Ron Harris of the Associated Press says that less is more when it comes to Apple’s new iPod shuffle. “Since Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, competitors have been scrambling to match the simplicity and style of the popular digital music player. But try as they might, the original just keeps getting better,” writes Harris. “The latest flavor, the diminutive iPod shuffle, proves that fewer bells and whistles can be just as good as more. And despite the absence of a display to tell you what’s playing, the Shuffle’s ease of use is unrivaled. It’s also a solid performer with sounds that hold up against most other flash memory-based MP3 players you’ll find on store shelves. There’s no docking cradle. No bulky battery pack. No AC adapter. There’s really not much here except the best portable music player for the money.”