Apple has today announced the global availability of its fourth generation iPod shuffle the new redesigned Apple iPod shuffle which features both clickable “ring” buttons and Apple’s innovative VoiceOver technology, enabling users to easily navigate their music and playlists without ever looking at their iPod shuffle.
The new wearable Apple iPod shuffle has an all-aluminum enclosure with a built-in clip and comes in five brilliant colors—silver, blue, green, orange and pink.
With nearly 50 percent more battery life, the new iPod shuffle features over 15 hours of music playback on a single battery charge and offers 2GB of storage for just $49.
The new redesigned Apple iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s incredibly popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from a user’s music library.
The clickable buttons make the new iPod shuffle even easier to use. Press the center button to play and pause, press the outer buttons to skip forward and back or adjust the volume up and down.
The redesigned Apple iPod shuffle now features a new VoiceOver button on top of iPod shuffle that allows users to hear the name of the currently playing song and to switch between songs, playlists or Genius Mixes.
Say a user is listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. Just press the new VoiceOver button on top of the iPod shuffle, and it tells the same. Users can even use VoiceOver to hear the names of playlists and switch between them.
VoiceOver speaks 25 different languages and even alerts users when their battery needs charging.
The new Apple iPod shuffle now supports Genius Mixes, the popular iTunes feature that automatically creates mixes from songs in a user’s music library that go great together.
Genius Mixes provide the perfect way to rediscover music users already have, but may not have listened to recently.
Apple iPod shuffle comes with Apple Earphones and the iPod shuffle USB cable. iPod shuffle requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iTunes 10 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later.
“We’re making the iPod shuffle even better by combining clickable buttons and VoiceOver technology, so users can find and enjoy their music without ever looking at their iPod shuffle,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With its all-aluminum enclosure and built-in clip the new iPod shuffle is a great workout companion, and at just $49 it’s a great entry-level iPod that almost everyone can afford.”
Pricing & Availability
The fourth generation iPod shuffle will be available next week for a suggested price of $49 in US for a 2GB model in silver, blue, green, orange and pink colors. The 2Gb model of new iPod stuffle in India is priced for Rs. 3,200 with warranty.