iPod shuffle -- Great Software Makes it Possible

by Derrick Story

Before the Macworld keynote this morning some of us were talking about the sea of MP3 players that were on display at the recent CES show. I asked a reporter who had attended the event how some of those players stacked up against the iPod. He said they were fine, but they certainly weren't as easy to use.

My theory is that it's really iTunes that makes the iPod rise above the competition. My music library is so easy to manage -- rip, mix, purchase, and upload -- that I spend my time listening to music, not organizing it. In general, I think a lot of people agree with me. That's why Apple needed to come out with iTunes for Windows. And look what happened once they did.

Little did I realize this morning that my theory would be put to the test. The just announced iPod shuffle is the model of simplicity. How can Apple get away with a Flash music player that doesn't even have an LCD screen? The answer: iTunes. The lines of code that power the iPod shuffle are so good that the whole thing "just works."

Apple is master at creating great software to drive hardware sales. iPhoto and Mac OS X Tiger are two solid examples. But in my view, iTunes is king. We just wrapped up the year of the iPod, and another good one has just begun. I'm tipping my hat to those great software developers that make it all work so well.


2005-01-12 03:37:55
Good for managing a library, not so good as a player
I'm forced to use iTunes to manage my music as I have an iPod. I agree that it does a very good job of that.
However, I don't like it as a general purpose media player. It doesn't handle M3U files correctly, in that it will play the first track on the list, but ignore the rest. Also, it is so library-centric that if you play an MP3 file to listen to it once, unless you're careful it will automatically get added to your library and sync'ed to your iPod....
2005-01-12 09:46:33
Good for managing a library, not so good as a player
If you want to listen to an audio file without having it added to your library, you'd be best served by listening to it in QuickTime. I have QuickTime set as the handler for my audio files and if I want to add something to my library, I'll drag it to the iTunes icon in my Dock.
2005-01-19 20:30:48
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Hey, you can get an ipod shuffle for free.
Last fall I completed an offer from this same company and recieved a free
ipod. I was completely suprised when it came, i really didnt believe it.
Anyways, just follow this link and complete an offer, there are a few free ones
that you should definately choose
Here is your personal referral link:


Oh and heres where I found out about these offers.


go to the forums section then "free stuff"
Theres lots of discussions on these offers and pictures proving they work.
um, thats about it.. DEFINATELY DO IT

oh and if you know kevin rose from techtv he got his free ipod heres his site
as well.


2005-02-06 12:50:32
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2006-05-08 23:56:56
I really like the new shuffle. I recently brought one, for its streamlined looks really scream out at you. Even the nano came within my budget, but I like the shuffle better. A great improvement over previous players is bass.