Apple needed to write a software update for both the nano and the shuffle to recognize and use Apple Music; instead, they get a new paint job and that's about it.
None of the updates to it ever seem to make it more usable; it's a clunky, slow piece of software with an unresponsive interface.
Load it up at home and when you get to work you have 2 options: erase and start over, or pretend it's not plugged in. @Greg, I used to use Win Amp with the i Pod plugin, but after I moved to a new computer, I figured I'd give i Tunes a try. Of course, I think for Audio Books and Video transfer, the i Tunes just keeps things a bit more organized for the file transfer. When you sync ipod with mediamonkey, make sure you turn on "Ipod folders" - otherwise, i Pod won't see the music.
That aside, I wanted to find a way to use my i Pod shuffle without i Tunes; I wanted to be able to put music on it without having to use my i Tunes library. Plus, clicking in the application only take effect if the application is "focused" first, which often requires tripple clicking.Of course, it begs the question - if it was easier to listen to my mp3s, would I do it more (probably)[email protected], Word up to that - I had to erase my Shuffle on the new computer. At least now I can use it independently of the computer. Just FYI Ben, if you use Win AMP at all, then you can transfer files from your computer to your i Pod with no extra plugins required. You can put on your i Pod and always have with you.Apple has released Software Update 1.0.1 for owners of the third generation i Pod shuffle launched last week.I used my i Pod Shuffle for the first time in a while last night and I had this up and running in seconds. I can create my playlists, set up my i Pod to "autofill" based on the criteria I set (I have it set up to not play any songs I've listened to in the last two weeks so I can get a nice mix of my playlist). I love that fact that it's really a file-based player, rather than a library based player.If you're looking for something a bit more full-featured, I'd suggest checking it out. I used Media Monkey for a time, but it breaks with each firmware update. The fact that i Tunes won't let you add music to it from a second computer. Yes, it does have a library, but it feels much more lightweight than the i Tunes library.