A moment's carelessness rendered my iPod nano unavailable and I desperately needed a music player for the Warsaw marathon.
The lowest cost answer was to purchase an iPod Shuffle (generation 4) for the race. I did not consider running without music ... come on!
This is what the buttons do
How does it compare to the Generation 2 shuffle that Agata handed down to me (but like my Nano was also unavailable on the day)
- Generation 4 shuffle is a slim 12.5 grams whereas the larger generation 2 shuffle weighed 15.6 grams.
- Unlike Generation 3 shuffle we are back to physical buttons and switches for major functions. What a relief! This means you can use regular headphones.
- The 2GB capacity is enough for hundreds of songs and the battery for 15 hours of music. Enough for a marathon but short for a longer ultramarathon (so I could carry 2 devices for longer races?)
- There is of course no display, a hallmark feature of the Shuffle. So forget audiobooks IMHO. You can program in playlists in iTunes, but really it's too much effort for a race
- You can lock the buttons by holding down the play key
- The integrated clip is perfect for attaching to your running trousers. Of course it sets the player away from your sweaty clothing thereby keeping it dry.
- In rainy conditions I'd recommend sealing it into a small plastic bag, duck taping the edge around the headphone cable to make it 100% rainproof.
On the Sunday Marathon the Shuffle performed flawlessly, music making the run an even greater pleasure than without.
Finally, in security conscious Poland where we still don't maintain a car stereo, we now have an excellent portable Shuffle gen4 powered beatbox.
To conclude: Apple iPod shuffle 4, recommended emergency music player.
iPod Shuffle gen4 manual