Win a shuffle (or 5 Reasons a shuffle is Better than a nano)

by Chris Seibold Mar 28, 2006

The usual person in charge of administering Apple Matters is on vacation. So, site owner Hadley Stern tapped me to post the stories and such. It’s something I’m likely to screw up. To preempt any ill will from the higher ups I’m Apple Matters is giving away a brand new 512MB shuffle. Why not a nano? Because the shuffle is simply better than a nano! Here’s why:

5) shuffle owners don’t care about scratches

While nano buyers may whine about scratches on the screen of their device that might hurt the viewing of album covers and personal photos, shuffle owners don’t care. iPod meets ten grit sandpaper? An event of epically bad luck if you’re a nano owner but no big deal if you’re using a shuffle. The thing is a brick, as long as the buttons still work the player is functional. Keep your eye candy to yourself, the shuffle does exactly what it is supposed to.

5b) This shuffle holds 512 MB

The nano holds at least 1GB, having half the storage forces you to choose your playlist carefully assuring every song will be of the highest quality. No “We Built This City” by Starship on the shuffle!

4) The shuffle plays music, not album covers and pictures

With the nano you get a small screen to view pictures and album covers. Great for those who love the stuff but, in the beginning, the iPod was all about music. The color display is a tacked on battery sapping feature, those that look at photos on their on their iPod are violating the spirit of the device. If you love the iPod, you love the shuffle

3) The shuffle has no scroll wheel

It seems like 90% of the D.A.P. you see today have scroll wheels. Where’s the innovation? Everyone else is just copying the scroll wheel, everyone except Apple. Heck no, Apple looks at the played out scroll wheel and says: not on our low-end player, you’ll get buttons and like it!

2) USB only

Most PCs don’t have FireWire, the super spiffy transfer protocol. Instead, they’re stuck with USB 2.0. Apple knows that most computer owners are PC users so, unlike the iPods that came before, the shuffle only has USB support. Sure, if you have an older Mac with USB 1.0 the shuffle isn’t your speediest option. But, for those with PCs and newer Macs, the shuffle blazes. For you long time Mac owners with FireWire, well, to get the most out of the shuffle Apple would like you to upgrade to a brand new Mac.

1) This shuffle is free

Think of all the things you can do with a shuffle you didn’t pay for. How long will the shuffle keep working in the dishwasher? This is your big chance to find out. Can the solid-state memory of a shuffle survive a trip on model rocket? Taste gravity’s rainbow and learn! Might you ruin your new shuffle trying these experiments? Yes, you might. But what will you care? Of course not, it’s free!.

How do you win? Just leave your reason in the comment section below. No need to be clever, the reason could be as simple as “just ‘cause.” The winner will be randomnly chosen out of all the entries. Good luck and remember, one entry per person!

Oh wait, the legal stuff….
Official Rules

  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Contest begins 8AM EST March 27, 2006.
  • Deadline for entries 12 PM March 30, 2006.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. and international residents.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Void where prohibited.
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  • Apple Matters has the right to terminate this giveaway at any given time without notice.
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  • Associates, employees, principles, or relatives thereof of Apple Matters are not eligible.
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  • it fits in my purse.

    Kristen had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 9
  • It comes in white only (well so far…) That means you don’t have to think long and hard what color you want.  Just like the Ford Model T.  It comes in any color you like, as long as it’s white.

    tigerw had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 5
  • i prefer shuffle SUBSTANCE over nano STYLE.
    small, stark, sufficient—simply SUPERB!

    audesign had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 1
  • Because you can’t take the sky from me.

    sky capn had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 1
  • Even though the nano is light, the shuffle is still easier to jog with, lift weights with and (my favorite) tuck into a Camelback for a nice 100 mile bike ride.

    destructo had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 11
  • The Shuffle is perfect.  Point a playlist at the Shuffle, and iTunes loads it up.  No thinking required.  When you want to hear music, press play, no wasting time and energy deciding what to play, no screen to distract you.  It’s just perfect.

    MonaLisa had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 3
  • Because it looks like a Fun Dip stick…yum

    Curtis Elliott had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 2
  • It will be discontinued soon and will appreciate in value as a collectible.  iPog Shuffle

    miles davis had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 4
  • The iPod shuffle will be no more by the end of Apple’s 30th Anniversary.  In Steve Job’s keynote, he will say, “The iPod Nano 1gb has become way more popular then we expected, so we are ending the line of shuffles to make room for the REAL Video iPod! (for the better of our customers)”  Come on, No Whammies!! had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 2
  • You don’t have to worry about your shuffle if you drop it!

    myaegs123 had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 2
  • The shuffle doesn’t descriminate against blind people!

    soft_guy had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 21
  • “just ‘cause.”

    elpepe had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 3
  • I could ski with the shuffle!

    expungablerobot had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 1
  • It can double as a pregnancy test.. (I thought that video was pretty funny…’-)

    No seriously… its less complicated than the nano.. it just does what its supposed to do… Shuffle the tunes.

    cinco had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 1
  • “less is more”-mies van der rohe

    kemie had this to say on Mar 28, 2006 Posts: 1
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