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New iPod shuffle: Smaller and Quite a Talker

By March 11, 2009

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Apple has released a new, smaller iPod shuffle. At half the size of the already diminutive 2nd generation iPod shuffle, the new model has abandoned the nearly square shape and adopted a long thin look that removed the active control surfaces from the iPod and transferred them to the headphone cable. This leaves the power/play/shuffle switch and headphone jack as the only items visible on the shuffle.

 New iPod shuffle: Smaller and Quite a Talker
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The new shuffle is available in black or silver and can hold 4 GB of music, approximately 1,000 sings depending on the type of encoding you wish to use.

Two other new features are deserving of attention. The new shuffle supports multiple playlists and has new VoiceOver capabilities that can announce the title and artist of the currently playing song. You can also use VoiceOver to navigate multiple playlists. VoiceOver announces each available playlist name, and you click the control surface on the headphone cable to make a selection.

The new iPod shuffle is available for $79. The 1 GB model of the multi-colored 2nd generation iPod remains available at the Apple Store for $49.

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