In the age of Apple's iPhone 3G S and Palm's Pre, it's easy to overlook the simple, no-frills-attached gadgets that still deliver the goods. One of these gadgets is the iPod Shuffle, a device around the size of your index finger. For some, there are unforgivable drawbacks - like not having GPS. For others, the shuffle is all you need.
How to Tell If You're a Shuffle Person
How can you tell if you're the kind of person who needs an iPod Shuffle - and nothing else? Well, if you've ever used the phrase "all of these gadgets nowadays," you probably fit the description. You probably long for the days of record players, abundant live music, and mono sound. But why exactly should you want a new gadget if you're not a "gadget guy" to begin with?
First, simplicity. It's easy for the computer-illiterate to get lost in all of the features of an iPhone or a Pre, but the iPod Shuffle's simplicity prevents that from happening. There are only a few buttons and dials, including play, pause, next track, and volume. It's not exactly rocket science, but it is exactly what some people want.
If you're still not sure about an iPod Shuffle, go ahead and check out some internet reviews. One note of caution: be wary of the ubergeek reviews that insist on more, more, more technology, and look for reviews by consumer advocates who know that people have different tastes.
How to Tell If You're Interested in the "Else"
Of course, not everyone who's interested in an iPod Shuffle rejects the more advanced gadgets out there - it can simply be a matter of money. After all, the Shuffle is cheaper than the Nano and the Touch because of its penchant for simplicity. What if you need more from your music than to simple "shuffle"?
If you want to have tunes on the go but money is an object, go ahead and buy a Shuffle. You won't exactly be setting up elaborate play lists, but at least you can bring that Beatles album with you to work. Most importantly, don't be afraid to give it a try! You might become a Shuffle believer for life.