New iPod Shuffles, That Talk!

March 11, 2009  (Jeffrey Kabbe)

Apple released new iPod Shuffles today. They’re tiny. And they also talk. I admit that I was wrong about whether Apple would implement such a feature.

Apple sidestepped the need to add hardware (other than a button) to the shuffle by generating the voiceover on your Mac (one of those, *smack head*, “I should have thought of that” moments). I still can’t see the benefit of speaking the song name. Maybe other people just aren’t as into their music as I am. On the other hand, if you’re going to add playlists and speak the playlist name, you might as well go all the way.

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