iPod Shuffle Review: How does the new Shuffle 4GB standup?
In writing my iPod Shuffle review I was struck by the Apple’s ad for the Shuffle: “It’s Small, It’s Huge.” This led me to ask myself the question, “So what are you looking for in this new Apple portable media device?” Some say a digital display would have been nice on this version – but then that’s not an iPod Shuffle.
The iPod Shuffle, introduced in early 2005, still holds true to its original design, remaining simple in managing and playing music. Available in silver or black brushed aluminum this incredibly small iPod Shuffle (1.8 x 0.7 x 0.3 in) includes the new VoiceOver control feature that allows you to interact with your audio files on the go. Song, artist and album names as well as playlist names and contents can be spoken to you in 14 different languages;  using the Text-to-Speech incorporated in iTunes 8. The iPod ShuffleVoiceOver even tells you when the battery is getting low, which is very cool…you don’t end up running out the door with a device that’s about to run out of charge.
Pros: Key feature new to the iPod Shuffle is VoiceOver control, allowing you to interact with your audio files. The new interface controls are included in the earbud cord, keeping you focused on what you are doing. This entry-level iPod now packs most of the features previous versions lacked.
Cons: It continues to lack a digital display, but with all the new features packed into this small wonder who’s looking.