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Photo of iPod Shuffle

I finally had to concede that after all these years it's STILL only Apple that really thinks hard about ergonomics. In the case of MP3 players, the iPod shuffle has for me the perfect ergonomics; I have abandoned plans to buy even a nano, because the shuffle has the ultimate ergonomic advantage for its function, the same one as the EEE PC: it's really, really tiny. Combined with the brilliant, cheap, simple ergonomic feature of a clip that can exert force of several times the 30g weight, you can't feel it, it can't fall off any item of clothing, and the only button I hit more than a few times a day, the play/pause, is half the size of the whole unit. Only in heavy ski gloves can you miss it.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2007