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In a somewhat atypical Wednesday hardware announcement, Apple released their newest iPod Shuffle. The biggest news about the iPod redesign is that it uses VoiceOver to tell you about the music you’re listening to, creating a marked improvement in the Shuffle’s navigation capability. The new Shuffle […]

In a somewhat atypical Wednesday hardware announcement, Apple released their newest iPod Shuffle. The biggest news about the iPod redesign is that it uses VoiceOver to tell you about the music you’re listening to, creating a marked improvement in the Shuffle’s navigation capability.

The new Shuffle holds 4GB of music, or about 1,000 songs. It’s nearly half the size of the previous iteration of Shuffles, and comes in silver and black colors. It costs $79 an is immediately available for order.

Apple was able to make the latest Shuffle so small, due in large part to moving the controls (other than the on/play/shuffle slider) off to the earbud cord. Much like the iPhone’s microphone headset, the button located on the cord is multifunction, and handles the likes of play, pause, next track, volume up/down, and the new VoiceOver features. So the new Shuffle seems to be sacrificing headphone options for size…though I’m sure the 3rd party market will address this need in short order.

The prolific John Gruber hit on the idea of VoiceOver for the Shuffle a couple of weeks back. VoiceOver announces the name of the currently playing song (without interrupting the music) at a touch of the cord button. Hold the button longer and it will announce the playlists loaded on your Shuffle. Tap when you hear the playlist you want and it’ll begin to play. So with VoiceOver, an entire new level of control is brought to the iPod Shuffle (almost making the name irrelevant).

Check out the video tutorial on Apple’s Shuffle page for full details on how the new iPod Shuffle works.

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  1. Um, so I won’t be able to use it with my car stereo … unless I just don’t want to be able to hit Play or Pause or Skip?

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  2. What’s this VoiceOver and will it come to other iPods? Seems like something like that might be great for the car.

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  3. I’d end up eating that by accident.

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  4. I like how @Ross and @mogosh’s comments are diametrically opposed. good stuff. To both of you – it’s my guess that a 3rd party accessory to solve this problem would be available soon.

    @foofy – that seems to be the general consensus amongst my friends here at the office too. Small is great, but there is such a thing as too small

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  5. Having the play/pause/skip only available on the earphones is a con. Just me.

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  6. [...] Does Not Approve Written on March 11, 2009 by Tom Reestman and No one has commented Apple released the 3G iPod shuffle today. That’s “3G” as in third generation, not 3G as in the [...]

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  7. Does Apple not realize that its earbuds are garbage?

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  8. Apparently not I guess… they’re selling their latest in-ear ones for $70 aren’t they? =

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  9. [...] Apple’s Marketing and Sales Teams May Need an Update Written on March 13, 2009 by Tom Reestman and No one has commented In case you hadn’t figured it out by now, I like the new iPod shuffle. So much so that I ordered one (in black) the day they were announced. [...]

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  10. [...] on March 13, 2009 by David Appleyard and No one has commented Much has been said about the new iPod shuffle. It’s size has been praised, lack of buttons grumbled about, and — as with [...]

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