Apple Unveils New iPod Shuffle

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Apple today has *silently* updating the line of iPod Shuffle's. The main feature of this little beast is it's text to speech engine; it talks to you! Below is a brief list of features that are on Apple's website:

1.8" tall x 0.3" thin to be exact.
To create the world’s smallest music player, we moved the controls from iPod shuffle to the earbud cord. This allowed us to make the new iPod shuffle dramatically smaller, but not just for dramatically smaller’s sake. It’s also easier to use, with the controls located where you can access them quickly.

Easy access controls.
The controls of the new iPod shuffle are located on the right earbud cord. With command central now strategically placed in this more convenient location, you can navigate your music — and activate the VoiceOver feature — without taking your eyes off your run, your ride, or whatever you’re doing.

Your music library. To go.

There was a time when limited storage meant you had to leave a lot of your songs on the sync-room floor. But now that iPod shuffle has 4GB of storage, you have plenty of room to store hours and hours of music — up to 1,000 songs.* With room for multiple playlists, too.​

Fashion tech-cessory.
Even the iPod shuffle clip gets the rock star treatment. Now forged in stainless steel, the clip attaches securely to your shirt, jacket, workout gear, even your backpack. And the sleek, durable, anodized aluminum case — available in silver or black — makes iPod shuffle a wardrobe essential. And yes, there’s still room for personalized engraving.

Introducing VoiceOver.
Musically speaking, the new iPod shuffle is brilliant, thanks to an exciting new feature called VoiceOver. Say you’re listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you as the music dips down. It even announces the names of your playlists. And when your battery needs charging, VoiceOver tells you that, too. Learn more about VoiceOver

Multiple playlists.

You’ve probably made multiple playlists in iTunes. One for your commute. One for the gym. One for just chilling out. With the new iPod shuffle, you can sync your playlists and always find the perfect mix for your activity or mood. VoiceOver tells you the name of each playlist, so it’s easy to switch between them and find the one you want without looking.​

Multi-music-lingual.
A French love song. A Spanish bolero. An Italian cantata. Your music library has songs from all over the world. That’s why VoiceOver speaks 14 different langauges. So it can tell you song titles and artists in the correct langauges.

Shuffle. Straight. Stop.
The shuffle switch has three positions. Flip it to the left, and your music shuffles for a “whatever happens, happens” flow. Flip it to the middle, and your songs play in order. Or flip to the right to turn it off.

You can read more about this exciting new device here: http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/
 
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The VoiceOver feature is probably an actual "test" for something that they plan on implementing on the iPhone down the road. It could take VoiceDial in a whole new direction.
 

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this is ok , i like the size, but i don't like the headphone control thing, and that talking thing is not all that cool IMO, i think that it is weird that pc gets girl voice and Mac the man voice, you cannot chose, i don't care for the robotic voice either eay...


the only good that can come from this, for me, is that i might get the "old" shuffle at a discounted price now that the new one came out...
 

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i hope they don't plan to implement the controls in this way for all ipods. The Apple headphones are SO F'ING TERRIBLE... just let me use the headphones i like to use.
 

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Just picked one of these up, use it when i run and i couldnt be any happier with it. My only concern is moisture, anyone have any problems with sweat or rain?
 

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Just picked one of these up, use it when i run and i couldnt be any happier with it. My only concern is moisture, anyone have any problems with sweat or rain?
I have an earlier generation and it's been rock solid. I think sweat alone won't affect it. The shuffles don't appear to have any major gaps that would allow water to affect the internals.
 

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I have an earlier generation and it's been rock solid. I think sweat alone won't affect it. The shuffles don't appear to have any major gaps that would allow water to affect the internals.
Yes i would have to agree, my thing is when i run i do so for usually at least an hour and work up quite a sweat. Like u said there isn't many places for moisture tp get in but wasn't sure if they were going to be as anal about this as they are with a wet iPhone.
 
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I have an earlier generation and it's been rock solid. I think sweat alone won't affect it. The shuffles don't appear to have any major gaps that would allow water to affect the internals.
There's an issue (with a lot of threads on Apple's support forum) about sweat/moisture getting into the remote control on the headphones, causing the units to lock up, etc. Apple's "patch" for the original problem was to require separate clicks to raise or lower the volume (you used to be able to hold + or - to raise or lower the volume, now you must press repeatedly).