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Apple unveils all-new itsy-bitsy 3G iPod shuffle; world’s smallest music player now talks to you
Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 08:38 AM EST

Posted on 03/11/2009 11:01:01 AM PDT by martin_fierro

Apple unveils all-new itsy-bitsy 3G iPod shuffle; world’s smallest music player now talks to you

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 08:38 AM EST

Apple today introduced the all-new iPod 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 single 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 sleek new aluminum design with a built-in stainless steel clip that makes it extremely 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, in the press release. "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 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 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.

Size and weight • Height: 1.8 inches (45.2 mm) • Width: 0.7 inch (17.5 mm) • Depth: 0.3 inch (7.8 mm) including clip • True volume: 0.26 cu inches (4,326 cu mm) • Weight: 0.38 ounce (10.7 grams)

Audio support: • AAC (16 to 320 Kbps) • Protected AAC • MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps) • MP3 VBR • Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4) • Apple Lossless • WAV • AIFF


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: ipod; noscreen; shuffle; woolyfullybully
h/t to Swordmaker
1 posted on 03/11/2009 11:01:02 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: 6SJ7; Allegra; ambrose; Bella_Bru; Born Conservative; Cagey; Caipirabob; CarrotAndStick; ...
iPod
Send FReepmail if you want on/off iPing list
WARNING: This is a high-volume Ping list. Turn your headphones down
The List of Ping Lists

2 posted on 03/11/2009 11:02:08 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Pretty cool, especially for the $79 price.


3 posted on 03/11/2009 11:06:59 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: martin_fierro

So what about people who can’t wear those headphones? How are they supposed to change songs etc?


4 posted on 03/11/2009 11:08:43 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: martin_fierro

What about the new iPod Pico? At about the size of a grain of rice, it’s too small to have a headphone jack, so it beams the music directly into your brain.


5 posted on 03/11/2009 11:08:47 AM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: martin_fierro

6 posted on 03/11/2009 11:09:46 AM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: martin_fierro

I couldn’t find in the article what the storage space was. “Up to 1,000 songs” means nothing to me.


7 posted on 03/11/2009 11:09:52 AM PDT by RobRoy
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To: Petronski
I see Apple is getting closer to it's ultimate goal, which is to build an implantable device which will turn weak minded people into mindless slaves. These mindless slaves will lose all common sense and will buy everything that Apple develops without regard to price while taking orders from Steve Jobs. These mindless slaves will also go forth and shout the Apple message while defending Apple and Steve Jobs from criticism.
OH WAIT! They have had this for years now.
8 posted on 03/11/2009 11:18:48 AM PDT by Wooly
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To: martin_fierro

“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, in the press release. “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.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I would rather see what song I’m picking and not wait for some robotic communicator to tell it to me. 1,000 songs are a lot to go through to find the one you want.

Plus, I would never pay $79 for that little thing, when you can get a decent MP3 player with a screen for $40. (Just bought one for my husband).

I have a hand-me-down 30GB iPod. I waited for my brother to get bored with his and go buy the Touch before I purchased anything from Apple. I don’t even use iTunes. they aren’t getting any of my money.


9 posted on 03/11/2009 11:25:05 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: RobRoy
I couldn’t find in the article what the storage space was. “Up to 1,000 songs” means nothing to me.

I'm gonna take a shot in the dark here and say that the title of the thread indicates that this thing has 3 gig of storage.
But that's just a guess on my part.

10 posted on 03/11/2009 11:26:01 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (I'll show their president the exact same respect and loyalty that they have shown my president.)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

its 4gig space


11 posted on 03/11/2009 11:27:34 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: RobRoy

4GB. Pretty amazing how small it is for that amount of memory.


12 posted on 03/11/2009 11:29:13 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

3G = 3rd Generation


13 posted on 03/11/2009 11:29:20 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Wooly

Do they also have an implantable device to put into others that turns them into mindless drones to hate everything Apple does? They have had those for years as well.


14 posted on 03/11/2009 11:30:59 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: martin_fierro

15 posted on 03/11/2009 11:32:11 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: martin_fierro; 4rcane

Silly me,
I was going on the sign at my local Sam’s club advertising the 30 GIG IPOD as “30G IPOD”.
Oh well, I didn’t buy that one and probably won’t buy this one either.


16 posted on 03/11/2009 11:33:15 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (I'll show their president the exact same respect and loyalty that they have shown my president.)
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To: All

They won’t be happy until its so small you constantly loose it.


17 posted on 03/11/2009 11:33:55 AM PDT by uncle fenders
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

I am so steeped in 3G work that I didn’t even interpret it to mean GIG. Doh!


