31 Mar Apple iPod Shuffle 3rd Gen 4GB MP3 Player Review
Apple has done it again and made an already-miniscule MP3 player even smaller with their 3rd generation of the iPod Shuffle. This Shuffle has no screen or physical controls on it aside from a single switch, and it comes with a headset with an in-line remote that has the volume and music playback controls. The new Shuffle has a leg up over its predecessor with its new VoiceOver technology that will announce song title, artist, playlist name, and other information to you so you have some way to navigate. Its storage capacity has been bumped to an impressive 4GB for such a tiny device. It comes in black or silver and retails for $79.
The headphone’s inline remote has volume up and down buttons on either end, with a single multi-function button in the middle. A single click on this button pauses and plays music, while a double click skips to the next track. Getting fancier, a triple click will skip backward. Getting even more elaborate, a long press starts VoiceOver, allowing you to hear a computerized voice announce the title and artist of what you’re currently listening to, and then moves along to tell you what playlists, podcasts, and audiobooks are stored on the Shuffle. Choosing among these announced items is as easy as pressing the button again. Contrary to what you might think, VoiceOver kicks in quickly and you can use the volume up and down buttons to skip through the announcements even faster. Altogether, it works quite well and is easy to get used to, if a little intimidating at first.
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