iPod Shuffle First Generation

iPod Specs:
Released:  January 11, 2005

Capacity:  0.5 - 1 GB
Connection:  USB
Compatibility:  Mac / Windows
Batery Life (Audio):  12 hours
Batery Life (Video):  

iPod Expert Comments:

The first generation iPod shuffle was designed to be easily loaded with a selection of songs and to play them in random order. According to Apple, owners of existing iPods had often left the music selection to "shuffle", and the new iPod shuffle was a way of implementing that in a much more cost-effective fashion. It relies on the use of an "autofill" feature in iTunes, which can select songs at random from a user's music library (or from a specific playlist) and copy as many as will fit into iPod shuffle's memory.

 User Comments:

43 Responses to “iPod Shuffle First Generation”

  1. Ben Powell on April 21st, 2008 at 12:29 am says:

    I bought one of these little iPods simply due to the low price tag (£49 compared to £££ for other iPods) when they were first released.

    After a few weeks of usage the lack of a screen and the seemingly not random shuffle function started to get to me. It always had a tendency to pick the same songs which, to be honest, I could have sworn I didn’t put on there (Hanson and mmmm bop is a perfect example!)

    Eventually swapped it out for an 8 GB 1st Gen iPod Nano which to my mind is exactly what the iPod was intended to be

    The shuffle did have and still does have its uses, for example, when going to the gym as it could easily be hung around the neck with the lanyard.

  2. Pete on April 21st, 2008 at 12:33 am says:

    My first iPod was a shuffle, I remember at the time it got a fair amount of criticism for the lack of a screen but this never really bothered me.

    The shuffle was great for the gym and going into uni however for longer journeys it lacked the full library which is why I brought a larger iPod.

  3. Alex on April 25th, 2008 at 2:01 pm says:

    I got mine in the first week of release back in the day. I initially bought it as a mp3 player for listening to when I was riding my bike. I was pretty impressed with it and it took a good beating.

    It did however look scratched fast as it was shiney and my usb side pen bit kept clipping out when i plugged it into the pc which was annoying so I sold it and got a video!

  4. drea on August 12th, 2008 at 4:16 pm says:

    this was my first ipod, i was kinda dissapointed because i had wanted one with a screen for christmas lol. but now my mom uses it to go running when i got an ipod video.

  5. Morgan on October 17th, 2008 at 2:17 pm says:

    I got this ipod when I was 12 (15 now). I loved it but after a year and a half it started holding less songs. And even people joked me about not having a screen it was great.

    It even helped that it was so small that it couldnt be detected by the guards in school

  6. Ramon on January 31st, 2009 at 12:44 pm says:

    The sound of the shuffle is very good actually, puts a lot umph in the bass.

  7. Paige on February 2nd, 2009 at 11:52 pm says:

    This little thing, is probably my least favorite. The most songs it holds is 240 [1G], meaning, it lacks gigs. But, the stick figure is great and easy to hold. Also, the latch to put around your neck for the gym is excellent. The Battery lasts quite a bit! But with design and its switches ups and lack of G’s, not for me.

  8. yjgsadotbhblghu on February 20th, 2009 at 7:28 pm says:

    wat eve yalls need to gets yalls a lifes

  9. Barty Farty on March 8th, 2009 at 10:43 pm says:

    Yeah, Ya’ll Too,, This iPod Looks Like A Daym Toothpick, Ya’ll Know The Minty Sraw Ones?
    Wait A Sec, Gotta Go Get My Toothpick to Fish My IPod OPut Of The Pond

  10. Yorman ortiz on April 24th, 2009 at 3:13 am says:

    when i first saw these i thought they were remotes for the ipod lol

  11. Anonymous on June 12th, 2009 at 5:41 am says:

    3 years. 3 Long years. That’s how long i got this iPod to last, and then I gave up on it. The headphones then needed specific instructions in order for them to work, push the base of the headphone plug-in this way, and twist that way. I tried another pair of headphones. Same problem. It turns out the iPod had been finally broken. 3 months later, I try listening to it again. I never used shuffle, i liked listening to the songs when I wanted to. It didn’t matter what setting it was on anymore, except for off, it played shuffle. No more playing in order. I do like this iPod still, I’m surprised they are hard to find now. Best Buy didn’t have them when I went there, and I really want a new one. I can’t even find a price for a new one, anymore.

