Skip to comments.Apple unveils all-new itsy-bitsy 3G iPod shuffle; world’s smallest music player now talks to you
Posted on 03/11/2009 11:01:01 AM PDT by martin_fierro
Apple unveils all-new itsy-bitsy 3G iPod shuffle; worlds 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
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Pretty cool, especially for the $79 price.
So what about people who can’t wear those headphones? How are they supposed to change songs etc?
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.
I couldn’t find in the article what the storage space was. “Up to 1,000 songs” means nothing to me.
“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.
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.
its 4gig space
4GB. Pretty amazing how small it is for that amount of memory.
3G = 3rd Generation
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.
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.
They won’t be happy until its so small you constantly loose it.
I am so steeped in 3G work that I didn’t even interpret it to mean GIG. Doh!
Finally! I haven't had any direction in my life since the neighbor's dog died.
... not to mention deaf people ...
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!”
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.
As usual, you enter a thread referencing Apple with slurs and ad hominem attacks.
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.
Good guess... but the 3G means Third Generation...
Read the specs on your link... that's for a REFURB... Still, it's a nice player.
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?
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
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...
I'll see your 7.63" and raise you a Colossal MP3 Player:
128 MB storage!
At least you can't misplace it...
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