The iPod shuffle 1st Gen is the smallest MP3 flash drive music player and the cheapest among the Apple products. As the moniker Shuffle implies, the player was designed as an easy load-and-go device. It was supported by the “autofill” iTunes feature that picked up songs from a user’s collection at random and load as many of them as could fit into the player’s storage. There were two iPod shuffle models according to their storage capacity: the 512 Mb model and the 1 Gb model. The latter could store up to 240 songs. The iPod shuffle 1st Gen was designed to plug into a USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports but could go with an optional dock as well. It lacked the click wheel, the display, the playlist functions as well as many other: an alarm clock, a calendar and suchlike. It had four buttons on the front to navigate the playlist. The only indicator was the battery level indicator on the reverse.
iPod shuffle 1st Gen
Introduced on January 11, 2005.
- Processor Speed: 75 MHz.
- Processor Type: D-Major STMP 3550.
- Storage capacity: 512 MB, 1 GB.
- Connectivity: USB 1.1, USB 2.0.
- Mac support: Mac 10.2.8.
- Dimensions: 3.3 x 0.98 x 0.33.
- Average weight: 0.78oz.
- Navigation: Four buttons on the front to navigate the playlist. The battery level indicator on the reverse.
- Format: MP3.
- Battery Type: Lithium ion battery provides 12 hours of playback.
- Colors: White.
Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Model No: A1112 (EMC 2037).
Discontinued: September 12, 2006.
- Apple suggested some accessories to compliment the device: the lanyard, the waterproof case, the arm band meant to preserve the player during outdoors sports activities. The player couldn’t playback Apple Lossless and AIFF formats.
- The iPod shuffle 1st Gen could be used as an ordinary USB drive – an unexpected generosity from Apple engineers.
- Users reported better bass response as compared to iPod 4th Gen in their feedbacks thank to the superior audio technology on a SigmaTel chip.
- The first iPod shuffle had yet a major drawback – the so-called Blinking Light Problem. Suddenly the device would stop functioning normally only to flash green and orange light and become unmountable. According to the Apple documentation it was to signal about a generic problem, but as there were no display, a user couldn’t read an error message and had to address the authorized Apple staff for that. On October 26, 2006, Apple released an iPod shuffle Reset Utility to fix the problem.
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