  12. Ahmed Goins on June 16th, 2009 at 10:32 pm says:

    I need to get my shuffle to play. I originally Identified it with a computer I no longer have. How can I re regerister it with the computer of my choice now. Dose anyone have any think that my help me out

  13. Anonymous on July 5th, 2009 at 8:05 pm says:

    This is my first and only iPod and I have still got it and use it!

  14. david on August 4th, 2009 at 3:05 pm says:

    well, have you re-downloaded itunes? do that

  15. david on August 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm says:

    if u have any other ipods, dont put them on this new itunes

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  17. Aleesha on October 24th, 2009 at 5:30 am says:

    It’s my first and only ipod. I still use it for the bus ride to school and back home. I love the durability. I would love a screen though. I also like how I can put JUST my FAVORITE songs on it. It helps me figure out what I really like.

  18. Ahmed Goins on November 4th, 2009 at 6:00 pm says:

    I have this Ipod, and it sucks cause I can’t get it to work anymore….I may have lost the start up disc, or something, but I would like to know if anyone else has had this problem; and if so, how did you fix it. I’ve tried everything short of taking it in to the store. I need help, I love that little thing it works perfect wit me and my everyday life. I want my Ipod fixed.

  19. sheral on November 13th, 2009 at 3:04 am says:

    okay i love my ipod but i can not get it off of hold so it kinda sucks crap yea

  20. sheral on November 13th, 2009 at 3:04 am says:

    okay i love my ipod but i can not get it off of hold so it kinda sucks crap yea

  21. aguitaa on December 7th, 2009 at 9:32 pm says:

    I’ve had my iPod Shuffle for almost 4 years and it’s still working fine. The only problem I have w ith it is that I have to reset it to the factory settings every time I used it as usb disc to put other fies on it than mp3. after I do reset I can listen to music again.

  22. Henry Johnson on January 10th, 2010 at 5:31 pm says:

    I had the 512mb shuffle for four years before buying an iPod Touch 3rd generation. It was amazing. I could put my favorite songs on it and easily listen at school because of its size. I loved this iPod.

  23. Heathmun on January 22nd, 2010 at 3:55 pm says:

    I have two of these… one 512 and the other 1G. I used them mostly to listen to music during physical activities, etc. when I wouldn’t need to mess with a display, etc. They were so compact and easily stowed in a pocket, etc. Picked up a snowboard helmet w/ speakers and would rock out on the slopes with it. I haven’t used them much since getting my iPhone 3G though.

  24. Kieron on January 28th, 2010 at 9:36 am says:

    I have had a 1Gb from new when they came out and still works well in spite of going thro’ the wash and tumble drier! I use it on the bike turbo trainer, loaded with specific playlists to keep me moving fast. When you’re hot and sweaty it saves messing up the new 5G Nano!

  25. Diet on February 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm says:

    My 1st generation 512 MB shuffle jammed when I connected it up to my Mac Book Pro. Result: Dead!

    Resurection: load down the current IPod Shuffle Reset Utility from the Apple page … :)

  26. Courtney on April 7th, 2010 at 7:51 am says:

    I was in high school when my dad surprised me with my 1st gen iPod shuffle one year. I thought it was the best thing ever made. I still have it and use it 5 years later. I use the shuffle for jogging and I use my brand new nano in my car. I think they’re both wonderful to have. And as long as my little shuffle has been ticking I’d say it’s very durable!

  27. UNKNOWN on April 11th, 2010 at 1:02 am says:

    does anyone know where i can get a another ipod shuffle 1st generation? mine doesnt work anymore, it broke.

