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I’ve been following the Super Shuffle, now called the Super Tangent for awhile. A small company in Taiwan called Luxpro took the iPod Shuffle and made their own version of sorts. It can play MP3, WMA (and DRM’ed WMA), it has an FM tuner and it does high quality audio recording. It’s a funny little mutant, that’s for sure. Photos, recorded audio samples and more after the jump…
I’m not sure why I’m so fascinated with the growing population of knock off products, perhaps it’s because they’re not only getting to market faster than ever (and cheaper) but they’re adding features their bonafide counterparts haven’t got around to yet. The “Super Shuffle” made its debut at the CeBIT conference back in March much to the dismay of Apple, creators of the iPod Shuffle. Lawyers on the scene managed to get the display removed, but the next day Luxpro was back. Months passed and now the Super Shuffle has been reborn- the Super Tangent. It looks at little different than the Super Shuffle, notably the controls on the front, but it is what it is. So here it is, in all its glory- the Super Tangent. I also recorded a podcast on it- Right click or Control + click to download this MP3 to you local system or add the MAKE Audio feed to your podcasting application and get the show automatically!

Outside packaging. MP3/WMA-DRM, FM Tuner and Voice Recorder.

Back of package. Full specs here.

Contents in the box.

The headphones are cheap feeling (and looking). I use my regular iPod ones.

Front of the Super Tangent. iPod Shufflely.

Back of Super Tangent. The musical note is play, FM lets you scan for music- the neat things about it is is actually “speaks” the radio station number in non-robotic english sounding words. Reception was fine. Since I use the iPod Shuffle at the gym, I’ll try out the Super Tangent at the next outing and see how well it tunes in to the TVs there. The last option is (the microphone) is for recording, the slider on the side control playback or recording of the voice recorder. It’s quite good quality, I was surprised (32Khz). Here’s a sample 7 minutes, 7 MB, MP3.

Super Tangent and the iPod Shuffle. One thing I like, you can just drag and drop MP3s on the Super Tangent, you can do that with some 3rd party apps with the Shuffle though now.

Super Tangent is a few millimeters thicker than the iPod Shuffle. The cap of the Super Tangent seems to pop off once and awhile, kinda crummy in that regard.

Super Tangent works with the iPod shuffle accessories it seems, but doesn’t fit perfectly.

One of these things is not like the other.

While you can’t get these in the USA it seems, or ever, they’ve been spotted on Ebay from $100 on up. I’ll use this little mutant clone as long as it lasts report back on battery life as I use it.