Apple unveils redesigned iPod shuffle with speech technology

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
Apple on Wednesday introduced an all-new iPod shuffle that's nearly half the size of the previous model and includes speech technology, making it the first music player "that talks to you."



New Aluminum Design



The third generation shuffle (guided tour) is significantly smaller than a AA battery, holds up to 1,000 songs with its 4GB of built-in storage, and is controlled exclusively through buttons located on the earphone cord that ships with the player. It features a new aluminum design with a built-in stainless steel clip that makes it wearable like the previous-generation model.



VoiceOver Speech Technology



A new VoiceOver feature (demo) also allows the player to speak your song titles, artists and playlist names. With the press of a button (demo), you can play, pause, adjust volume, switch playlists and hear the name of the song and artist.







"Imagine your music player talking to you, telling you your song titles, artists and playlist names," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing. "The amazingly small new iPod shuffle takes a revolutionary approach to how you listen to your music by talking to you, also making it the first iPod shuffle with playlists."







iPod shuffle is based on Apple's popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from your music library. So when you can't remember the name of a song or an artist playing, with the press of a button iPod shuffle tells you the name of the song and artist.



The new iPod shuffle can also tell you status information, such as battery life. It speaks 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.







Dimensions and Battery Life



Available in silver or black, the new shuffles retain their crown as "the smallest music players" with a new 1.8-inch tall x 0.3-inch thin design the weighs just 0.38 ounces. Expected battery life from the built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery is said to be "up to 10 hours" on a full charge. Depleted batteries will reportedly recharge to 80% of their capacity in 2 hours, or 100% in 3 hours.



Environment and box contents



In line with AppleÂ?s continuing environmental progress, the third-generation shuffle is made with a highly recyclable aluminum enclosure and is free of Brominated flame retardants and PVC.



Inside each iPod shuffle box, which is similar to the previous generation's plastic capsule, you'll find a pair of Apple Earphones withÂ*Remote, an iPod shuffle USB dock sync cable (1.8 in/45 mm), a quick start guide, and the player itself.



Pricing and Availability



The third generation 4GB iPod shuffle is now shipping for $79 (US) through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Each model comes with the Apple Earphones with Remote and the iPod shuffle USB cable.







iPod shuffle requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later and iTunes 8.1 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 8.1.



iTunes 8.1 Due Shortly



The most current version of iTunes is 8.0.2, suggesting iTunes 8.1 will arrive momentarily.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 341
    Looks nice but i can think of nothing worse than an Ipod trying to speak the names and titles to the music i would keep on there...
  • Reply 2 of 341
    Wow, Apple sure are updating a lot as of recently.



    Sounds cool, might pick one up for the gym.
  • Reply 3 of 341
    lorrelorre Posts: 396member
    iTunes 8.1? Did I miss something here?



    Shuffles look SWEET btw.
  • Reply 4 of 341
    f1turbof1turbo Posts: 249member
    Looks cool! But, now you're locked in to Apple earbuds for basic control? I like to use my current Shuffle with Etymotic ER-4Ps at the gym...better sound quality and blocks off the gym music being played too loudly. There are times when I would like to check on song and artist info though, that's a plus, and double capacity.
  • Reply 5 of 341
    hmmm, so it cant be used with anything other than Apple headphones?
  • Reply 6 of 341
    So how about a remote cord for those of us who hate the Apple headphones?
  • Reply 7 of 341
    wow... shared sentiment.
  • Reply 8 of 341
    a_greera_greer Posts: 4,594member
    So you have to use their crummy headphones to use the the thing? is there at lease a pass through cable included so you can use GOOD headphones or a car stereo?
  • Reply 9 of 341
    walshbjwalshbj Posts: 864member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mariofreak85 View Post


    hmmm, so it cant be used with anything other than Apple headphones?



    That is NOT cool. Apple must be making a ton off headphone sales. Ugly move.
  • Reply 10 of 341
    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member
    Uhhhh, that's not significantly smaller than a AA battery.
  • Reply 11 of 341
    tazinlwfltazinlwfl Posts: 117member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by F1Turbo View Post


    Looks cool! But, now you're locked in to Apple earbuds for basic control? I like to use my current Shuffle with Etymotic ER-4Ps at the gym...better sound quality and blocks off the gym music being played too loudly. There are times when I would like to check on song and artist info though, that's a plus, and double capacity.



