRIEND: Do you mind if I touch it?

MARVO: Go ahead.

FEMALE FRIEND: Oh my goodness, I didn’t realize how smooth it was. So do you take it running with you?

MARVO: Yeah, I HAVE TO take it with me. Although when I put them in my shorts, it kind of protrudes.

FEMALE FRIEND: So do people notice it protruding when you’re running?

MARVO: I don’t know, but I feel it bouncing around. I’ll probably buy something so that it doesn’t flop around so much.

FEMALE FRIEND: Do you think you’re hurting it when it flops around like that?

MARVO: I don’t think so, because it’s pretty durable and it hasn’t skipped a beat. Although, when I first got it, I had some problems with it.


MARVO: Well basically, it didn’t always work right. I’ll be in the middle of using it and then everything goes soft.

FEMALE FRIEND: It gets turned off or something?

MARVO: Yeah, but everything is fine now. I just looked at some stuff on the internet and it stays turned on now.

FEMALE FRIEND: So how does it work?

MARVO: Just grab it, use your thumb, and stroke it right here.

FEMALE FRIEND: Right here?

MARVO: Yeah. Some people have had trouble turning it on, so you might have to stroke it a little harder.

FEMALE FRIEND: Oh my goodness, I turned it on. So how do I make stuff come out of it?

MARVO: You just have to push the right button.

FEMALE FRIEND: This button?

MARVO: Oh yeah, that’s the button.

FEMALE FRIEND: So when you wanna put stuff on it, where do you stick it?

MARVO: I stick it into a USB port, where it also gets charged up. It takes about three to four hours to fully be ready to go again.

FEMALE FRIEND: So what else does it come with?

MARVO: It came with a couple of things, a pair of earbuds and a lanyard, which you can use to hang it from your neck. But I don’t like to wear it like that. I prefer to keep it in my pants.

FEMALE FRIEND: It doesn’t have a screen, so how do you know what’s playing?

MARVO: Well when I’m using it, it’s usually in my shorts and I don’t really need to look at a screen. I pretty much know what’s on it, because it only holds 125 songs. But if I need to switch to something else, I’ll just play with it through my shorts. I know where the right buttons are.

FEMALE FRIEND: So does it vibrate?

MARVO: No, it doesn’t vibrate.

Item: iPod Shuffle
Purchase Price: $99.00
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: Light and small, but not THAT small. Great for exercising. Durable. Doesn’t skip. Cheapest iPod.
Cons: Had occasional problems with keeping it turned on. No screen, which maybe a problem for some. Some might have trouble turning it on.

41 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. marvo says:

    Webmiztris – Thanks, believe it or not it’s gotten a great response in Iceland. No really, I’ve been getting hundreds of visitors from Iceland because of this review.

    Golf Grouch – I’d rather go running with an iPod Shuffle than an iPod Mini, but I have to admit ever since they introduced the $199 iPod Mini, the iPod Shuffle seems less impressive.

  2. Viðar says:

    Yeah marvo, your review popped up on a very popular link site here in Iceland ;)

    Good job btw.

  3. marvo says:

    Vi(Sorry I don’t know how to make that special charater)ar – Thanks for the compliment. I’ve gotten over 2,000 hits from that site. Now I know what it feels like to be David Hasselhoff. Oh, if only those hits came from Kottke or Boing Boing, but still, having all those hits from Iceland rocks.

  4. rfduck says:

    I think this is the funniest Impulsive Buy review ever. Now I know why all the people in the commercial are dancing around.

  5. marvo says:

    rfduck – Thanks. I’m pretty active when I use it too. :-)

  6. Mo says:

    Awesome Review! ;)

  7. marvo says:

    Mo – Thanks. :-)

  8. Christopher says:

    The Shuffle is soooooooooooooooooooooo lame.

  9. marvo says:

    Christopher – Yeah, the Shuffle is lame. But I just don’t have the coordination to do it, especially the side-step shuffle. I can’t even do the Running Man. Oh, and please don’t ask me to do the Cabbage Patch. That would be embarrasing.

  10. marvo says:

    leova – :-)

  11. Pabbi says:

    já þið eruð fávitar

  12. marvo says:

    Pabbi – I have no idea what your comment says, but I’m going to assume it’s something nice. Thank you.

  13. Jon says:


    If only all reviews were done that way. The world would be a happier place – apart from the mums and dads having to explain it to their kids :)

    I will have to look out for more of your reviews

    Thanks for bringing a smile to me on a wet Tuesday night :)

  14. marvo says:

    Jon – No problem. :-)

  15. gen says:

    okay…now i’m totally embarassed to have my shuffle with me in my bag…y’know, for when i need it at work. ;) good review, marvo!

  16. marvo says:

    gen – Too bad it doesn’t vibrate. :-(

  17. The Shuffle is a decent mp3 player, but for a few extra bucks, I would recommend the Iriver H10… just my opinion, though. Great Review, though. Nice site, as well.

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