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The iPod Shuffle

One day, I got a . . .

The Shuffle comes in a variety of shades Ė blue, pink, green, orange, and silver. My green Shuffle matches the various shades of green in the dťcor of my studio. Because it added such ambience to the room, I left it in the cute plastic display case for two days. On day three, I removed the Shuffle and displayed it proudly on my shirt, a green shirt. I wore it for a few hours around the house - I didn't turn it on. See, I wasnít scared, just a tad bit nervous of delving into a new world. Iím a PC kind of girl and this was my first ever ďAppleĒ product. Did I have to have a Mac?

PC or Mac - it doesn't matter. You can use the Shuffle on either. The hardest thing about using the Shuffle was getting it out of the package. It was encased in this thick plastic that was no match for a butter knife, in the end, it was a pair of wire cutters from my husbandís tool collection that set my new musical device free for display on my shirt!

The Shuffle came with a bright white docking station and ear buds. Now, Iíve yet to master the art of keeping ear buds in my ears, so I opted to use my SONY MDR-A35 headphones. A perfect fit. While I was charging the Shuffle, I downloaded the latest version of the iTunes library for free! Thank you Mr. Apple! This application transferred my music from my Windows Media Player library.

After that, I started downloading my CDs onto my laptop. Now, in the past Iíve downloaded a CD or two to burn or to transfer to my MP3 player (Napster), but I never downloaded my entire collection. I didnít see the point; I mean I already have them in nice square plastic cases alphabetically organized by genre. Wow, I didnít know what I'd been missing.

The iTunes library did everything for me and when the Shuffle was charged, it was just a matter of copying some of my favorite tunes to ďGusĒ. Thatís what I named my Shuffle.

I found I had more CDs than space on my new Shuffle, but thatís fine with me. I canít even begin to listen to 240 songs at one time. That is about what my Shuffle seems to hold. I love it! It is so small and the clip fits anywhere.

Shuffle is the perfect name. It will take your songs and play them randomly, or you can have the Shuffle play your songs in order. The only down side I have found is that you have no way to read titles and you only have one play list. I love that the middle button is very easy to use to navigate through your songs and control the volume. The clip is sturdy and the outside casing seems very resilient.

Also, as an extra bonus, I can listen to my Shuffle with my Harman Kardon Soundsticks II 3-Piece Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System by JBL. The jack that fits into my laptop also fits into my Shuffle. Awesome!

So, Iíve transferred my entire CD collection to my laptop and I will rotate the songs on my Shuffle every few weeks. My husband gave me an iTunes Music Store card so I can by any new CDs I might want. I have no excuse to keep those cute plastic squares filled with silver discs, but more than likely I will. Iím sentimental that way.

By the way, can you even begin to guess who the first artist to be downloaded onto my Shuffle was? Did you guess Clay Aiken!

Have a great week!

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