Apple iPod shuffle gets smaller and talks to you

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 11 2009 @ 16:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The previous generations of Apple's iPod shuffle were extremely boring, the devices looked pretty cheap and didn't have any special features at all. This changes a bit with the third generation iPod shuffle, the digital audio player has become as small as a key and gets around the lack of a LCD display by telling you which song is playing in 14 different languages. Additionally, the control wheel has been completely removed in the new iPod shuffle, the controls are now located on the right earbud cord.

The device has a black or silver aluminum design, it weighs just 10.7g and measures only 48.2mm x 17.5mm x 7.8mm, roughly half the size of the second-generation iPod shuffle. Another upgrade is the storage capacity, you now get 4GB for $79 (75EUR).

Unfortunately, the battery life of the third-gen iPod shuffle is a bit lower than the previous generation, it was cut from 12 hours to 10 hours.
he revolutionary new VoiceOver feature enables iPod shuffle to speak your song titles, artists and playlist names. The third generation iPod shuffle is significantly smaller than a AA battery, holds up to 1,000 songs and is easier to use with all of the controls conveniently located on the earphone cord. With the press of a button, you can play, pause, adjust volume, switch playlists and hear the name of the song and artist. iPod shuffle features a gorgeous new aluminum design with a built-in stainless steel clip that makes it ultra-wearable.

“Imagine your music player talking to you, telling you your song titles, artists and playlist names,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPod and iPhone™ Product Marketing. “The amazingly small new iPod shuffle takes a revolutionary approach to how you listen to your music by talking to you, also making it the first iPod shuffle with playlists.”

iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s incredibly popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from your music library. And now, when you can’t remember the name of a song or an artist playing, with the press of a button iPod shuffle tells you the name of the song and artist. iPod shuffle can even tell you status information, such as battery life. With the ability to hold up to 1,000 songs and the VoiceOver feature, you can now easily switch between multiple playlists on your iPod shuffle. iPod shuffle can speak 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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