Apple Renews iPod Shuffle With Spoken-Word Performance
Apple introduced its first new iPod Shuffle music player in about a year this morning, further shrinking the already-tiny device and adding a VoiceOver feature that lets it speak the title of a song or playlist.
The new Shuffle -- portrayed on Apple's site as being smaller than a regular house key -- no longer has room for playback controls, so they've been moved to its headphone cable.
This model comes with 4 GB of storage and sells for $79; the previous model came in 1 and 2 GB versions, selling for $49 and $69. That shift in Apple's price-per-gig suggests that an increase in the memory capacity of Apple's other iPods might not be too far off.
I can't tell you what it looks or feels like -- the Apple Store nearest my home did not have it in stock when I stopped by earlier this morning. I suppose it will sell as well as its predecessor. The greater capacity may make the new Shuffle an easier choice as a second (or third) iPod, and it's still not that much more expensive than most non-Apple players (almost all of which include traditional display screens to show you what's playing).
Then again, if the $30 increase in the entry-level price of iPodship deters some would-be buyers, we'll know that the economy is even worse shape than we'd feared.
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