18 posted on 03/11/2009 11:36:30 AM PDT by RobRoy
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To: martin_fierro
World’s smallest music player now talks to you.

Finally! I haven't had any direction in my life since the neighbor's dog died.

19 posted on 03/11/2009 11:44:04 AM PDT by Hoplite
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To: martin_fierro
Okay, Mr. Fierro, I'll admit it — I'm addicted to iPods and iPhones! :-)
20 posted on 03/11/2009 12:02:42 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Mr. Blonde

... not to mention deaf people ...


21 posted on 03/11/2009 12:41:49 PM PDT by Boss_Jim_Gettys (tagline under construction)
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To: Hoplite
Finally! I haven't had any direction in my life since the neighbor's dog died.

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22 posted on 03/11/2009 12:55:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?product=18136&WT.srch=1

One of the most underrated Players on the market with a 4 gig going for $24.99. Only thing is it does not say Apple on it and you do not have to spend 80 bucks.
And you do not have to run around going, “look at what I got!”

23 posted on 03/11/2009 2:13:24 PM PDT by Wooly
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To: Wooly

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/sony_releases_new_stupid_piece_of


24 posted on 03/11/2009 4:49:39 PM PDT by Peelod (Preserving, protecting and defending are beyond his ability.)
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To: martin_fierro
Ah, er--no thanks!

I much rather prefer this player:

SanDisk SANSA Clip

Not only does the SANSA Clip have a display and reasonable navigation controls, but the sound quality is excellent and you can use just about any stereo headphone with the 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack. I have the 4 GB version of the Clip and it sounds really good through the Sony MDR-EX85LP in-ear headphones I use.

25 posted on 03/11/2009 5:28:59 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RobRoy
I couldn’t find in the article what the storage space was. “Up to 1,000 songs” means nothing to me.

4 Gigabytes

26 posted on 03/11/2009 10:36:19 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Wooly
These mindless slaves will also go forth and shout the Apple message while defending Apple and Steve Jobs from criticism.

As usual, you enter a thread referencing Apple with slurs and ad hominem attacks.

27 posted on 03/11/2009 10:57:50 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: JenB987
Maybe it’s just me, but I would rather see what song I’m picking and not wait for some robotic communicator to tell it to me. 1,000 songs are a lot to go through to find the one you want.

The various incarnations of the iPod Shuffle has always been either a linear presentation of the songs in the song list, or a random order play. There has never been a method, before this model, of selecting a specific song, or a specific song list.

28 posted on 03/11/2009 11:00:30 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money
I'm gonna take a shot in the dark here and say that the title of the thread indicates that this thing has 3 gig of storage. But that's just a guess on my part.

Good guess... but the 3G means Third Generation...

29 posted on 03/11/2009 11:02:34 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Wooly
One of the most underrated Players on the market with a 4 gig going for $24.99. Only thing is it does not say Apple on it and you do not have to spend 80 bucks.

Read the specs on your link... that's for a REFURB... Still, it's a nice player.

30 posted on 03/11/2009 11:09:54 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Wooly
One of the most underrated Players on the market with a 4 gig going for $24.99.

This thing is a joke... look at the SIZE of the MuVo 100 on the Technical Specs page on your link... or is this a Typo?


Technical Specifications

Dimensions (WxHxD): 2.5" x 7.63" x 0.86"
Weight: 0.71 oz
Storage Capacity(1): 2GB (500 songs), 4GB (1000 songs)
Battery Life(2): Up to 10 hours of continuous playback
Battery Type: Rechargeable Battery
Audio Format: MP3 / WMA / WAV / Audible
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Features:
- Direct USB Connection - No cables needed!
- One Touch Bass Boost
Notes:
11GB = Song claim based on 4 minute song encoded at 128 kbps WMA. 1 gigabyte (GB) 1 billion [or 1,000,000.000] bytes. Available capacity will be less. Reported capacity will vary.
2Actual battery life will vary with use.


Oh, and the since the REFURB page claims a $50 savings when you buy the 2GB refurb at $19.99 and a $45 savings when you buy the 4GB refurb at $24.95, the retail price of the non-refurb, regardless of capacity, is $69.95... not that much difference from the iPod Shuffle at $79... which is a LOT SMALLER...

31 posted on 03/11/2009 11:24:51 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker; Wooly
This thing is a joke... look at the SIZE of the MuVo 100 on the Technical Specs page on your link... or is this a Typo?

I'll see your 7.63" and raise you a Colossal MP3 Player:

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128 MB storage!

32 posted on 03/12/2009 8:06:37 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
I'll see your 7.63" and raise you a Colossal MP3 Player:

At least you can't misplace it...

33 posted on 03/12/2009 10:33:39 AM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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