By: Grahm Skee on February 19, 2008 2:16 pm
You iPod fanboys (fanboys not users) never cease to surprise and amaze me. Apple just announced a price drop on the screenless iPod Suffle. From reading your over hyped reader comments on Digg and Engadget you would think that your fascist leader crapped another bar of gold. But what you fanboys are missing aside from the basic reasoning skills are the other players that do not cloud your minds with a barrage of marketing; in other words, MP3 players that are smart consumer choices.
So with this news, I thought that this would be the best time to put the iPod in the ring with a smarter choice and show you that despite the price cut, the iPod Shuffle is still an overpriced shiny object.
For those who would like to follow along here are some raw specs between the SanDisk Sansa Clip and the Apple iPod Shuffle .
It’s tough to argue this one. This clip retails for $10 to $15 cheaper in similar capacities. 1GB versions sell for $35 and 2GB versions sell for $55. There will also be a 4GB Clip come may for $80. Apple doesn’t have a 4GB and frankly
a 4GB screenless MP3 player doesn’t sound too appealing.
Shuffle: MP3, AAC, WAV, AA, AIFF. Clip: MP3, WMA, WAV, AA. Debating this from a qualitative standpoint it’s hard to just hand over the crown to the shuffle since it supports one rarely used format over the Clip. I would say this is a tie, but for sake of having to listen to fanboy cries. We will give the Shuffle this one on sheer numbers.
The Clip has a screen, ability to make on the go playlists, non proprietary USB connection; the Shuffle has none of these. There are others but I won’t pour salt into the wounds.
Winner: Sansa Clip
The Shuffle works for Windows and Mac and uses a proprietary transfer protocol. Therefore you must use iTunes to transfer and manage your music. The Clip works with any OS that accepts a standard MSC disk drive including Windows, Linux, and Mac. You do not need to install any drivers or software for any OS. In addition to the MSC protocol, you can switch it to MTP which allows for more advanced playlist features and compatibility with music services.
Winner: Sansa Clip
Music Service Compatibility