Apples $79 Talking iPod Shuffle Is the Latest Evolution in Music Players

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Apples $79 Talking iPod Shuffle Is the Latest Evolution in Music Players

by Nathan Eddy

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Smaller and Smaller

The new iPod Shuffle, compared in size with a house key on Apples Web site, is just 1.8 inches tall and just 0.3 inches thick and retails for $79.

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Packing a Punch

The Shuffle holds a 4GB flash drive with room for up to 1,000 songs in 128K-bps AAC format, and its built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery offers up to 10 hours of playback time.

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Talk to Her

Using the Shuffle's VoiceOver program, users can hear the titles, artists and names of playlists spoken in 14 languages.

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Green Apple

Apple is also touting the Shuffles "green" features, like PVC-free and brominated flame-retardant free construction and smaller, more compact packaging.

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Mix It Up

Located on the top of the device, the shuffle switch has three positions: off, a "non-shuffle" setting and a "whatever happens, happens" setting. Its also known as "shuffle."

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Steel a Look

The iPod Shuffle clip is now forged in stainless steel, and the casing is manufactured using anodized aluminum—available in silver or black.

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