“I was testing the aptly named iPod shuffle, the latest gem from Apple Computer’s mushrooming iPod family. Shuffle earns its moniker from the ‘shuffle’ setting on larger iPods and other music devices. Songs that are culled from your entire music library or from specific playlists are played in random order. It’s the way I often listen with a regular iPod,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today.
“Shuffle is the first of the hugely popular iPod devices — more than 10 million are in circulation, 8 million of which were sold last year alone — to crack the two-digit price barrier. It costs $99 for a 512-megabyte ‘flash memory’ version and $149 for a 1-gigabyte model. Those prices undercut — and, I bet, send shivers through — the companies that make competing flash players,” Baig reports.
“I can imagine the budget iPod shuffle becoming a big gift item. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see current iPod users buying iPod shuffle as a second gizmo, dedicated to, say, their workouts. After all, it’s slim not just in price but also in size: It weighs under an ounce and is smaller than a pack of Trident. But it delivers big-time sound,” Baig reports.
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