Apple unveils new iPod Shuffle

Apple surprised many today by unveiling a redesigned iPod Shuffle. The new design gets a memory spec bump to 4GB for $80.00. The new design (seen below) has no screen but Apple did include a new VoiceOver feature.

VoiceOver allows "[w]ith the press of a button, it tells you what song is playing and who's performing it. It can even tell you the names of your play lists, giving you a new way to navigate your music".

The new unit is on sale now in steel gray or charcoal colors and comes with the usual Apple accessories. Apple generally unveils new products on Tuesday but with this unveiling maybe Apple is trying to keep its followers on their toes.

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The voices sound too artificial and are definately not pleasant to hear. It's a good idea, but not implemented as it should.
(I also hate to depend on apple's headphones, and not being able to choose from the headphones I usually use)

Actually the voice Apple uses in OS X is quite good, they aimed to make it (and yes, they have said as much) better than the default voice in Vista. It isn't perfect, but I think for the sake of cost savings and size savings, it might be worth it.

I always look at the shuffle as a 'random' music player. Some people don't like that, but some people like having a radio-type thing in their pocket. Just a jumble of music, except they own the music so it's probably stuff they like. For that, there might not be a need for a screen.

VoiceOver my swearwords, you ****! :D

I thought this was a joke. I still think it is. Is this one ego driven or something? It totally threw away what made the iPod series decent players, now instead forcing the user to take an input route that compromises either speed or granularity of control...

I think people are forgetting what the iPod shuffle is for. Apple wanted to create something different and a different way to listen to music, so they created a small music player for small music collections where it would shuffle your collection and random tracks which you didn't have much control over.

Therefore, there is no need for a screen, playlists or any other type of navigation. Having that would make it just like every other small music player on the market.

I understand where you're coming from, but there's other options besides this Shuffle... for less money... and more features.

@Calum

With all the different options these days, Apple is pricing doesnt match the features. I mean, $80 for a 4gb Shuffle that only plays music? Thats WAY steep. The player is worth maybe 1/2 that and the other 1/2 you are paying for the Apple logo/name. Its ridiculous that they can price things like this and the consumers are so ignorant, they buy it.

techbeck said,
@Calum

With all the different options these days, Apple is pricing doesnt match the features. I mean, $80 for a 4gb Shuffle that only plays music? Thats WAY steep. The player is worth maybe 1/2 that and the other 1/2 you are paying for the Apple logo/name. Its ridiculous that they can price things like this and the consumers are so ignorant, they buy it.


Everything Apple makes is overpriced. Been that way since forever.

RAID 0 said,
I understand where you're coming from, but there's other options besides this Shuffle... for less money... and more features.

techbeck said,
@Calum

With all the different options these days, Apple is pricing doesnt match the features. I mean, $80 for a 4gb Shuffle that only plays music? Thats WAY steep. The player is worth maybe 1/2 that and the other 1/2 you are paying for the Apple logo/name. Its ridiculous that they can price things like this and the consumers are so ignorant, they buy it.

I agree with both of you

I think the features of the iPod shuffle really don't match what else is on the market, for a cheaper price. Also, I myself cannot live without a screen on a music player :P

I just thought I'd point out to some people why Apple leave the shuffle so limited in features

Hell, the Sandisk CLIP is cheaper and still better than the new Shuffle. Only $50 for a 4gb model. Has a screen, a clip, FM tuner, and several other features.

Apple's pricing is going to catch up with them sooner or later.

If they were going to do any sort of overhaul, why not make it small enough so its something with earbuds only, and a small device that can hide uptop somewhere, cutting back on the unecessary wire, something like a bluetooth piece.

Bad design imo.

Apple design this product so that you will be spending $20 every 3 to 6 months replace the earplugs and you would have to get it from them. Because of the control design. No thanks and if you don't believe then just look at the first iphone. They design it so that you would have to buy there earplugs.

The Voice Over feature is cool but what's the point change the voice if your using a OSX and PC? No surprise that the PC voice is older technology but yea Tiger is using that but mac user are not using Tiger that much anymore.

#4 Above says that you have to use the iPod earbuds because the controls are on the earbud's cord. I'm not an audiophile however I enjoy my comfort. A way around the annoying iPod earbuds is to get a custom mold of your ear taken. I purchased "iPod attachments" at www.earsound.com. These are the most comfortable things I have ever put in my ear because of the custom mold. The earbuds snap onto a rubber piece on the mold. An unintended benefit is that I'm able to use one of the custom molds with my hands free device on my cell phone so I can listen to the boring conference calls in comfort. :)

Hope this helps.

iPod Shuffle!

It's meant to shuffle! Thats it!

WTH are some people on about saying it needs a screen and more features!?

Man..... If I lose lighters in the washing machine , changes are I would lose this in the washing machine as well.
Or maybe I will be lucky enough to find a few of these between cushions.
Or maybe look like a fool trying to light a cigarette and "best of Bread" starts playing
Or maybe look like a fool trying to plug in the ear buds into a BIC lighter

Meh...might be a cool "re-gift"
*not for me at this time

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