January 17, 2005
The Apple iPod Shuffle is the next big thing to hit the music scene. Or to hit the Poker scene? There is limited availability for the Apple Shuffle card shuffler. Few have seen it. Actually, this site is just about the only one to have a photo of it.

Time to mix things up. Meet the Apple Shuffle, the unpredictable new card shuffler. What card will show next? Can it read your mind? Can it read your moods? Load it up. Put it on. See where it takes you.

Random is the New Order
Welcome to a life less orderly. As official dealer to the random revolution, the iPod Shuffle Cards setting takes you on a unique journey around the next deal. Meet your new ride. More roadster than Rolls, iPod shuffe rejects routine by serving up your favorite hands in a different order every time. Just plug iPod shuffle into your computer's USB port, let iDealer Autofill it with up to 240 different hands and get a new experience with every connection. The game you play every day looks different iPod shuffle. Standard Black Jack games feel less mundane when you don't know what hand will be dealt next. iPod shuffle adds gambling spontaneity to your life. Lose control. Love it.

Official site of the iPod Shuffle http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/
them's hotcakes! http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,66243,00.htm
another spoof on Apple's Shuffle http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhusson/3253841/
Shuffle bad for podcasting (means of communication) http://www.internetnews.com/storage/article.php/3459051
Wall Street Journal's review http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/ipod/
some dude name Russell's review http://www.russellbeattie.com/notebook/1008237.html
MacCentral's announcement of Shuffle http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/01/11/
slashdot is hardcore (page can take long time to load.) http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid
competitors don't like iPod Shuffle http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=20688
they think it's all about the software http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/wlg/6190
all whole site dedicate to the iPod http://www.ipodlounge.com/ipodnews.php?id=P6112
link to iPod shuffle commercials http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/ads/
Do not eat iPod Shuffle http://macslash.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/11/1818234
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January 10, 2005
The rumors are true. Well, sorta. You've seen the reports from thinksecret.com, Macitynet.it, appleinsider.com, and macrumors.com.There is talk that the Apple Shuffle will be a Flash memory based iPod unit holding 1GB or 2GB retailing between $100 and $150.

However, the photo obtained from our resource suggests otherwise. The Apple Shuffle will be, well, a card shuffler. Apple has conquered the music world. Now it will turn its attention towards the rising popularity of the gambling world. Friday night Poker will never be the same.

We believe that Apple will introduce a single deck Shuffle with hopes of engineering a two deck Shuffler in late 2005. The current engine structure will need to re-engineered to accomodate two decks. We believe Apple is working with Motorola on this project. Did we say late 2005? Better make that early 2007.

Expect the Shuffle to have a USB port on the back so users can shuffle their cards by hitting a key command on their Mac. There will be no power cord. The Shuffle will obtain its power via the USB connection. We don't understand why Apple didn't make the Shuffle battery powered and give consumers to opportunity to connect via Bluetooth.

The black exterior is a return to the sexy black days of the Pismo and Lombard Powerbooks. Perhaps we will see more Apple units returning to an all-black clad. This reporter hopes so.

Check out our report on the headless iMac, another buzzing rumor for MacWorld 2005 SF.