Apple Unveils World’s Smallest iPod

  • iPod Shuffle smallest yet
  • Utilises VoiceOver technology
  • Said to have 50 percent more battery life

Apple’s new iPod Shuffle features both clickable “ring” buttons and Apple’s VoiceOver technology, enabling users to navigate their music and playlists without ever looking at their iPod Shuffle.

It is claimed that the unit has nearly 50 percent more battery life than previous iterations, and features more than 15 hours of music playback on a battery charge and offers 2GB.

“We’re making the iPod shuffle even better by combining clickable buttons and VoiceOver technology, so users can find and enjoy their music without ever looking at their iPod shuffle,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With its all-aluminium enclosure and built-in clip the new iPod shuffle is a great workout companion, and at just AUD$69 inc GST it’s a great entry-level iPod that almost everyone can afford.”

iPod Shuffle randomly selects songs from a user’s music library. The clickable buttons make the new iPod shuffle even easier to use. Press the centre button to play and pause, press the outer buttons to skip forward and back or adjust the volume up and down. The new VoiceOver button on top of iPod shuffle allows users to hear the name of the currently playing song and to switch between songs, playlists or Genius Mixes.

VoiceOver speaks 25 different languages and even alerts users when their battery needs charging. The new iPod shuffle now supports Genius Mixes, the popular iTunes feature that automatically creates mixes from songs in a user’s music library that go great together. Genius Mixes provide the perfect way to rediscover music users already have, but may not have listened to recently.


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