Little but mighty, the iPod Shuffle is the smallest media player of the Apple iPod family both in size and memory storage. Ranging from 512MB to 4GB of storage capacity, the iPod Shuffle is perfect for users that need quick access to a handful of music without the added extra features seen in other iPod models such as the iPod Nano and iPod Touch.
To keep the Shuffle small there is no screen as seen in other iPods and iPhones, it can hold a smaller number of songs on the device and plays them in a random order, giving a different music experience each time the user listens to music. The second generation of iPod Shuffle features a belt clip on the back, which makes the device perfect for active users that exercise while listening to music as the iPod can be attached to clothing. This saves the discomfort of keeping something in pockets or having to hold the iPod.
Music is listened to by connecting head/earphones through the 3.5mm headphone jack and the player does not feature exterior built-in speakers. The original colour of the Apple iPod Shuffle was white, later replaced with silver, and new colours were introduced including red, turquoise, mint green, lavender, blue and pink.
The third generation of iPod Shuffle did not feature volume or track control buttons on the actual device, which was brought back in the fourth generation, but came with redesigned iPod earbuds that had a three button device on the right earphone. These buttons allow the users to pause, play, skip and control volume without the need to continuously hold the device itself.
The connector on all iPod Shuffle models is a USB, which can be connected to a laptop or PC to transfer music onto the device. They are compatible with both Mac and Windows.