Who wants a music player the size of a piece of Trident Gum?
If it’s you then Apple, today, released the product of your dreams. The all-new iPod shuffle has been introduced featuring a new voice technology that allows the device to talk to you, telling you all the info you need about a track in a variety of languages.
Honestly, I think the thing is absurdly small.
Full press release after the jump
CUPERTINO, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AppleÂ® today introduced the all-new iPodÂ® shuffle, the world’s smallest music player at nearly half of the size of the previous model, and the first music player that talks to you. The 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 iPhoneâ„¢ 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.
The new iPod shuffle comes in silver or black and features a sleek and ultra-wearable design with a built-in stainless steel clip. iPod shuffle is the smallest music player in the world and is incredibly easy to clip to almost anything and take with you everywhere you go. iPod shuffle features up to 10 hours of battery life.*
Pricing & Availability
The third generation 4GB iPod shuffle is now shipping and comes in silver or black for a suggested price of $79 (US) through the Apple StoreÂ® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod shuffle comes with the Apple Earphones with Remote and the iPod shuffle USB cable. iPod shuffle requires a MacÂ® with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OSÂ® X v10.4.11 or later and iTunesÂ® 8.1 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 8.1.
Smaller iPod TOUCH ?!?!?!
i think it’s crap. what’s the point in making it even smaller than it was before? so i can lose it easier? surely, weight can’t be the answer. it doesn’t seem very intuitive to use, either. one button with four different functions? come on apple, you should really know better than that!
i also think it’s too expensive for what it offers. there are way better 4 gig players out there (with a display and, you know, buttons) that still fit into small pockets or can be clipped to your jacket or whatever. what’s even worse, you can’t use your own cans with it, unless there is or will be a separate remote to buy. for more money.
this thing really disappoints me. it’s nice it’s so small, but it really doesn’t NEED to be. the old size was just fine, why shrink it even further and compromise on useful features for that? just so apple can say “because we can”? i’ll pass.
What’s up with apple gazette lately?
iPod Shuffle, not touch! You got me excited for a second there.
ipod shuffle, not touch
How about a redesign in ear phone technology? The iPods are small enough. I don’t want someone accidentally swallowing one of these.
The control could have been better. Imagine placing your finger on the pause button, and sliding it (with a spring loaded return) to + for next track, or to – for the previous track. Holding the pause button should still pause it. The voice over is unnecessary.