Hey I’m not saying it, but I saw it myself.
Ragesh bought an iPod Shuffle, and got it two days back. Poor fellow, he was so excited in his anticipation, but it turned out to be the greated anti-climax. Beat this — he has not been able to use Shuffle with his laptop yet!
It seems that the Shuffle has not really been designed to run in a plug-n-play fashion with all laptops. And Ragesh’s is a very regular laptop — a Dell Inspiron 8600 running good old Windows XP. The problem? Nothing happens when he puts in the Shuffle, nothing at all! Hell even my laptop (running Debian) recognizes it as an iPod and automatically mounts it as a storage device. But his Windows just sits there, as if nothing had happened.
And its not just his laptop. First we thought maybe something was wrong with his USB or something. But then we tried it with my old laptop too, and same result — no recognition. And bear in mind that all this is after spending 15 minutes installing all of the iPod software and rebooting twice in the process. (for comparison, on my laptop, it worked out of the box. And it seems the latest version of gtkpod and gnupod-tools are going to support Shuffle)
Eventually, Ragesh had to go to a friend and use his Mac to the damn thing working. So now he has uploaded some songs, but he has to keep listening to those same few songs over and over again (which perfectly suits him by the way) until he goes to some Mac again; or finds a better solution. Oh, and did I mention: the first time Shuffle didn’t work, we thought it was broken and so Ragesh went to the Apple store and got it replaced, and even they didn’t have a clue!
Bottomline: iPod Shuffle sucks!