CNet News.com reports that the Mac Mini has made its retail debut, however there is already a shortage of iPod Shuffles with many Apple Stores completely out of them. So naturally there’s a few quotes from disappointed punters who’d hoped to get their hands on one. Including this one:
Josh Beckmann, a student and iPod owner, arrived at 7:45 a.m. in hopes of picking up a couple of iPod Shuffles. One was to be a gift for his brother, but the other he planned to use when running, snowboarding or working out. In the past he had used non-Apple flash players, but said the results had been less than satisfactory.
“The user interface on the other MP3 players I’ve used at the gym just don’t cut it.”
What??? The iPod Shuffle doesn’t have a user interface! There’s no screen!
Okay, I can sort of see the point – with other players, you have to turn it on, wait for it to load up, then pick a song and play it – with the Shuffle, as far as I can tell, you just turn it on and it’ll play a random track for you (or just the songs in order if you turn shuffle mode off). But still, the first time I read it I had to wonder what the guy was smoking.
It is interesting to see how many people who already own ‘big’ iPods have been shelling out for Shuffles. I suppose it’s the combination of its smaller size and the fact that it won’t jump or suffer long-term damage if you listen to it while doing exercise. Still, I’m happy with my Mini.