MP3 players: Compare features & prices Apple iPod Shuffle (fourth generation) review

The fourth generation of the Apple iPod Shuffle, launched in September 2010, is the smallest iPod ever made. It's a great device for using at the gym, and at just £39 its fantastic value. But will the reduced size, and price tag, compromise its performance? We were keen to put it through our MP3 player test to find out.
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Music player
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Maximum volume Is the maximum volume likely to cause hearing damage with long periods of use? Subscribe
Build
Portability How easy it is to carry and use the player while on the move. Subscribe
Durability A check to see if players can withstand the odd knock or jolt while in a pocket or bag. Subscribe
Photo and video player
Viewing photos Considers loading photos, compatible file formats, quality of the display and viewing the screen indoors and out. Subscribe
Video display quality Considers angle of view, image quality and reflectiveness Subscribe
Video ease of use Considers the ease of adding and playing videos Subscribe
Overall video player Considers loading video, compatible video formats, quality of the display, viewing the screen indoors and out, ease of use and battery life. Subscribe
Battery
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Apple iPod Shuffle (fourth generation)

  • Launch date: Sep 2010
  • Type: Music only
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