Apple's new Shuffle - first thoughts

The new iPod Shuffle came in today. I was always a bit dismissive of the previous model due to its tiny capacity and lack of a screen. As something o

The new iPod Shuffle came in today. I was always a bit dismissive of the previous model due to its tiny capacity and lack of a screen. As something of a music fan, 1GB just wasn't enough to store even a day's worth of listening and it seemed to be putting too much emphasis on its size and not enough on function, a criticism you can't normally aim at Apple. The lack of a screen was crucial and I wasn't keen on the chewing gum packet design either.

This new model seems different, though. On first glance there really is a 'wow' factor. It's almost worryingly minute; just a quarter of the height of a Nano in fact. I like my gadgets to have a little bit of weight, just so I don't forget them but I can see myself running back to many a pub after getting to the tube station and realising I've left my Shuffle next to my last pint.

So what's new other than the design? Not a lot to be honest. There's still no screen, and the random factor still doesn't appeal to me (yes, I know the name wouldn't make sense without it). Not so different to the old Shuffle then, but when it looks this good and will take such a tiny portion of your wages, who cares?

It should be pretty obvious where to get one from but if you're new to this, try www.apple.com/uk.