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Apple launches new 4GB iPod Shuffle 3G

'World's smallest music player' can talk to you

Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple has today launched the Apple iPod Shuffle 3G. It’s almost half the size of the previous Shuffle, and can ‘talk’ to you, telling you track titles and artists’ names, while also being able to let you know how much battery power is left.

The 4GB device can, according to Apple, hold up to 1,000 tracks and has a battery that can play music for around ten hours per charge. All of the Shuffle 3G’s controls are found on the earphone cord, including the play and pause buttons and volume adjustment.

iPod Shuffle 3G

The earphones are supplied with the Shuffle 3G, which is available today for £59 from Apple’s online store, Apple’s retail stores and other Apple resellers. It is available in silver or black and has a built-in stainless steel clip.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPod and iPhone marketing, described the VoiceOver functionality as: ‘a revolutionary approach to how you listen to your music.’

Create playlists

Unlike the previous Shuffle, the new iPod Shuffle 3G allows you to create playlists. Jon Barrow, Which? researcher, said: ‘The iPod Nano and the iPod Classic have both had makeovers since their launches, so the iPod Shuffle, which is the only Apple iPod not to be awarded Best Buy status, was long due a facelift.

‘The previous iPod Shuffle was a tiny MP3 player, so for Apple to have reduced it in size is an impressive feat of design, however it also seems that they have compromised on battery life.

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‘The previous Apple iPod Shuffle wasn’t to everyone’s liking, as the user had very little control over the music that was played; but at least with the new Shuffle 3G, users are able to create playlists at home, and then skip through these when on the go.’

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