  28. UNKNOWN on April 11th, 2010 at 1:04 am says:

    this was my fav. kind of ipod. it was simple to use and i liked how it just played the music in random order.

  29. Abdul Barnes on April 28th, 2010 at 10:41 pm says:

    my ipod shuffle one wont come on i accidently washed it with my pants and now nothing comes on,but it comes on if i plug it up to charge what should i do people…

  30. matty on May 7th, 2010 at 10:15 am says:

    im buying on on trade me at the moment my neighbor has one of these shuffles and i want one so bad so i will update and tell you guys what i think of this device !

  31. Anoymunous on May 7th, 2010 at 8:55 pm says:

    I used to have a 1st gen iPod suffle but I lost it because it’s so tiny! Now the new gens are even smaller. While it is portable, I still think that the suffle is too small.

  32. Pablo on May 17th, 2010 at 11:10 pm says:

    i got an i pod that doesn’t work and i need to know how to fix it because it says error 1442

  33. Emmet on July 5th, 2010 at 8:32 am says:

    Wow I have had a few of these, the one I have now, everytime I plug it in, Itunes comes up and changes my selection, wipes it out and add songs it likes , who owns this thing anyway ?????
    Any help out the how to get my original list ?

  34. Brent on July 19th, 2010 at 7:10 pm says:

    My iPod Shuffle went through the washing machine and dryer, and lived. The headphones, not so much…

  35. Sandra on August 14th, 2010 at 2:08 am says:

    It’s a great iPod to me, but after 4 years using I found a problem in this ipod. It happened when I played the song in my iPod Shuffle there is these orange and yellow lights keep on switching and of course the song stopped when the lights appear, at first I thought it’s because of low battery but after I charged it, it keep doing the same thing. Please give me the solution for this problem thank you..

  36. drea on September 5th, 2010 at 4:40 pm says:

    bahaha so im looking at this site again and realized that i had commented here like two years ago… (: i didn’t even remember.

  37. David from Brisbane on November 18th, 2010 at 9:30 pm says:

    This was my very first Ipod. Was disappointed that the “shuffle” was not very good (the same dozen or so song kept turning up.) and it broke down about 6 months after buying it.

    The gripe I have always had with Ipod’s is that they are always seem more worried about rushing new products out instead of worrying about supplying a product that will actually have some staying power.

    I can see why ppl love Ipod’s however I understand the frustration of others who always seem to need to buy a new one in this generation of disposable income earners.

  38. la on January 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm says:

    cute, easy to use, sounds great! love it-

  39. elwood on February 26th, 2011 at 8:23 pm says:

    I bought this ipod when it came out with no problem up til now. When I transfered some CD’s the other day, I can not get the volume to go louder. It work fine til I added songs. I even change ear plugs with same results.. Any help would be greatly appricated…

  40. Liz on July 23rd, 2011 at 1:48 am says:

    I still have and use this ipod! I’ve avoided getting a new one because this little stick can take a beating and keep on… playing music!

  41. Gwen on July 30th, 2011 at 1:04 am says:

    I had one. I bought it off of eBay and it was great. Shuffle worked along with the regular play function. The only down side was one of my students decided to put me down because it wasn’t a “real” iPod. It bummed me that she would be that brazen as to put down a teacher like that, and that she was that ignorant to not know that it was the smaller cousin to her nano or whatever it was that she had.

  42. TisaRoxx on January 1st, 2012 at 11:02 pm says:

    This iPod used to be my dad’s but I use it now. I also have an iPod Touch, but this one is really good for running since it has a handy string on the bottom. I am usually always on shuffle, so it’s useful. But it does have like 2 small problems since it is outta date. OMG I AM FROM THE FUTURE HA! *awkward silence*

  43. Camil on June 5th, 2012 at 8:10 pm says:

    I love the iPod, my dad gave me his last year because he could use his phone. I use all the time, mostly at school. Its great and a classic :-) .

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