Under Review: Apple iPod Shuffle and Earpods

Just like majority of the population in the world, I am an owner of an Apple product… or two… or three… who’s counting anyways?!
I have in my ownership a 2nd gen 16G iPod Touch, two 2nd gen iPod Nano’s (first one was blue and current one is pink), a 3rd gen iPod Shuffle and lastly my 1st gen iPad Mini. I’m hoping to get the iPad Air for my birthday this year and I’ve hinted heavily to the husband lol.
Now you’re probably asking “why do you need so many mp3 players?!”. Well for starters, the iPod Touch was an xmas gift from hubs and I LOVED the thing. Now, it’s pretty much obsolete and used only in emergency situations. The Nano’s, coincedentally enough hubs and I gifted one to each other at the same time lol. We both used ours at the gym until hubs left his at work and thought it got stolen (which it didn’t… he actually left it in his jacket pocket and found it a year later) and mine was destroyed by my wonderful loving dog. My sister gave me her pink one because she wasn’t using it. During the same time, I bought hubs the 3rd generation iPod Shuffle which I am now using at the gym.

3rd Generation iPod Shuffle

3rd Generation iPod Shuffle

The small size of all the shuffles is great and the 3rd gen shuffles are the only ones that do NOT have any pause, play, rewind and fast forward buttons on the body.  I also love the clip because it makes it easier to fasten to your clothes. I personally like using the buttons to control song choices and whatnot so with this model you can only do that by using the earpods. And that is where my current problems lay.

The old earpods (which are now discontinued) were somehow damaged during our move from our condo to the house; music was only playing from one side. Occasionally music would play from both sides but more often than not, it didn’t. Apple earpods are also not cheap. They retail for $39.99 CAD plus tax. This would also happen to be my third set.
The newer and current ones, which I realized AFTER I had opened the package (by way of the pamphlet inside the box), are actually “not compatible” with 3rd gen and older models of iPod shuffles. Thank you Apple… that’s awesome. Maybe that should be stated on the outside of the box so buyers will know before they buy and open the packaging therefore rendering the item non-refundable *sigh*. What Apples means as “not compatible” is that for the 3rd gen shuffle, one cannot control the volume of the music.

ipod 3

New Apple Earpods

Another problem I have experienced since purchasing and using these newer earpods with my shuffle is that I am unable to skip, rewind or pause a song unless I detach the pods from the shuffle. Sometimes it works right away and other times I would have to detach and attach them a few times and other times it just refuses to co-operate. And since this particular model has no control buttons on the body, I am unable to skip to any song I want or to pause the music.

After all that is said and done, had I known that the newer earpods would not be functioning fully and properly with the older generations I would have just saved myself the aggravation and spent the extra $10 to buy the newest shuffle which includes the earpods as well. Which I suppose is what Apple is trying to do; get consumers to spend more money on their products.

Well played Apple… well played.


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