Apple unveils new iPod shuffle: world’s smallest digital music player

Apple today introduced the new iPod shuffle, now the world’s smallest digital music player with Apple’s shuffle feature that lets music fans serve up a continuous mix of their favorite songs anywhere they go. Nearly half the size of the original, the new iPod shuffle is just half a cubic inch in volume, weighs just half an ounce and features a stunning all-new aluminum design and a built-in clip which makes it the most wearable iPod ever. The new iPod shuffle contains one gigabyte of flash memory, which holds up to 240 songs, and is more affordable than ever at just $79.

“It’s hard to believe the new iPod is a real music player when you first see it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “But it is real, and holds up to 240 songs in an incredibly compact and wearable design that weighs just half an ounce.”

iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s super-popular shuffle feature which lets users enjoy their songs in a random order. Or listeners can simply flip a switch to listen to their songs in order, such as when listening to a new al- bum. iPod shuffle features up to 12 hours of battery life.

Users connect the new iPod shuffle to their Mac(R) or PC with the included dock, and iTunes’ innovative AutoFill feature automatically syncs the perfect number of songs from their music library. Seamless integration with iTunes 7 and the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com) allows customers to choose from a se- lection of over 3.5 million songs from the world’s most popular digital music store.

The new iPod shuffle is expected to be available worldwide in October through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for $79. iPod shuffle includes earbud headphones and an iPod shuffle Dock.

iPod shuffle requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port and Mac OS X version 10.3.9 or later and iTunes 7.0 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4), Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) and iTunes 7.0 or later. Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended.

See the new Apple iPod shuffle here.

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19 Comments

  1. Hey, anyone know if this uses a “standard” iPod connection? Just curious if it’s interchangeable with other iPods, and able to be connected to my car stereo via the standard dock connection or not.

    Kind of hard to tell this from the Apple web page.

  2. “iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s super-popular shuffle feature which lets users enjoy their songs in a random order.”

    I love this. It makes it sound like Apple invented shuffle. To those who actually think they did, I have a vintage 1988 Sony CD player that has a shuffle button. Any portable music player worth its salt can shuffle songs. So why is Apple making such a big deal about the shuffle being able to do it?

  3. “I have a vintage 1988 Sony CD player that has a shuffle button…

    Uh, 1988 – vintage? Not sure wether you mean that as circa or you actually think 1988 is vintage for a CD player. Man, I must be old.

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