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New Talking iPod Shuffle from Apple

Mar 11, 2009
Recently Apple announced the launch of a talking iPod shuffle.

The device features VoiceOver technology that allows the iPod to speak aloud different song titles, playlists and who's performing.

Talking 4GB iPod shuffle is half the size of its forerunner. You can upload up to 1,000 songs on it and the new iPod will be able to play for 10 hours on a single battery charge. The gadget has no buttons. There's just one on the earphone cord. With its help the user can play and pause songs, adjust the volume, surf through playlists and listen to track data.

You can choose among 14 different languages that the iPod shuffle can speak. There're even such languages as Czech and Mandarin. It also can inform about the battery life and correctly pronounce the titles of foreign songs.

"The new iPod shuffle is the worlds smallest music player and takes a revolutionary approach to how you listen to your music by talking to you, also making it the first iPod shuffle with playlists," mentioned Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPod and iPhone product marketing.

"We've rejected the idea of a screen on all our iPod shuffles, because you can only really fit a one- or two-line display and keep the size small," said Mr Joswiak, who mentioned that with the new iPod shuffle and VoiceOver, the user obtains all the advantages of the display without really having to have one.

The device can support the following formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), AAC, MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.

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