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THE IPOD SHUFFLE is lifeless, but it surely nonetheless has ardent admirers. Whilst Apple discontinued its tiny MP3 participant in 2017, refurbished gadgets undergo on eBay, a contented searching flooring for song enthusiasts who need to revel in tunes with no bulky telephone or the distractions it topics them to. I’ve held directly to my Shuffle for the ones precise causes—and it doesn’t harm that it appears cool.
However there’s a brand new cool child on the town: The Shuffle has obviously impressed the Mighty, a tool which debuted final yr and just lately were given an replace within the Mighty Vibe ($86, bemighty.com), a 1.5-inch chunky sq. clip-on that matches near to all of the song you’d want. The twist is that it’s constructed for the streaming age: Vibe downloads playlists and podcasts solely from Spotify to its 8GB arduous power—4 instances as massive because the Shuffle’s—making about 1,000 songs to be had offline.
Apple’s graceful styling influenced the Vibe’s design, right down to a round regulate ring with a “play” button within the middle and 3 sassy palettes (Gully Blue, aka turquoise, specifically pops). Vibe, then again, is extra utilitarian: As an alternative of polished metal, it’s made of sunshine, high-grade water resistant plastic—put on it within the rain, however now not the pool. It additionally has 5 hours of battery lifestyles and an added button that allows you to transfer between playlists. Hang it right down to set your Vibe to shuffle, and take a look at to forget about the grating 1990s-era robot voice pronouncing each and every variety.
For song enthusiasts Mighty hits a candy spot. Founding spouse Anthony Pu sought to alleviate the disappointment of getting your Spotify favorites “imprisoned” to your telephone and laptop. Mighty’s tagline, #breakfree—corny however now not completely faulty—underlines that function. Nonetheless, Spotify-only compatibility could also be a no-go for plenty of with massive iTunes libraries. The Vibe makes probably the most sense every now and then when fidgeting with a telephone will get actually stressful: in the event you’re looking to run unencumbered or continue to exist a “can’t transfer your hands” teach or bus journey.
I discovered putting in place Vibe by way of the Mighty app easy, but it surely took an incredibly drawn-out 15 mins to sync a couple of hundred tracks from my telephone by way of Wi-Fi. I briefly forgot that quibble after I used Vibe on a flight—giving my telephone a leisure quite than anxiously observing its battery drain—and on a jog in Miami the place the fuss-free Vibe let me serenely respect the banyan bushes.
Paying attention to my playlists with out the load of an iPhone, I felt lighter. However most commonly I used to be simply satisfied I may nonetheless jam to Steely Dan uninterrupted on one thing the dimensions of my thumb.