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In praise of the iPod shuffle

Kirk McElhearn | July 20, 2015
It doesn't do much, but it's really good at what it does.

There's something satisfying about listening to music or spoken word on a device that is so self-effacing. You clip it on, plug in the earbuds or headphones, and listen. There's no need to worry about network connections, or app updates, and the battery lasts up to 15 hours. And it's nearly unbreakable: I've dropped mine many times, and there's no screen to worry about; you can toss it into a bag and be sure you won't damage it.

This minimalist audio player is one of the best iPods Apple has made. I'm glad it's still around; I just ordered a new one.


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