    Here's what I just posted on the other thread about the new shuffles



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tazinlwfl View Post


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mr. H View Post


    How many of those are there? Does anyone make an adaptor that has controls and a socket that any third-party headphones can plug in to?



    I know that a few V-MODA, SHURE, and others have playback controls (with a mic).



    And Griffin has something like what I think you're talking about. I didn't look into it too much, but here's a link. Maybe you can research more.



    hopefully the same functionality of the remote will work on the Shuffles too



    the only thing im not sure of is if they changed the remote headphones too (because of how the new voice talk feature works)
  • Reply 12 of 341
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post


    Uhhhh, that's not significantly smaller than a AA battery.



    AA battery volume is .39 cu. in.

    Apple says volume of the new Shuffle is .26 Cu. in.

    That would make the shuffle 2/3 the volume of the AA battery

    And, (I think) qualifies as 'significantly smaller'
  • Reply 13 of 341
    olternautolternaut Posts: 1,376member
    Umm.....it would seem the new player talks to you and you don't have to talk to it. So why do you all believe we have to use an Apple set of earbuds?



    By the way, surprise surprise surprise! Apple really does think that they don't need event so much anymore to announce products. They are still going to need the WWDC to announce the new iphone though.
  • Reply 14 of 341
    f1turbof1turbo Posts: 249member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tazinlwfl View Post


    Here's what I just posted on the other thread about the new shuffles







    hopefully the same functionality of the remote will work on the Shuffles too



    the only thing im not sure of is if they changed the remote headphones too (because of how the new voice talk feature works)



    Thanks for the link! I'm glad there's some options out there. I think I'd be more likely to use one of those for my iPhone than a Shuffle. I like the simplicity and small size of the current shuffle, without having to carry around an adapter.
  • Reply 15 of 341
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tazinlwfl View Post


    Here's what I just posted on the other thread about the new shuffles







    hopefully the same functionality of the remote will work on the Shuffles too



    the only thing im not sure of is if they changed the remote headphones too (because of how the new voice talk feature works)



    I don't know if Shure updated their product, but the version I bought didn't have any volume controls. I didn't see any mention of volume controls with the ones linked at iLounge either. The items don't appear to have them.



    I need to replace my Shure mic adapter, I miss it. It's easy to lose. The weak link on that product is that clip fell off and it's hard to use the product without a clip, and I lost any motivation to find it because of that. I would like to see some conventional headphones with those controls built into the cable.
  • Reply 16 of 341
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 606member
    To make sure it wasn't April 1.



    Wow. Wow wow wow.



    An amazing bit of tech in a small package.



    At first I thought they borrowed this from the Nike+ system, but I believe that's recorded snippets, this has to be engineered from VoiceOver.
  • Reply 17 of 341
    f1turbof1turbo Posts: 249member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Olternaut View Post


    Umm.....it would seem the new player talks to you and you don't have to talk to it. So why do you all believe we have to use an Apple set of earbuds?



    The controls, including play button, are built into the earbuds. There are no control buttons on the player. Without an adapter, you'd have no way to have it play music, nor pause, volume control, etc.
  • Reply 18 of 341
    floccusfloccus Posts: 138member
    Sweet, I personally don't care for this new model, but updates mean the old versions go to Clearance!!! And Apple really seems to be going the Sony route as far as proprietary connectors/headphones/etc. is concerned. I prefer my Etymotics for working out so I don't have to go deaf drowning out the rest of the gym, and I've never found Apple's earbuds to stay in comfortably. Oh well, Clearance store here I come.
  • Reply 19 of 341
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DJMarkyMarc View Post


    Looks nice but i can think of nothing worse than an Ipod trying to speak the names and titles to the music i would keep on there...



    It looks like it doesn't do it by default, only on request:



    Quoting Apple.com:

    Quote:

    VoiceOver. It speaks for itself.



    With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you what song is playing and who's performing it.2 It tells you the names of your playlists, too.



  • Reply 20 of 341
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    I don't think the controls are proprietary in any way. Why are people saying this?
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