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My wife has suggested getting my son an iPod Shuffle (or similar) to replace the kiddie cassette player he has. A bid advantage of going with an iPod is my son can therefore get stuff from my wife's iTunes library. However...
Reasons I don't like the current 3rd generation iPod shuffle:
2. Controls on the headphones. However, C does think K's iPod headphones are comfy.
3. It's dang tiny, just looking to get lost.
4. Requires a special USB cable for charging & sync. (Something else to get lost.)
I like the 1st generation iPod shuffle, and I can get one for C$30+tax. But they are ~5 years old so I'm not sure how good the battery & flash will be. Then again, my batting average for iPods from eBay ain't the greatest and it's about half the cost of a new one anyway.
Going with a non-iPod MP3 player isn't really an option 'cause it couldn't play anything purchased from the iTunes store.
So I'm torn. Buy something cheap even though it will probably die sooner rather than later or buy something more expensive even though it will probably get lost before it dies?
(A second generation shuffle is a C$40 fourth option. It at least works with normal headphones.)