[blindreplay] The new talking Ipod shuffle

  • From: "Petro T. Giannakopoulos" <petrakigianos-giasou@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:05:40 -0700 (PDT)

Apple Releases New iPod Shuffle With Speech Capabilities
Nick Mediati, PC World

Mar 11, 2009 12:40 pm

Another Tuesday, another new Apple product. Following up last week's new 
desktop announcements, Apple today released a redesigned iPod Shuffle. Even 
smaller than the last one, the new iPod Shuffle has no playback controls on the 
player itself--instead, the playback controls are on the headphone wire. This 
change does beg the question: What happens if you lose the bundled headphones? 
Does this rule out using third-party headphones?

The big new feature is the iPod Shuffle's inclusion of Apple's VoiceOver 
technology. VoiceOver on Mac OS X is Apple's built-in screen reader for the 
visually impaired. On the iPod Shuffle, VoiceOver will read you the current 
song's title and artist information with a touch of a button. The function was 
added to iTunes last fall.

According to Apple, VoiceOver now makes it possible to switch between playlists 
on the iPod Shuffle. The iPod Shuffle is multi-lingual, and knows how to speak 
14 languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Greek, and Dutch. This begs another 
question: What happens if you play a song tagged as explicit? Apple's press 
release makes no mention of what happens, but wouldn't it be amusing if it 
spoke a warning to you? Imagine: "I'm afraid I can't play that, Dave."

The new iPod Shuffle costs $79 and stores 4GB worth of music, or roughly 1000 
songs. If you want one, you'll need WIndows XP SP3 or Windows Vista (or Mac OS 
X 10.4.11 or higher), and iTunes 8.

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