March 12, 2009
Apple launches iPod Shuffle that talks and stores up to 4GB of music
Apple made a splash announcement of the new iPod Shuffle which features a new Voiceover feature that uses a speech engine to tell you the name of the singer or the title of the song in up to 14 different languages, through iTunes. At half the size of the previous generation shuffle, the diminutive 7.8mm thick MP3 player looks like a miniature cigarette lighter and has no control buttons. The controls on the new Shuffle have been moved from the device to the earphone cord. The third generation of iPod Shuffle will be the world’s tiniest music player, smaller than an AA battery.
The iPod Shuffle will come in two colors, silver and black. Apple will continue to sell the second-generation version of the 1-gigabyte, 240-song Shuffle for $49. But will phase out the 2-gigabyte Shuffle, which sells for $69. The new Shuffle is out now for $79, though you can still get the second generation 1GB version for the time being for $49.